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  1. To speed up workflow, I'd like to request a color behavior change when selecting masks. When selecting a mask, please change foreground/background colors to Black and White. When selecting back onto a pixel or image layer, revert to selected colors. This is a Photoshop behavior I miss very much and I didn't realize how much I missed it as I've spent a LOT of time trying to figure out why my mask wasn't working only to realize I was painting on the mask with a color rather than black/grey/white. Also Thanks for your consideration
  2. I'm new to the Affinity suite. I've been chugging my way through the Fora, been watching the tutorials, and experimenting endlessly. There's one thing that has me stumped. I'm trying to make an image to be used in OBS. I need to 'cut out' various shapes, leaving them blank so that I can slide other elements (e.g. a couple of video feeds, a Zoom conference, and a PowerPoint) into the broadcast. In the sample image I've uploaded here, imagine that the white shapes are the areas I'd like to delete from the background image. I've sort of figured out how to rasterize the image and delete either round or rectangular portions, leaving the deleted areas blank. But I haven't figured out how to use masking to delete specific shapes, such as illustrated in the attachment. Can someone point me in the right direction? Thanks, and sorry if this is an elementary noob question. But I am an elementary noob to Affinity.
  3. The UI presentation between masking and clipping layers needs to be improved. The difference is too minor and too similar. When working with a lot of layers, this becomes even more difficult to see.
  4. On Affinity Photo 1.8 for Win, empty mask is not working, and if you try to check/uncheck the box on the right of the mask layer, it stays stuck selected on every combination you try...
  5. I've got a pattern of curves that is masked. I'm wondering if there is a way to more permanently trim off the ends of the curves that are masked, so I'd be left with shorter curves instead of masked long curves. This would help with export to other software that isn't handling masks well.
  6. Where can I find tutorials on masking images and fonts? or rather masking fonts with images?
  7. Hey, here's my "Masking & Layering Hair in Affinity Designer" - Not a beginner friendly tutorial 5 tips for layering and masking hair (or other objects) in vector. Listed in the order I like from most to least. Apologies for the mic pops, I'm working on a better setup.
  8. Hi, I’m Relatively new to Affinity Photo (both on iPad & Mac), and have the same problem on both platforms. I hope i’m posting this question in the right place. I’m trying to make a mask that targets the sky in the attached image (including the small areas in the roof parapet and the gaps in the trees). I have: Created a luminosity mask (see image 2), that I now want to adjust from being grey scale (see image 3) to pure black & white l’ve created two child layers to the mask (curves and levels) and set them both to target the Alpha channels - see image 4 (I know I can paint on these masks to further target the areas they are applied to) The problem that I have is that I can’t find a way to visualise purely the mask when I’m adjusting the curves / levels layer. When I put the mask layer into ‘Solo’ mode - I can only see the original luminosity mask, and can’t see the impact of any changes to the mask that are caused by the curves / levels adjustments. Is there a way to do this, or am I missing something? Is there a problem with the workflow I’m using? Any advise, hints, tips or pointers will be much appreciated. Thanks..... Bernie
  9. I have installed the new 1.7.2. and have opened the last file working on..... did see only grey place until I have unchecked all layers with MASKs! Mask totally do not work! Please how can I quickly return to previous version, this is a TOTAL SHOW STOPPER! Thanks Jindra
  10. Hi all, I have this strange thing going on. Masks are horrible around the edge, in general. I have also found if I use the refine mask function, the edges are exceptionally awful. I can see the brush marks and a weird outline. I made sure that I was using a "basic" brush (no textures), so I don't know what is going on. I have attached three views of the image I was working on, and also an AP file that I create as a test to confirm what I was happening. I apologize for the lack of proper terminology here, I don't use masking much and so my description to the error may be a bit vague. MaskingTest.afphoto
  11. 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?
