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  1. Hi there, I can't seem to find the right combination of keywords to find what I'm looking for, I'll try and explain as best I can (I'm migrating from Photoshop, so I'll probably be here a lot, lol. I'm attempting to see if i can achieve the same results in the vector part of the program that I would normally get from using photoshop): (Draw Persona) The effect I'm looking for is like when you would clip a layer (above) to the layer below in Photoshop. What this would do; Top layer would mask itself to whatever layer was below it (IT HAS NO EFFECT ON THE BOTTOM LAYER). By doing this, I can edit the bottom layer in any way that I'd like and the 'clipping' on the top layer would automatically adjust to the shape of the layer below it. In Draw Persona, what "Mask to Below" *ACTUALLY* does is clip the bottom layer to the layer you're "clipping" and thus is not the effect I'm looking for. Additionally, When applying masks to object that have effects on them, for some reason it wants to by default mask in the effects too (i.e drop shadows and glows), if there a way to turn this off, I'm used to not having it clip or mask to effects on the layer at hand. Thank you in advance. I shall do as much research as I can, but it seems Designer is more different than I expected, so finding ways to achieve what I'm used to will be tough. See you again soon. :P
  2. I have a file I made in Affinity Photo on my Mac and it has a layers mask where I drop an image under some text and the image is masked into the text. When I use the same file on the iPad the mask does not work. I drop the image under the text layer and nothing happens. Are layer masks supported on the iPad? What am I doing wrong? Thanks.
  3. I've been looking for the solution for this for while. If i have an image masked by a vector, how can i edit the vector without stretching the image? eg. in illustrator i'd use the node tool and it would only effect the frame, not the content
  4. I can't find a video that explains how you can make a mask of say a tree with the sky being visible through the branches - so that only the tree with its branches is selected but not the glimpses of sky in between. In On1 you have something called the perfect brush which has AI behind....
  5. How do you make a vector mask containing a hole in Affinity Photo? Assume I want to mask a photo of a doughnut in Affinity Photo. I want a vector mask so I can modify it with precision at any time. I use the pen tool to draw a closed curve around the perimeter of the doughnut , then fill the curve black. I present my filled curve to the doughnut layer and get the short blue vertical line. The mask works as expected, but of course the hole has not been addressed. How do I deal with the hole? Nothing I have tried works, except the following: I draw another closed curve for the doughnut hole and fill it black. I position this layer below the doughnut / mask layers described above, and change its Mode to Erase. Now I have the doughnut , a transparent background and transparent hole. This is exactly what I want, with the ability to edit both the doughnut perimeter and the hole, using the node tool. This technique seems to work well, but it feels like a work-around. Is this the only way to make a vector mask containing a hole?
  6. I have two curve layer adjustments for my dodge and burning retouch work on AP for my iPad Pro. I’d like to select a section of the mask and add a Gaussian blur. Is this possible? If so, how do I do this? I new to AP but a Photoshop veteran looking for an iPad alternative. Thank you so much in advance.
  7. Hi, I'm sure this has been asked many times, but I can't find the right answer anywhere. In Designer, I want to keep only what's inside the circle area, independent of layers. These are all shapes created in the Draw persona, and were not converted to curves. I tried to duplicate the circle or draw a new one and apply a layer mask to it, to later invert it. I moved this new layer (circle w/layer mask) in about every order and level. Still, nothing. So... what am I doing wrong? Affinity Designer for Mac (desktop) MBP mid-2015
  8. Hi there There's a sequence I used to follow when I used Photoshop that I haven't managed to find the equivalent path for in Photo (I'm sure it's there!) and I'd really appreciate it if some kind person could point me in the right direction! In essence, while on holiday I would take one photo with my wife standing to the left of a sign, then get her to take one of me standing to the right of the sign. Then in Photoshop I would combine them to make it look like we were both in the pic, standing each side of the sign. I did this by stacking the two photos as layers in one file, auto-aligning the layers, then creating a mask to "rub-out" the person-less part of one layer, to reveal the other person underneath. Hope that makes sense! Looking forward mastering this in Photo, as it's a handy thing workaround when there's no-one else around to take a pic of us both, and I use it quite a bit. Cheers & thanks
  9. I don't have time to search entire forums or the interwebs to see if someone else has ever suggested this feedback before. So I offer my apologies if my suggestions have already been covered. 1) Please can you provide a feedback function WITHIN the application it self. It's incredibly frustrating to have to use out dated methods of signing up to god-awful web-forums which just leads to nonconstructive replies of un-thought out opinions and arguments. It also allows you to correctly link feedback (and abuse) to the software license of the user and even categorise the feedback so you can easily see which areas are causing most concern to the user base. 2) Please can you fix the mouse icon when painting in masks in the develop mode. The standard OS mouse icon does not feel accurate to paint with. Also a nice to improve if possible: Painting often feels sluggish to see the red tint forming. If there is a way to make this feel more responsive without upgrading an existing 32GB RAM I7 processor machine, that would be lovely please. 3) Cropping in Develop mode is missing an "ok" or "finished" button. It's frustrating to be sitting back with my tablet, controlling everything then having reach over to the keyboard which I moved to one side, just to hit <enter>. I don't want to map the enter key to my tablet device as it's never used for anything else! if you simply put a button in the UI it will mean I can just move the mouse there and click! perhaps I've missed a trick that does what I want, but then that would mean it's not obvious and intuitive to the user. 4) Please update the flash function for uploading files on this forum. Who runs flash in 2017? Browsers auto block flash from running by default because it's nasty. 5) More of a question then a suggestion, but is there a way to rename the overlays in the Overlays tab in Develop mode? I have 3 gradient overlays, all with the same name! that's very confusing to simple minds like myself. 6) Although I generally hope you spend more time fine tuning what you have already developed, instead of just rushing out new features, it would be nice if there was an in-application function for browsing image files, with a nice big preview of the image and EXIF data, which you can then double click to open it in the develop mode. I don't think anyone wants all this "importing" and cataloguing rubbish which is very slow. But browsing files within Affinity with a UI that suits photographers that windows/macOS don't offer, would be a great win. Thanks for your time.
