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  1. I understand that when one makes and adjustment or filter it should automatically create its own layer. and if one wants it to be a mask one can drag it onto the image layer. This has worked for me in the past, but at the moment I cannot make get a layer to appear. When I try to mask this image with a blur filter it only blurs the image layer and does not create its own layer. What am I missing? main_tree.afphoto
  2. Hello Apologies if this has been asked before. If so someone could point me in the direction of a tutorial video Attempting to recreate the woman in this shape on the attached image Really not sure how to go about it. Trying to get images behind (or on top) of my pixel layer within a designed shape Cheers! -Cunningham
  3. How can I place an black/white image as a mask onto a group. Masking is some confusing compared to what I'm used to doing in Photoshop. In this case i drug the black and white pixel layer ontop of the group thumbnail and it appears to apply it as a mask but doesn't do anything? The workflow appears very unpredictable at times like this where I spend 30 minutes trying to figure out something so trivial. I'm going to guess the solution is not as straight forward as this.... In this sample I should be seeing a red background however I'm still seeing the black background that's part of the original image which should be masked out. Any help please?
  4. In this latest update there's a bug with masking. When I am painting out a part of an image on a mask the result is very odd. Sometimes it doesn't show what's been painted until I release my pencil and sometimes it shows part of it. This is with painting 100% black or white on my mask. It makes it hard to know where to paint!!! Neither of the previous versions had this problem.
  5. Hi, love Affinity Photo and all the hard work you guys have poured into the software. I have a few questions about Channels and masks. I have watched your video but I still seek information. Frist off forgive me if these are simple issues, I have been working in Photoshop as a professional for over 20 years. There are techniques that are much like muscle memory for me with PS. I struggle in AP to get the result due to my lack of experience with AP. You know old dog new tricks, I want to understand Affinity better. What is the definition/purpose the of the Composite Alpha? I don't see data in the channel, even though the RGB channels show their data. Which leads me to my next question; How do I make an all 3 (RGB) channel selection? I am looking to get all 3 channel data into a single mask (luminosity mask). I would think the composite Alpha would be the place to retrieve that data. In the Channel Studio, there is a "Mask Alpha" that shows the mask I have selected in the Layer Studio. Is there a way to view this mask from the Channel Studio like when you option-click in the Layer Studio? It would be nice to view any alpha with the option-click like Spare Channels. Thank you for your help. Gauncer
  6. Hi, it is possible to Import a Mask from a greyscale picture? Thanks
  7. Hi After an export to PSD some masks which have been added or reassigned where blank, others stayed intact. Attached an example (using Affinity Photo 1.5.2.69). Steps to reproduce: 1. open attached file in Affinity Photo 2. (optional) check for the applied mask in the layers 3. export to PSD 4. Open the PSD file 5. Check for the mask -> its blank! Sidenote: the original file was a psd, which was imported and since then saved as .afphoto file. The issue occured to me only lately as I needed to send a PSD file to the customer. Thanks Bruce psd_export_mask_blank.afphoto
  8. Hi! The problem is that vector object fill is always define clipping mask and affected by it. Even there is no fill color. At the same time object stroke don't define clipping mask at all and not affected by it. Here is example: Chain on the left is vector path with brush stroke with pixel "shadow" layer nested inside for clipping. Looking odd. On the right is same construction, but chain was rasterized. Please, check attached .afdesign layers to understand. I see two problems are: 1. Parent object fill is always affect the clipping mask 2. Clipping layer have nothing with parent object stroke I understand, that it's pure boolean logic happens there. But this make no sense and not what artist expected. My suggestion, that vector chain must be as his raster copy on the right. chain-clipping-mask.afdesign
  9. Hey there, I'm coming from Photoshop and there's one thing I struggle to understand in Affinity Photo. It's regarding masking or rather a specific masking process with the pen tool which works naturally in Photoshop and I thought was a basic feature. I added a simple example to show what I'm talking about. Just to be clear, I don't need an alternative method on how to do this. I simply want to know whether it's possible to get done with the pen tool or not. So, let's say I want to mask the yellow rectangle as seen in the image with the Pen Tool. In Photoshop I draw two paths, make a selection and mask it. As result I get my desired yellow rectangle, as simple as that. In Affinity however I'm not able to get this done no matter what I try. It appears to be the case that it's only possible to apply one single path or curve and turn it into a mask. Every additional mask overrides the previous one. That's why I would like to know, am I missing something here on how to do it properly or is it really not possible to perform this action?
