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  1. I've been playing around with affinity designer and I was trying to make some font corrections when I spotted this problem; I found no way to convert layer effects to vectors, more specifically, the layer's stroke. Is there a way to do this? To expand curves to layer effects and include them in so that they are regarded when I i.e. use geometry functions using them?
  2. I am a beginner in LAB attempting to apply the writings of Dan Margulis, who uses only Photoshop, to Affinity Photo. The LAB underlying functionality is mostly OK, but I have found that the AP user interface could be improved in several places. More experienced users, please comment. 1) In the Curves adjustment layer with LAB selected, the A channel curve is colored green and the B curve magenta. The appropriate colors are green left and magenta right for A; blue left and yellow right for B (with light or high luminosity on the right). 2) Creating a check box on the A and B curve windows for Intersect Midpoint would make it easier to construct color-intensifying curves. This is probably the most important basic move in LAB, and even Photoshop does not have this feature. 3) The Input Minimum and Maximum default to 0 and 1. Though I have not found a use for these, shouldn’t they be -1 to 1 or -100 to 100 or -127 to 127? 4) The Curves/LAB window’s second drop-down menu offers Master, L, A, B, and alpha. Is there a known use for ‘Master’ as in RGB? Nothing I have read about LAB indicates that there is. For that matter, is there any use for Master in CMYK? And how about ‘All’ as an alternative to Master in RGB? Furthermore, the histogram curves displayed for the LAB components here are not positioned the same as when one transforms the document to LAB and displays its histograms. May relate to previous point (3). 5) Photoshop can display the graphs of the various color space curves with the light (high-luminosity) side on the right or left (one-click toggle). This option would be useful to people learning from Margulis’s books, which show dark on the right. 6) Other Affinity users have called for improvements in the Curves window in general, not just for LAB: more precision and ways of placing nodes, a larger or scalable window, saving curves. Because of the sensitivity of the A and B curves to small movements, a fine control on node dragging would be handy, e.g., option-drag would reduce the motion by 1/5 or 1/10. Perhaps it already exists. 7) A LAB curves user on this forum called for a keyboard shortcut to move among the channels. Why not? He needs efficiency in a much-used workflow application. In the same vein, having selected the color space, instead of a second drop-down, radio buttons for the three or four channels would slightly simplify choosing one. 8) In the Channel Mixer adjustment layer, the LAB window A and B sliders need appropriate coloring like the RGB and CMYK. Just for consistency. 9) The Levels adjustment layer makes sense in RGB, but I am not so sure about LAB and CMYK. Does this lead to a useful correction? (Please help me, advanced users.) If you push the existing RGB colors to the AB limits of +/-127 won’t you just create out-of-gamut colors that will have to be distorted back in RGB space? And is gamma defined for this color space? Also, in the LAB window, shouldn’t the correct labels for the sliders be, for the A channel, green and magenta, and for the B, blue and yellow. Similar questions for CMYK. 10) The Apply Image filter and Channel Mixer adjustment layer seem as if they should have similar functionality, but their capabilities and interfaces are rather different. My understanding of Apply Image in Photoshop from Margulis is to blend or replace channels one at a time, sometimes across color spaces, but to do that in AP one has to create a gray scale image of a channel in a layer and make that the source. The destination seems to be all channels of a selected layer, or does one have to separate out those channels as well? The Channel Mixer is designed to specify a single channel as destination, but it appears the source must be in the same color space. Shouldn’t these two processes allow individual choice of source and destination channels in all color spaces? Are equations (Apply Image) and sliders (Channel Mixer) of equal value in practical applications? I don’t think this exhausts these issues, but this post has already exhausted me. My compliments if you have read this far. If you want to know more about Margulis, use a search engine or post here and I will try to summarize what I have earned from a large corpus of writing.
