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  1. "there is no perfect solution that will suffice to end this discussion, that satisfies all forum users" yes there is; MY solution 🤣 Perhaps time to close the thread ???
  2. Another general comment I suggest ''only learn as need to need to learn'' . Programs like Affinity have so much more capabilities than most people (anyone) really needs but all those capabilities are partly used by others . It's not a case of ''have to know it all'' . It was said that very few people, if anyone in the world knows every capability of photoshop . Or if 10 people with advanced Ps knowledge were given a file or files and brief to how the edited file should look , all 10 people would get to that final edit in 10 different ways . Tip from personal experience when moving from Ps/bridge to lightroom 2 + PS3 is ''turn off all other programs to concentrate on the one new program'' . Not everyone will need to do that; however I was able to make more progress faster when I did . Every program is different ; and not a clone of another . Most have similar tools , but often with different names hiding in different places --- that has been my harder part of learning the affinity way --- still not used to "flatten layers" under documents 🤬 That's the sort of stuff up we expect from overpaid government bureaucrats 🤣 Too many (happy snappers) seem to have too many programs doing little jobs when many of those little jobs could often be done in one program IF they stopped to learn that ONE program better . In other words; ''don't make digital harder than it already is'' . Why am I typing all this ? Bloody sick of frustrating editing programs 🤬
  3. depending the "blow it up" size , I would save as a Jpeg at the highest quality possible . Most labs will convert files to jpeg before printing , and may even make the file smaller . You might be surprised at the photo quality a few MB jpg file will be --- 16x12 inch is not problem . Quite often we can only see any difference if have something better, or worse to use as comparison . If getting a very large and expense photo printed it does pay to get a small "proof" photo or two first ---- something like a 10 x 8 inch from the same lab should do . One photo of the whole file and another cropped from the original What size "blow up" are you considering --- consider posting the photo Side note : It's amazing how "dangerous" sounding words are used in photography . ''blow it up" means a bomb to me . Shot and shoot are my favourite pet hate words in photography . "The police are looking for the shooter" ---- must be a canon user lol . "10 kids were shot at the school" --- not sure why 10 kids photographed at the school would be news headline .
  4. Just a general comment I have often felt that many new to all this digital photography /editing are in a too bigger rush to the more advanced editing . If a baby rushes into running they usually get hurt . An apprentice mechanic must learn how to use the tools while doing smaller jobs before putting a complete motor together . I'm quite sure I could not start photography and editing from scratch today . I had the advantage of starting in film days , used a minilab, doing picture framing , went to (film) photography workshop as digital came to life. So when I bought my first digital camera (nikon D1 ) and photoshop 7 happened to jump onto my spooky new computer ; I already had a head and shoulders start. I have never been a great student and do have some learning difficulties ; but IMO digital photography and photo editing is not easy and certainly not "just a click here and there" . In fact there are 3 year university studies for those who want to know it all --- not that too many "know it all". It takes time folks . It's easy when you know how , however crawl before you walk and walk straight before you run .
  5. I haven't read all the above; or very much of the above (sorry); but I totally agree there needs to be 3 separate groups for the 3 programs and possible a general group . If I had it my way i would likely break AP in photo editing ; and designing like work. Perhaps then I would offer more time helping answering photo editing related questions where I can . After thought --- A big help without extra groups would be the insistence that every heading starts with the program name and perhaps the tool in question . I have often had the feeling that basic and lighter advanced photo editing in Affinity Photo has been somewhat overshadowed by far more advanced edits .
  6. what happens if you use the clone tool on the base photo and not layers Polite tip: would better to post a less complicated /busy photo to make it easier to see the problem
  7. Elements will always be the "preferred" editor 🤬 . I could post a LR5 screen shot if you need more help --- took me awhile to work it out
  8. Sorry; reads a bit over my older head but what happens if mirror a photo ?
  9. bit of a wide question Danny as it depends on how the file will be use . I'm just a happy snapper these days so my photos are not all that important . To keep layers ; I use full size TIFF files When I'm happy with the edit -- shared on the web -- I often save the photo as around a 16 x 12 jpg file "just in case" and delete the larger tiff . 8x10/12 inches would likely be enough for my needs > > Don't forget to keep the original file and never edit an original JPEG file . IMO; RAW is not a have to use but it is best practise . I hope that answer your question well enough Just a note --- many of the suggested "dos and don't do" for file handling relates back to the early years of digital when cameras and gear were nowhere as good as we have today . However; not working on the original jpg file still is the better practise .
  10. thanks for asking --- yep, multiply times out of frustration . But; now there is more to story ! Until a fews minutes ago I had not tried the mouse 🤬 . I use the mouse with left hand with the pen in the right hand and for some reason --- likely older age like it's owner🤣 ---- the pen does not work on this task any more . It's an old wacom bamboo my daughter didn't need . Considered sorted --- thank you
  11. True; but I like the two colours walt --- would be better to have a couple more colours on hand without opening another panel
  12. Hello; I hope all are staying sensible to stay safe I can no longer add extra adjustments points to the mesh wrap as in the past What have I broken this time ? used here to pull a panorama in line --- original pano image
  13. This image may help those not sure which tools to have available for editing photo -- everyone will have different ideas Also; I have this screenshot to help put the tools back as they were before a program crash --- or ; I do something dumb . Yep; there needs to be a way to save our preferred window; even if that replaces the APPs default settings For those new to editing ; keep it simple folks to save time looking for that tool you used once a month ago ---- you may notice I have very few multi choice tools . Keeps it simple for my older brain 🤣 If I notice I have not used a tool for sometime I often remove it One column would be better ; however I like having the colour icons available --- not sure why the colours cannot be in a single column (??)
  14. You are most welcome . I'm going to make similar macros for other adjust layers I seem to use often one way or the other --- Saturation and Vibrance in two macros --- and/or HSL saturation . Black and white could handy at times . Too many possibilities really and why I still do so much in the old faithful Lightroom 5.7 ; I would be totally lost if I lost that app .
  15. Bugga!! Was hoping I was the only one; don't feel so important now . Thank you for the answers
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