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  1. Yes I am sure a macro could be made to do this but as you so rightly point out they can't be assigned to shortcuts. Such a pity. Short cut assigned macros would be so marvellous for so many things. I asked for this when they were first introduced. Fingers crossed it will happen one day.
  2. I use an external I/O mapper which allows me to assign a short macro of several key presses to a single key. So I'd settle for a short string of multiple AP shortcuts if that would work ........ I had hoped to achieve this with a combination of the D, X and Shift X shortcuts ........ but I can't find one .........
  3. Hi Toltec I am well aware of the X key to swap colours. I know perfectly well how to set Black as a foreground colour. These are the starting points I have been trying to develop from. But these only get half way there. At present the best I can do is invoke the set fill white shortcut (D on my AP) which will always set the top colour well to white. I can then look at the wells. If the top is background then fine - my foreground colour will have been set black. If the top is foreground then hit X and the secondary black will become the foreground colour. That's fine ......... .......... but not really what I was looking for ........ ............ what I am really looking for is a keyboard shortcut(s) that will set Foreground or Primary colour to Black consistently every time from any pre-existing colour or foreground/background state without having to inspect and decide whether to hit X. Sorry it's very difficult to explain ........
  4. Thank you for your replies but I think either I haven't expressed my question clearly or I haven't understood your answers. I am well aware of the method for setting shortcuts in Properties>Misc that HVDB has shown above. This was my starting point. My difficulty is that this sets Fill which is not the same thing as Foreground or Background. Let me try and explain more clearly. The attached image shows two examples of a palette before and after invoking the keyboard shortcut to reset fill to White. The same shortcut you have shown above. This always sets the top circle to White. If you look at the top two palettes you will see that before invoking the keyboard shortcut the top red circle is foreground. This does not change - so after invoking the shortcut the foreground colour is set to White. If you look at the lower two palettes you will see that before invoking the shortcut the top red circle is now background. Once again this does does not change - so after invoking the same shortcut the foreground colour is now set to Black. Setting fill White with the shortcut functions does not change or set foreground/background status - simply sets the top circle to white regardless of its foreground background status. This is not what I want to do. I want a keyboard shortcut that will consistently set foreground to black (or white) in the same way every time. I have looked at Edit > Save Defaults but, unless I am mistaken, it saves Fill/Outline status not, as far as I can see, Foreground/Background status. Which unless I am being very obtuse takes me back to my original question. Any suggestions to set Foreground with a shortcut as opposed to setting Fill colour? Thanks for your input so far. David Mac
  5. When AP opens a new document the colours always default to White Foreground & Black Background. In the keyboard shortcuts is the possibility to set Fill & Outline to black and white but this is not the same thing as Foreground or Background. When the keyboard shortcut is invoked the top circle in the colour selector is always set to white regardless of whether it is foreground or background. You will always get black and white foreground and background but which is which is a lottery dependent entirely upon the relative foreground background status of the colour circles in the colour selector at the time the shortcut is invoked. So my question is can anybody think of a cunning wheeze or workaround to use the keyboard to set Foreground and Background to Black and White in a consistent manner such that one is always black and the other is always white? It's got me stumped .........
  6. Hi Toltec I've been playing with this is idea a bit and moved it forward slightly ...... er ........ I think .......... The problem is discontiguous layers where grouping will destroy order when ungrouped. Here's plan B. Multiple select the layers whose selections you want to combine (contiguous or discontiguous) and Duplicate. The duplicates will stay selected so then simply group them. It doesn't matter where in the stack the new group appears since all we need to do now is load it's selection and delete it. The original layers remain untouched. Its fairly quick and easy. "That's a very handsome nut you have there Sir .................................. What kind of sledgehammer can I help you with?"
  7. I have had this problem ever since macros were introduced and reported it long ago. I don't know if you are experiencing the same thing but it occurs only when I try to launch a macro by clicking with my Wacom pen. A mouse click works every time. Odd .........
  8. Same problem. I rely entirely on naming.
  9. Add my yes to this too. The thumbnails are far too small on a large display. Black background can be very unhelpful too. Conversely the icons in the mask and adjustment thumbnails are too large and obscure too much. When working in AP I find I have to rely on naming entirely.
