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  1. 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
  2. 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
  3. 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?
  4. 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!
  5. Is there an easy way to export the mask as a black and white image? Thank you
  6. 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:
  7. 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 :)
  8. 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?
  9. 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
  10. 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?
  11. 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.
  12. 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
  13. 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
  14. 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?
  15. 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
  16. 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...
  17. Is it possible to destructively apply a later mask so the export only has the lines visible on screen? Here is why: I've been playing around with topographical maps, a laser cutter and wood veneers. Starting with USGS vector data I've separated the 10' topo lines for the area around my house. I've laser cut these lines on wood veneers and glued them up to build a 3D map of my neighborhood. Its pretty cool, but I want to etch the rivers/lakes and roads too. My design has ~30 layer groups for each of the topo lines and a layer group with the water and roads. I want to generate 30 layers for each of the of the layers to be etched. To do this I want to mask the water and roads layer with a pair of the topo layers. Visually I can do this by creating a mask of the two topo layers and applying it to the water and roads group. However, this in only on the screen. When this is exported lots of other lines come through. I've done a few layers with the Intersect, and Divide commands, but it doesn't work with a multi curve group. IFNY-sort-redueced.afdesign
  18. I am compositing multiple layers, using masking to control the visibility of lower layers. I have a really simple example, but I see that there is a transparent or white fringe around the main shapes where the colours of the lower layer do not 'meet' the higher layer. I attach a snapshot of the image issue and also of the layers tab. the main shapes (flowers) have themselves been created by selection or eraser to separate them from a background, and they sit on a transparent background. I figure that I am doing something simple wrong, although I have watched the relevant videos (I think!). So would welcome tips to rectify.
  19. In the hopes that someone can use this. I had trouble figuring this out so i want it to be available to anyone who needs it. https://youtu.be/l3W8zz94DEA
  20. I would like to have the ability to use an b/w-image as mask for a layer without first converting it to a mask layer. Editing of a mask should be possible with mask as colored overlay, so I can easily see what I'm actually doing.
  21. Hi humans I've just recently purchased affinity photo. I've never used any sort of photo editing software in my life. I am trying to separate a very detailed and complex drawing from its paper backround so i can edit from there. Its black ink on white paper. I have attached photos of the drawings to better understand. I have watched plenty of videos which explain how to do it in photoshop, but none in Affinity Photo. I started watching the tutorials that are supplied by Affinity, however, I am not aware of which tutorials would specifically benefit me for this project. from what i understand, a lot of the work done should involve masking, white and black adjustments etc.. ANY help would be greatly appreciated. I have little to no idea on how to go about this 001.bmp 002.bmp
  22. Hi Guys, It might be me but I can't figure out how to use masking effectively. Here is a picture to illustrate my problem with it: As you can see the masking is applied but instead of taking out the window it takes out the whole building. How can I invert this? I have searched the forum and the vimeo tutorials but can't seem to find it. Thanks for the help, regards
  23. Hello, need some advice with refining selections and mask layer. - After selection with the selection brush I saved the selection as mask layer. But the mask isn't within the background instead it will be a separate layer. The tutorial "refining mask" shows the mask within the background layer (3.12 minute). Of course I can drag the mask layer into the background layer. - The tutorial shows with right click "refine mask" I can again edit the mask layer. Tried it with CTRL (I have no right click option with the apple mouse) a menu open but "refine mask" is not there. Thanks
  24. Currently exporting masked objects as SVG causes the objects to become rasterized. Disabling rasterization altogether when exporting will cause the mask object to end up visible in the result. Why is this? SVG supports masking after all. Clipping seems to be supported so why not masking?
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