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  1. I am glad I am not the only one who has this issue. The histogram function is often a hit or miss. Sometimes it seems to work, other times it doesn't. I hope it gets fixed soon.
  2. Thanks MEB not sure whether that's all that useful to see all these masks at varying scales throughout the document. Even though it's a small quibble, I'd prefer them on a consistent scale.
  3. speaking of the mask icon being a bit off: the black and white adjustment was only masked for the foreground rock at the lower left, though the mask icon shows a big black blob in the middle of the image. Maybe I don't understand those mask icons, but it seems counter intuitive.
  4. Thanks Chris, sorry for the late reply, but working from home kept me busier than normal. There is no "before" screenshot only once a few adjustment layers are added. As far as the histogram goes: it seems to take a while to update. For a 20 image stack an exposure adjustment updates the histogram within a second or two. I was too impatient to wait for the histogram to update after a curve adjustment. It seems to take "forever" (> 10 seconds :-). Slow processing seems to be the cause of the black masks as well. Now, a few minutes later, they all turned white as expected. I am using an i7 2.6 GHz processor with 32Gb of RAM. As an aside: I was never a big fan of these little mask icons: they never seem quite to show what's going on. Christoph
  5. Thanks Chris and Walt, installing the latest version helped.
  6. That might solve it. I am running and was just asked whether I would like to download a newer version. Thank you, Christoph
  7. Thanks for the response. Of course, now you make me wonder ... whether I am imagining things. Luckily (for my sanity) I am not. 🙂 1. open an image in landscape format 2. select crop - in this instance the crop snapped to the image boundaries because I had selected "unconstrained" 3. go to the cogwheel and select 1:1 custom ratio and I get the attached image. This is just one variation of the theme. Long story short: when AP gets the chance it never stays within the image boundaries. 🙂 2. I had never noticed the "rotate" button (so well-hidden in plain sight) and agree - it works. But other software products implement this in a smarter way. The portrait/landscape orientation of the crop changes automatically if you drag the mouse across the image. check DxO Photolab or Photoshop for example.
  8. I use a lot of stacks to combat noise in hand-held night photography, or simulate long exposures. I have noticed that the thumbnail in the layers panel is pretty dark, and any masks are a darkish gray (maybe black) as well. Inverting them etc. has no effect on the thumbnail. Neither has modifying them with a brush. Furthermore, the histogram does not reflect any adjustments made to the image. Once the image is saved, closed, and reloaded both layer mask thumbnails and histograms display properly.
  9. The lowly crop tool could use some improvements: 1. For starters: when selecting an aspect ratio - please keep the crop within the image. For example, when I try to crop a 3:2 image in landscape format into a 1:1 square I get a crop that is based on the long edge, horizontal edge, rather than the shorter vertical edge. The crop extends off-screen. So far only mildly annoying: grabbing the handle on the left or right side easily resizes the crop. Worse though: if I decide to switch the crop to "unconstrained" I have to scroll up and down to corral those upper and lover edges of the crop. 2. Most other software recognizes that a 2:3 crop uses the same aspect ratio as a 3:2 crop and adjust the crop accordingly, based on mouse behavior. Affinity is, unfortunately, not smart enough to realize that a user would like to switch from landscape to portrait (or the other way round) while keeping the aspect ratio. There are plenty of things I like about the crop tool, but these two issues have bugged me for weeks.
  10. I second that suggestion. Even better - rather than saving a huge afphoto file, save the sidecar and move on.
  11. I was never happy how AP handled aspect ratios, but cropping seemed have gotten worse in 1.7. My last crop set the aspect ratio to 1:1. Somehow this ratio was remembered and applied to a panoramic image. Rather than fitting a square crop onto the image, the default crop extended several thousand pixels above and below the image. At least it got the width "right". :-) I think initial crops should be contained to the actual canvas rather than spilling all over the place.
  12. When resizing the canvas in AP while the brush tool is selected, the original pixel layer does not refresh automatically but needs to be "repainted" using the brush. This does not happen when a different tool (e.g., the view tool) is selected. In that case the pixel layer displays instantaneously. Also, AP still has trouble recognizing my surface pro pen. :-( Brush size is not displayed correctly. I have to move the mouse over the canvas to display brush size. Then the pen can take over.
  13. When stacking two images I try to manually blend them using masks. However, the brush hardness is always at 100% and the brush opacity settings are ignored as well, which makes manual blends very difficult, if not impossible.
  14. When the focus stack is complete I see a source panel and all the individual layers. However, once I do anything (zoom in, zoom out, select a brush, whatever) the sources panel turns empty. I can turn the entire panel on and off, but I never managed to get the actual source layers back. The panel has one merged layer but nothing else. How can I actually work on the individual layers of the focus stack? I tried a few more times, but the sources panel is still a source of aggravation: sometimes I see source layers, but they are now named "untitled" and some are missing. I don't recall having these issues when working through the focus merge tutorial in the workbook, but now, after banging my head around it for a few hours it's time to change over to a different piece of software.
  15. As a brand new user I have used the software for maybe a week now and found some "interesting" quirks: using the up- down- arrow keys changes exposure in increments of 1.0 - a huge increment using the same keys on white balance changes the WB by 1 degree - a tiny increment a horizon levelling tool would be really nice showing the brush size before the pen commits to the screen would be nice and non-destrctive developing (supposed to happen soon) would be a major, major improvement. And while you're at it: saving the developing information in a tiny sidecar file would certainly be the way to go. There are other issues, but I am still working my way through the tutorial videos. Here I would find written tutorials more helpful as one can follow them step by step. At this point I am intrigued, though Affinity won't replace ACR quite yet.
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