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I've always loved Lightzone's Zone Mapper - which is based loosely on Ansel Adam's zone/tone idea. The idea is extremely intuitive .. but. the execution has an efficient and productive UI. Despite having used Adobe Photoshop, GIMP, Krita, Affinity Photo, etc .. I still keep the free Lightzone installed for the zone (tone) mapper. (I also love the very easy and intuitive shape tool which acts as a mask for applying any filter or operation .. with adjustable non-destructive shape and edge transition) Here's a set of video tutorials https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xq1tyuZXbpo&list=PLUECp8xv0O0DPqRL8Qgrs6ZQVVvrGfZPP I really wish Affinity did this .. instead of the less intuitive set of filters which seem to have a high barrier to expertise .. and seem very inefficient in terms of desktop real estate ... their retained settings are counterintuitive. Just honest friendly feedback.
Attached is a simple tones bar that can be used in AP for: Assessing luminosity of parts of an image. Constraining curves adjustments to specific tones. Variable luminosity-based selection and edit. Details on origin and use are included in a pdf. mono-tones.zip
How are we going to make Affinity 10x better than Photosh**? For the portrait photographer, we offer the Frequency Seperation tool - where low frequency allows for the control of large areas of color and tones; and high frequency which allows the control of fine details, skin pores, hair, skin blemishes, and fine lines. Who needs to remember all the layer steps or actions, when we have a single tool to do the job. For the landscape photographer, we offer the Zone System tool - based upon the zonemapper/zonefinder technology used in the lightzone project over at LightZoneProject.org. The visions of Ansel Adams brought into the digital era...SWEET!!! Did I mention 10x better? Think light-years better...