  10. Hi everybody, I just stumbled upon this and I cannot understand what this is and what this is for. I can't find it in the Designer help. It's this structure: I created an empty layer and moved an object on top of the layericon to crop it. I wasn't expect this to do anything, 'cause there isn't anything inside the layer to crop. But for some reason it DID add a crop/clip-layer to it. And it's giving strange results I don't get (look at the video in the attachment). Suddenly the icon of the layer changed into a folder icon and the childmask isn't masking the layer, but the layer(s?) under it. And to make it even more weird, when moving the layer underneith it this layer is making the first layer again.... strange It doesn't really make sense to me so far. This way it looks like we can mask layers underneath it, but is it really meant to work like this? Can we rely on this to be a feature, or did I perhaps hit some bug here? I am intrigued. Anybody knows how this feature is called, what's it for, when could we use this and is there some information about it somewhere in the help or elsewhere? And why did the icon change into a folder/group-icon? screenrec.mp4
  11. fotojindra

    AP Win - Bug - Mask to Below

    Hi, it seems to me that the feature "Mask to Below" does not work properly. When I have a layer (B&W) prepared to become a Mask and I do click "Mask to Below" it inserts some corrupted Pixel layer to the layer below :( Thanks Jindra
  12. Hello, guys! Affinity's gotten me under it's spell. I've been using Affinity Photo/Design a lot in my 10-days trial to see if I can do everything I used to on Photoshop with ease. I'm loving it. Most things have even an easier workaround. So, masking is one of the cool different approaches I've encountered, and it's pretty simple to get along with. However, I couldn't—by any means—make the following mask/compositing technique work. Am I missing something or just trying to explore beyond AP actual limits? Can anyone help me? Following are step-by-step of how I do it on PS and, then, how it didn't work on AP. Post-image: I forgot to write on the 3rd image, but, while inside the mask, I pasted it.
  13. Hi, Fabulous software (mac 1.6.7) so this isn't a moan - just an observation (and irritation if I'm honest!) The selection brush and the refine feature are much, much better that PS. However when I create a masked cut-out and then place it in another layout, unexpected edge lines are appearing ( see screenshot attached) If I go back to the original image and paint over these unexpected edges on the mask (note I can't see them on the mask) - I just paint where I assume the error to be. I then save the cutout and place it again in the AP layout. (I am looking forward to you getting linking sorted out). However the errors are still present. Baffled! The only solution I have is the crop the cut-out by 1 or 2 pixels. This solves the problem however it is not ideal. Anyone got any thoughts on this? Is it a bug or a feature?
  14. Hey Affinity Experts, I have been trying to erase a top border on two combined custom shapes. One shape is dark suit jacket while the other shape is a white shirt shape on top of black suit jacket shape. My problem is that when I layer the shapes a very thin black outline remains from black shape. See example. How can I remove this black top outline? Do I have to erase it or is there a way to layer the shapes that causes the black border line to disappear at overlap. Thanks!
