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  1. This thread gave me an idea to create an estimated Depth mask: I have created a macro to recover some depth information from the Remove Haze filter itself. Create_depth_mask.afmacro The way you use this is to select your pixel layer, run the macro, and then drag the resulting layer group into a mask position of some adjustment. The red tint is intentional to help previewing the mask. When the layer group is used as a mask of some other layer, the tint will be ignored, and only the alpha channel will be used. See example usage with a black fill layer being masked by the depth mask. Create_depth_mask.afmacro
  2. I feel like I must be missing something basic, but I cannot get a mask onto a layer. The issue may be that a pixel layer and a mask layer are totally different things, and never the twain shall meet. If so--and I think this has to be my ignorance--then that's a terrible design flaw. Background: I have an image where the foreground and sky need very different raw conversion to look good. Years ago in GIMP I painstakingly created a very detailed mask to combine TIFFs from the two different raw conversions. Now I want to use Affinity Photo to do the same thing, so I can work from 16-bit TIFFs in ProPhotoRGB instead (the stable version of GIMP is limited to 8 bits per channel, so ProPhoto RGB is not a good choice). So I exported from GIMP the layer mask as a TIFF. It opens fine in Affinity. I can paste it as a layer into the same file with the two raw conversions, but when I a Mask to Below, although the operation seems to work, it does not have the masking effect. I've also tried New Mask Layer followed by Paste Inside, but I can't seem to get my previously-created layer mask to function as an Affinity layer mask. I have to believe there's a way to paste into a mask a pre-existing layer, and thereby use it to create a mask. So how do I do it? Thanks!
  3. UPDATED: paint brush DOES NOT WORK when painting a mask as shown in affinity tutorial 2 pixel layers, black mask on the top one, I select the brush and white paint and try to paint on the mask, nothing happens. Am I missing something? you paint masks with black and white to mask out or in things right? EDIT: can confirm even after watching affinity tutorial on masking, paint bursh does not work atall on a mask, it doesn't wor for painting white nor black, the only available thing is to "paint" the mask with the eraser tool, operation which is not reversable. Help, there must be something wrong
  4. Hi, is there a shortcut or a way to show a layer mask, like the way when i draw the mask in quickmask mode. I need a way to show an already painted mask as an overlay. like the example
  5. There is a repeating wish that people would like to use the full scale of editing tools on masks, and handle them as grayscale layers. They are usually told that masks only have the alpha channel, and they are mistaken to think that values of alpha are considered shades of gray. I think this is not the full story. One can use a regular pixel layer as mask, and the alpha channel (transparency) of the pixel layer will be used for masking, while ignoring the RGB channels of it. Furthermore it is possible to put a live Channel mixer adjustment on top of a pixel layer which makes it transparent based on it's luminosity. Combine these two tricks, you get a mask, where you can do every aspect of grayscale editing. Here are the steps: You have pixel layer A you would like to mask, and pixel layer M you would like to use as mask. You nest a Channel Mixer adjustment inside M, choose LAB channels, Alpha channel, make contribution of input Alpha 0, and contribution of input Lightness 100% into Alpha. Layer M should be above layer A. Right-click layer M, and choose Mask to Below. Bam, you have a mask pixel layer to do any edits and it's luminosity is used for masking. (beware of a GUI limitation that nested children of masks are not shown on the layers panel) What do you think?
  6. I'm moving over from Illustrator (so far so good) but I'm having issues working with moving/scaling masks and their content. I can create a mask, resize and reposition the mask over the fixed content, but I'd also like the ability to resize/reposition the content without affecting the mask. It would be the same as pasting the object into the mask shape (allowing easy repositioning/scaling of the content) - but with paste inside, you can't easily edit the "mask" shape without affecting the content as well. I work with photos and want to mask out portions but still be able to move/scale the photo and also the mask. In Illustrator, you just click on the object and then can choose to edit the contents or the mask path, and I'm looking for something similar. Am I missing something, or is this not possible in Designer (without releasing the mask, changing content and then reapplying the mask which is a pain and makes it harder to do right as the mask shape blocks the content below)?
