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It might be a good idea to contact the plugin maker about their plugin compatibility with AP & if compatible how they suggest installing & activating it.

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Why  not try it and see. You need an .8bf file for it to be compatible. In Photo goto Edit > Preferences > Photoshhop Plugins , click on Add  and enter the location of the .8bf file. Tick the box to Allow unknowns. You will now have to restart Photo.

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18 hours ago, pburki said:

I have installed the software but not sure how I can active the plugin in Affinity Photo. Any idea ?

During the installation of the retail version, one installation step should have asked you where to install the plugins (according to their videos). You should be able to point to that folder, as @John Rostron mentioned above. (The trial version apparently skips that step, and only installs the trial as a standalone application.)

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11 hours ago, pburki said:

They claimed first that their plugin is only compatible with PS.

It does actually say on their webpage "For Adobe Photoshop & other photo editors, MS Windows and MacOs". I don't know how good these plugins are, I've never heard of them before, but one look at the prices put me off! 😄

 

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5 hours ago, PaulEC said:

It does actually say on their webpage "For Adobe Photoshop & other photo editors, MS Windows and MacOs".

 I don't know how good these plugins are, I've never heard of them before, but one look at the prices put me off! 😄

I could not find any detailed info about which "other photo editors" their plugins support. From the reply @pburki got about them waiting for a reply from Serif, it seems likely that they have not done much if any testing to see which ones are & are not compatible with them.

For those prices, I think they should be up front about that.

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If Serif doesn’t get to grips with this problem, which has existed since the beginning, it’s not a reputation for the company. As a user, I want to be able to decide how I use programs. Standalone or as a plugin. . . .
Like many others, I shall say goodbye to the programme.😡

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1 hour ago, chief- said:

If Serif doesn’t get to grips with this problem, which has existed since the beginning, it’s not a reputation for the company. As a user, I want to be able to decide how I use programs. Standalone or as a plugin. . . .
Like many others, I shall say goodbye to the programme.😡

See the irony in this after reading this quote from the initial post?

On 12/28/2021 at 6:16 PM, pburki said:

The plugins are designed for Photoshop

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Probably have just a touch more success, contacting ReTouch4me, and telling them they need to get to grips with making their plugins compatible with Affinity apps.

I guess demanding Ford get to grips with their engines not working in my Chevy is the way to handle things...

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On 12/29/2021 at 12:46 PM, walt.farrell said:

During the installation of the retail version, one installation step should have asked you where to install the plugins (according to their videos).

It seems to ask the location for Windows installs, but not for Mac. I am not sure if this is tight to the demo version or dependant on the platform.

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1 hour ago, pburki said:

It seems to ask the location for Windows installs, but not for Mac. I am not sure if this is tight to the demo version or dependant on the platform.

It does not do it for the demo version on Windows, either. As I said, it should ask during the installation of the retail version.

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41 minutes ago, walt.farrell said:

As I said, it should ask during the installation of the retail version.

I would feel more comfortable if I had seen this in the video, but the install for mac, as shown in the video, does not prompt for a location to save the plugin in. I have asked retouch4me to confirm.

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Funny thing that I found this thread while searching how to fix PS Plugin compatibility with Affinity.

I'm the author of Retouch4me plug-in series.

We've been checking how to fix that Affinity Photo doesn't support our plug-ins, and it seems that Affinity doesn't provide PS Channel Port Suite, which means we can't get any information about the document channels, bounding box etc. How are plug-ins supposed to work without this information? Is there any developer here who can help to solve this problem?

Oleg.

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1 hour ago, Oleg Sharonov said:

Funny thing that I found this thread while searching how to fix PS Plugin compatibility with Affinity.

I'm the author of Retouch4me plug-in series.

We've been checking how to fix that Affinity Photo doesn't support our plug-ins, and it seems that Affinity doesn't provide PS Channel Port Suite, which means we can't get any information about the document channels, bounding box etc. How are plug-ins supposed to work without this information? Is there any developer here who can help to solve this problem?

Oleg.

Come on Affinity Team! Here we have the developer of one FANTASTIC plug in willing to work with you guys to make their plug in work. Please, please.. make it happen. I want this plug in to work with AP, it would do wonders to my workflow!

@Oleg, I have one question about the standalone version of your plugins. Will they generate a PSD file with layers or is this only for the plugin version?

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Thank you for your appreciation!! 😃

Unfortunately, I wasn't able to find any library for writing layered PSD files, so it's impossible to create preprocessed files with retouching layers ready for manual editing without Photoshop (and hopefully Affinity in future).

BTW, I was also contacting Affinity Team to make 3D LUT Creator integrate with Affinity a few years ago, but no luck. =(

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6 minutes ago, Oleg Sharonov said:

Thank you for your appreciation!! 😃

Unfortunately, I wasn't able to find any library for writing layered PSD files, so it's impossible to create preprocessed files with retouching layers ready for manual editing without Photoshop (and hopefully Affinity in future).

BTW, I was also contacting Affinity Team to make 3D LUT Creator integrate with Affinity a few years ago, but no luck. =(

The way your plugins work is just fantastic, providing layers for fine tuning the result which is already the best I’ve seen from any plugin. I think I might just get the standalone version of a couple of your plugins anyway since the result is so good. But I truly hope that the Affinity team make this work sometime. I’m guessing if they do, we’ll get working many plugins that currently don’t work.

I hope the team at affinity see this and make it happen.

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29 minutes ago, Oleg Sharonov said:

Thank you for your appreciation!! 😃

Unfortunately, I wasn't able to find any library for writing layered PSD files, so it's impossible to create preprocessed files with retouching layers ready for manual editing without Photoshop (and hopefully Affinity in future).

BTW, I was also contacting Affinity Team to make 3D LUT Creator integrate with Affinity a few years ago, but no luck. =(

@Oleg, also please consider making standalone versions for the iPad.

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On 1/15/2022 at 11:03 PM, Oleg Sharonov said:

Funny thing that I found this thread while searching how to fix PS Plugin compatibility with Affinity.

I'm the author of Retouch4me plug-in series.

We've been checking how to fix that Affinity Photo doesn't support our plug-ins, and it seems that Affinity doesn't provide PS Channel Port Suite, which means we can't get any information about the document channels, bounding box etc. How are plug-ins supposed to work without this information? Is there any developer here who can help to solve this problem?

Oleg.

Thanks for reaching out to us. I have passed your comments to our developers to see if they can shed any light on this. I'll reply back here when I have an update or more information on this.

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Thank you! It seems we've found some workarounds to make Retouch4me plug-ins compatible with Affinity Photo, so hopefully there will be a new version of the plug-ins soon! But the problem is Affinity seem to not support plug-ins inside macros (or actions). It still won't be as comfortable to use as in photoshop. You'll have to manually duplicate the layer and then switch it to soft light mode. =( Or am I missing something?

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Just now, Oleg Sharonov said:

Thank you! It seems we've found some workarounds to make Retouch4me plug-ins compatible with Affinity Photo, so hopefully there will be a new version of the plug-ins soon! But the problem is Affinity seem to not support plug-ins inside macros (or actions). It still won't be as comfortable to use as in photoshop. You'll have to manually duplicate the layer and then switch it to soft light mode. =( Or am I missing something?

Unfortunately, our developers have stated in the past that we don't offer 100% of the features for Photoshop Plugins. I'm waiting to hear back from the lead Photo developer to see if he's planning to support Channel Port Suite in the future.

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