  10. Hi! Affinity newbie here. What I'd like to do is this: An infographic with text, images and a map of a whole country that shows things as simple colored areas (one area of the country in one color, inside that area a smaller area with a darker shade etc.). The colors on the map need to be recreated up to several times a day, so user-friendly solution necessary. My problem:The coloring itself seems to be easy to do using a brush. But how to prevent spillovers? Possible solutions in my mind: - The map as a separate object. Draw on map, then superimpose the map on the rest of the image. Tried this, but the color wouldn't stick to my map. Maybe it is of a wrong type? Can I change it to an "artboard" which seemed to take the color just fine? - A map-shaped hole in the rest of the image, that reveals the map layer below. With that one could use the brush, spill over to their hearts content, yet the spillover would be hidden by the image on top. Any suggestions? Or am I thinking too Photoshop here? Thanks for helping out!
  11. Is there an easy way to export the mask as a black and white image? Thank you
  12. I noticed that when exporting a vector-only document to PDF that many of the elements were being rasterised. I was surprised, as I had done a similar thing previously with no problems. After doing a bit of searching around the forums I noticed there seemed to have been problems in the past when vector masks had transparency, so I inspected my masks and discovered they all had strokes. After removing the strokes everything exported fine as vector elements in the PDF. I’m not sure if this is a known issue, intended behaviour (?!), or a bug, so I’m reporting it here just in case it’s helpful. (AD 1.5.3.69 on Windows)
  13. Hello the A-Team! :) Ok, I'll be straight forward on this one: I'll find attached a video record made on Photoshop. The technique shown on a boring solid fill is in fact an insanely productive method when mate painting, photo retouching, etc. Here's the challenge: Make me this in Affinity (Photo or Designer, choose the one you want). Made in Photoshop in 5 clicks. The gradient tool is set from solid black to 0% black. MakeMeThisOnAffinity.mov I've not been able yet to find any method to match the productivity of Photoshop on this point. (Trust me, combining both words “productivity” & “Photoshop” in a sentence is a serious pain I would like to avoid…). Also, when selecting the Gradient Tool: Why is it always defaulted to "None"? (If I pick the gradient tool, chances are quite high for me to make something else than "none", I even guess linear could be my favorite pick…). Why I cannot set the default colors for my gradient tool? (When starting to draw a gradient, colors are —always— white to grey, and I —always— have to change them afterward… Can't wait to ear from you guys :wub:
  14. Hello, I have a question regarding the "Apply Image" function. I saw a tutorial where Apply Image was used in Photoshop to change the mask of an image to become the source image but as a mask (so just the dark and bright information). It was used to blend multiple exposures together. Is it also possible with the Apply Image feature in AP, or is there any other option? I hope it is clear what I mean, because I find it hard to explain. Thanks in advance :)
  15. I am trying to understand how masking works in Affinity Designer, but I just can't wrap my head around it. In the attached image, I have two things: a logo and a grunge image. I want to use the grunge to apply a distress effect on the logo. I know the way to do this has something to do with dragging one of them inside the other (not sure which one though), with a mask layer thrown in there somewhere.... Most things are pretty intuitive in AD, but how masking works just doesn't make sense to me. Can someone help me out, please?
  16. Hi everybody! Started with AD and AP a short time ago and just ask myself how to release masks on multiple object. You should see on my screenshot of the Layers panel what I mean. Right now I have to click on each mask seperately and choose "Release Mask" which is pretty annoying with donzens of curves/objects. Thanks for your help and have a great Sunday! Tom
  17. For instance...If I make a pattern of Stars...and place it within a circle...is there an easy way to cut out all the unused stars not shown on the circle?