  7. Hi, Wondering if I can assign a keyboard shortcut on "Mask to Below" in the layer menu. Or can I assign shortcuts for the items in the layer menu? Thanks! CY
  8. Hi there, I do have a problem with masking. Samples see attached: What is the problem? I have a pic. (original.jpg) and I've done a selection with the selection brush. After this is I did "refine edges" to fine tune the selection. After this I safed it as a new layer with mask. The result was ok (see: with mask.jpg). BUT Once I disable the mask or I edit the mask I get horrible artefacts (see: mask disabled.jpg)... What is the problem? What is my thinking mistake? Thanks for your input and help.... Best Thomas
  9. In AP 1.6.1 I have a live Curves adjustment with changes to the Alpha channel, nested inside a mask. This does affect alpha channel of the mask, and indirectly what the masks makes transparent. I would like to destructively merge the adjustment into the mask it affects. Clicking on the Merge button in the Curves Adjustment does nothing other than adding a new entry to the history. Please implement the feature to be able to destructively apply live adjustments to masks. To be clear I am looking for a way of getting a mask, with identical behavior as my current combination of mask with nested adjustment. As a separate feature request, please make the Merge button in the adjustment dialogs disabled in cases when it doesn't make sense, and won't actually merge anything.
  10. I am trying to subtract from an enclosed vector but I cannot find an option to do this in Affinity Photo. I can do this in PS CS5, I tried doing this in Affinity Photo but I do not see a subtract from mask option. The window on the house vector is an example of what I am trying to accomplish, I watched all the vector cropping Affinity videos but I couldn't find anything about subtracting from a vector mask. If you know how this can be done please let me know, thanks!
  11. Is it possible to select by saturation level? I'm particularly thinking of using saturation masking (if it can be done).
  12. I've been puzzling over how to create a saturation mask, where the darkness/lightness mask represents the saturation of the colours. You can select by hue and luminosity, but not by saturation level, which is a shame as it is possible in PS. Here's what I did, with images. Note: All adjustment layers are above the image, with the whole set collected in a group. Initial image has overlaid strips of RGBKMYC, fading from white and to black. They are at greatest saturation in the middle, so we should see this being selected. First step is to add an HSL layer, dragging Saturation to zero. Then set Blend Mode to Subtract. Here we can see the central areas of the strips are coming through, which is what we want (I tried Difference blend but it wasn't the same). There's more detail in there, but we can't see it at the moment, so add an Invert layer. To make it black and white for masking, add a Black/White layer. This is all rather faded, so add a Levels layer and drag the Black up to meet the histogram and improve contrast. We can now create a mask from this. Invert it again if you like to select the more saturated colours. Here's a quick example, with the mask loaded to a Curves layer which has been pulled up to affect lower saturation areas (note the lighter and darker areas of the strips are lifted) but higher sauration is not (as can be see in reds such as the draining board stand). As this effectively converts saturation to luminosity, areas of it can be selected with Blend Ranges, for example just the most or least saturated. The principle could also be applied to any other adjustment, subtracting it from the original and turning this into a mask. Bottom line - does this make sense? Have I fallen over any tripwires?
  13. Hi, I am not sure if this has been asked before, but I couldn't find anything about that. Also I have no comparison to Adobe right now - no subscription. Why is the mask in CMYK not really „alpha-masking“ the magenta layer but turning the edges grayish? How can I avoid that? thanks and cheers, Steffen CMYK: RBG:
  14. Trying to replicate the process (link) to blur (bokeh) an image background and use a mask to retain sharpness of foreground. Desktop version seems to work fine. Ipad version mask requires precise tracing of foreground vs the general masking (black) and having image show properly per the desktop version. How can the ipad version behave like desktop version? Using an Ipad Air2. Does Affinity Photo run differently on iPad Pro?
