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This thread contains a variety of commonly asked questions ranging from straightforward tasks to more technically demanding operations. We've worked hard on providing lots of tutorial content - you can see all the videos at affin.co/PhotoVids - and we hope you find the videos useful in getting to grips with the app. Let's begin! --- Q: I'm completely new to image editing, where do I start? A: Check out our Beginners Series! You can also download practice files used in the videos. --- Q: How do I copy and paste a part of one image into another image? A: See Cutting Out. --- Q: How do I make some basic adjustments to my images? A: See these videos: Adjustment Layers Levels Curves Split Toning and Selective Colour --- Q: There’s no write-up or documentation about the app and its tools! A: There is, it’s in-app. We keep it up to date and make sure it’s comprehensive. See Accessing Help. --- Q: How do I resize an image? A: See Image/Canvas Resize. --- Q: Where's the option to transform/scale/rotate layers? A: Check out Scaling and Transforming. --- Q: How do I export my images from Photo? A: See these videos: Exporting Export Compression Efficiency --- Q: How do I remove unwanted elements from an image? A: Use the Inpainting Brush. --- Q: I just want to make my image black and white, can I do that? A: You can: Creative Black and White. --- Q: I want to change the colour of somebody's eyes, what's the easiest approach? A: Try one of these two techniques explored in Changing Eye Colour. --- Q: Can I add text/watermarking to my images? A: Yes, see Text: Watermarking/Branding. --- Q: How do I get started with Frequency Separation and retouching? A: See these videos: Frequency Separation Nature Portrait: Worked Example --- Q: I can't recover highlights very well with RAW files, any tips? A: Try using a Custom Tone Curve and Maximising your Raw Latitude. --- Q: Can I merge bracketed exposures to HDR images? A: You bet, Photo's 32-bit support in general is really comprehensive. Check these out: HDR: Merging & Tone Mapping HDR: Tone Map Presets HDR: Panoramas HDR: Preprocessing HDR: Advanced Editing HDR: Ghosts Removal HDR: 32-bit Editing --- Q: I don't understand how layers work, any advice? A: Try Layer Concepts first, then watch Layers Overview. --- Q: Any further tips and tricks on layers? A: Yes, find out how Layer Nesting works, and how to alter nesting behaviour with Layer Creation Behaviour. --- Q: What are live filter layers and how do I use them? A: See Live Filter Layers. --- Q: I'm into focus stacking, can Photo do that? A: Yes, in Photo it's called focus merging. See these videos: Focus Merging Focus Merge Retouching --- Q: Adjusting shadows and highlights isn't very effective, any ideas? A: We have a much more effective filter rather than the adjustment, see Shadows/Highlights. --- Q: I really don’t understand DPI and Resolution, what the are the differences, which should I be changing? A: See Understanding DPI. --- Q: What is stacking and what can I do with it? A: See these examples: Noise Reduction Object Removal Exposure Merging Exposure Blending Long Exposure Simulation --- Q: Does Photo have perspective correction? A: Yes, you can even do it non-destructively, see Live Perspective. --- Q: Is there a "Blend If" equivalent? A: Yes, and it can be logarithmic, see Blend Ranges. --- Q: Can you stitch and edit panoramas? A: You can, see these videos: Panoramas Tricky Panoramas --- Q: I'm stitching architectural images using the Panorama feature and the architecture (building/structure) is all distorted, can I fix it? A: You can use the Mesh Warp tool, see Panorama Distortion Correction. --- Q: What about making selections, refining them, masking, etc? A: All supported, see: Making Selections Refining Selections Pixel Selections from Layers Quick Masks Layer Masks --- Q: And channels, do you support them? A: Certainly, see: Channels Channels for Alpha Masking Channels: Creating/Storing Selections --- Q: If Photo has 32-bit float support, surely it must support OpenEXR and OpenColorIO? A: Why yes, it does! OpenEXR Multichannel Import/Export OpenEXR Import Options OpenColorIO Setup OpenColorIO Adjustment --- Q: I’m struggling with keyboard shortcuts and improving my workflow, any tips? A: Give these a try: Useful Keyboard Shortcuts Modifiers --- Q: How can I have a non-destructive workflow? A: These videos highlight non-destructive techniques and operations: Non-Destructive Inpainting and Cloning Non-Destructive Dodge and Burn Flexible Defringing Selective Sharpening Live Filter Layers Adjustment Layers --- Q: Can I simply align multiple images for analysis purposes? A: Yes, you can align them through stacking then remove the stack, see Aligning Images. --- Q: I want to learn about Photo’s more advanced features, what should I watch? A: Give these a try: Displacement - generating live displacement maps Edge Detection for Masking - creating masks from Edge detection filters and applying them to various filters Technicolor Emulation - manipulating channels Multiple Colour Formats - using LAB in RGB mode and vice versa Scopes - using scopes and waveforms for monitoring Tricky Panoramas - manually altering stitching masks for difficult panoramas Vector-Based Retouching - mixing raster with vector work Custom Tone Curve - creating your own tone curve for developing raw images --- Q: What is fast fourier transform denoising and what can I use it for? A: Check out FFT Denoise.
Hi, the translated versions of the FAQs are very old. That could cause confusion (for example: launch of Publisher) if people do not read the creation date at the bottom). When will those files be updated and/or will the creation dates be added at the bottom of the topic? Perhaps some foreign customers expect/wish for the same quality in support for their money. Any plans for more features in the forum for foreign users? KR