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  1. I've been using Photoshop professionally since Photoshop 2. As it progressed, and Adobe added other products and features, I just kept spending money. For many years, it was "the only act in town." I've continued to use the cloud suite since it's introduction but as Adobe becomes much more greedy and stupid, (how many poorly thought out revisions can you make) before your customers don't want to be your customers anymore? Working as a third party developer and teacher, there is only so much I can do when it comes to using new products. So far as I can remember, there has never been a true competitor for PS. The Affinity products are the first products to even try. Will they succeed? Only time will tell. But right now, they have most everything to meet the needs of many and I believe they are working hard to fix some issues. For PS users, Affinity Photo has a steep learning curve. For non-PS users, Affinity Photo has a steep learning curve. Too many steps to do too little. In the beginning, PS wasn't that good either. It isn't enough to look like PS! But it is an escape from high cost and it will get better just like PS in time.....
  2. Hello Steps, I posted my notes about current Photoshop Users moving to Affinity because I thought it was interesting. I didn't do it so a person like you could write back as you have done. Your notes demonstrate the limited value of boards like this. I am not interested in trying to help any further. I am removing this board from my computer. I don't have time to read and respond to nonsense like this.
  3. Today was the first time I have seen several posts on Adobe Family stating that they were leaving Adobe in favor of Affinity if Affinity can do what they need. At this point in the development of Affinity Photo, it is going to be difficult to make that transition. As one person pointed out, Adobe is still the luxury liner and Affinity is just a tug boat. Personally, I see Adobe as the train engine and Affinity the caboose. If you look at the total number of Photoshop users and how many are NOT full-time professionals, you might surmise that neither Adobe nor Affinity have their primary focus on the pro. It's a funny concept because it was the pro that made Adobe successful.
  4. Please, my suggestions below are based on my limited experience thus far. I’ve spent about 30 hours looking for ways to reproduce those things which worked well for me in PS. If I mention anything that is already possible, it is only because I haven’t found it in the tutorials and I would really appreciate it if someone can tell me how. I’ve been a Photoshop user since PS2. I am going to keep adding to this list each time I find an issue and cross those out where there is a solution. Group 1 1. When you open an image, the frame for that image is docked. If you pull it away from the docked position, the frame remains the same. I would like to see the frame collapse to the image when it is pulled away from the docked position. 2. When creating composites, (multiple images on a background), I would like to be able to drag the opened images to be placed and drop instead of copy and paste. Using the PLACE feature looks like a lot of additional work. 3. I’ve mentioned this before. I work in inches not Pixels as do many designers and Photographers. I really like the ability to make what ever measurement value you like becomes the default. 4. I’ve written about this before and I think I sent a video. The best way I found to create a shadow for objects (layers in a composite) is to add a second (Duplicate) layer then add a gradient to it and CLIP the Gradient. Photoshop makes it easy. I created an Action, had it made into a Script but you can’t adjust the Gradient. Affinity is a bit more clunky, but you have some control over the gradient until it is clipped. There should be a faster, better way. Group 2 5. When the crop tool is used, the image can be displayed in inches, but the Units are in Pixels and cannot be changed. If I use a “created” preset in inches, then the Units change to inches. 6. There is some issue with the grid positioning between settings. It does not stay aligned. 7. When you select a preset like 8 X 10, there are no provisions for quickly changing the grid to 10 X 8 and while the size I in inches, the units say pixels. 8. Program should have both Unconstrained and Constrained that apply to the original image. 9. Too many steps to remove a Custom Size grid. 10. When Exporting, the size should be displayed in whatever the user has chosen as the default. I.e. Inches, Pixels, etc. 11. In PS, the PATCH Tool is a favorite among photographers and anyone else doing retouching. Being able to adjust the amount that PATCH does, up to 100%, is an essential part of the tool. I can’t find an easy way to do this in Affinity Photo.
  5. Firstdefence, I love your Quote "Affinity is the tug boat to Adobes cruise liner. lol!" I was part of a management team in the photographic industry most of my career. During that time, I saw many companies come and go. All of them were convinced they knew exactly what they were doing! Kodak and Konica are two great examples. Why I even remember an incident where Konica paper was producing a photographic paper that had an off-color red. This was not acceptable in the US and much of the world. I over-heard a Konica engineer say that: "We will change the red but our red is right." As a business, there is one person that can "FIRE YOU" in an instant! He/She is called the customer. I too use Adobe for several situations where there isn't anything better. However, in my segment of the world, composite creation is almost a way of life. So is being able to do it the same way day in and day out. When you mess up the routine, you mess up the producer. As I mentioned in another post, my Daughter is an Art Director for a mid-size printing company. The latest Photoshop update was so disruptive to work flow that she had IT go back to 2018. Again, for composite creation, Affinity has a faster and much better selection tool.
