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    Macro . . . With A $99 Nikon

    Tiny orchid like flower . . . on a U.S. penny for scale. Once more, auto-out-of-focus keeps this from being as sharp as I'd like. The penny is approximately 3/4" in diameter (I believe that makes it about 2cm to you folks across the pond) and the width of the flower is less than 5mm. The most amazing part of this photo is that I actually saw it while walking. The dead mosquito on the right seems to have been stuck by some sort of sap.
  2. Thanks for your help. Then the problem isn't what I thought. After the aforementioned setup, I press "B" which should give me the brush tool. It shouldn't give me anything else, and it definitely shouldn't change on its own during editing.
  3. No, using the paint brush. There is no text in the image, no text layers. As you can see (larger pic would have been better, but uploading and space taken into consideration) a good bit of masking has already taken place. After a few minutes of masking work, this happens with or without any live filters as well as on other masking projects. It's just that last evening I was trying to throw off the day's anxiety by doing a bit of work that I enjoy. Not sure why this happens . . . the selection tools won't let me come even close with most images, so the only way to finish them off is masking. Well, if the selection tool isn't going to come close, I just avoid them altogether and completely mask the portions by eye. Then this often happens where no more progress is possible. Yes, if I restart the software and reopen the image things go back to normal --- sometimes just for a while, and sometimes I can finish the project. Shouldn't have to keep restarting the software to complete a masking operation. Windows 10 AMD 4 core Processor (don't remember number) MSI Military Grade motherboard (don't remember model) 8 GB DDR3 RAM 100+ GB free space on HDD Huion H610 tablet
  4. This has happened a few times to me with the latest version of AP. While masking an image, the brush will either decide to always be white or always be black regardless of which color I choose. The setup for this image is simple. Original background layer was duplicated. That layer was inverted with the blend mode set to "color" and the visibility of that layer set to 50%. This gives me a simple 50% grey layer to work on masking. After roughing in the mask, the brush color becomes stuck on black (this hides the grey layer). Unfortunately, that isn't very good for masking. Any ideas what is going on? cant_mask_this.mp4
  5. Like playing with macro images, just not into expensive cameras. Took this at about 9:00 on a Sunday morning. Full sunlight, but the heavy growth behind this soon to be 3 headed flower literally looked black with very little adjusting. The L340 is completely autofocus --- or sometimes "auto-out-of-focus" might be a better description of this camera's ability. May post a few more of my macro images. I love looking for the unusual image. This one made me think of a three headed serpent. Thanks for looking.
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    Photo - Classical (macro)photo

    Beautiful work as always Patrick. Sometimes I'm not sure if it is just that the tool isn't capable of making the selections I think it should be able to, or if my mind just isn't capable of understanding its limitations. Give me enough time though, and I can mask out anything almost anything.
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    Dodge an Burn

    Yes, thanks for the info. Instead of using "overlay", I do the same with "soft light" and prefer the control I see with this blend mode. Works better for Smee, however, your mileage may vary. Yes, had been a PS user, then after being disappointed with Serif's Photoplus (which may been more to do with my inexperience than the software's failure to perform), started using PSP. Didn't get into coreldraw as I could get the results I needed in Drawplus (yes, simple work was the limit of what I would attempt).
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    Print failure

    I use several different printers (epson inkjet, canon inkjet, 2 different brother laser printers) . . . Affinity photo, affinity designer, and affinity publisher all print correctly --- every time --- for me. Are you using a third party software to manage your printing? AMD processors on all my computers except personal laptop (seldom used, and doesn't even have affinity programs installed), windows 10 on everything.
  9. Nope. "Fill" relates to the amount of color. "Opacity" relates to how opaque that color is --- when dealing with the 8 special blend modes noted earlier..
  10. Straight out the Nikon Camera --- jpg image. This Nikon does NOT take raw, png, tif, or any other format image. Here's what's happening:
  11. 1. This is a photo using a green screen. Therefore, there is no transparency involved at all. Thus there is no color used as a matte. 2. The image is a jpg. Once the color has been removed to my satisfaction a background will be added and then saved as an afphoto file. 3. Switching the foreground and background colors only change the color . . . from green to whatever other color has been selected . . . but it is still monochrome: "Now, instead of a green monochrome image, I have a red monochrome image."
  12. If I don't, then clicking on the green background when using the eyedropper tool turns the entire image monochrome green.
  13. Simple question that requires neither an image posted or a file uploaded: WHY must I rasterize a raster image before I can use <Select>/<Select Sampled Color>?
  14. 1. Opened image. Only layer existing. No other layers . . . no adjustment layers, no pixel layers, no fx and no live filters. Just one layer --- the image I want to start working on. 2. It has not been saved as an afphoto file . . . why save something that completely does not work.