  10. Yes. For additive compounds that is quicker. Thank you. For more complex I'll still have go the old route but that is much less common. As you point out, however, I will still have to ungroup afterwards which in the case of discontiguous layers will change layer order which will then need restoring. Still pretty painful. I am amazed there appears to be no simple route for something so basic. A gentleman using Affinity Thought selections should have addability. But the harder he tried The more it denied Him this simple and basic facility.
  11. After over two years of working with AP I am really finding ways round some of it’s quirks and limitations. But a couple of things still have me stumped. 1) It is easy to convert a path or shape to a selection. However has anyone found a way to convert a selection to a path? 2) One of things I really miss in AP is the ability to easily combine selections to produce ‘compound’ selections. The commonest is adding individual selections to get a single combined selection. In PS this is a breeze just Cmd click the mask or layer thumbnails one by one while holding the Shift key. (Other key combos will subtract and intersect as well). I use this in PS all the time. It’s incredibly quick and useful. Sadly this doesn’t work in AP as the Shift is otherwise assigned. The best work around I have found is to load the selection from each layer or mask and then save it as a spare channel one layer at a time. By right clicking on them in the Channels palette one can then combine them as wished and then delete the channels. To call this slow and convoluted qualifies as masterly understatement. So has anyone found a better way? I seem to remember, many moons ago, there were promises from the development team of introducing killer linking. Is this a figment of my imagination or is something on the drawing board? This app is so, so good. But it could still get to be something really amazing. Please keep up the great work!
  12. Yes of course. I agree with all you say. The team are splendid. Quite exceptional. AP is a new kid on the block against an experienced twenty year veteran. That's a tough call indeed and what they have done is nothing less that remarkable. I am utterly delighted to leave Adobe behind but not necessarily to leave Photoshop itself behind. AP is a terrific app, but I have been using it a long time and the longer the tiny omissions niggle, the deeper they niggle. It has a long way to go and I am definitely sticking with it to see if it does, because I really want it to. But I can't say goodbye to PS yet. PS does stuff I need that AP doesn't - just as AP has stuff that PS hasn't. In the end the truth is I can work faster in PS (which may of course be nothing more than old habits not wanting to die) but I don't ....... I always open AP as first call because I want to give it the chance and get to the stage where it's second nature to me. But sometimes it just won't let me ..............
  13. Wow this is old topic! On the other hand it shows how long nothing has been done to resolve it. In the end I have got so used to it I just use the mouse without thinking. I have been a loyal Affinity user since its inception. But this is one of a long list of tiny unfinished niggles which infuriate me. Things like deselecting the layer you are working on if you apply a filter so you have to go and find it again for the next operation or not remembering my palette even though it's set as application default, no simple way of combining selections, & ...., & ......., &, ...... It's the tiny things that drive you mad - especially when they are so basic and avoidable. It's a great app but it could be great deal better mannered!
  14. I never encounterd it any other way! Well until now of course .......... Thanks Chris
  15. I posted on this five days back and, to my surprise, have had no feedback from the folks at Affinity who are usually so wonderfully prompt to respond. In fact the only feedback was another user confirming the same problem. My original post was made concerning the previous beta however it is still unfailingly present in 1.6.5 and gets even more bizarre. If I create a selection with any selection tool and then perform a Copy/Paste (or Cut/paste) the pasted image is severely offset from the original Copy. In the attached images I have shown the original cat in magenta together with the selection. To make the paste clearer I have re-coloured it yellow. Now here's where it gets stranger. As long as the top part of the selection does not intersect the object being selected then the paste occurs correctly but as soon as the top of the selection intersects it offsets. This never occurs in 1.5.2. I still have this loaded and have done direct side by side comparisons. So I then tried copying and pasting between 1.5.2 and 1.6.5. It works fine in both directions. The problem only occurs when 1.6.5 is pasting to itself. This is seriously bizarre and seriously irritating as it affects Affinity Photo's usability to a very severe degree. Any thoughts please from the experts?