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    Designer Pocket Watch Illustration

    Thanks for the info Alfred. Have all three, but haven't got around to using publisher very much yet. Still getting by with PagePlus Time is pretty tight right now. so I haven't delved into it, but in a couple weeks my schedule will clear up a bit and I'll be digging into it.
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    Designer Pocket Watch Illustration

    Isn't that the Affinity Publisher release number? Doe it import designer files? I did note in my "tinkering" that Ability Designer and Ability Photo files will open in either.
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    Social Media Banner Ad Size Artboards

    Thank you!
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    3D Mandala Doodle (AD)

    Nice job! Showing my age again, but we used to call such drawings kaleidoscopic images. The symmetry is neat!
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    First try with designer

    Bought the program to do some mapping work, but had a chance to play with it today (storms kept our customers home, so what can I do about it?). Based very loosely on an old 1940s International Harvester pickup. All my work except the coca-cola logo on the drink machine.
  6. First image (of course) is a dandelion which is edible. Second image is of the flowers of red russian kale plant. Third image --- the one that looks like a hairy egg in a thorny nest --- is a thistle plant going to seed. The stalk is edible and tastes much like celery. The last image is of a flower that my wife says it related to the "sweet pea" family --- yeah, the one sticking its tongue out at the camera.
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    Took a break to play with the $99 camera

    What? Man, I was enjoying the info that I was picking up. Downloaded open camera (never heard of it before) and love it on my phone. Thanks . . .
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    Took a break to play with the $99 camera

    Thank you! The camera is a Nikon L340. It was $99 from Target about 2 years ago. Was all I could afford at the time when my Canon EOS Rebel went down for the count.
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    Naughty but Nice! Cheecky Texture styles!

    First of all, thank you Wosven for letting me know how to use the download. "Please let me know what I'm missing" implies that I have somehow missed something as in I do not understand how to access the information. Negative comment? Not at all. "Have a good day and please learn how to use Affinity! " Well, that is exactly what I'm trying to do. Thanks for your contribution.
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    Naughty but Nice! Cheecky Texture styles!

    Downloaded, but seems to be totally unusable unless there is another way to access the content . . . and the above non working link doesn't give much reason for confidence. Please let me know what I''m missing. Affinity Designer assures me that this is not an affinity styles file format, as does Affinity Photo.
  11. Had some rain overnight, so got a couple more dianthus pics I liked
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    Forget me not - Focus combination (Stack)

    Very nice work! Now you got me wanting to try focus stacking. Thanks for sharing!
  13. My bank doesn't like me to use my card overseas, so I thought I would purchase through the microsloth store ... download the software and install it on my computer at home. I have a couple of different microsloth accounts, one for work (this one) and two for my other computers at home. If I use one account, it screws with my head because if I change the wall paper at work, it changes everything at home. Therefore, not an option. Made my purchase at the microsloth store and it will only allow me to install on THIS computer --- and I don't want to use it here, but rather at home where I do my mapping work. Their policy is no refunds. Can I possibly download the software and install it at home? Oh, they don't give me the key so not sure what to do about that either.
  14. Refused to refund my money or give me a download link. I took up most of an hour of their time on the phone, kept being reassured that they could not refund my money for "3 to 5 business days minimum" (whatever that means). Explained to her that was unacceptable. Also told her they were adding to Serif's licensing policy. Got the bank on the phone while talking to the microsloth rep, explained to the fraud department what was going on ... and lo and behold, while we were talking microsloth refunded my money. I thanked my banker, thanked the microsloth rep and will be placing my order in the next 30 minutes here.
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    An American idea was: "When you see the flash, duck and cover!" Truth be known, if you would have seen the flash, it was the last thing you saw and you were dead before you hit the ground. That said, resembles a pamphlet they taught us in school in southeast Louisiana in the late 1960's with the door and the sandbags. Crazy stuff, and probably totally useless in reality.
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    Between Morning Showers

    Was about to leave for work, and this tiny flower caught my attention --- so I go grab the camera and head back out, but the one little ray of sunshine had vanished. Yet I still had to take the pic because it appealed to me so much. This is the original shot (resized for the forum): Wasn't really happy with the shot because it didn't match what it was when there was a bit of sunlight. I took it into affinity later that morning and did a bit of work on it. Don't like the way my digital cameras treat reds and magentas --- my Nikon and Canon cameras both make them look terrible. So I grabbed the blue channel and used a luminosity blend mode, adjusting it until I got the results I wanted with the color of the flower. Of course, I masked that layer so that it only affected the color of the flower. Added a fill layer with a gold tone, and used an inverted version of the previous mask. I also thought the droplets needed a bit of attention to make them stand out, so I used a trick someone showed me back when I was using Paintshop Pro and I liked the results. I made a copy of the original and applied a high pass filter, monochrome, and ran the slider to the far right. In the mask, I grabbed a brush with white and painted in the water droplets. To get the effect right requires adjusting flow, brush hardness/softness and the opacity of the layer. Think it is an improvement.
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    Thinking about toying with this ... Thanks for sharing
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    Fair Amaryllis

    Nice pic. The only things blooming here right now are dandelions and rain clouds --- although the latter have taken a couple days off in a row now.
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    Looks good to me. Thanks for sharing.
  20. Trying an old masking method along with different blend modes ... made me think of the old "black velvet" paintings from the 1970's.
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    Portrait with Frequency Separation

    Well, as mistake prone creatures, we all can improve --- can't get much better than that for a first try though.
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    Portrait with Frequency Separation

    Even more impressed. Again, nice work!
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    Portrait with Frequency Separation

    Nice work, but I agree with Alfred about it being more interesting if we saw the ---ahem--- "before, after" (a poke at Unmesh Dinda from PixImperfect).
  24. I watch most of the tutorials by Piximperfect on Youtube. He recently referred to a site called PSD Battles (http://www.psdbattles.com) where you can make fun edits to others' images and share them. I hit a funny bone with me when I saw what others were doing, and thought some here might like to have a go at it. It's currently in beta, and I'm not sure how it will eventually work but have a look. Here are a couple of images I submitted: A frozen frog and Squirrel Elton John
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    Colorizing Old Photos

    Still learning by experimenting, but think I'm getting better --- thanks to Ability Photo. I had been using Corel Paint Shop Pro 2018, but it has been cast aside because I can come closer to the results I want. I definitely prefer the workflow with Ability. I found a site where someone saved a bunch of glass negatives from a photography studio that went back as far as the 1890's (possibly earlier). Here is the original image and the incomplete colorized image. I wasn't able to complete it today ... separating the sky and the foliage is going to take some extra time. I liked the result I got with the lace on her left side - both around her neck and especially at the cuff of her left arm. It was surprisingly fast and simple.