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Affinity Photo. What to improve: a few suggestions

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Still hoping to see some of the following addressed soon.

The gradient tool

The use of the gradient tool is quite convoluted at the moment.

  1. It never picks the default fill colors.
  2. It would be better if the user could freely move both sides of the gradient tool, whereas right now one side is always locked as a pivot. It makes the placement of the gradient tool more complicated than it needs to be.
  3. It always resets to its default status. It would be very handy if it could just start from the last settings used (I use the Radial type a lot).

Other quirks

  1. Selections: having to use the buttons to add, subtract, intersect slows down the workflow quite a lot. There’s really no chance to use the shortcuts here?
  2. When soloing a layer there’s no way to keep the layer soloed and preview its mask’s content at the same time.
  3. Boolean operations for selections among multiple layers it’s still not possible.
  4. It’s not possible to create a selection from an hidden layer.

These are all aspects that can speed up the work tremendously, especially for people who do use the keyboard a lot.
Hope to see some reaction to this post.



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Serif generally does not respond to feature requests. They read them, and use them as input to their planning, but any response or discussion is generally from other users.

They may sometimes respond if the request is unclear, or it's already available (and no one else has mentioned that), but generally it's a one-way communication, from us to Serif.

-- Walt

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I'm a registered user since 2016 and I know they do respond, they did in the past.

From my experience, most of the times they do it if it's a new user but I think taking care of older user it's as well important.

I still hope they'll respond here. The points I suggested are among some of the most requested. I discussed Affinity on other forums, blogs, and among the difficulties, short comes, and issues often raised by other users, these are by far the most common ones. It would be a mistake to ignore them.

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