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  1. ok, ok, I get it - my hitherto capitalizing of titles is perceived as "shouting" I stand corrected - will henceforth "shout" no more!
  2. i don't get it - if you look at my 3rd screenshot you'll see that I only have ONE tab ("Macro"). I don't get how to add another panel there (I'm assuming that you mean that I can add an "adjustments" panel there - as I am not trying to move any tabs - since I only have one..)?
  3. i wasn't trying to communicate shouting - it just looked more suitable to capitalize the title when the rest of the text is is lower-case
  4. maybe the flood select tool IS NOT the right tool for this job? Maybe another selection tool with which i can select the areas, I want to affect, manually?
  5. I have been trying to use a mix of the Clone Brush Tool, the Inpainting Brush Tool and the Healing Brush Tool to remove unwanted objects from a photo. The result so far has been pretty bad. I am attaching 2 screenshots of the photo before and after my attempt. The aim was to remove the chair that's in the middle of "nowhere" lol - and, most importantly all the "ugly" items (cigarettes, ashtrays, used glasses, purses etc) from the first table. My initial idea was to clone the little free corner of the table (bottom-left corner in the image) and somehow clone this free table surface throughout the table areas that were "busy with all the items. I don't know if this table corner in an insufficient area to clone from - or if it's just too close to other objects to use as a source - but the result I got looks crappy. What is the best way (tool/method) to get rid of the objects in this specific photo? And, by the way, is removing the objects I want in this specific photo considered hard to do; or is it a straightforward task and I just don't know what I'm doing yet?
  6. AMAZING!!! THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR ALL THE TIME YOU TOOK!!!
  7. i'm sure it'll be great - can't wait for the post to upload! THANK YOU BRO!! "Waffling" - I'll be using this word for me - hilarious!
  8. If this relates to me asking why I can't select pixels from another layer (other than the original base photo layer) in order to not make destructive adjustments that would be stored on the original file: If I drag+drop from the Photos app onto AP, Mac OS Photos will create a COPY of the exported (dragged-out) image, so I cannot damage the original file by mistake! But if I import the photo from the Photos app by right-clicking on it and choosing "Edit With" -> "Affinity Photo", then yes, it will save any changes onto the orginal file (just as it will if I drag a photo/image file from anywhere on my Mac, onto AP)! So unless I'm dragging/dropping from Photos onto AP, I should be very careful (or simply create a duplicate file of the original) before importing into AP! Just to confirm, though: It's true that AP can't open/browse amp files/albums directly from the app itself, right? (Not that I mind now that I know I can take the opposite route: Photos->Affinity Photo), but just to be sure!
  9. Is this reply in relation to me saying that I can't seem to find anyway to browse & open my Photos's files & albums directly via AP? Meaning that "the reverse can be done" (so I, therefore, can browse my photos within the Photos app as I would nnormally, and then whenever I want to open it in AP, I can just right-click on its thumbnail. and choose "Edit with" -> "Affinity Photo")? It works just fine! But is that what you meant to explain?
  10. If what you meant was for me to upload the image so that anyone can make a mini tutorial - video (like you had offered to make in my other post - actually this scenario is EVEN more important to me than the objects' removing of the other post, as it's something that I know will be needed all the time!), or an images' tutorial, A. YES PLEEEASE!! , and B. I am attaching: 1. The initially edited photo (attachment #1 and #3) in which I fixed the front trees lighting/coloring, and that of the tables, closer to what it actually looked like in real-life (but the background trees' areas need to be selected and fixed, as when I was adjusting the photo to fix the coloring of the front area, the background area turned all florescent-ish green & bright white which is completely off in relation to what it really looked like! I have not touched these background areas separately as I don't know what I'm doing lol). 2. Also attaching the same image in its completely untouched photo (attachment #2), as the iPhone had captured it, which, of course, has no relation to the real-life setting's actual coloring.. Maybe this would be of some use (?). The reality was somewhere between attachment #1 and #3 (apart from the background of course) *Note 1: The front area of the photo (trees & tables) was illuminated using warm-white lights (2300-2500°K), whereas the background area was lit using daylight-white light (approx. 4500°K). So, of course the background was a cooler tint of green in comparison to the front area, but was NOTHING like the photos show! *Note 2: I began this post in order to learn how I can select the areas I want to fix (in this photo, and others like it) using the Flood Select Tool. However, if anyone is going to make a tutorial video (or an image-series workflow one) using my photo; it is best that he/she uses the selection tool/s that he/she believes is appropriate for the specific case, and not the Flood Select Tool just because I thought it was the appropriate one (obviously)!
  11. ARE YOU FOR REAL?? WOW!!!.... <3 <3 <3 I'm uploading the original image in case you found this to be a good example that others may benefit from by watching your tutorial!!
