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Affinity Photo 1.9.0 on Mac Big Sur not showing adjustment sliders


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Running Big Sur on a 2017 27" iMac 3.4GHz with 24GB memory. Have been using Affinity Photo for over a year and updated to v. 1.9.0 from the App Store. Previously, everything worked fine for me on Mojave and Catalina.

When I bring up a photo for processing and try to use adjustment layers, the sliders don't pop-up. Only way I can get them is to click multiple pre-sets, hope it pops up, then reset and go on may way. In some cases, the sliders never show.

Have looked through the Preferences but found nothing that would apply.

Any thoughts to solve this PITA would be much appreciated.

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Some Mac users are reporting problems in this area.

For example:

 

-- Walt
Designer, Photo, and Publisher V1 and V2 at latest retail and beta releases
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Walt and Psenda

Your replies are much appreciated. You're obviously a better searchers than I as I couldn't find references to this topic.

I can't believe that Serif changed this functionality on purpose to make it more cumbersome to use and hopefully it will get fixed SOON!

Seems like it's a system enhancement in the same vein that Apple's more recent ventures have taken, going from, "it just works" to "well, it kinda works".

Thanks again.

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6 hours ago, Rich B said:

I can't believe that Serif changed this functionality on purpose to make it more cumbersome to use and hopefully it will get fixed SOON!

I think this change was the result of users complaining that it was annoying for the first ("Default') adjustment to be applied automatically whenever an adjustment category was opened.

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31 minutes ago, R C-R said:

I think this change was the result of users complaining that it was annoying for the first ("Default') adjustment to be applied automatically whenever an adjustment category was opened.

correct, deliberate and unlikely to change SOON

Patrick Connor
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Never noticed ANY adjustment applied. Just opened the Adjustment Layer and it greeted me with sliders set at the neutral point so I could make whatever settings I wanted. Now, I have to click multiple times on one or more presets, hope the slider opens, reset, THEN go on from there to make my adjustments. Makes no sense!

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6 minutes ago, Rich B said:

Never noticed ANY adjustment applied. Just opened the Adjustment Layer and it greeted me with sliders set at the neutral point so I could make whatever settings I wanted.

And (whether you noticed it or not) it

  1. created the new adjustment layer automatically when it displayed that dialog and
  2. if you happened to have the same kind of adjustment layer selected in the Layers panel it overwrote the settings with the default settings, losing whatever you had already done in that adjustment.

The first might not have been a problem, but the second was a definite issue for some users.

12 minutes ago, Rich B said:

Now, I have to click multiple times on one or more presets, hope the slider opens, reset, THEN go on from there to make my adjustments.

Having to click multiple times on the presets is a bug, which will be fixed at some point. When it is fixed, you will have exactly 1 additional click.

Alternatively, you can still use the Adjustments icon at the bottom of the Layers panel, which works without needing to click on a Preset.

-- Walt
Designer, Photo, and Publisher V1 and V2 at latest retail and beta releases
PC:
    Desktop:  Windows 11 Pro, version 23H2, 64GB memory, AMD Ryzen 9 5900 12-Core @ 3.00 GHz, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3090 

    Laptop:  Windows 11 Pro, version 23H2, 32GB memory, Intel Core i7-10750H @ 2.60GHz, Intel UHD Graphics Comet Lake GT2 and NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 Laptop GPU.
iPad:  iPad Pro M1, 12.9": iPadOS 17.3, Apple Pencil 2, Magic Keyboard 
Mac:  2023 M2 MacBook Air 15", 16GB memory, macOS Sonoma 14.3.1

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52 minutes ago, Rich B said:

Just opened the Adjustment Layer and it greeted me with sliders set at the neutral point ...

Some Adjustment categories do not have a 'neutral' default setting, for example the Recolor, Posterize, & Threshold ones.

All 3 1.10.8, & all 3 V23.0 Mac apps; 2020 iMac 27"; 3.8GHz i7, Radeon Pro 5700, 32GB RAM; macOS 10.15.7
Affinity Photo 
1.10.8; Affinity Designer 1.108; & all 3 V2 apps for iPad; 6th Generation iPad 32 GB; Apple Pencil; iPadOS 15.7

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