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  1. What a grand title for such a simple picture concept! All photo's sourced at Unsplash. Visualisation created using Affinity Photo.
  2. I don't know why Serif is out of the race to provide a tool for graphics because there are currently no basic functions for me that even Adobe provides for free via the website like automatically delete the background. If it is to become a basic work tool for many, they should cooperate with, for example, unsplash to train machine learning on their photos.
  3. Placing an image and trying to set its scale on the toolbar is basically impossible. Steps to reproduce: Create a new document, I've used a simple press ready A4, 300 DPI Drag and drop an image into the newly created document, I've used this from Unsplash Select the image and use the toolbar to set a percentage scale, such as 50% Notice the image is scaled, but to a completely different value Keep trying to scale the image, the values will increasingly become completely erratic (!!!) Notice that trying to set a specific DPI value, such as 300 or 600, works as expected See the attached video below for a visual guide: Erratic Percentage.mp4 Thanks!
  4. To avoid all copyright problems, ask the artwork's creator; if you can draw it over, make changes. If they give written permission, you are in the clear. Maybe you have to pay for what you want, but that is normal, not? I think there are enough websites like Unsplash and Favicon to free-to-use- artwork and photographs. For other pictures/artwork, you have to pay but hey! We all have to make a living! Chris
  5. Composing with an AI generated picture and a stock photo from unsplash. Merging in Affinity photo
  6. Hi @Seamus, Unsplash are no longer available from directly within the Affinity apps via the Stock panel, I have linked an FAQ below for more information on this.
  7. When I go to Stock photos I only get Pixabay and Pexels. How do I add Unsplash?
  8. Now that Unsplash and others are using the AVIF format, it certainly would be helpful to be able to open/edit these files.
  9. I think one of the problems is the image banks either get bought out and or they change their terms of usage, Unsplash began demanding licence fees for their API so they were subsequently removed from Affinity's Stock Panel, this happened in the version 1.10.1 update: If you added an image bank to Affinity, who is going to pay those fees should the image bank you added do what Unsplash have done? For this reason I doubt making a feature request will get you very far.
  10. I was looking at James Ritson's tutorial on How to Back Up Assets, Shortcuts etc and eventually came to the part about backing up the entire user information stored in the Affinity "appdata" files. On the video, James' described how to actually get to the "appdata" files. His PC showed 2 folders under the "Photo" folder, namely "1.0" and "1.0 beta" (this is a pre Version 2 video). I use a Windows 11 PC. When I came to view my "Photo" folder, the contents showed "1.0". James stated in the video about this referring to the current versions installed. Now, I previously used Version 1 but have updated to Version 2. I would have expected to see the folder "2.0" instead of "1.0". I would like to know if this is this right, or has there been some sort of mix up in the installation. I ask because I have previously posted on here about the fact that, on V2, I cannot get the Stock panel to access either Pixabay or Pexels directly by entering terms in the Search, whereas they both (+ Unsplash) worked in my V1. The "I Understand" checkboxes for both are ticked and I can access both websites by clicking the "Pixabay" and "Pexels" text within the Stock panel. I think I'm probably clutching at straws to solve this problem and wondered if it is anything to do with the anomaly in "appdata" described above. Mick Stevens
  11. Thank you! I never remember well the matters related to the account. I kind of suspected it could be a firewall be it Windows default one, a firewall software, or antivirus shield. Or just some network configuration (local network, router configuration...Sometimes it's even ISP providers being super restricting. I did not need to add Windows firewall exceptions for Affinity apps (with any version). So, I believe it can be something very specific. Looking at those threads, I might be wrong with my suspicion (still it's possible, though). Apparently , Windows 7 users have had problems before, connecting to those sites from inside Affinity apps. If having Windows 10, apparently several users updating to the latest Windows update got it fixed. One thing to mention, though....In what I have been able to see through the years, Pixabay has from time to time images that are not completely fully free, or at least, that is difficult to be sure about if they are. Pexels might have some issues, while Unsplash IMO is the site with better images quality, and IMO, kind of safer. But these sites and companies change often the way people would connect to them (network protocols, often its versions), so, if willling to use the feature, IMO one should be ready to have connection failed from time to time (probably very rarely). And if it needs a fix from the Affinity team, you might have to wait until that can happen. So, to me the feature is practical for its readiness specially when in brain storm stage, but I agree, I rather prefer got to the sites , examine carefully each file license, try and check on google if it's really Creative Commons CC0, or Public DOmain and there's proof, etc. As it is too frequent that in many free sites, images end up being someone else's copyright. I hope after a Windows 10 update you might get it solved.
