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  1. Those are some pretty cool tricks! Interesting to know what we're actually looking at when seeing those mouth-watering pictures. It's a pickled cucumber salad in my image (pretty niche, I know) that I made and I wanted to share it in an online group of fellow enthusiasts. In this case, it would defeat the purpose to fake the actual food but next time I should think of a better setup and/or background beforehand when I make food with the intent of sharing pictures of it. I looked at some reference images of pickles online and they all seem to place them on a desaturated wooden table and it does look a lot better than my plain white table Thanks for your input!
  2. Sorry, I should have specified. My goal is to enhance the image in a way that most closely resembles an unedited higher quality picture. So no obvious color boosts or extreme "filters" to hide the original lack of colors. So in a way, my question could be reformulated as: how do I increase the color and brightness range and variety in a way that looks natural? Worst case I'd recolor the picture by hand, in which case advice for that is also appreciated.
  3. I am not a photographer so I don't have the equipment nor the setup to take good photographs to work with. Especially my random food pictures taken with my 170$ phone tend to end up looking so unflattering that I don't even want to share them with anyone because the colors are so bad, the food looks disgusting. I've been looking for ways to make these pictures look more appealing and am pretty proud of the outcome of this one. Of course, it's not even close to perfect and if anyone has any advice on editing low quality pictures, it would be much appreciated. Most editing tutorials start out with professional raw images, which I don't have and a lot of the techniques used come out different than expected, so it's been a tough journey that I fear will only ever end once I get a better phone or camera. Anyway, here's the before (left) and after (right):
  4. Ok, I reworked the tail curve and her left hand. Simply mirroring the other one turned out to be the wrong perspective. And sketching an ok-looking hand in pixel mode is so much easier than getting it to look good no matter the zoom But I think I'll try to work on the other points first before reworking the hand again to get my mind off things...
  5. Wow, thanks for the detailed explanation! That was really the one point I didn't get, I just didn't see it before but now that you pointed it out, that hard edge irks me too haha I've just been tracing my sketches - all flaws included - so far but it seems vector is a whole different world of things to learn! I'll do some fixing now and update later when it's done
  6. What do you mean by inner shadows? I'm not very good with the terminology I kind of didn't want to use too many special blend modes because I wanted to control the number of colors are on it (except for gradients) with a strict pallette. Not so sure if it was a good idea though, just looking to experiment. 1. I don't know how many to put on there. If I put too many, it feels weird if I don't scale out the whole tail. But if I put in too few, it doesn't have the desired effect. Any tips for that? 2. I'm working on it atm 3. Hands are hard but I'll try! 4. Can you elaborate? Do you mean like how the tail isn't perfectly arched? Thank you both for the feedback!
  7. Some more details, whooo! And I did manage to improve the shape of that tail sploosh. Now onto shading those things...
  8. Added some more details and basic shading, but problem still stands. That sploosh at the tail looks like an abomination.
  9. Finally laid down the flat shapes. Any advice on how to make those random red blobs have a more natural flow? Or generally how best to model such a shape. Thank you! (Not my character. Mermaid design based off of Eleanor Forte.)
  10. Cool edits, especially like the squirrel one The concept sounds just like r/photoshopbattles on reddit. You might check that one out as well if you don't know it already ^^
  11. It's in Chinese because I made it for my grandparents in China. They know I'm studying games engineering so I thought it would be a fun twist to my annual traditional postcard Aside from the lack of indexed color mode when editing, my experience with Pixel Art in Affinity Photo has been a blast. Coming from Photoshop, I love the infinite zoom, the pixel tool and the snapping to whole pixels. Placing the colors feels very smooth and accurate as well. Anyway, here's the upscaled postcard, hope you like it ^^
  12. Was the object on another layer before? If yes, put it on the layer on top and merge it down. If not, you can't. There is no information about the parts of the object that are behind something else. You would have to reconstruct them yourself. But why do you need several objects on the same layer in the first place?
  13. So glad you are bringing this up. I made a post about the same thing a few months ago and while it didn't gain much attention, a few others agreed and there doesn't seem to be an equivalent feature yet. This really should be a higher priority. It's part of the workflow of a lot of painters and cartoon artists and the like, and pretty much every other program with layer support has it. I know the small team at Serif already has their hands full, but I'd consider this a core functionality of the flood fill tool.
  14. Maybe I'm doing something wrong, but when toggling the UI, the document does not stay in place, which is quite annoying. For example, when I toggle this: It becomes this: It seems the document is moved by as much as the upper left corner moves when the toolbox disappears. It would be great if this could be negated so that the document stays at the same pixel position so that toggling does not effectively move the image around.
  15. When Affinity Photo was last on the secondary monitor, and the secondary monitor is then disconnected, Affinity Photo will be started off screen instead of on the primary monitor. In my case I have a graphics tablet with monitor that I plug in and out quite frequently. It's not really a bug and more of a feature, so I put it here, but I hope it still gets "fixed". For everyone else with this problem: what worked for me was to shift-rightclick the icon in the taskbar, click "Move" and then use the arrow keys to bring it back.
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