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  1. AP adds blend modes Average, Negation, Reflect, Glow, Contrast Negate and Erase. Is there a detailed technical description of how these work, including the blend logic, please? Rationale for inclusion and ideas for use also would be appreciated. Also, is there any reason why Divide blend mode is not included? Thanks!
  2. Easily take Affinity Photo shapes to the next level. Don't settle for the default shapes this Affinity Photo beginner tutorial shows how to change the shapes and add effects (FX) and blend modes to create unique graphics. This is number 41 in my Affinity Photo Power Tools playlist. the link to this playlist is below. https://youtu.be/JZrGgtn3RAA #madeinaffinity #affinityphoto #affinityserif #tutorial #photomanipulation #graphicdesign #affinity #digitallyfearless #AffinityiPad #iPad #shapes #fx #3D #blendmodes
  3. This is mostly for the sake of lighting. Colored lighting looks nicer if represented with highlights tending towards the lighting's color and shadows contrasting that lighting's color; or, to put it another way: for the sake of highlights, I'd want to be able to change the hue to be the average (weighted average, if taking into account opacity) of the blended layer and the underlying one (so with resulting hue = (underlying layer's hue + opacity of blended layer * blended layer's hue) / (1 + opacity of blended layer) as the formula) for shadows/shading, I'd want the resulting hue to be like the hue of the blended layer was subtracted from that of the underlying one (so basically operating on the formula of resulting hue = underlying layer's hue - opacity of blended layer * blended layer's hue, wrapping around at the 0/360 point) This seems like it should probably be an obvious application of blend modes, but I have so far not been able to figure it out, so I'd appreciate any help people can give. I'd sort of hoped the Hue blendmode would work for this, but it changes the luminance more than the actual hue.
  4. I know that it's possible to do some tricks with using a copy of the layer one wants to apply a blend mode shape's effect to (optionally kept synchronized with the symbol feature) as a mask for the blend mode shape, but that's circuitous (and somewhat lag-inducing when that means copying complex layers) and is a lot of effort for something that workflow-wise should probably be fairly simple, so it makes me feel that I'm probably missing something when it comes to the correct way of doing this. To clarify, let's say I have a shape A that I want to apply a shadow to using shape B (which has its blend mode set to Multiply), but I don't want shape B's darkening effect to apply to any part of shape C, which is beneath A. Do I need to make shape B match shape A's, well, shape perfectly (either via use of a copy of shape A as a mask, or via manual editing), or is there a trick to get Affinity Designer to ignore the effects of shape B on shape C, which is outside of the A-B group? Below is a picture showing the situation, with shape A being the green circle, shape B being the darkened circle above it, and shape C being the red rectangle; left is what happens if I don't edit the shape down (regardless of use of groups), right is what I would like to have happen.
  5. Theatrical lighting using the lighting filter - Affinity Photo beginner tutorial Power Tools 27
  6. Attached is my complete set of notes about blend modes, now spread across 52 pages of A4. These are significantly updated from the previous revision, with lots more 'recipes' and organisation of these under main topics, hopefully to make them more usable. Enjoy. Blend modes notes V5.pdf
  7. Dithering filter. Affinity Photo beginner tutorial Power Tools #25 You can create some interesting effects by combining the Dithering filters and blend modes. This is an Affinity Photo beginner tutorial and number 25 of my Digitally Fearless Power tools of Affinity Photo playlist. https://youtu.be/x5aqafgKbyo
  8. If you have trouble getting layers to clip, try using the Insert Inside Selection button. This is an Affinity Photo beginner tutorial and number 24 of the Digitally Fearless Power tools of Affinity Photo playlist. https://youtu.be/0rkizBHum50
  9. Hi, is there a list of the features and their names in different languages? I could not find any. There are lots of tutorials out there, mostly in English. Sometimes I struggle to reproduce a certain step because I have no idea which tool is used, as the name is not obvious in German. eg. blend modes or filters. thanks Philipp
  10. Painted Face in Minutes! Affinity Photo beginner tutorial on how to give a face a painted look in just minutes. The tutorial uses black and white photos and a black background to manipulate the photo. https://youtu.be/lhoqEDRjELQ
  11. Erase White Paper Tips and Tricks. Affinity Photo video tutorial showing several ways to use the erase white paper filter.
  12. Hi there I´am trying to erase part of a mask using the brush in overlay blend mode. It suposse that if the mask is un black and white and the brush in overlay mode, when the brush pass over a white part of the mask, it should not affect whites, but it does. How can I fix this?
  13. Hello everyone! I'm having a hard time with something I'd like to do in Affinity Designer and don't know if it's because I don't know how to do it, or because I'm understanding things the wrong way. Is there a way to use multiple blending modes but that between them they don't affect each other? I have a base layer (flat colour). On top, I have a shadow layer and a highlight layer with multiply and overlay blending modes respectively, but because of how I stack my layers, it's easier for me to do one layer and the other below it, instead of making them precise. In 100% opacity normal layers, this works because the top one hides the one below, but with blending modes they, well, blend. Is there a way for me to make them not apply to anything but the "base layer"? I tried masking a copy of the base layer but the blending mode wouldn't apply, and in any other way, undesired interaction between layers was happening. I'm adding an image to make myself more clear The layer panel at this time looks like this: - (Stuff) - Shadow group (with multiply) - Highlight group (with overlay) - Base colour layer Thanks a lot for your time!
