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I'm consistently having an issue in Affinity Photo in which adjustments (such as applying a mask, or cropping) apply to the entire image, and not just the selected layer. This happens regardless of whether the "Edit All Layers" button is checked or not.

Is this a bug, or is something wrong in my preferences?

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Win10(1909)Home / Photo / Designer / Publisher & latest (beta) versions

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Welcome to the Serif Affinity forums, Casey.

First, cropping does apply to the entire image; it is an operation against the canvas, not a layer.

Next, you have a choice of how adjustments, masks, and filters are applied. From the menu, View > Assistant Manager, you should get a dialog like the one below. Check your settings for the items I've marked. If they're set to create a new layer, then they will affect every layer below them. (They would never affect the entire image, though, unless they're a layer at the top of the layer stack in the Layers panel.)


-- Walt

Windows 10 Home, version 1909 (183623.476),
   Desktop: 16GB memory, Intel Core i7-6700K @ 4.00GHz, GeForce GTX 970
   Laptop:  8GB memory, Intel Core i7-3625QM @ 2.30GHz, Intel HD Graphics 4000 or NVIDIA GeForce GT 630M
Affinity Photo and Beta   / Affinity Designer and Beta  / Affinity Publisher and Beta

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