  3. Hi, I'm trying to fill a capital 'O' without filling in the middle of it. As seen in the attached screenshots. I found a post with the same issue, there they were told to select the individual curve layers rather than the group, and then change the fill mode in the layers menu to "Alternative (Even-Odd)". However, I tried this and it didn't seem to work. Is there something I'm doing wrong or something else that might work? Cheers
  4. In the attached image, the top 'example' word is Artistic Text. the bottom 'example' word is text that has been converted to curves and then had the strokes expanded with the menu item under 'Layer.' The L is very off, but other letters are also visibly (although slightly) distorted as well. If there is a setting that bumps up the accuracy of this, then please let me know. Otherwise, the one trick I know to reduce this is to expand the stroke when the shape/text is really, really big (multiply the size by a huge factor) and then size it back down by the same factor afterwards. I do not remember this happening back when I was using Illustrator. Note: This is as of v. 1.7.1 and haven't tried this in 1.7.2 yet. If this has been fixed in 1.7.2, then great.
  5. Here's another thing that's keeping me stuck using PS for the near future, as I haven't found a suitable replacement in another application... I require precise adjustments of curves for when I create calibrated contrast correction for alt process photo printing. I regularly print using gum pigment (aka, gum bichromate), kallitype, gumoil and cyanotype techniques. The overwhelming majority of my fine art prints are done this way. To get the best results, it is necessary create compensation curves to correct for the deficiencies of the print process. They are all different, and ideally one would create individual curves for each kind of paper used, as well as for the different processes. I feel confident saying this is the common practice amongst alt process photo printers these days, so I'm certainly not the only one who would benefit. A full description of the process I use can be found here: https://www.freestylephoto.biz/alternative-process/making-digital-negatives Please take special note of Figures H and I in the article because these illustrate exactly what I'm needing to do with curves. What I need is the ability to precisely input the required I/O numbers into the curves dialog. Not only do I not see any way to do this in AP's curves, I don't even see any sort of scale that would clue me in to where I am on the curve. I am able to read gray values the way I need with the eyedropper, but without being able accurately translate those numbers to a curve, I'm stuck with only half the tools I need to do this.
  6. ThirtyFiveThousand

    “Curves” menu option

    Don’t know if it’s just me, or if it’s just this file, or if I’ve had the app open too long, or what. All I know is that whenever I try to select the “Curves” adjustment on its own in the Adjustments studio, I get nothing. The only way I actually get the option to adjust anything is by swimming through the long version of the menu. Take a look... F03DE051-AAFC-44D4-8807-021EFC2BF928.MOV
  7. Hi folks, I’m new to AF for iPad having used AF desktop for a while now. I'm having some issues with certain adjustments. I wanted to make a curves adjustment on an image today but when I went to the adjustments menu and selected curves it didn’t give me any further options. There is no context menu or anything ?! Cheers Mark
  8. Hello, I really need to see adjustment input/output values (percentages) in the curves adjustment layer palet as in Photoshop This is the only reason why I can't switch to Affinity Photo and still use Photoshop I need to see values so I can correct to colors to certain minimal % to prevent breackoff by flexo printing Please .. I really want to use Affinity Photo and asking already 2 years for this feature
  9. Moving Curve onto the image layer is a 100% repeatable crash. I've tried different files and different documents with the same result. PubCrash.mp4
  10. I’m new to Affinity Designer and used to working with Inkscape. Concerning notes and curves, there is a tool in Inkscape to open or close a curve which I cannot find on Affinity Designer. Where can I find it? Or are there different ways of achieving the same result? Specifically I’m trying to merge the three nodes highlighted in blue here and get rid of the loop that I crossed out in red:
  11. Hello I am used to being able to check the black point and the white point per color in the diagram when I change the tonal value per color channel in RGB mode. Is this also possible in the iPad? On the desktop this is perfectly possible with the tonal value correction! Thanks for a tip
  12. I'm new to Affinity. Apologize if this has already been covered but I couldn't find with a search. My .tiff files do not retrain the curves saved on the file when opening in Affinity. When opening the file in Photoshop, works like a champ--i.e. there's the appropriate curve. When opening in Affinity, there's the curve layer but no curve--seems like all the other layer elements like masks, vibrance, yadayaday are perfect. When opening with Affinity the exact same image saved as a .psd, opens perfectly--i.e. there's the appropriate curve. Any thoughts? Tom
  13. So, this is something I can't get used to and what I believe is some kind of bug - because it makes simple task apparently imposible to do (at least in straightforward way). Let's say we want to draw shape like this: Now, what is trivial in Corel... corel.mp4 is impossible in Designer: designer.mp4 I've worked with Corel for past 12 years and IMO it's curve calculations and node shaping feels more natural and logical than those in Designer. Convice me otherwise. And if this is intentional, then can you explain what advantages this have over Corel's implementation? Why it's this way? For now - wtf Affinity? wtf.mp4
  14. I posted the following thread 3 years ago but not a single person until today advised me to post that topic in this thread, claiming that no one from Serif diligently reads this forum such that my post was sure to have been overlooked these 3 years. Seems odd to me, but fine. Here it is: I would advise Serif to just move that thread into this thread. I would prefer that since I don't want to lose all the supportive posts in that thread. For truly, it is more than just me who wants that dropper tool added to Affinity Photo. Thanks.
