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  1. MartinsRibeirro, I agree that combining the blur types can create a mess. It would only be used for "creative" experiments. Much like trying different Blend Modes. I should have mentioned this in my comments. Sorry for the confusion. Regarding the creation, of different blurs (gaussian, median, dust and scratches) and using ONLY ONE of them (depending on the type of smoothing you want to apply), does that make sense to you? I played with it and it seemed to give the proper results. Thanks for your continuing to follow the subject. Take care and stay safe.
  2. Below is a simple workaround that allows you to let Affinity Photos automatic frequency separation filter do the hard work but still use whatever blur method you want: Open your document and create as many copies of the original background layer as you would like to have blur affects. For example, AP’s FS filter will create a High Frequency Layer and a Low Frequency Layer based on Gaussian Blur. If I wanted to have a Median Blur and a Dust and Scratches Blur you would create three additional copies of the original Background Layer. Use the top one to run AP’s Frequency Separation filter. Afterwards the Layers panel would look like this: High Frequency Low Frequency (Gaussian Blur) Background Background Background (Locked) You could then apply Live Filters (editable) to each of the two Background Layers above the original/locked Background Layer. Then your Layers panel would look like this: High Frequency Low Frequency (Gaussian Blur) Background (with child layer - Median Blur) Background (with child layer - Dust and Scratches) Background (Locked) At the point you can turn on only the blur layer between the High Frequency layer and the Original locked layer that you want to apply to the image. The High Frequency Layer will provide the texture to whatever is your blur preference. You could even combine blur effects by using the opacity slider. Just something to experiment with. Have fun.
  3. Below is a simple workaround that allows you to let Affinity Photos automatic frequency separation filter do the hard work but still use whatever blur method you want: Open your document and create as many copies of the original background layer as you would like to have blur affects. For example, AP’s FS filter will create a High Frequency Layer and a Low Frequency Layer based on Gaussian Blur. If I wanted to have a Median Blur and a Dust and Scratches Blur you would create three additional copies of the original Background Layer. Use the top one to run AP’s Frequency Separation filter. Afterwards the Layers panel would look like this: High Frequency Low Frequency (Gaussian Blur) Background Background Background (Locked) You could then apply Live Filters (editable) to each of the two Background Layers above the original/locked Background Layer. Then your Layers panel would look like this: High Frequency Low Frequency (Gaussian Blur) Background (with child layer - Median Blur) Background (with child layer - Dust and Scratches) Background (Locked) At the point you can turn on only the blur layer between the High Frequency layer and the Original locked layer that you want to apply to the image. The High Frequency Layer will provide the texture to whatever is your blur preference. You could even combine blur effects by using the opacity slider. Just something to experiment with. Have fun.
  4. Murfee, thanks for the visuals, the explanation, and the link to the other thread. I appreciate any help and new workarounds I can find. And, yes, I agree, we need the FILL slider in AP.
  5. Smee Again, please see the images below. Because many of the forum users were trying to replicate what they were seeing in YouTube tutorials, I was trying to respond with a workaround to the lack for the lack of a PhotoShop FILL slider in AP. As an example, I attempted to reproduce the results from the PiXimperfect YouTube video technique shown in "Create Colorful Contrast with 2 Special Blend Modes!" Using the PiXimperfect downloaded image and applying the Color Burn and Color Dodge Blend Modes with the mask "shading" FILL technique I was able to closely replicate the video's contrast effects. The first image was the downloaded sample from PiXimperfect. The second is the image with an HSL adjustment layer with a Color Dodge Blend Mode. The third is the image with an HSL adjustment layer with a Color Burn Blend Mode. The fourth image shows the two adjustment layers with a 90% Black "Fill" on the Mask. The fifth image shows the two adjustment layers with the saturation sliders set at 100% and a 90% Black "Fill" on the Mask. (PiXimperfect used 9% and 7% fills respectively in Photoshop but I rounded up for this example.) I think your example shows no effect because you used a Luminosity Blend Mode. Take care.
  6. There is a workaround for creating a "Fill" adjustment in any AP adjustment layer. Because each AP adjustment layer has its own mask, just fill the mask with whatever percentage level of "fill" that you would like. Just remember to reverse the percentage amount. For example, if you wanted a 5% "Fill" then use the paint bucket and fill the mask with 95% black. If you want a very targeted fill amoung you can use sliders to adjust the fill percentage or work in 5% increments in the grey swatches panel. I hope this helps.
  7. James Ritson, thank you for the explanation of why it may have been changed. However, why did the developers use a shade of blue (which already appears on the histogram) rather than a grey (if some people found white confusing)? I believe most people's issue is with the visual user interface aspect of the blue color rather any "help" the blue color might suggest/offer for it's meaning or use. And, although I appreciate your suggestion of using the waveform . . . wow, apparently my mind doesn't work on that level of perception. At any rate, I love your videos. They are always well-presented and informative. Thank you. PS - Please keep the videos coming!!!!!
  8. I just downloaded the latest version and the histogram is still blue ... maybe the developers (as compared to photographers/photo editors?) will change it back to white (or maybe a light gray?) with the next update. We can hope.
  9. Please encourage the Photo developers to return the histogram luminance channel to white or light gray. The change to blue did not enhance the user interface, it made it more confusing. Thank you for your consideration.
  10. dmstraker, Thank you for creating and sharing this valuable reference. If anyone is interested, the YouTube channel PiXimperfect just presented a video that complements this PDF very well. It’s title is: The Science of All 27 Blend Modes in Photoshop: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i1D9ijh3_-I
  11. Mikerofoto, You are welcome. Since I use the Nik collection more for landscapes edits rather than portraiture, its Luminar functionality serves me well. I hope that it does the same for you. Since none of the Affinity staff has given an update to their progress toward fixing the Nik/Apple/High Sierra issues, I was just writing a direct note to the moderator of this section of the Forum. I will post whatever news they share. Take care.
  12. Mikerofoto, I am a firm believer in workarounds, however, I do not have the old Google NIK collection installed and don't believe that it should be necessary to install it in order to access the new DXO version . . . call me old-fashioned but I think that the Affinity engineers' should be willing and able to make AP compatible with the "new" DXO NIK. The new DXO version works just fine with my Skylum Luminar software. And, it seems that AP Windows users are not having the same problems as Apple users with the upgrade. For these reasons I have to think it is an Affinity Mac version compatibility issue. Thanks for your post and your participation in the Affinity Forum discussions. Endeavor to Persevere.
  13. Can someone at Affinity please give an update regarding the company's progress toward solving the NIK Collection compatibility issues being experienced by Mac High Sierra users. Thank you.
  14. MEB, thank you for the response. Please keep working on the Mac version of the NIK Collection. Many loyal Affinity Photo users would like to use the more stable/supported software (and take advantage of the price reduction until July 1). Have a good one!
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