  15. Hey guys, I don't really know how I should look for that (basic search didn't come up with anything), so if that's been already reported elsewhere – sorry! Having that out of the way, let's begin. There's an odd stuff going on in Designer when moving a clipping object which also has a mask and Lock Children ticked. Please see the attached video. Basically, when I move the parent clipping path, the objects that are clipped and are supposed to stay in place (because Lock Children setting), hop around and pop into some random places. Also, when undone, the parent object comes back to place but its contents often doesn't. When I repeatedly Redo / Undo it goes back to place eventually, as the end of my clip also shows. The said mask is disabled on my clip but I tested it with the mask back on and exactly the same thing happens. I also tried rasterising the clipped image, changing its blending mode back to Normal, but neither helps. Only removing the mask “fixes” it. Cheers, Matt Affinity-mess.mp4
  16. In AP 1.6.1, I have a mask with a Curves adjustment in Alpha channel nested as child layer of the mask. How can I merge the adjustment into the mask? For example clicking the Merge button in the dialog of the Curves layer does not seem to do anything other then adding a new entry to the history.
  17. I know how you can place an object into another in Affinity Designer from the layers panel. Can this be done via the menu or via a keyboard shortcut upon selecting the two objects? thanks!
  18. In AP 1.6.1, if I put halftone filter in the mask position of a layer group, the result renders incorrectly. This is most visible if you try to zoom into the image. Each time it is redrawn during zooming, a completely different version is rendered, and it is also getting gradually darker. Try zooming around in the attached file to see what I mean. halftone_render_issue.afphoto
  19. Hello, I found a bug when I'm exporting: image with a mask and without background export to JPEG doesn't use my mask Solution: Adding a background layer solves this problem. Environment: Affinity Photo trial version v1.6.6 macOS 10.13.1 Thank you!
  20. Semi-automatic masking / masking guide tool for Affinity Photo Here is best example i can find (youtube link) - Zephyr's Masquerade tool is semi-automatic masking tool, user paint guide lines which help algorithm to solve alpha channel. Its very fast, i don't know for sure how it works, but i would guess that those guide lines descrip to the algorithm textures and colors which are wanted (or/and unwanted) for mask. This come to my mind when i saw Adobe's new automatic subject selection demo, where user don't have any control, just some kind of lucky button, so i thought serif could make better, and i think this kind of tool would be much better with better flexibility and control. And it should be non-destructive, it could be based on editable splines/vector paths (like freehand pen tool, or affinity design's Pencil tool) for example? Maybe Affinity Photo should have "Mask persona" (all masking tools in same place, with lasso selection, mask bursh, guide brush, some procedural masking tools? vector tools, refine tools etc. with easy to use possibility control and edit multiple mask channels for same layer, if layer has multiple mask/alpha channels then mask persona would be great way to control the complexity, at least it would be nice to have way to control multiple alpha layers like separated hair mask, head mask, etc. for detailed and flexible workflow)
  21. How do I access the ‘Mask to Below’ function in Affinity Photo on iPad?
  22. Hi, I want to resize a layer mask I have created before by dragging an image-layer below. The mask layer is just a vector rectangle. When selecting and scaling the mask layer I always scale the masked image as well – and that's what I don't want. The only ways to achieve that seems to be dragging out the image of the mask layer... but I hope that there's a more effective way.?.
  23. Hi, I'm quite a newbie to AD and really love it but I do encounter a few challenges along the way and wondered if you could help me? I've searched for this question but can't seem to find the answer. I am clipping this illustration in AD with fold lines onto a patterned background but I'd like to retain all the fold marks and regular drag and drop clipping seems to hide them. Any ideas on the solution? Many Thanks!
  24. We need a way to use black and white images as a Layer Mask. I am trying to use some grain/noise images as a matte, but my final image needs an alpha channel. Currently, I have to use PS to convert my BW images to an image with an alpha channel to use. The workflow isn't very convenient. I have attached the type of image that I would like to use as a Layer Mask. You can see that creating a selection from the image would be impossible.
  25. Attached is a screenshot of a problem I'm having with masks in SVG. On the left is the SVG opened with AD 1.6 and on the right is the SVG opened with Chrome. As you can see, the U logo and the shading along the upper left edge does not show properly in AD. I found a couple of other forum threads discussing issues with SVG masks that go back more than a year. Is this the same known issue? Any idea when it will be fixed? Attached is the SVG file I am working with if you need it for testing. For reference, it was created in Adobe Illustrator and taken from the UniFi-2017 file in the Ubituiti Networks Support Forums. Thanks UniFi_Video_UVC-G3-Dome.svg