  12. I can search and find images on both Pixabay and Pexels as stated by SrPx. I'm running APhoto 2.0.0 on Windows 10 Home. Which brings me to the comment by SrPx: No, you do not have to be logged in to your Affinity account to run Affinity programs or to use the Stock photos feature. The only time you need to log in is to activate the Affinity 2 apps the first time you launch them. With the Universal license, activating one of the apps takes care of activating the others. I wish I could help Zambody with his problem, but I have no suggestions to offer there. I did not find any other reports of this in a quick Internet search. You can always access free images from Pexels or Pixabay by going to their websites. I don't really understand the rationale for including this feature within Affinity products. There were some threads about Stock problems in 2019-2021 and people seemed at a loss to explain it. See https://forum.affinity.serif.com/index.php?/topic/91092-stock-panel-connection-failed/ and https://forum.affinity.serif.com/index.php?/topic/88295-stocks-tab-unsplash-not-working/
  13. I am looking at your signature, and you have the same card than I do, and practically my same Windows. Your CPU is very good. But mine is a generic PC (built by parts), while Dell surely has included special differences in hardware and software configuration. Super random, but do you have your Screen custom scaling (at windows settings/system/screen/custom scaling) at 110%? (I have a wild, crazy theory...). I'm sure future updates of 2.x will make it rather more stable also in less common scenarios, as you should be able to activate OpenCL in most systems. I am reading that those with AMD cards have worse experience ...I was expecting the opposite, as Open CL comes from AMD, kind of. But there are many factors here. Major global upgrades in every software I know (I believe it happened with the first release in Photo, if I remember correctly, but with many versions of Photoshop, etc) have a first stage, first moment, that is hard for early adopters, but for me, it is rewarding due to the massive improvements I am discovering in other matters. The JPG rotation. It's a bit a short in the dark, but I have experienced some apps, some software include certain special tags in the file headers, like in JPEGs (where meta data and certain stuff is stored), related to flipping and rotation. In the past, old apps would do this from time to time, that would flip your image but would display fine in the app that generates this, while once read back by another app, that header tag (a text that is stored inside the file) would be interpreted differently, forcing the rotation or flip. My suggestion is to do this same workflow with a different software as the external application to modify the linked files. And if you don't mind, uploading here a jpg of a non private image (like a free image of pixabay, unsplash or pexels, just modified (even with a brush stroke) in the external app you are using, and exported from there as JPG). So that I can open it here with tools that I have to check the file header of such JPG, see if it has some problematic tag, so that I can test it with or without the tag, and check how it displays in my Aphoto, if rotated or not. If so, then we know the culprit and how to avoid it, surely. In that case, you could even end up using one of these free utilities to clean that header every time (surely can use in batch mode, or do a simple python script for it), if you have a strong need to use such external app, or instead, the easy solution: using a different one (ie, csp doesn't provoke that). For starters, using now a different one would determine immediately if this is what is happening there. The jpg files saved externally, are losing quality due to compression every time you save them as jpg (png/tiff/psd are lossless) in any external application, or in actual Affinity, if you save the entire project as JPG instead of *.afphoto. So, if you modify the jpgs once embedded (ie, made them embedded, rasterized) in Photo, to my understanding, should not lose any quality as afphoto format is totally lossless, and the whole thing is being saved as such. If you keep them linked and only move (or even scale, flip or rotate) the linked object, to my understanding, it is not modifying the original pixels in the file; you are modifying like a reference, a connection point/box. As long as they are linked, only will lose quality if modified again in a external software, in the moment of re-saving there as JPG. And will lose again if exporting the whole thing (the entire aphoto file) as a big JPG, for example. And yep, the loss is cumulative, incremental, with every jpg-save. It is quite less perceived with very high quality settings, but it is still happening, it is in its nature. It is more noticeable with some graphical features (text, etc) than others. But while the JPGs being linked, just for moving them (or even scaling, etc, them), that's like a packet that you put there, that is referenced another file, so, in theory no quality is lost in the original JPG, is not being re-saved in any way. And if you embed or rasterize the linked files, it's all saved as an aphoto, no loss is added. Ehm, I should have explained that with fewer words and more clearly. Glad that I inspired you to give it a second chance. Everything is a trade off... I prefer a bit of complexity if I get a better deal in the long run, very generally speaking.
