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  1. 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).
  2. 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
  3. Hi Affinity Team, I am having some issues with PNGs with transparency. If I add these PNGs inside a CMYK document and export them as PDF I get different colors behind the transparency of the PNG. This happens when I use the format PDF/X-1a:2003 or PDF/X-3:2003. If I use the PDF/X-4 the transparency problem does NOT occur. I am also having these issues with other pixel graphics as well, when I use blend modes like multiply. Please check the files attached to see what I mean. It would be great to fix this issue since most professional printer would like to have files with the PDF/X-3:2003 format. Thanks and Kind Regards Tim test.afdesign Test.pdf
  4. 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
  5. 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.
  6. 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,)
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. raymondemery

    Ice Blue Gem

    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.
  10. Calculation of the following blend modes is broken when LAB/16 color space is used in AF 1.6.1.93: -Colour Dodge -Difference -Exclusion -Subtract -Average -Negation -Reflect -Glow -Hard Mix Other blend modes work correctly, so I don't assume it would be any problem with using LAB and blend modes. All of these except Hard Mix behave as if Normal mode would be used. Hard Mix in LAB produces some extreme Red coloration even with grayscale inputs. Reflect blend mode broken in LAB.afphoto
  11. 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?
  12. 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.
  13. 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.
  14. 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.
  15. 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 hot 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.
  16. This bug happens consistently and after I power off and on my iPad. I've got the latest iOS and AP 1.6.3.43. I'm in the layers studio, in RGB. I start with 2 layers: Top layer: bright green pixel layer, blend mode darken Bottom layer: mid grey pixel layer Result: a dull green, as expected. Select the top layer and tap group: The blend mode of the group is normal The blend mode of the bright green pixel layer in the group is darken Result: unchanged, a dull green: the pixels from the grey bottom layer are entering the bottom of the group and darkening the bright green pixel layer in the group. Tap the group to select it. Tap ... (more). In the window, tap the blend mode (is normal). In the list of blend modes that appears, tap normal. Result: what I see suddenly changes from dull green to bright green. Suddenly the pixels from the grey bottom layer have stopped entering the bottom of the group and influencing the bright green pixel layer in the group. The bug is that changing the group's blend mode from normal to normal shouldn't change what I see. Should pixels from the grey bottom layer be able to enter the bottom of the group and influence the layers in the group? If I then change the group's blend mode to darken, I see the dull green again, as I expect.
  17. 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!
  18. Here's my notes on blend modes. Any additions, corrections, pointers, etc. most welcome. Regards -- Dave ----------------------------------------------------- Update 10-Jun-17: Added version two of document _______________________________ Update 22-Jun-17: Added version three of document _______________________________ Updated 29-Jul-17: Added version four of document ---------------------------------------------------- Updated 16-Oct-17 in a separate post here. _______________________________ Blend modes notes V1.pdf Blend modes notes V2.pdf Blend modes notes V3.pdf Blend modes notes V4.pdf
  19. UPDATE: New post including macros here: https://forum.affinity.serif.com/index.php?/topic/38379-luminosity-mask-selection-macros/ I've been experimenting with doing 'luminosity masking' with curves and blend ranges. Here's the result. Attached is a 'photo' file with three groups - just copy and paste one of these into any photo, either at the top level or as a child. Then open the group and double-click the curve to adjust just the named luminosity range (eg. 'mid tones'). As it's a curve you can also do it selectively by colour. It works by constraining the blend range on each curve. Click on the cogwheel to see this. There are three groups because I wasn't sure which way to chop up the spectrum, so I've done three ways: curved, rectangular and triangular. Please do try them and let us know here which works for you. I tried doing these as macros, but the macro system stopped me doing things like naming adjustment layers and grouping. I guess it's not mature enough yet for such actions. So I resorted to the cut-and-paste method. This forum also doesn't like you uploading .afmacros files (ahem). But if you prefer macros, I've put them on one of my websites here: http://changingminds.org/etc/affinity/Curve%20Blends%20V1.afmacros This is still in the experimental stage - please let me know what you think. Edit: Upated version in post below. Curve Blends V1.afphoto
  20. How do I get the live preview in blend modes automatically. Right now I have to click on each one instead of seeing it when I slide my mouse over them.
  21. Hallo, In diesem Affinity Photo Tutorial wird ein Kino Poster im Stil vom James Bond Film "Spectre" erstellt. Keine Kopie, sondern eine Variante dazu. Ihr könnt mir Eure Varianten gerne posten oder twittern. I create in this Affinity Photo Tutorial a movie poster in the style of James Bond "Spectre". Not a copy but a variation. With English Subtitles. I would be happy, when you post or tweet me your variations. Viel Spaß Euer Jack Bauer
  22. Here is how to reproduce: Create some black text Put a Gaussian Blur layer on top Set its blend mode to Multiply You would expect a blurred copy of the composite underneath to be multiplied with the non-blurred composite. Instead, it seems to simply blur the composite below and completely ignores the blend mode – in fact, it does not do any blending at all (except if you change opacity, in which case it interpolates between the filtered copy and the unfiltered original underneath, also interpolating the alpha of the two images). As a default behaviour this is fine – you wouldn't expect the layer to be blended with anything below, you would just expect it to replace everything. However, once the blend mode is changed, you would expect blending to happen. In fact, the current standard behaviour for filter layers should be called something like "Replace" (could actually be useful for regular layers as well as something you might set your layer to temporarily if you want it to replace everything below, as it has an effect similar to the Option+Click isolation mode). Once you would change to Normal or something else, it should do blending like regular layers do. The current Opacity slider behaviour would also work really well for this "Replace" blend mode. I realize this is half bug report half feature request, but you intend to not implement that kind of functionality, the blend mode drop down and advanced blending options button should at least simply be disabled for filter layers. Also worth contemplating is whether any document background colour should be considered by filter layers or not – i.e. if the final composite should then be composited on top of that background colour or if that background should behave like a layer on the bottom of the stack like it does now. I'm inclined to favour the former unless the bottom-most layer has a blend setting other than Normal applied.
  23. Had a great time with the new function - thanx alot for adding it. Worked very smooth, even with a huge pile of layers. As far as I can tell everything crisp and clean. :)
  24. ronniemcbride

    Dead Awakening The TV mini series

    Ok, so the tv series does exist but if it did I would not mind having shot at doing the title graphics for it :) If I can do this in Affinity Designer I can't wait to get my hands on Affinity Photo! :P :o ;) This was all done in done in Affinity Designer and you can learn how you can do it check out my video. on youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AlX6_MWE56Q
  25. Relaxed drawing of a classic topic. Wanted to get the outlines right so it took some time. Used 2 different textured brushes for overlays and clouds. Half of them with a 50% Gaussian Blur. Always thought that cat in the story is great - so it got a Martini ;)
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