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  1. Thanks James and v_kyr for this information! Color management is one of things where the more you know the more you realize you don't know... But thanks to you guys I'm a couple of steps further along on the pathway. Happy shooting to you both!
  2. So, down the rabbit hole of color management for us! I'm on a Windows 10, 64-bit operating system with a run-of-the-mill Dell P2414H. I purchased a ColorMunki Display to calibrate my monitor. In the preferences of the program delivered with it, you have the choice of ICC profile version 2 or version 4. It defaults to version 4, but my Googling appears to suggest that version 4 may be problematic in numerous situations. However, I'm also having a hard time finding recent AND reliable info (ironically X-rite's own information is very dated). Of course, I'm most concerned about all this in Affinity Photo, so, first question: Do you advise ICC version 2 or 4? Can AP handle both of them (if that even comes into question), or is it better to use the older ICC version 2? And more largely (second question), is there anything specific that I need to do to make sure that AP is... correctly calling upon the monitor calibration information in the icm file? I'm asking because I also use RawTherapee for more "in-depth" raw development, and in that program, you have to indicate the monitor's color profile (point the program to the current monitor calibration icm file, so to speak). I don't see any such thing in Affinity Photo, although I do think Affinity Photo is completely "color managed"(?). So, I suppose there i a third implicite question: How does AP insert itself into the color management pipeline on any given computer? De excuse me if my terminology is off; I hope everything is understandable and thank you all in advance for your feedback!
  3. Thanks Callum! I confirm also your two observations: On my computer too, right click dismisses Straighten (cool!) but not the Picker.
  4. Hi all, I'm assuming I'm missing something really simple, but how do you dismiss, or let go of certain sub-tools? Two examples: If I activate the Crop tool, then choose its Straighten tool, then decide that a don't want the Straighten tool after all (for example, I decide to just straighten the image by grabbing a corner and rotating manually), I can't (or surely don't see how to) un-choose the Straighten tool. It seems like the only thing I can do is to cancel the entire operation. Same thing with the Picker in a Curves adjustment layer. Once I've clicked on the Picker, I can't get rid of it without closing the layer completely. I've tried re-clicking the sub-tool, hitting the Escape key, hitting the Delete key (don't do that)... What am I missing? How do you "let go" of these sub-tools without closing the parent tool?
  5. Many of the adjustments, when accessed via the Adjustment panel, have defaults pre-installed. In and of itself, that's not a problem, but what is a problem is that these defaults can neither be deleted nor modified, nor replaced (this is the case at least for the Windows version of Affinity Photo). Users should be able to set their own defaults for adjustments, instead of being obliged to click away from a non-modifiable default. (see the discussion in the Affinity on Desktop Questions Forum)
  6. I agree with R C-R on this: indeed if you choose an adjustment in the Adjustment panel, and if there's a default, it's applied. But I wonder if the Windows version of AP might behave differently than the Mac version?? In any case, I'll post this as a request, because users should be able to set their own defaults. EDIT: see "Default adjustments in the Adjustment panel should be user-definable"
  7. Hi All, In Affinity Photo, there are default adjustments for most of the items in the Adjustment panel. These defaults are applied, well, by default. A right-click on these defaults displays a context menu, but both choices, "Rename..." and "Delete" are inactive (at least in my Windows 10 system). I've tried starting Affinity with administrator privileges, but the context menu choices remain inactive. I also see no way to assign a new, added preset as default. Is there indeed no way to delete or modify the default adjustments, or am I missing something? Thanks in advance! KE
  8. Hi to all, I would like to suggest an RGB indicator for the histogram in Affinity Photo, notably in the Photo Persona, but it would of course be good to have it in all the Personas. I've attached an image below showing the RGB indicator in RawTherapee as an example; it's the bar underneath the histogram, indicating where the R, G, B and luminance values of the hovered-over pixel fall in the histogram. I took this screen shot with my mouse positioned over the band of trees in the image. I find this indicator to be extremely useful, especially as a quick way of verifying details in very deep shadows or very bright highlights. It lets you see instantly, for example, if all channels are blown out, or if you have just one channel blown out with others still contributing detail. Seeing the position of the pixel value in the histogram is, at least for me, much more informative than the simple number given by the Info box. Thanks! KE
  9. Hi to all and just a post to say thanks to all those who responded! So the take home message: adding the soft proof layer is usually done after, but can de done at the start as long as... it stays on the TOP of the stack... and one remembers to deactivate it BEFORE sending the file to the printer Again, thanks for helping me see all that more clearly and à bientôt!
  10. Hi everyone, I'm having a hard time wrapping my head around the idea of soft proofing, or, rather, I feel like I'm missing some obscure nuance on it. I've read all of Affinity Photo's help files and watched all its videos AND spent hours bouncing around the web trying to come to grips with the subject. But here's the thing: as near as I can determine, soft proofing is always presented as something that you do after having processed the photo to what you want it to look like. So, by definition you're telling yourself, "all right! That's what I want my print to look like. Let's soft proof it... uuuhh, no, that's not it". Should this not be the other way around? That is, if your goal is to print a photo, shouldn't the very first adjustment layer be the soft proof adjustment layer, with the pertinent icc file and rendering intent chosen, and THEN you do all your other adjustments on top of that to get the photo how you want it to look? Also, let's say that you can do things in that order; when I'm done with all the other various adjustments, should i still deactivate the soft proof layer before sending the photo to the printer? I thank you all in advance for any light that you can shed on this subject. Happy post-processing to all!
  11. Tested and confirmed! Indeed with the image at 100%, it doesn't change between the pre and post-flattened rendering. In hindsight, this shouldn't have surprised me, since images in my (other) raw editor need to be at 100% to see the effects of sharpening. Anyway, thanks for your very rapid reply!
  12. Hi everyone, I've recently switched to Affinity Photo and am globally very happy with the program. However, I'm noticing something strange: The effect of a Live Filter sharpening layer (any of the three: clarity, UMF, high pass) seems to be dampened when I merge the layer down or flatten the image. The effect isn't completely lost, its just reduced, but visibly so. This isn't a jpeg compression thing, because the reduction is visible there in Affinity Photo, before any exporting or saving. I'm on a Windows 10 system, if for some reason that should be important. I've tried putting the sharpening filter immediately above the pixel layer, putting it at the very top, merging each layer as a separate step, just exporting without flattening... Am I doing something wrong? Has anyone else observed this? And if so, is there a workaround for it? Thanks to all in advance!
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