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About ianrb

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  1. I hope this Ok; scream if not download the images to make it easier to see the differences between each For those new to all this stuff. As a general guide for photo editing you only really need a few of the blends available . To narrow that guide; the first two in each group will likely be the most used To narrow it down more; darken / multiply / lighten / screen / soft light / overlay will be the most used . As is often the case; more choices is often more confusing than less choices . For a long time I used soft light / overlay the most to add contrast to a file . As with most adjustments; it's easy to over do it > add the blend > adjust the opacity down to under 25 % > than move the opacity up to suit Another idea to mind is make your own set or sets of photos with your photos
  2. This is still a problem without any rules or patterns to why it happens . Best fix is still turn off Ap before opening a new file; but even that does not work every time . I'm in no rush but a lot of time can be lost . Had not try this , so I just spent some time opening new Panasonic raw files with Ap >Develop > edit > photo . 1st one worked with no dramas; however the 2nd file froze when in photo . I really think that removes any connection to Lr5 . An hour or so later and with more new files but not in Lr5 --- there does seem to be more problems when opening with Win10 than when opening with Ap What else can I tell or show you ? It's getting very frustrating BTW; I have remove Ap with revo uninstall, and download/reinstalled ---- added the last update after that Well that's that my morning gone Cheers
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    ''you sure it's safe" Started from a half hearted hand held happy snap with a Panasonic FZ300 at 800 iso after sunset --- we better not get into the computer time Much the of edit was trail error from an original idea . Basic edit to B+W was done in old Lr5 In Affinity Photo > added motion blur >masked blur from around the bird > dodge and burn > selective masking back to white. Border > merge visibility > duplicate > at grid (Ctrl + "/') > drag in top layer > add shadow + stroke (macro/action) > Added two layers for the black and a white stroke to image edge > masked to leave black over white and white over black Not sure if the toning was via spit toning or re-color with masking or a bit of both . Now add lots of back tracking and try again. Many feel (as I used to) that all editing should be a number pre-planned steps; however that's when the enjoyment becomes a job in my opinion. Honest comments and questions welcome original file Lr5 edit . Several -100 clarify brushes would smoothed out the image
  4. Tip for image zooming with the pen --- window 10 laptop older Bamboo Just found this one while fiddling around to find a better way than Ctrl + -/+ for zooming Click on the magnifier > drag pen diagonally across the pad and watch the magic How do you enlarge the screen image ? Second tip --- I think we have all reset/deleted our custom tools . Yep ; Ap should have a save button; but for now try taking and saving a screen shot of the tools pallet for reference to how you had the pallet set. Lately; my tools pallet has been changing For those who don't know > View > customize tools --- at the bottom > drag tools off or on and round to suit your needs. I'm still new to the pen and tablet --- mouse left hand and pen right hand. Takes some getting used to
  5. Good to know Gabriel --- thank you for that
  6. Thank you Joachom; I actually tried that as I typed out the question but it didn't work (??) Now I know how to save the history I can look into it more --- thank you for pointing me in the right direction
  7. How does ''save with history work'' ? How do I find the history after closing / reopen ? tried open with Lr5, and opening with Ap, and open a new doc > edit > save as an Ap file >close Cheers
  8. Trick update :: The arrow keys can also be uses to adjust shadow decrees so I'm thinking the arrow keys can be used for most similar adjustments. You can also type in degrees Has anyone heard / seen this trick elsewhere ; like the affinity book ? Maybe something for someone could add into a video (??) Often the smaller actions seem to be the most useful ----- maybe that's because I cannot remember all big actions Cheers
  9. this is driving me nuts -- or nuttier . Not really; but it's rather annoying -- does not happen every time a photo is opened ; doesn't seem to matter what sort of file [including new docs] . There are no rules to which file is going to freeze or when it will freeze although when opening is the most common General fix; that doesn't work every time, is turn Ap off > reload photo from Lr or open with Ap Cheers