  15. I'm on Affinity Designer. From the beginning the eraser tool has worked flawlessly to mask parts of layers that I wanted to hide/remove. Suddenly it doesn't. I click on the layer, go to pixel persona, and select the eraser brush tool. Now instead of masking chunks of layer with brush strokes when I draw: it simply does nothing. No marks are made. I've tried with both my tablet pen and my mouse (on surface pro 4) over and over again and the assistant adds the masking layer like it's supposed to, and the masking layer is there as a child layer to the layer I'm trying to mask--as though I have actually properly masked something--and yet nothing is done. It's like it's invisible on the screen. Nothing is erased from the original layer like it's intended to do. I haven't changed anything about the preferences or settings, I was literally working on the same drawing for hours and suddenly the eraser brush tool just did this (became obsolete) and I am not sure how to fix it. If anyone has any advice please let me know : (
  16. Absolutely loving Affinity Designer on the iPad, but there’s one thing that I just can’t figure out - working with masks. I usually start with making a pixel layer lineart drawing, set to multiply. Then I do the colouring, in either pixels or vectors in a layer underneath this. What I then need to do is to remove parts of the lineart that I don’t need anymore. I could of course use the eraser tool, but I prefer to do this in a mask, as I often change my mind about what works or not. However, when I add a masking layer to my pixel lineart layer, the quality of the line suddenly changes radically, almost as if it burns and disintegrates somehow, weakening the overall lineart a lot, without me adding any black to the mask whatsoever. Now I think this effect is kind of cool, but I don’t always want it, and I want to figure out why it happens and how to control it. What I’m looking for is adding a mask so that I can paint out the lines with my pixel persona brush tool, without Designer suddenly changing the quality of my lineart when I add that mask. I’ve watched the tutorials, but found no info to help me with this particular challenge. Should be pretty straightforward and simple, yet this trick eludes me in Designer for iPad. Anyone else encountered this, or have any experience with masking pixel layers in AD? - zei
  17. I have been playing around with some luminosity masking tools and the way they worked made me a bit curious as to why much of this could not be done easily with B&W images. That is, I assume I should be able to take a color image, create a black and white image from it using the B&W layer adjustment, refine that to include what I want and convert that directly to a mask for the original image. That process works with Photoshop but I can not get it to work with Affinity Photo. I did some searching looking for phrases like "Affinity Photo convert B&W to mask" and other similar phrases, and found several links, but none of the instructions actually seemed to do what I wanted. One, on this forum, said I should create the B&W image, rasterize it to a mask and drag the layer to the original image layer until a vertical blue line appeared, but I could never get the vertical blue line and always ended up with the B&W image grouped with the original image, and never got a mask. I am completely sure I am just doing this wrong. The tutorials talked about creating masks from selections, but I wanted to create the mask directly from a B&W image. Can anyone tell me how to do that? Thanks.
  18. Hi, I was recently experimenting with making adjustments to my Paint Brush tool under the "more" tab next to the "hardness" selector. After unsuccessfully creating a new brush, I reset the options. Now the brush tool does absolutely nothing. Doesn't work in masks, doesn't work by simply trying to paint different colors. Ive triple checked everything, opacity is 100%, flow 100%, Hardness adjustments, etc etc. I even uninstalled and re-downloaded the program to find that the brush tool is still not working. I attached a screen shot of the Brush "More" tab opened to see if that helps. Anyone have any suggestions? Thank you!
  19. So I only deal with vector art because I design t shirts and it needs to be vectorized. I don’t know what I’m doing wrong.. I’m trying to get an American flag to completely cover or ‘mask’ a figure that’s my original artwork for a Fourth of July design... I’ve tried the “mask to below method” but when I export as a pdf it still comes out rasterized which I can’t have... does anyone know what I’m doing wrong or could help me/ explain to me how add these layers together and have it come out vectorized? Thank you all so much!
  20. Hello I want to use an image (grayscale with no alpha) as a mask. How can I do it? Thanks
  21. have been a photoshop devotee for years and am trying to move my entire folio of work into Affinity. the one issue I am having is finding the equivalent of the polygonal lasso tool that is in Photoshop for trimming photos/layers? A lot of my work requires scanning in existing drawings and then trimming around them to give them a clean edge. I have been able to do this using the masking tools but cannot for the life of me figure out how to mask a clean, straight edge? I am probably being a bit thick but am really struggling to find a solution. Any tips would be appreciated. As I cannot seem to articulate what I am trying to say, I have taken some crude screenshots of what I mean and attached them,
  22. Hi there, newbie here so please go easy on me! I have selected my foreground and refined the selection nice. I convert the selection to a masking layer. I add a background and place this under my foreground. All looks good except there is the thinnest line of pixels around parts of the foreground. In ps I would select the mask layer then select using the lasso tool an area that i wanted to correct and apply a levels correction just on the mask, very effective and quick. Is there an easy way to do something similar in Affinity on the ipad? I’ve attached a crop illustrating what I mean. cheers, g
  23. I have watched and re-watched the video Clipping vs Masking by James Ritson and am unable to select the mask (child layer) without the layer. Clicking one selects the other. (ditto for a clipped layer) That is not what I see happening on the video as is done at 2:07 min on YouTube video. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cKrQ2BEFWMs This is similar to another question in the forum but the difference is that I don't want to separate the child layer from the layer, I Just want to manipulate each separately. Here is a quote from the other post by webb, "I have a pixel layer (say, Background) and have added a child filter. I would now like to move that child filter up on the stack, but can't seem to select it without selecting the pixel layer as well--both parent and child layers are highlighted and stubbornly insist on staying that way. This doesn't happen all the time, but when it does happen, I don't know what to do."
  24. How is it possible to cut out a shape from another in a non-destructive manner? I see that the "Subtract" shape in the toolbar does what I want it to do, but the result is not a compound or a mask, it becomes an edited shape. One work around I was thinking, is it possible to draw a shape with the pen tool, make it an active selection and perform an inverse selection and apply a mask to the shape?
  25. Hi, Quick question, I'm a newbie to the Affinity Designer Software. I want to create a text portrait (see image example below) but I am not seeing any tutorials on Youtube. Any tips? And can it be done on Designer or do I need to purchase Affinity Photo? Thanks!
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