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Hi all, TIA for help, and really appreciate the product and this community... I'm a new user trying to make a smoother transition from Adobe to Affinity. The biggest hurdle I keep running in to is understanding WHERE to find things. I know there are keyboard shortcuts (as well as the tips on the bottom of the Navigator), but that's not what I'm looking for. I know there are a ton of video tutorials, but I don't have time to sit through them with eyes plastered so as not to miss the one cursor movement I need. What I can't find is a simple way to see how to interact with the UI to access features, even those discussed in the HELP document. Let me provide an example. I have a photo, and want to adjust the Contrast in Affinity Photo. I look up Contrast in HELP, and I find a section addressing it -- but that section doesn't explain, or show me, where it is, how do I get to it? (Yes, I did try command-L, as a Photoshop habit, but that's not where Contrast resides). So I inevitably spend a TON of time looking everywhere, googling, etc. to just try to figure out where Contrast is buried in the user interface. I still don't know. This happens to me over and over again, and is incredibly frustrating when trying to retrain to a new UI, especially so when all that is needed is a "breadcrumb" or some kind of visual that shows a person where to find that feature (or command or what not). If I'm missing a resource that lays bare the UI in such a way, please let me know. Otherwise, Serif, can you please add breadcrumbs (eg. File > Edit > ) to the HELP section ASAP? That oversight is without a doubt the most disorienting yet easy-to-fix hurdle I have with all Affinity's apps. Thanks, again. - joanne
I believe your Photo program has great potential but documentation and support is poorly handled. I'm new to Affinity Photo. After installing the program and working with my fist photo I've spent days being very frustrated in trying to learn the basics of the program (explained below after Video Tutorials). In my search for answers from Affinity resources I found more issues then help: The Quick Start Guide: Is designed as an editorial piece. It is not a quick start tool to learn the basics like the user interface, layout, nomenclature, preference menu, tool functions etc. (A side note: the Affinity Photo Help, should be available for download alongside a rebuilt Quick Start Guide). Video Tutorials: I’ve watched all 18 “Basic” Tutorials. Most are not an introduction to learning the "start here" basics of how the program works. They are mostly tips, tricks or give a narrow, partial or more advance understanding of a “Basic” function. In my first experience with Affinity Photo I wanted to isolate a segment of a photo. It is after all a common request, yes/no? Seeing Quick Mask centered, separate from any groupings and on the top bar made me think this was the GoTo in this app. for isolating a segment of a photo. I tried to work with it but nothing logical worked. After two days of watching videos, searching the quick start guide and trying the Affinity Photo Help, I finally found that I needed the selection tool not the masking tool. The selection tool is listed as a brush on the side and is not a sub group to the “Flood Select Tool” (wizard or magic wand) so I missed it and never considered a brush would be the answer to my quest instead of the prominently placed Quick Mask. A simple mistake easily avoided with clear thought out support. After this experience I’m exhausted with Affinity Photo.