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I'm running Affinity Photo on a 27-inch iMac and I find the user interface harder to use than other programs.  The gray-on-gray non-color scheme lacks contrast making it hard to see icons, etc.  Also, you have plenty of room to make the icons in the various tool bars at least 50 percent larger.  Please consider that in your next update.  Thanks.

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Comparing Photo to Photoshop I do not see much of a difference. Affinity also uses some colour in their tool bars. Not sure which one I prefer, I am leaning towards Photoshop as the grey on darker grey is a bit more preferable for my eyes but that is just a matter of choice. Both seem equally functional from a visual stand point. 

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As you can see, it can't suit everyone.

 

The only option is to make everything fully configurable so that each user can set everything according to their needs.

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There is a light color scheme available within Preferences, but I would suggest you try adjusting the "UI Gamma" setting first to see if you can find a better contrast level without going quite that far.

Neutral gray as the bulk of the interface is critical for professional applications that deal with image-related manipulation.  Having colorful elements in the UI can throw off the user's perception of the colors within the document itself and be the cause of errors in the results.

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for me +1 on this.  I don't need color UI icons, but better contrast with the icons is needed in dark mode for better recognition of elements.  I switch between dark and light UI depending on the ambient light in my work environment and the contrast/color/saturation of the images I am working on.  The light UI has good contrast for quick icon scanning; the dark not so much.

(as an aside I still kinda recall the discussion about this when you launched v1.6  - https://www.designernews.co/stories/79399-is-a-light-or-dark-ui-better: it really seems to come down to preference and content)

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  • 4 weeks later...

Check: Preferences > user interface
Grayscale is customizable(Gamma)

 

Other issues waiting to be solved are clearly more pressing and difficult than UI.
(E.g. missing GPU 10 times acceleration in windows. Missing GPU float high quality "stageless variable speed" rotary canvas)

The more restricted you put on the program, the closer you program is to idiot.

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On 7/6/2020 at 9:32 PM, Aftemplate said:

I vote for you.
The current brush manager is not satisfactory.

Well. today I tried to use the Brush tool for retouching during raw development. Help files left me completely frustrated; this tool to that panel to some tab to some kind of menu and back again… Finally, I imported the raw file into Aperture (limping along on Catalina thanks to Retroactive app) and used the Spot & Patch tool to quickly fix the problem. An important difference is that Aperture's Spot & Patch is found in one adjustment panel. Tools (adjustments, controls) in Affinity Photo seem to be scattered by comparison.

"Overhaul" could mean different things to different people (e.g., I stopped using Photoshop when Aperture 1.5 was released) but I would like to see Affinity Photo's instrumentalities consolidated. Short of that, help files could be improved by showing pictures of items in context, instead of just an icon that leaves the user searching for pieces of the interface, which may vary depending on persona.

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7 hours ago, Vulcan said:

"Overhaul" could mean different things to different people

An UX could sort it all out - and should. Monitor this URL and see if Serif will try to hire an UX before Affinity 2.0. My guess is - unfortunately - no:

https://affinity.serif.com/en-gb/careers/

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On 9/25/2020 at 11:03 PM, Jowday said:

An UX could sort it all out - and should. Monitor this URL and see if Serif will try to hire an UX before Affinity 2.0. My guess is - unfortunately - no:

https://affinity.serif.com/en-gb/careers/

I suspect 2.x's UI is fairly well set in stone at this point...

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2 hours ago, KC Honie said:

I suspect 2.x's UI is fairly well set in stone at this point...

Without any UX, yes, that is probably true.

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3 hours ago, KC Honie said:

I suspect 2.x's UI is fairly well set in stone at this point...

Are you assuming that 2.0 will follow 1.9?

It certainly might, and I have no knowledge of Serif's plans. But at least one Serif staff member has previously mentioned the possibility of 1.10, 1.11, etc.

We really have no idea when Serif will decide it's time for 2.0, and until they announce something I don't think we have any way to know for sure :)

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^^^ Yes, I am making the logical assumption that 2.x will follow 1.9.x...

2.x gives Serif a cash infusion.  (I am sure a much needed cash infusion).

There are a number of issues that desperately need to be fixed that logically would not occur with a dot release.

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3 hours ago, KC Honie said:

2.x gives Serif a cash infusion.  (I am sure a much needed cash infusion).

If version 2.x does not bring any significant improvement over version 1.x - then who and why would buy this "upgrade" from existing users? So assuming that Serif will just change the main version - to make money, is very short-sighted. For the release of version 2.x (if it should really have a financial benefit) it will definitely have to offer a lot of functional changes and improvements.

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1 hour ago, Pšenda said:

If version 2.x does not bring any significant improvement over version 1.x - then who and why would buy this "upgrade" from existing users? So assuming that Serif will just change the main version - to make money, is very short-sighted. For the release of version 2.x (if it should really have a financial benefit) it will definitely have to offer a lot of functional changes and improvements.

Well it goes without saying that the expectation of 2.x would be a major improvement...

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@Ceresede

Welcome to the Affinity forums.

Since your comment refers to the interface on iPad I think you should really post to the dedicated iPad suggestions forum here.

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