  14. Getty bought last summer or so, Unsplash. They are since monetizing Unsplash API, as it is use in a lot of design software. Reason why it also disappered from Affinity Photo.
  15. Apparently you are correct. This is from the Unsplash License: Photos cannot be sold without significant modification. Compiling photos from Unsplash to replicate a similar or competing service. So it looks like using Unsplash images in a book would be safe to do since I am not selling the images.
  16. I think what you are doing is fine with no modifications. It seems the intent of the license is to stop people from just downloading the images and redistributing. Physical product sounds like they don't want you to just create a print of the photos that has no other purpose than being an art print. If you are using the images as background images, it seems very well within the intended use of the photos on Unsplash. All of the above is the reason why when the site was Public Domain, it was tremendously better. No sifting through licensing.
  17. I didn't realize Unsplash was no longer a site for Public Domain images. Apparently that change was made years ago and I never knew. Eh, I guess good things cannot last forever.
  18. Would anybody know of a good website that provides images I can use in a book I am self-publishing. I see the majority of sites like Unsplash or Pexels have this statement in their License: "Don't sell unaltered copies of content, e.g. don't sell an exact copy of a stock photo as a poster, print or on a physical product." I'm guessing my book would be a physical product? Or would I need to find the photographer of every single photo I use to get their permission? Thanks in advance.
  19. It was removed in one of the later V1 versions due to some change in Unsplash that caused some kind of interoperability problem.
  20. I have recently upgraded to Affinity Photo v2. I, too, have the problem of searches in Stock from both Pexels & Pixabay (what happened to Unsplash from v1?) appearing to search but returning nothing and offering no explanation. I'm using Windows 11 and searching in Stock in v1 worked perfectly. I didn't even get the "I understand" dialog check box to confirm(?) in v2 that has appeared in some comments here. I have read through some of the comments and problems regarding this and it appears opinions are somewhat random as to whether it works or not and no definitive answers seem to be forthcoming, so is not really of any help. I feel we can only hope that the appropriate staff at Affinity are monitoring these comments and will come up with an answer. Guess I'll just have to go to the relevant sites to download the media.
  21. Source photo (desert and woman) from unsplash. All structures created in Affinity Photo with shapes, textures, and an assortment of brushes. Planet built using Luna Cell (unfortunately Affinity does not support this plugin).
  22. Hello @onqun, Looks like you are off to a good start. I think the key is to know what you are trying to draw, and that often starts with observation of a reference image. I was inspired to challenge myself, so grabbed a stock photo from Unsplash, and then spent a while trying to recreate all the shapes, hilights, and shadows that I could see. It is easy to make assumptions about what things should look like, rather than see what they do look like. And the real world is also a complex place, so you have to decide how far to push things. Lots of different blend modes, blurs, a bit of stroke profiles. Fairly happy with what I achieved. Which one is the photo? Observed Red Sphere.afdesign
  23. Necromancing this old thread—but as predicted, Unsplash has slowly moved towards paid (premium) content. I hope they'll still keep offering a good amount of quality open source images in the future, but I'm suspicious... https://unsplash.com/blog/introducing-unsplash/
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