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Don - NZ

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  1. Very impressed with demo videos on Luminar4 especially the new features like AI Skin Enhancer, AI Portrait Enhancer, AI Sky replacement and AI Structure. I live in hope that Affinity V2 will include similar interfaces, especially the AI Skin Enhancer and AI Portrait Enhancer. Keep up the good work guys. https://skylum.com/luminar-l4?utm_expid=.rdtPQvZ1R1SU5G6kNcdS-A.0&utm_referrer=
  2. Hi Sean Sorry for the delay, but the computer room suffered a water leak in the ceiling yesterday. I have played around with this some more and it seems to me that it arises when a program has to decide how to map an image pixels to that of the screen dpi. If you push the magnification high enough, then all three programs start to introduce a gray line of pixels somewhere on a stroke or outline - usually on the inside of the stroke/outline (but not always) as they make a decision about how to handle an image pixel to screen dpi relationship (that is not an exact match). Even PS
  3. Hello Chris Embarrassed - I can't repeat it today - everything is now behaving as it does in Ver1.6 (being able to nominate the layer required), yet the other day, I was getting blocked every time I tried to record a macro and select the top layer and the one below it. They are the same two images, so there must have been something unusual that occurred to trigger the behaviour but so far I can't think what. Please consider the issue closed until I come across it again.
  4. The attached psd file opens correctly in Affinity Ver 1.6, but in Beta V1.7, the second layer (black stroked) is shifted one pixel to the right and one pixel down. (None of the other layers in the original were visibly affected). Interestingly, if even just this one layer is consolidated (Shift,Ctrl,Alt & E) into a new top layer in Photoshop, then Affinity Beta V1.7 displays it correctly aligned. I have attached the Birthday Card consolidated.psd file. If you open this in Ver1.7 and switch the top (consolidated) layer on and off, you will see the affect of the incorrect shift in
  5. Hi Sean Yes, that is correct. They were also all portrait images, but just read the orientation of say, the first or the last image and act accordingly - and that will then cope with the very unlikely event that someone stacks both portrait and landscape together.
  6. In Ver1.6, I could select the top layer and Affinity would seek confirmation that I wanted to "Select layer 1from top" [1st jpg]. I could then add a pixel layer above that, consolidate all the layers, then outline it by 5 pixels and fill that inwards (creating a red stroked edge). I could then expand the canvas (which unfortunately left a white expansion instead of the required black - another required enhancement). However I could get around that by then adding a new pixel layer directly below the top (consolidated and stroked) layer using "Select layer 1 below current" [2nd jpg] and fill t
  7. Please allow us to set the canvas extension colour - with defaults for black, white, foreground, background and custom colours. I was able to work around this even in a macro, but it would have been so much simpler just to be able to tick, say, black in a dialogue box.
  8. Hello Walt I have had a play with the snapping manager and the arrange button and neither comes even close to what PS is doing. The snap manager is the equivalent tool but I couldn't get any combination to do anything even close to what PS 2019 is doing by default. I guess you really need to see PS smart guides in action - it is almost uncanny how they got it exactly right (for me anyway). Snap manager simply needs to be reworked - (it is like version 1.6 versus version 20) - which is surprising as when Affinity Photo include functionality, they invariably seem to do things better.
  9. Just came across these in PS CC2019 and they are particularly brilliant for aligning text labels on several photos within a canvas (and, indeed, even tweaking the alignment of various sub-pictures and shapes). Yes, I drag out guidelines to align several pictures on a canvas, but these take it a (big) step further and appear only when required.
  10. Admittedly a simple user fix - rotate the whole stack 90 degrees anticlockwise, still, shouldn't have to do that....
  11. Yes, I see that and thanks, but I wanted something that used, and, if necessary, created thumbnails as soon as you introduced it to a folder, not after opening and saving each photo. All sorted now.