  10. Using Layer effects (fx) to add borders to photos. I have been using this idea for awhile; however the inside glow disappeared when flattened --- until now . “fx” or layer effects --- at the bottom of the layers pallet is 'fx' >click there to open the panel ---- not going into details as there is information online showing or explaining better than I can Open the Fx panel > click and highlight “outline” > default is black but set as you wish >drag the slider out to suit . The magic step I learnt by mistake >click and highlight “inner glow” >drag the intensity slide to 100 > drag out radius slider to suit . There is an adjustable two tone/color border around you photo. Go the opposite way and use white for outline and black for inner glow ( or any colors The size of your border will depend on the size of the photo; however layer effects can be adjusted to suit Make yourself a macro with the above --- I have two macros; one white and black and the black and white Tip: don't over do borders. The only reason I use white and black; or any border is to separate the photo from background it is viewed on. The bigger your border the smaller the photo will be on the screen . It's never a good idea to add a border to serious compositions photos . If you need a border to “improve” your photo then perhaps the photo is not of interest --- same goes for framing photos to display on the wall . Less is often best Cheers
  11. Things are not going well at this end when using Affinity Photo still have the big drama of images freezing --- that is; cannot be moved with the hand tool and most other tools. . Doesn't matter how the images are loaded into Ap --- even new docs/blank pages have frozen so it certainly nothing to do with Lr 5 as thought last week As a way to fix the problem; and a few other things I requested a computer shop to reformat and reinstall; however the "reinstall" part was lost between the front desk and the work table so I now I have an Acer laptop with just factory settings. After downloading Ap again and many hours of work I'm now using the older ASUS laptop and the freeze problem is still happening . This new problem as shown in the SS happens when an outline border with FX -- the photo has been flatten, and opened from Lr5 as a tiff "with lightroom corrections''. Just tested exporting from Lr to the edit folder >opened with Ap and there are no dramas (only done once)
  12. The Acer laptop was reformatted ; however the "and restore" part was lost between the front desk and work desk --- Yep; one of those BIG O'**** moments Gone back the old the older ASUS to sort everything out and then will decide which I keep using . The Acer was only purchased to run On1 that I don't use now I have Affinity --- On1 was an expensive exercise -- very expensive really Lightroom is; was the biggest worry but that is going better than expected considering the catalog back up were on the acer hard drive ---- all photos are on external hard drives All affinity's fault of course --- you should have personally introduce me to the program before On1 popped up All fun and games
  13. After a few very frustrating days of opening/editing/closing/remaking macros/trying this with that and the other way/turning computer off-on off-one/typing out so of what I did; I have come up with one conclusion ; this problem is all Affinity photo Even photos being edited suddenly froze --- that is they could not be moved with the hand tool Photos exported from Lr to the edit folder >opened with Ap> edited >save>close> opened again froze Why redo macros ? Because my "start" macro put layers and adjustment layers in the wrong order when the photo had frozen --- when frozen it is still possible to do same editing like add macros . Sorry; screen prints have disappeared in the chaos ATM ; it's not worth the time just trying to use it. Unless there are other options; the only fix I can think off is remove Ap from my computer, download, and start again . Sounding a lot like On1 days!! I would assume I need to save/export macros and the likes --- any links on how to do that would be appreciated Cheers
  14. Bear??? That's Woody the ram 'cause there are no bears down here Thanks for the comments ---- the blur does look like bad photography ; lazy photography ; not thinking photography. It is a great little versatile camera, but it does need to be used within its limitations that all cameras have --- that canon + 600 mm lens would test my limitations these days ---- mentally and physically The Oly is certainly a great package BTW Jennifer; what are these "Donkey years" you mentioned
  15. Thanks for the reply stokerg. So obviously it is not a problem for everyone or anyone --- just my luck I will try to find some sort of pattern, rhyme, or reason get let you know ---- drove me crazy yesterday and I still cannot work out if it's Lr5 or Ap or both but it's only a recent drama --- using psd made no difference Another one>> with "notify me of replies" ticked, I still never received notification emails Cheers