  12. I didn't know that i had to rasterize the initial (base) image/photo in order for the flood select tool to recognize the different "areas" of the photo (it wasn't mentioned in the tutorial video I linked). But, of course, it makes sense - the initial photo must be converted to pixel layers in order for AP to be able to see the similar pixels that it should "group" (select) together. So, if I understood correctly, the correct process would be: 1. Rasterize the base image, 2. Create another pixel layer ON TOP of the rasterized base image (now saved as pixel info), 3. On this new pixel layer I can now use the Flood Select Tool. Right? If yes, please explain: 1. I rasterized the main image, and was then able to use the Flood Select Tool on THIS, first (now rasterized), layer. But when I tried adding a new pixel layer right on top on the 1st layer, I was not able to use the Flood Select Tool on this 2nd layer to affect the 1st layer's final output. Why not? (I thought that I shouldn't really be touching the original image at all and that any changes should be done on layers above the 1st layer. Right? 2. If the Flood Select Tool doesn't accurately select all the areas I want selected, can I drag its automatically selected borders myself (manually) so that I can select the areas I want to edit together? If yes, how do I drag them? (In the attached screenshot you can see what happened to the Flood Select Tool's auto area-selections when I increased the tolerance.. My objective was to select the 3 tablecloths of the 3 tables to equally reduce the saturation, so I selected the first table and gradually increased the tolerance to get the others too. Instead it started to select tree areas and didn't even cover the entire tablecloths of the first 2 tables I guess that it's not that accurate in its selective process (it's not a human being lol) - so maybe there's a better way to do things like this (maybe a different tool?) instead of via the Flood Select Tool?? 3. How can I make multiple area flood selections? So when I'm happy with the selection accuracy of the 1st area, I can SAVE this final pixel-selection (so that it's not lost even after a shutdown), and then move on to the next area? My objective is to end up with different areas selected on the image and to be able to apply adjustments to all at the same time (but not to risk losing my, perfectly made, selections at any point during the process). Can this be done? 4. In the Mac Photos app, you can use Shift+CMD+C, and Shift+CMD+V, to copy and paste adjustments from one image to another. This saves us a tremendous amount of time when we need to edit multiple (similar) images; and when they all have the same adjustments applied to them, we can then tweak any image separately later on as needed. Can you do this in AP too? How about from one selected area to another, within the same image? 5. Last (and slightly irrelevant to this topic): How do I close the project window and start a new one when I'm done with one photo (WITHOUT closing the AP app)? Lame question, I know, but I can't seem to find how this is done so I end up closing the app to start anew! And when I press CMD+N to create a new project window over the current one (as I haven't figured out how to close the first one..), it throws in this annoying & unwanted white canvas in the middle of the project window! Isn't there a way to make a new project window WITHOUT the white canvas (just like is done when the app is first opened)?
  13. No, I just dragged and dropped a photo from my Mac Photos app into AP (since it doesn't seem like there's another way to directly import images from Photos in AP - which is bizarre as I thought AP was meant to be 100% integrated with Mac OS...) so I guess it's not a raw file. I just got the info of the photo from my Photos app and it gave me the title "IMG_5708.HEIC". Whatever this format is wasn't chosen by me - the iPhone transferred the photo I took to the Photos app like that. I suppose that AP, being a fully-integrated/compatible Mac OS app, won't have a problem with these formats that it expects Apple to produce in their ecosystem, right? So anything that Apple "dishes out" is what AP has been built to work with, correct? So, you mean that there's no other option other than to work "destructively" (directly on the photo layer itself), right?
  14. WOW! your resulting photo is exactly what I had envisioned achieving! Although I would have hoped the process would have been WAAAYY simpler (like selecting a source color like from the empty table's corner, and then just painting over the rest of the table over the objects I want removed, to delete them and end up with an empty table.. What you described is too advanced for me right now. Although, I am VERY interested in learning Now, would it be possible for you to explain what you suggested I do in newbie-lingo? Or better, of course, do you have a link to a video that shows a similar process so I can follow the steps? I am COMPLETELY new to all this and your explanation got me lost You said: 1. "Use the pen tool to make selections for the things you want to keep": What do you mean? The pen tool, as I've seen, makes only straight lines, so I guess that I could plot the 4 corner points of the table's surface, and the 2 corner points of the table's sides, and that would then plot the the table's surface and side. But this tool can't sketch around the candles and centerpiece I want to keep (just like you did). So by using the pen tool as you suggest, won't select all the things I want to keep - I would just end up with the selection of the table's shape, which would ignore all the other items I want to keep such as the centerpiece and candles... Am I not understanding something? Should I also be using another selection tool apart from the pen tool? 2. "Save as a channel so that you can load the selection back in (later)": So, whatever the above process (for selecting everything I want to keep) finally is, you say that I should "save these selections as a channel". Do you mean save as a separate layer? How do I do this? Where? 3. "then make a shape matching the table and fill it with an elliptical gradient selecting the colours on the table": Isn't this what you said I should do in step 1? How do I select the table? With the pen tool? How do I fill the table using the table's colors? What tool is this? 4. "you can then load the selections and create a mask to knock out where the objects that you want to keep are": Ok, I have no idea what you're talking about here! 5. By the way, should I take it as a rule-of-thumb that each and every time I load a photo/image into AP, I should ALWAYS rasterize the image in order to do ANYTHING from that point onwards? (And, if yes, why doesn't AP just rasterize anything imported automatically since without doing so you can't do anything anyway?..)
