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  1. Hello, I recently purchased Serif Affinity Photo. I noticed that the layer mask is not working properly. Whenever I try to paint with black, no effect is seen. When I invert the mask and try to paint with white, nothing happens. I have NOT ticked " protect alpha" in the context bar, and there seems to be some effect only when mask is revealed by pressing 'alt' and blending mode is changed to 'soft light'. Obviously the image is not seen and mask cannot be accurate. Please help. I am using widows 10 home eddition and latest version of Affinity Photo, 1.7
  2. I am trying to understand what is going on under the hood when I invert a selection. Situation: I have an image with a selection. The selection consists of two parts, one (at the left hand side) done with the freehand selection tool, the other (to the right) with the elliptical marquee tool. The freehand part has a blurry boundary, the elliptical part has a sharp boundary. I now want to create two layer masks, one from the selection and the other from whatever is outside of it. I use Invert Selection for that. The idea is to stack two layers with the original image, with one of the masks applied to each of them. Hopefully, each mask will let through just enough so that together they will blend into the original image. I expect normal blending mode should do the trick. My way of working is the following: - the original selection I save into a channel that I call "base selection". - I then invert the selection, and save the result in a channel called "base selection inverted". - I create a pixel layer and fill it with pink colour. - I duplicate that layer. - For each of the two layers I create a mask. The "base selection" channel I load into alpha of the first mask, the "base selection inverted" channel into alpha of the second mask. - I stack the two layers with normal blending mode. - I activate both layers and their masks. - Finally, to see clearly what is happening I create an extra blue pixel layer that I use as background. This is the resulting layer panel: I would now expect, perhaps naively, that I would see the original pink image back, since the masks are complementary and both let their own part of the original through. Instead, I see the following: Whereas the elliptical selection to the right is invisible, the blurry freehand selection to the left lets part of the blue background shine through. I now have the following questions: - how exactly is the selection converted into a mask through the channel? As I understand it, a mask is a mapping that tells what opacity to assign to each pixel of the (pixel) layer it is assigned to. White has 100% opacity, black is fully transparant. Fine. For black and white positions in the mask, this works. But if there is a position in the mask with "grey tonal value", an opacity between 0 and 1 is assigned. What is the formula for that? How is this "gray tonal value" determined, and once you have it, how does it translate to an opacity number? - How do the opacity numbers relate between a mask derived from a selection, and a mask derived from its inverse? Are they complementary, i.e., add up to 1 in every case? - From what I am seeing, it looks like inverting a selection does not necessarily lead to masks that are complementary in the sense that they can work together to restore a full image. They may leave spots with less than full opacity, if selections have blurry edges. This leads to the following question: is there a way to achieve what I am aiming for? Or am I missing the obvious here? Thanks to everyone who read through all this. I do hope you can shed some light. For reference, I attach the project (done with AP 1.7.0.128). Jeroen. selection inversion test.afphoto
  3. I'm quite new to the Affinity Photo family, but I'm a long time, old school graphics guy. I tend to use a number of less than intuitive "PS Actions", made up of complex combinations of blend modes, inversions, blurs and such, to achieve various effects. I'm currently playing with recreating some of these recipes, as AP macros. Since many of these combinations use the "Invert" command, I explored AP until I found there are several ways to access it. "CTRL-I" is the one most used, however if I'm in one of the menus, I would naturally assume that I could conveniently use the "Invert" selection from there, with the same results. Not so.... as I quickly discovered. Using "CTRL - I " Inversion is automatically applied, nicely merged to the selected layer. Selecting the "Layer - Invert" menu selection Works exactly the same as the "CTRL - I" method. Select the "Invert" command in any of the three available "Adjustment Layer" menus (Layers Panel, Effects Panel, Layers - Adjustment Layer Menu) The effect is still applied, but it's placed un-merged and above the selected layer. I then have to merge it down to the layer below, in order to get the desired effect from the next step in the process. Give it a try... load an image, CTRL - J CTRL - i (invert shortcut) Blend mode = vivid light Live Filter Layer- Gaussian Blur.... set at 7 - 10 pixels. Results should look like a badly embossed image. Reset your history panel and repeat the same process, this time using the "Invert" option from any of the adjustment layer drop menus. Once the Gaussian blur is applied, you can merge down the inverted layer to you get the same results as those in the first effort. I'll admit......It took me a few times to spot the difference and solve the riddle. Drag and Drop / Clipping it to the lower layer will not work... trust me. My question is : Which way is it supposed to work? Granted..... I can always anticipate the need to merge down the "above layer" placement. I can also think of any number of instances where having it both ways could be quite handy. Having different designations would probably be a good idea, if it is to remain functional in both ways. Steve
  4. I'm trying to stack two photos one on top of the other and use a rectangle to mask a hole in the top photo to reveal the underneath photo. I am creating a rectangle above my top photo and dragging it down to create a mask on the top photo. but then I need to invert this so that the center is masked out and the top photo is visible around the edges. I have tried ctrl+i to invert and nothing happens I have tried to set the alpha channel and all I wind up doing is making the whole thing transparent
  5. I often use geometry layer to mask (clip) other layers. Unfortunately there seems to be no possibility to mask/clip everything inside the geometry. It would be great to be able to invert geometry layers without rasterizing them.
