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Smart Layers | Affinity Photo | Affinity Designer

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I love Affinity for its one time purchase and many of its great features but it desperately needs to support photoshop/illustrator smart layers to compete.  I use the smart layers to easily create mock-ups for various projects and without this feature my work would be significantly more difficult.

 

Thank you for your time,

 

J. Wolfe

Freelance Graphic Designer and Brand Works

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Affinity already has non destructive effect/adjustments. Can you please explain what you are missing.

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Smart objects allow for external files to be embedded, and for elements to be cloned. They can also be used to organize work quite effectively. States of SOs can be controlled via properties, making it simple to re-use GUI elements, for example.

 

A function for instancing layers which update in real-time while the source is edited in-place would be very welcome as well (something Photoshop is lacking, but Photoline and Krita do feature).

 

And Affinity is not nearly as non-destructive as it could be: in Photo text is rasterized the moment anything but a perspective filter is applied as a distortion. RAW processing is destructive. Liquify is destructive.

 

Then again, smart objects in Photoshop can be a real pain to use - a simple instancing method for layers would go a long way. Best: accommodate both: 1) external and embedded SOs/placeholder layers, and 2) instanced layers or symbols, so the user may choose between each approach depending on the situation (Photoline allows for this, for example).

 

Perhaps Affinity Publisher/Layout will be the solution?

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The problem is that you can't use plenty of free PSD mockups available just because Affinity Designer does not support PS smart objects. Affinity Photo "Perspective" tool lets you just make a mockup on your own from the very beginning to the very end, not to edit an imported PSD file.

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Hi mateusz.zimnoch, wolfe8131,

Welcome to Affinity Forums :)

PSD is a proprietary format owned by Adobe and very poorly documented. Both programs also use a different document model and implement some features in a different way so there's no direct mapping  between their functionality. This means it's very complicated for us (or to another software publisher) to fully support all PSD features. Although we strive to provide the best PSD import possible, it's unlikely  that will be able to provide 100% compatibility any time soon. Rather than relying on closed/proprietary PSD format specs, you should be able to create similarly complex mockups entirely in Affinity as we move forward and the program matures. Hopefully more files/templates will also become available as more users start taking advantage of it.

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1. How much is TIF compatible with PSD files?

2. Does Affinity covers TIF format 100%?

 

If so, maybe it is better to convert PSD to TIF an then import to AP to retain as much as possible from Photoshop documents?


Best regards,

Petar Petrenko

Typesetter, Graphic Designer, Photographer

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Adobe abused the TIFF format by introducing "layered" tiffs, which are basically a PSD wrapped in a TIFF container. No luck there either. Blame Adobe.

 

The best you can do is to convert unsupported features to rasterized layers, save as a PSD, and test.                                                   

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