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  1. Greetings to the Affinity World I just moved over to Affinity Photo (Windows) from ON1 Photo Raw. I always use DXO Optics Pro 11 for initial raw file processing because it covers all my lenses, and nothing digs details out of shadows like DXO. I also like that I can pass a DXO first pass process to Affinity as a DNG file, which Affinity Photo treats as RAW. Perfect. Now, After spotting this thread, I remembered I had an archived version of the Nik Collection version1.2.11 on a backup drive. Following Miguel's instructions, I installed it and added it to Affinity Photo as multiple plugins They work with the caveats listed previously. I also found that if I created an HDR image with Affinity (32 bit) and passed it to Nik's HDR Effects filter, when I pressed OK to send it back to Affinity, the color;s/tones were completely messed up and the resulting image of no use. I can also attest to the color shifts when trying to use Nik's Viveza. But most importantly (for me), Color Effects Pro 4 works perfectly, and this was always my go to Nik filter. I am a strong advocate for the Tonal Contrast filter, Pro Contrast filter (which provides Dynamic Contrast control), the Reflectivity Filter ( I do many seashore landscapes), and the Polarizer filter. It is nice to see I can still use them easily with Affinity Photo. Anyway,, thought I would share. Regards, HDJEff
  2. Gabrielt Thanks for the feedback. I have watched this video previously, and it was very informative. I actually found out how to save a pixel selection to a spare "channel" , where it is available for future edits to the file it is saved in. It can be loaded to a pixel layer, where it can then used as a mask for adjustment layers. It was a bit hidden for me, since I wasn't familiar with the channel concept. Regards, HDJeff
  3. Greetings I have recently purchased Affinity Photo for Windows, and I have been going through tutorials and coming up to speed in its use. So far, I am impressed with the product. My questions are mask=related. 1. I opened a previously edited and saved file that includes several layered edits, including a High Pass sharpening filter which I applied to an area of the image that I selected using the Selection Brush Tool. If I recall correctly, I made the selection on the pixel layer, then added the live HP sharpening filter, which then reflected the mask in the small thumbnail on the Layers window. I unnested the filter and moved it to the top of the layer list, Anyway, when I went back to the file several days later, upon zooming in on the HP filter layer in normal blend mode, I could see that I was missing some of the intended edges of the masked area, due to some sloppy editing on my part. I then tried several ways to edit the selected area to capture the areas that I had missed, but when I opened the Selection Brush Tool, it only wanted to start creating a new selection, not edit the previous one. Is there a way to edit a mask in a previously saved file? 2. I also decided I wanted to make some level adjustments to this same masked area. However I could find no "copy mask" function that would allow me to conveniently apply the mask from the HP sharpening filter, to a new "Levels Adjustment" layer. Is there a way to do this in a previously saved file? I get the impression that these masked selections are "baked in" to the layer when the file is saved, and cannot be edited or copied. Regards, HDJeff