  12. Thanks for that and I have bookmarked it. However SageThumbs has settled down after a reinstall.
  13. Hi Walt Unfortunately, I couldn't find any other up to date codecs. Microsoft appears to have last updated (my) rw2 type in 2014 and no longer updates them. I tried some, like XnView shell extensions to no avail and took them off again. However, even better, after all my testing this morning I reinstated SageThumbs and for some strange reason, the portrait orientated jpgs now have the correct ratio and all these programs that make use of SageThumbs efforts now also display them correctly. I am now a very happy camper!
  14. Truncated portrait jpgs I have now got to the bottom of this and the cause of the truncated jpgs lies outside of Affinity and with a program called SageThumbs that generates thumbnails for Windows Explorer in all sorts of formats that Microsoft can no longer be bothered generating, such as the various Raws (in my case, rw2), psd and afphoto. That is really great except that portrait orientated jpgs are shown with an incorrect 1:1 ratio even though the associated raw has the correct proportions. A few notes on my investigation follow: Programs such as Affinity Photo, Photoshop CC 201
  15. Thanks RC-R The two column trick, the double click to bring up the colour chooser and the preference>keyboard shortcut were all useful new information. I have set alt+B to reset the colour panel to B&W. IMO, that shortcut, combined with the hard-coded transparency option puts this tool ahead of PS. :-)
  16. TRC-R Thanks for the heads-up - I will play around with this some more tomorrow. I have since noticed the little icon offering an easy switch between transparency and a defaulted black - with another colour available from the colour picker tool. The icon only appears when colour or swatches studios are active and I was probably looking for it when these were not active. Duh! I still think that same icon should: Have a permanent little black option and a white option, each equivalent in size to the transparent dot option - Doing so would allow you to quickly switch between black, wh
  17. Hi firstdefence My Windows10 Explorer uses the third party product, SageThumbs to display an actual thumbnail (rather than just an icon of PS and IF files) and no, that particular program is also truncating the image.
  18. Hi Firstdefence Thanks for the heads up. There are old posts that indicate that AF does not auto-blend. Is that still the case? These shots were handheld and not aligned that well, that may account for why the first two blend modes were terrible. Does the Blend If option work on a stack? - I couldn't see any effect no matter what layer I was on.
  19. Hi Carl123 As far as I can see, this is just for the very first images from my new camera, a Lumix Gx9. Older portrait orientated images from a very old Olympus C770 and composited portrait orientated pictures made in PS all display correctly. Have a look at my other replies - there are quite a few inconsistencies with other programs, some display them okay, some truncate them and one even ignores them. Might well be a camera issue.... will investigate further tomorrow
  20. Hello firstdefence Interesting question, not quite sure what to make of it yet - above my pay grade, but an Affinity program might know what data these programs have to choose from in order to display. Folder Browsing with: Adobe Bridge CC 2019 & XnViewMP - both display these portrait jpgs thumbnails correctly Folder Browsing with: Adobe Lightroom Classic 2019 - No display of these truncated portrait jpgs at all Folder Browsing with: SageThumbs, Adobe Lightroom CC 2019, Microsoft Paint 3D - All truncate these portrait jpgs File open with: AFPhotos, Adobe Photoshop
  21. Stacks The window that opens up to select pictures is not showing portrait orientated JPGs correctly. They are clipped and are shown as landscape orientated photos. By contrast, the matching RW2 file is displayed correctly. (By the way, a nice touch to slightly grey out the raw files). See the ringed examples in the following screenshot compared to their raw version. Is this a bug or have I missed a trick? Portrait orientated photos also display incorrectly in the following window as well (Another bug?) They then open in a live st
  22. Gradients Very confusing area and not intuitive I solved a number of things eventually, but it is not intuitive, have I missed any other tricks? Saving Gradients You appear to have to save with the move tool active (not the gradient tool) or you will save a solid block of just one of the colours in the gradient. Thumbnail size Defaults to small – and the likely effect is all but impossible to see. I finally found where to adjust this and I suggest the default size should be large and possibly have one more even l
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