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rjan

Copy Merged and Export Stripping All Adjustment Layers

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I'm struggling with some basic techniques that would be child's play in Photoshop. First, I cannot get Copy Merged to retain the appearance of an image or layer with adjustment layers applied. It strips out many of the adjustments and completely alters the new layer I'm trying to create. I'm having the same issue with exporting. It loses all the layer adjustment image integrity. Even the Merge Visible command doesn't work right. Finally, I have the same problem when PLACING the Affinity Photo file into an Affinity Designer file. It doesn't look the same as when I'm viewing it in Photo.

 

Here's where I've discovered the deficiencies:  I'm trying to create star fields and planets for sci-fi illustration using a variety of filters and adjustments like Noise, Levels, Curves, and Screen layers of scaled star fields (set to Screen to achieve the look of stars in different densities, size and distance), but I cannot get Affinity to preserve the appearance of the effects I've achieved with layer interactions and adjustment layers (see previous paragraph). 

 

If Merge and Export behave this way, then I have zero control over the adjustments and quality of my photographs as well when exporting to PSD, TIFF, PNG or JPEG. Affinity is not preserving quality or appearance.

 

Am I missing something about how to work with layers, or is Affinity simply not designed to do the same things I take for granted in Photoshop?

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