  18. Hi guys and wonderful Moderators, I know it's been probably said in a few posts but I'd like to list some of what I think are a few of the most needed features in AP. 1. refine masks uusing levels and curves, this is the most important thing, I'm not talking about refine edges or similar, I'm saying that once you created a mask to have the possibility to open a curve or levels adjustement for that mask to refine its range, as things are now we are pretty much stuck with the mask as it is at the moment of creating it, I just refuse to believe such thing is not available in AP, it's a foundamental feature, I mean AP has equations, EQUATIONS!!! and we can't put in this feature? 2. Some sort of luminosity masks panel, YES I'll ask for it for as much as it takes, even if it means having you put one in out of desperation for not having to read my every post about it. And I mean a full fledged LM panel, not the select midtones/shadow/highligh thingy, I mean a zones system/varying degrees of shadow/midtones/highlight selection though masks maybe. Seriously the channel way of doing it manually as it is now is cumbersome and uneffective, resterize layer to mask? really guys? nice feature but let's just step it up. 3. color picker when using the HSL tool 4. More color selection well...selections, blue, red and green are not enough really, maybve axpand to yellow, cyan, magenta. 5. slice tool to percentage or exact slices, as of right now I find the slice tool really...casual and amateur, would be nice to tell AP to: 'slice the image in 3 part vertically', insted of the free hand tool, which is pretty much useless imo. 6. suggestion for 3 filters, one is the tonal contrast equivalent, would be nice and save a lot of time having some sort of tonal contrast in the live filters, baybe a dynamic brightness too. your glow filter, nice idea, but poorly implemented all it does is blow out the highlight, maybe making it s that it protect saturation and luminance in some way, that's be nice. 7. create a panorama out of the opened files, same goes for hdr, it's really bothersome having to export all images before having AP create a new pano. 7 1/2, come on guys, let's just have an 'align layers' option, I don't know if i'm doing somehing wrong but stack create stack in the arrange panel doe snot align anything if you're not opening a brand new set of images, we need to align layers in an opened file. Thank you guys for this platform in which you allow us to give suggestion, I know i may sounfd just like the usual run of the mill whyny customer, but I do complain because I believe in this software and its possibility. Seriously though, take into consideration these suggestion, let's not just trail behind Photoshop, let's make a clear jump foreward.
  19. Hello Mask was created from black and white image I want to erase white edges by adjusting mask boundaries I want you to tell me a good way Thank you 4691.afphoto
  20. Oke, this is my first problem with AP: tutorials are very helpful but on this I'm stuck ;-) Up till now I'm very pleased with this app! (needles to say) problem: hiding areas on an image with the brush tool works at first very well, but after a few modifications/switches between hiding/masking, the stops working! no matter switching back and forth, the only result is painting a white area with no hiding or masking effect! I tried installing again through appstore, but with no success. mayby someone can help me on this?? grz leon
  21. Hi guys, I finally got into reediting in AP after a long time. I know the questions thatfollows have been answered before, and trust me I searched in the forum but to no avail. 1-So the first one would be, keyboard and mouse shortcut for increasing and decreasing brush size, as of right now no combination of strokes seems to work. And no, left and right bracket keys are no viable option nor do they work on an italian layout keyboard 2-the slice tool in export persona: I do post images on instagram after having them resized to 2048px on the long edge, so for pano I usually use the clise tool on PS and make say a 3 slice off of a pano that has been cropped to 3:1 and export them, so that I can upload them as multipe images to instagram and retain the pano. How do I do that in AP? it seems that the slices are only there for free and rectangular slices...any way to tell AP to slice my document in 3 equal part vertically and export them? 3-Copy one layer mask to another layer/adjustment layer, how do I do that? 4-when I have something selected and marching ant areon, how do I flood that selection with back or white? (on a layer mask) 5-I do like lthe stack option for files I already have on my HDD (I don't know what, but it's freaking stupid fast with 16bit tiffs), but let's say I have 4 layers in a document that I want to align, do I simply select 'Live Stack group' from the arrange toolbar? since it does not give me the option to align layers i am skeptic It'll actually align them PS. I am using English as a language even though I am using an italian layout keyboard. BTW, thanks AP team
  22. Hello, having masked a layer. Now I want to edit the mask more detailed. Therefore it might be useful to see the image / background instead the white background of the masked layer. is it possible to see the mask and the image?
  23. Quick and simple question guys... What is the best/most efficient way to reduce the outer dimensions of this document, while MAINTAINING the size of the logo image within it?...masking?...cropping? Not sure what direction to go. I attached a copy of the file for your viewing. My desired end result is a thin border around the outer edge of the white curved corner portion of the logo. Thanks! -Christo (sorry for all the newbie questions) @christovw66ComebackROUNDEDprimary2.afdesign
  24. I imported an openEXR image with a bunch auf b/w-layers (Object buffers from C4D) into Affinity Photo. I tried to use them as mask right away, but that didn't work. Instead I have to "rasterise to mask" each one of this layers. The resulting mask layer can be used in the expected way. There is no hint in the help what "rasterise to mask" actually does. (To be honest, there isn't even a topic about that.) What are the properties that decide whether a layer works as mask or don't? edit: It seems that b/w-images generally can't be used as mask in version 1.5.1.54 anymore...
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