  15. As a longtime Photoshop user coming into Affinity Photo for pro work I wanted to suggest improvement for Photo's curve adjustment tool. Curves works great but I think the picker tool needs to be able to instantly pick on the curves graph as I click on areas in the picture. Right now I can add points but I have to wiggle left or right in order for the point to be added, and then I might accidentally pull the curve up or down slightly when all I wanted to do was to select a point. Use case for this is that I might want to select all the color areas in a face and protect those ranges. Or select a few area in a landscape and pull all those areas up and down. I mention this because I can easily and quickly do this in Photoshop but this is one of those things where I really struggle with in Photo. However I have an idea for making curves better in Photo than Photoshop. What if I could lasso or shift-select a given range of points I have made in curves? How amazing would that be. Then I can pull a select group of points up or down and this becomes quite powerful. Think of this like the ability to move a selected group of vector points in Designer. You can't do this in Photoshop. Perhaps you can just pull up the points or stretch the selection - I'm referring to all that you can do in Designer with selected vector points.
  16. Hi there! when exporting text with a gradual transparency to *.eps or *.pdf, the export fails and only exports blocks, no text. I tried converting the text to curves, having single text lines (not a big block), ..., but none works. Can someone tell me what's wrong? (using Designer 1.7.1) Thanks a lot! fabius_ original before export: after export to *.eps: it's rasterized and when going to "outline", only blocks are shown: and the image is rasterized (though it shouldn't be):
  17. Where is the Set White Point in Affinity Photo (AP)? Please note that I've been using the AP beta and recently I purchased the app via MAS. I am trying to transition from Photoshop but I am faced with a learning curve. In Photoshop, I hit CMD-M to bring up the Curves dialog and then click the rightmost dropper icon ("Sample in image to set white point") and click on the light parts of my image. That adjusts the white balance and the white point beautifully. I use this all the time on the white parts of scanned images to make sure white is 100% white. I want to do the same thing in AP, but no such feature exists in the AP Curves dialog that I can see. And when I type "Set White Point" or even "white point" in the Help menu Search field, nothing relevant appears. How do I accomplish this in AP? Again, I want a drop tool (or similar) that allows me to click on light areas of the image and set those parts to pure white. If there is such a feature in AP, please note that Photoshop allows me to press the Option key after I click the White Point dropper to see areas that are still dark. That is very convenient to allow me to see where else I should click the dropper to make sure all the white areas are pure white, not leaving any light gray patches anywhere. Does AP have this? Thanks.
  18. Hello, very new to the program. I am trying to apply a curves adjustment layer. When I choose curves from the adjustment studio under the photo persona nothing happens. I don’t get a context menu with the curves graph or the option to create a preset. In the picture attached, I have “clicked” the curves option top right but I don’t get the expected menu at the bottom center. Any help appreciated Thanks in advance
  19. Hey people! Found Curves under Adjustments, easy enough, but after clicking it the panel shows nothing at all. Adjustments < Curves > (nothing more) So uhhh, how do I adjust the curves?