  15. ok thanks - I was just worried that it would take over a day to get a (first) reply to a query, and possibly a week if follow-up questions would ensue to get a solution to anything. Phonecalls & especially screen-sharing with an expert is obviously the best way to give and get support, but given that you just don't provide this () your reply was quite fast, I must admit I didn't know that i had to rasterize the initial (base) image/photo in order for the flood select tool to recognize the different "areas" of the photo (it wasn't mentioned in the tutorial video I linked). But, of course, it makes sense - the initial photo must be converted to pixel layers in order for AP to be able to see the similar pixels that it should "group" (select) together. So, if I understood correctly, the correct process would be: 1. Rasterize the base image, 2. Create another pixel layer ON TOP of the rasterized base image (now saved as pixel info), 3. On this new pixel layer I can now use the Flood Select Tool. Right? If yes, please explain: 1. I rasterized the main image, and was then able to use the Flood Select Tool on THIS, first (now rasterized), layer. But when I tried adding a new pixel layer right on top on the 1st layer, I was not able to use the Flood Select Tool on this 2nd layer to affect the 1st layer's final output. Why not? (I thought that I shouldn't really be touching the original image at all and that any changes should be done on layers above the 1st layer. Right? 2. If the Flood Select Tool doesn't accurately select all the areas I want selected, can I drag its automatically selected borders myself (manually) so that I can select the areas I want to edit together? If yes, how do I drag them? (In the attached screenshot you can see what happened to the Flood Select Tool's auto area-selections when I increased the tolerance.. My objective was to select the 3 tablecloths of the 3 tables to equally reduce the saturation, so I selected the first table and gradually increased the tolerance to get the others too. Instead it started to select tree areas and didn't even cover the entire tablecloths of the first 2 tables I guess that it's not that accurate in its selective process (it's not a human being lol) - so maybe there's a better way to do things like this (maybe a different tool?) instead of via the Flood Select Tool?? 3. How can I make multiple area flood selections? So when I'm happy with the selection accuracy of the 1st area, I can SAVE this final pixel-selection (so that it's not lost even after a shutdown), and then move on to the next area? My objective is to end up with different areas selected on the image and to be able to apply adjustments to all at the same time (but not to risk losing my, perfectly made, selections at any point during the process). Can this be done? 4. In the Mac Photos app, you can use Shift+CMD+C, and Shift+CMD+V, to copy and paste adjustments from one image to another. This saves us a tremendous amount of time when we need to edit multiple (similar) images; and when they all have the same adjustments applied to them, we can then tweak any image separately later on as needed. Can you do this in AP too? How about from one selected area to another, within the same image? 5. Last (and slightly irrelevant to this topic): How do I close the project window and start a new one when I'm done with one photo (WITHOUT closing the AP app)? Lame question, I know, but I can't seem to find how this is done so I end up closing the app to start anew! And when I press CMD+N to create a new project window over the current one (as I haven't figured out how to close the first one..), it throws in this annoying & unwanted white canvas in the middle of the project window! Isn't there a way to make a new project window WITHOUT the white canvas (just like is done when the app is first opened)?
  16. i have spent a LOT of time trying to do what the guy is showing in the "making selections" tutorial (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F9Pvc_Pl0wY) but it just doesn't work! He shows that we select the flood select tool, then click on a part of the image that you want to flood select (and drag left or right to decrease/increase the tolerance). IT JUST DOESN'T WORK. :( :( :( When I click on the part of the image i want selected, it just ignores this and instead selects the entire image (the image's rectangular perimeter). When I then click+drag left or right, nothing happens. Late 2016 touchbar macbook pro (if that's related to the problem) Am I doing something wrong, or should I select some kind of setting or something that's not mentioned in the above tutorial? Ad, by the way, does AP have some kind of support line so we customers can call and get real-time support? (this post has already taken WAY too much time to write, let alone waiting for it to be approved by a moderator, and then waiting for a written reply - if I get one..)
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