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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
  3. When opening a DNG as a Tiff from lr5 to Ap the image cannot be moved when the 'hand' is clicked or via spacebar +drag The only fix is close > reopen from Lr as an original tiff been happening for a while --- maybe after downloading the latest version (??) Problem does not happen every time --- Other actions/tools seem to be effect as well but nothing I can say 'all the time' On a totally different subject regarding space bar on the new external Dell keyboard --- when I hit the spacebar I get a page down action (??) Could be how the dell keyboard is set or I have done something myself (??) Any directions or thoughts would be appreciated Thanks for reading Cheers all
  4. ''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
  5. 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
  6. To save me type it all out I will ask first if there is a known problem when using 'place' to add a file or files to a photo ? I work around it by using tiff files so no dramas; however if more information is needed I'm happy to supply what I know And; I think I have caught up with most missed comments to my posts -- I have not been clicking the follow button so sorry if I have missed you. Nothing worse than not acknowledging someone who takes time to reply to one's posts .
  7. Good to know Gabriel --- thank you for that
  8. 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
  9. 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
  10. I just learnt something ALL by myself I have been doing image mirroring manually for years; however affinity photo has a very snazzy mirroring tool ---- I learnt that long ago >> filter > distort > mirror .What I didn't know there is a tool icon for mirroring that can be added to the toolbar (red). But there's even more; you can use the arrow keys to adjust the effect -- left and right arrow select the input or output dials [blue] while the up and down arrows adjust the amounts . Not finished yet ; click the green marked window and you can then use the up and down keys to adjust mirroring effect ; although I do prefer 1 usually . Second pic is a bit of wood [#3] I photographed yesterday and mirrored in Ap. I have developed an eye for the little things inside the bigger picture and am always on the lookout for subjects that can used in other ways; like mirroring . For me; there is more satisfaction doing them manually but the affinity way is rather mesmerizing and a great way to waste time. Question>> does the last pic look "sharp" on your screen? Keep in mind the original was a raw 12mg Panasonic FZ300 Questions and comments welcome Cheers
  11. 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
  12. 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
  13. 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)
  14. 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
  15. 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
  16. 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
  17. 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
  18. 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
  19. Bugga! So that's why I could not find anything about it Thanks RC-R . Maybe another request to put in
  20. I know it's easy but not ATM I would like to have the dodge and burn shadow/midtone/highlight boxes (red) available all the time, and I don't need this tools in blue . How do I remove those tools in that 'what's it called' Bar ? That I hope that will allow the shadow/midtone/highlight boxes to be available as they were before the update Just of interest; I often use the inbuilt dodge and burn tools on a 50% grey layer so I can pick the tones to be adjusted . Cheers
  21. check "accumulation" in the brush setting . Click on "more" next to hardness > click reset If that's not the fix then it's something just as simple . Must admit brushes and the number of them still confuse me so I limit most basic round --- just like Lr5 has which is better as it is also a smart brush --- hint hint Affinity
  22. doesn't seem to be any dramas or differences with the flood section tool on my computer . I have been caught out in the past with tolerance too low Rasterizing: I will leave that for experts
  23. bugga bugga bugga -- just added 1.7 and ''place'' is not working as before computer did not seem happy after downloading/installing so it was turned off/on a couple times --- still not a happy camper as before ''Place'' did work with one tiff file only at a time now files in the "edit" folder don't show when ''place' is clicked; but do so if "open" is used --- just checked and the same happens when any folder selected. Hells bells it's hard using a right hand mouse in the left hand instead of the right hand that has been "out of action" for a month due to a damn tennis elbow Cheers
  24. suited me as files were export from Lr5 at set sizes; however the new way will not long to get used to and I will likely find it better on a positive note; they seemed to have fixed problem with placed jpeg files being too large . Always a learning curve with most big up-grades and I'm still to find most improvements --- appreciating the large layer icons which is something I asked for Thank you all for your help which has worked better than that cortisone injection