  12. Single 43mp photo, attempting to give background more blur, crash occurred as I was painting the filter to mask certain portions.. screen went black. As I tried to explain during beta testing and seemed to not be acknowledge, there are problems when using some of the new functions that were not a problem in the previous 1.6. new HDR Merge and now New Panorama, and for some reasons what should be simple applications of filters. program seems to be overwhelmed and I ask again, is the RAM required to use these filters and functions being released. i recommend your products to all that listen, those that are fed up with adobe, but this new 1.7 is really disappointing. All of the above and others worked like a hot dam in 1.6, but now I am not pleased. if you would like the photos, let me know so that you can use them to test for yourself iPad Pro (3rd gen) 12.5”, 1T, 6GB iOS 12.4 Sony a7r3, 70-200 G lens {%22app_name%22:%22Photo iPad%22,%22timestamp%22:%222019-08-20 22:08:37.88 -0700%22,%22app_version%22:%221.7.2%22,%22slice_uui.zip
  13. Hello Affinities! First, I have to say: I really enjoy using Affinity Photo for "finishing" my landscape photos. Thanks for such a great product. Yesterday, on my Windows 10 desktop computer, I updated to Affinity Photo 1.7.2.471. I opened a rather complex file and instantly noticed different rendering of the photo. I used an levels adjustment layer and a gaussian blur live filter in a group to create an orton effect. I reduced opacity and I put a masked on the group. While painting with a black brush on the white mask, a checkerboard pattern occured. I simplified that. A loaded a photo, created an empty pixel above put it in a group and masked the group. Paining the mask leads to the same effect. There seems to be an bug in masking a group or is this a rendering option I can disable in the preferences? Thanks and best regards, Jens
  14. Hi. I am attempting to place an animal on to a new background. The one I've shown here is just a practice run using a tiger that had a lousy background but the photo isn't what matters, I chose this one because it is difficult to mask. I have 2 layers; the tiger and the background are different layers. I masked the tiger out of the background and refined the selection as best I could figure out on my first attempt in Affinity Photo on iPad Pro. However, I am struggling with a few things; getting a better refined mask and fixing that slight light edge on the tiger. So I'm hoping for any suggestions for fixing this or a link to a tutorial. I've searched but not found a tutorial that covers selective darkening (brushing an area to darken it) and how to get perfect masking around fur. Thanks for reading and I hope this made sense. Martin
  15. I've had this issue for a long time and haven't been able to figure it out or find any help topics about it. I mask an image (that is larger than my document size) in Affinity Photo. I select the object in the centre of the image and then use Refine Selection to adjust the selection. I then hit Mask and it masks the object onto a transparent background, which looks the way I would like it until I export it as a png or put layer effects onto the masked layer. When I export it as png i get the transparent background, but for some reason the mask didn't get to the very edge of the document, so I'm usually left with a sliver of the image. This gets really frustrating as I have to manually go back in and move the image around to mask off past the edges of the document. Does anyone have an idea why this happens or how I can resolve the issue? I doesn't happen with Photoshop. The only thing I can think of is opening the the original document and masking that to the edges, then copying the masked image into my final document, but I feel like this extra step shouldn't be necessary. Anyone else have this issue? I've attached a couple of screen shot to show you what I mean. Thanks for your help!
  16. I am trying to get a sort of contrast negation where I erase the part where 2 shapes intersect. In my first example, I placed both circles in a group and I apply an Erase blend mode on the first. This totally erased the other circle from the intersection point. In my second example, I use the contrast negate blend mode and it gives something closer to the result I want. I want it to erase the intersection area but retain the other parts. How may I do this? i.e that teal-like color should go away and take the background gray color.
  17. From the screenshot and the Designer files attached, I'd like to achieve a sort of masking between a triangle and an empty circle with a large stroke: I'd like to mask the part of triangle that crosses over the circle. I managed to do it on the top drawing but only by applying a white fill in the circle. Which isn't smart, is it? I'd like to keep the transparency. So, how do I do that from the bottom drawing? tri-cir.afdesign
  18. 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
  19. 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.
  20. 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
  21. 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....
  22. 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.
  23. 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
  24. 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
  25. 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.
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