  14. I couldn't find a way to set a keyboard shortcut for the following 'most used' blend modes Normal, Multiply, Overlay, Screen/Softlight Photoshop uses a Ctrl+ Shift+ a letter (M, S, F,)
  15. Hi Blend mode video tutorial is interesting. However, for completeness please advise how to create various layers(e.g. shadow, reflection, refraction and etc) used in the tutorial. Thank you.
  16. Here's a way to quickly perk up a sunset, using just blend modes. Let's start with a basic sunset picture. This is a view over Madrid a couple of weeks ago. Now duplicate this layer twice (Ctrl-J, Ctrl-J), then turn off the top layer (check mark on right in layers panel). Select the middle layer. Invert it (Ctrl-I). Change Blend mode to Luminosity (drop-down box at top of layers panel that says 'Normal'). Hmm. A bit strong. Turn Opacity (top of layers panel) down to 50%. Now we have (a) interesting colours in sky and, notably, (b) grey elsewhere (the invert turns darks into lights which turned down are grey). So we can use a contrast mode blend which ignores greys. So turn on the top layer (box at right of layer) and set blend mode to Hard Light. Ole. A perkier sunset. You can play with the blend modes of layers. The middle layer, for example, is also good with Colour Dodge. If the result is a bit too colourful for you, you can always add a HSL layer above and turn down the saturation. So it looks something like this. This shows something of the joys of using blend modes. To get something similar could take a lot of twiddling, while this was a few seconds (well, actually a bit longer first time as I was just playing around to see what happens).
  17. Hi everyone! In this file, so far I have been "drawing" the dragon using a layer mask. Now that the actual content is all on the layer mask, I wanted to edit the layer mask in a sort of non-destructive way. I wanted to add flowers and all kinds of patterns to the area outside of the dragon, but wasn't sure how to do that without having them all on the same layer mask. I don't want them on the same layer mask because in case I end up not liking the flowers and stuff, I'd have to retrace the whole outline of the dragon. Then I thought of the great erase blend mode and wanted to use an erase layer to clear out flower patterns in the blue paint but instead it erases the vase under it as well. Is my approach completely wrong? How should I proceed with what I have with as little extra work as possible? Is what I want to do possible in AP or should I make a feature request? vase_mouse_painting.afphoto
  18. I’d like one. Just realized it’s missing when I opened a PSD that had a layer set to Linear Dodge, which is very useful for creating nice glow effects.
  19. In Affinity Photo blend modes are a feature - and I guess most people with some experience have tried them or know how to use them. They are arranged in groups - but it would be helpful if the menu could be presented either with spaces or other delimiters between groups in the menu, of with different backgrounds or features so that the groups become clearer - e.g. Darkening group, LIghtening group and so on. I've not checked right now with the iPad version as well, but it would be good if this also applied to that version. This wouldn't alter the functionality, but might make the interface easier for some people.
  20. As I've seen in many videos, the Mac version of Photo shows the blend modes as a complete list, all items are visble at once. Still without separators like in some competitor's product but at least you get a complete overview of all available blend modes. The Windows version is different here, it shows a drop down list with a vertical scroll bar. So it is always harder to find the desired blend mode. It would be really nice to have the same completely visible Mac-kind of list in the Windows version of Photo too. Speaking of the blend mode list, some separators for the different blend mode groups would come in handy as well.
  21. I'm always amazed with the things you can do with blend modes. This is just 4 circles, multiplied and repeated on a 9° rotation. So simple. So beautiful.
  22. I have a question..... When performing some steps that I have mimicked from Photoshop using blend modes (using the same image) the resulting image never matches the result in Photoshop. Now is this because the math behind the layer modes differ or because the color profile that I'm using in Designer/Photo (default) differ from Photoshop (default)? What could I be overlooking?
  23. Here's a novel way of detecting edges and creating a simple outline layer. Start with an image. Here's one taken in Kathmandu. If you do a 'detect edges' on it (Filters/Detect/Detect Edges), it looks like this: This can result in lots of little bits being selected too. What if you want to select less? One way is to use Levels or Threshold. Another approach is to go via blending. Duplicate layer and set Blend Mode: Hard Mix. This simplifies the picture. Now if you do a detect edges you get a simpler and slightly different set of lines. The result is similar to Detect Edges, but with a harder edge selection effect. Beyond this, you can Merge Down, Invert the layer, convert to b/w, do a Filters/Colours/Erase White Paper, play with Levels, Threshold, fx, Opacity, etc. Then you can use the line layer to darken, mask sharpening, etc. You can also replace the Hard Mix with other contrast-increasing blends, such as Colour Burn and LInear Light. You can also force a hard contrast with Levels, squeezing the black and white points close together. Even cranking up the basic contrast forces edges to be more distinct. Like many methods, it will work better on some images than others, and experimentation will help you figure out if and when you might use this.
  24. When I add a gradient overlay along with outline in the FX panel, I get no interaction. Shouldn't gradient OVERLAY be like a coating on top of everything? I can't get these two effects to blend at all.
  25. When I had to give up Corel Draw (a Mac OS upgrade issue) the thing I most missed is that it has Boolean And, Not and Or blend modes. I figured out how to do some totally unique things with these. If you introduced these I'm pretty sure AD would be the only other vector software to have them.
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