  6. Hi, I'm an analogue photographer, so one of the first steps in my work process is inverting the negatives I scanned. I can see an invert tab in adjustments panel, though nothing to click, or at least nothing happening. (Same for OCIO and select colors tab). Any help would be appreciated.
  7. Dudes/Dudettes, a little help please... Missing something obvious and simple again, I'm sure - and I've sincerely tried to research the forums myself, doing my own leg-work but am just stuck on this one. This time I brought along some visual aides. Working on a MacBook Pro with AD 1.5, all I am trying to do is remove the white background behind this black tote back (see images below). After surveying the forums, I understood that in order to accomplish this I needed to do the following (please point out my error): 1) add new Pixel layer over image 2) outline the image wanting to kept using Selection tools (I used the Brush selection tool)...pardon the crudely traced selection line, I'm just practicing 3) Invert the Pixel selection (I used the Ctrl+Shift+I keyboard shortcut)... **this is where I'm stuck - a post in the forum says to now 'paint in the selected area'. Would I not used the In-Fill tool by selecting a color then clicking on the selected area? This is what I tried, yet was unable to paint-in the selection. Feel like a major dork here guys - what am I missing? -Thanks as always AD Fam, --Christo
  8. Hello everyone! I've got another feature request: Could you enhance "Set Fill to Black and White"'s (in Preferences -> Keyboard shortcuts -> Miscellaneous) functionality? Right now, it just sets the colors to black and white. If I remember correctly, in Photoshop, it also automatically sets the currently selected color to the default one, which is black. This can be very useful, especially when all the UI is hidden. Because then you always know what color will be selected when you press the shortcut for "Set Fill to Black and White". So if you need white, you can just click D (my shortcut for "Set Fill to Black and White"), then X. Best wishes, Shu
  9. I have been trying to find the way to invert a vector in Affinity Designer and have had no luck. From what I understand you can do this in Adobe Illustrator. This is a tutorial that I found for illustrator that does this but I can find no way to apply it to Designer: If anyone knows how to do this or if it is even possible in Designer I would really appreciate your help :)
  10. Hello, I'm quite puzzled by this: I want to create luminosity selections/masks. 1) I Ctrl-Shift-click the Background layer thumbnail and save the selection as a separate Lights channel; then 2) I invert the created luminosity selection and save it as a separate Darks channel. Then I do a similar thing in Photoshop Elements and make masks from the selections to compare if I get the same thing in PSE and Photo. The Lights (luminosity) mask is the same, but the Darks masks are different -- Affinity makes it more muted, the inverted black patches are more muted/greyish, and 50% grey patches are considerably darker than in PS. Can anybody reproduce this? Is this a bug in the Invert selection command? When I compare the inversion of a normal pixel layer, the results are the same in both applications.
  11. Can try my attach file. https://drive.google.com/folderview?id=0B7n-BQa9vAhncXVienh5V2hpWjg&usp=sharing
  12. Hi, I am new here and bought the Affinity Designer two days ago :) Using Text on a path in Affinity Designer, I have this result: Ok. In this case I can use the text on a path inside the circle and outside. Ok, I want outside. Done. Just great but I have now a problem!! Problem: I need the words "rbfigueira.com"be inverted to be readable. I need that the "R" start on left and not in right. I need that we can read "rbfigueira.com" from left to right and not from right to left. - How to invert the text (typing) ? Note: I think we should have one other big important way to do the alignment. In this case I am using one circle path. In this case I can align the text inside or outside of the circle ... is the same of saying that I am alignment the text from bottom or top of the text. Will be better to have the possibility to align using in center of the text and not only (top or bottom) !! In that case the path will be exactly in the center of each letter and not align in top or bottom but in center. The spaces and curve will be more perfect. Is that possible using this version ? Thanks Best regards, Ricardo Figueira
  13. Would like to be able to zoom the other way around on the mouse wheel. I have all my other design apps setup the other way around, but can't seem to do that with this one.
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