  20. I know I've suggested a similar feature, but all this talk of smoothing curves brought this up in my mind; in addition to a tool to smooth a curve, Affinity Designer should also have the opposite. I am of course referring to Midpoint Displacement, which would allow illustrators to make non-uniform curves more easily than having to draw each node individually. Being able to smooth curves is indeed important, but as it is, it's really hard to produce a line that doesn't look uniform, and a roughening tool to add pseudorandom midpoint displacement would make illustrating much less time-consuming.
  21. Bug: The pickers do not pick the correct point in the Curves dialogue The graphs in the Affinity Curves dialogues input at the bottom and output at the left Input (bottom) has zero left and 100 right Output (left) has zero bottom and 100 top This can be seen in the following: On a CMYK version of a colour chart I have set two Samplers on the Info panel - the left sampler in the white paper, showing 0,0,0,0; and the right sampler in the pure cyan square showing 100,98,1,3 The curve in diagram 1 shows: a huge spike on the left at zero, from the white of the paper zero transformed to 87 (from the flat of the line on the left 100 being unchanged by the point top right of the graph These are confirmed by the new sampler values, the blue tinge to the white paper, and the unchanged solid cyan square If I now use the picker and place it in the cyan square, the node created on the graph is bottom left, somewhere around (12,12) in coordinates (second screenshot). First it should clearly be at one end of the line (as the blue square is 100% cyan) and it should be at the right-hand end of the line. Similarly if I reset and use the picker to choose from the white area (with zero cyan) it gives me a node top-right, rather than bottom left. This error can go unnoticed when selecting a single node because the curve will be symmetrical, so, if, say, the point chosen was 80, then the node would be 20, and the resulting curve when dragged down would be down equally at 80 and 20. However when trying to create an S curve, it falls apart (and wastes a lot of time!) Software version: Affinity Photo 1.7.0.367, Win 10 Home version 1803 OS build 17134.829, 64bit, Intel Core i7-7700HQ installed RAM 16Gb
  22. We are going to through the process of figuring out how to transition from PS to AP. We are a catalog company that have a few thousand images that ave clipping paths saved inside the PSD or tiff files that we use in Indesign as silhouettes images. Basically the path is used as a mask that Indesign recognizes. These curves remain live so they are editable for edge refinement and repositioning. Am I clear in the understanding there is no way for curves to make the leap from PS to AP? The forum thread I found that talked about this issue was from 2016. I didn't know if the status of this has changed. I did try the shape layer approach, but this still does not leave me with curves. They PS shape layer comes in as a color fill. Maybe my approach was wrong. The color fill would work if I was able to turn my selection into curves, but I know that is not currently possible. As a side note: Affinity photo is able to turn curves into selections, but can not turn a selection into a curve. I always thought that was strange. I know auto trace...its on the roadmap.... Recreating all of those paths in all those files is not a real viable or cost effective solution for us. I am open to any workflow suggestions anyone can offer.
  23. M. Kowalewski

    Expand Stroke issue

    Hi, maybe it is not completely a bug, but I believe this should be fixed if it is a software fault. Problem: If I use Layer > expand stroke on rounded curves results are not as expected and what is interesting - this effect intensifies when the curve has a smaller size. The picture below shows 12px wide circle affected by what I am talking about. I figured out that I can draw a large circle, expand it and scale it down for better results - but it's a poor solution for the long run. My Affinity Designer version: 1.6.5.135 M. Kowalewski
  24. Hello people; me again I'm exporting this file to PDF via Affinity Designer and some of the objects (which are grouped together) end up being converted as image, not as objects with curves. When I leave them separate before exporting the PDF, however, they are read correctly as curves. In the other software I use, when I export the PDF, even to the grouped object, the file is generated with it in objects in curves. Are there any Affinity settings I did not get or will I have to separate everything before exporting to PDF? Attached the original file and the two versions of PDF CANCELAS BEROLA_ FINAIS-afnfile-test1-with-grouped-objects.pdf CANCELAS BEROLA_ FINAIS-afnfile-test1-with-separeted-objects.pdf CANCELAS_BEROLA__FINAIS-afnfile.afdesign
  25. Hi, I am new to Affinity Photo but have used Photoshop for a few years. Is there some way of stroking or rendering a curve? regards Beckett
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