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I'm new user with affinity photo, so I didn't use previous version of the program.

I'm triying to open a file (.psd) with smart objetc inside. In all cases, when I open the file in Affinity Photo, the smart object appears with a problem like here:



Apparently, the program does not respect the proportions and display of the smart object. That is why it is not possible to modify it and work with the document.

As you can see, the problem is the same with Affinity photo files , where the original document modifies the smart object as well:


I suppose that the option should be work, like this https://affinity.serif.com/es/tutorials/photo/desktop/video/393648146/

I tried with different kind of files with smart objects, and always appears the problem.

I can see that other people have the same issue:

In Windows too:

Could be possible to fix that?

Thanks and have a nice day!

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Thanks for your reply.

I attach the document.

However, in my case, the issue appear in every case that I'm trying to open a psd. file with a smart object, not just with that file. I tried to open differents documents using different computers (mac) but always happen the same problem.

Have a nice day!


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On 2/19/2021 at 4:23 PM, Gabe said:

Hi @Mgn,

Sorry for the delayed reply.

We are aware of an issue caused by the Perspective filter. Can you attach the Psd in question so we can add it to the list?

Hey @Gabe

I am having the same problem. After saving a changed version, I changed my settings back to not open with smart objects to see if it might get rid of the problem, but it made it look even worse.

Have nice!

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I'm having the same problem after a recent update...  I used to be able to edit PSD mockup images with smart objects perfectly OK in Affinity Photo, but not any more -  this is really annoying since I publish low-content books and always need mockups!    I hope this will be fixed very soon... 
 attached  a couple of psds and screenshots




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first of all, thanks for the job! Now is much better.

As you can see, now there is not problem in the same file I sent previously:


I tried with more files with smart objetc and in a lot of cases now is working without problem.

 - However, in other cases, appears some small problems like these:



But it is possible to try to readjust the document or remove the effect / layer causing the error by hand. In these cases I can see that the file has perspective + mask (or effect) into the same layer.

 - Or in others, is not possible to work with the file at all, because appears like strange mix of layers:


It should be look like:



It should be look like:


Let me know if you want the psd file to check it.

Thanks again and have a nice day.

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out of curiosity, I downloaded one of these free templates.

I tried to open it in my old Photoshop CS5, which worked fine(-ish) as this version barely works today in Mojave...


What surprised me, was that upon first opening in APhoto it displayed OK and when saved as .afphoto and re-opened the perspective is off.

You can also see that in AfPhoto the smart-layers have an additional perspective applied, which they do not need and have in Photoshop. (see screenshots)



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