  6. As I see it, Adobe has years of experience perfecting Photoshop which included not only product functionality but the ability to handle many third-party products and provide a path for Scripts development. On the surface, Photoshop might be seen as a over-kill product. Not so! When you look at the size of their customer database, you quickly realize that they have developed something for everyone. With their last release, they (Adobe) has really stubbed their toe. It will be interesting to see of Affinity Photo can capitalize on Adobe's miss-guided direction. I recently heard a business analyst comment on a couple of large, failed companies, (Sears and Eastman Kodak). He said that when a company loses it's way, it doesn't even know it happened. Has Adobe joined-in on the "Lost their way path"? Will Affinity be able to take up the slack?
  7. Please, my suggestions below are based on my limited experience thus far. I’ve spent about 30 hours looking for ways to reproduce those things which worked well for me in PS. If I mention anything that is already possible, it is only because I haven’t found it in the tutorials and I would really appreciate it if someone can tell me how. I’ve been a Photoshop user since PS2. 1. When you open an image, the frame for that image is docked. If you pull it away from the docked position, the frame remains the same. I would like to see the frame collapse to the image when it is pulled away from the docked position. 2. When creating composites, (multiple images on a background), I would like to be able to drag the opened images to be placed and drop instead of copy and paste. Using the PLACE feature looks like a lot of additional work. 3. I’ve mentioned this before. I work in inches not Pixels as do many designers and Photographers. I really like the ability to make what ever measurement value you like becomes the default. 4. I’ve written about this before and I think I sent a video. The best way I found to create a shadow for objects (layers in a composite) is to add a second (Duplicate) layer then add a gradient to it and CLIP the Gradient. Photoshop makes it easy. I created an Action, had it made into a Script but you can’t adjust the Gradient. Affinity is a bit more clunky, but you have some control over the gradient until it is clipped. There should be a faster, better way.
  8. Yes, I've watched this several times. In production, time is money! I spent a lot of time trying to find the best possible combination of settings in the Refine Edge feature available with Photoshop. Today's version of Refine Edge is both fast and easy. I am doing the same thing now with Affinity Photo. Affinity Photo has yet to address some issues related to compositing such as adjustable shadows. While I'm waiting for this, I continue to work on other features that already exist.
  9. Cutouts are a big part of what I do. I'm spending a lot of time learning how to do them well in Affinity Photo. Initially, I wrote that they might not be as good as Photoshop. Now, I think they might be as good or better. I'm still trying to figure out how to best make the REFINE feature work. I have learned that in both PS and AF, size matters and, within reason, bigger images, at least 40MB, are best and I like to work in the 70MB to 100MB range. I have learned that while the Selection Brush Tool coupled with Quick Mask do well, they look bad until you run the REFINE command.
  10. Dennis Nisbet

    Suggestions for Affinity Photo

    It is not quite the same nor effective. In Photoshop, if you are doing a selection with the selection tool and switch to Quick Mask, you are now working with a brush and have control over the edge softness. This may be possible in AP and I just haven't found out how.
  11. In both the photographic industry and the printing industry, "Inches" is the most common way to express measurements. Since there are about 14 million Photoshop users and 80 percent of them are photographers, it might make some business sense to have inches set as the default for everything of you wish. Yo can do this in Photoshop.
  12. Please see the attach MP4 video. Shadow Creation.mp4
  13. I’ve been a PS user since version 2. I have their Creative Cloud Suite with access to all the programs. I really resent the monthly bill! I resent even more their lack of response to obvious problems. Here are some suggestions. 1. Ability to change rulers to inches etc. and have the change become the default. 2. Too many steps to display two images (or more) on the screen. Look at How Adobe does this! 3. Drag and Drop from one image to another. Look at how Adobe does this. Copy and Paste isn’t the best way. Consider this; when the image is moved from its docked position, the box closes to the image bounds. 4. VERY IMPORTANT – Photoshop has a tool called QUICK MASK. (For old guys like me it is a digital Rubylith.) While the Selection Brush Tool works very, it is sometimes faster and more efficient to quickly switch back and forth using the Quick Mask when doing cutouts. 5. When using Refine Selection, there should be a selection button where you can SAVE the adjustments until you decide to change/quit saving. 6. If I have a CUTOUT image and want to place the CUTOUT in another image there isn’t a way to just drag it into the image is there? Also, here is something I just posted on the Adobe Family site. The continuing battle and the SILENCE on the part of Adobe may be a great indication of where they are putting their emphasis. (it may also tell you where their head is!) A better approach might be to purchase Affinity Photo, $50.00, and provide Affinity with input on what you want and don't want. Just like Eastman Kodak did before they went bankrupt, Adobe knows EXACTLY what they are doing!
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