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Hi, I'm moving over to Affinity Photo from Photoshop, which I primarily use for making comics. I was totally sold on the text tool and the quality of the brushes, but now that I'm getting into really using it I'm having trouble finding a couple of equivalents to things I did in Photoshop a lot, specifically being able to clear or fill the pixels which are currently selected.

In Photoshop, backspace will delete the pixels that are currently selected (or more precisely set their alpha to 0), and option-backspace will solid-fill the selection with the current foreground color. Both of these are very useful for a bunch of things in drawing. If I could find equivalent commands for this in the menu I'd be able to set my keyboard shortcuts accordingly, but I can't find anything there, and searching on the various phrases I can think of in both the online help and in the forum is turning up nothing.

Does Affinity Photo not have these functions? Or are they just called something else that I'm not finding in any of the menus?

And, relatedly, is there a way to make the magic wand tool sample from all layers rather than the current layer? The "selection brush" tool does allow that but that doesn't quite serve my needs for doing flat fills in a comic. (Alternately, being able to do a bucket fill that samples all layers would be helpful!)

Thanks!

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5 hours ago, >|< said:

 

Layer > Delete (which deletes pixels when there is a pixel selection, and objects/layers when there is no pixel selection) can have its keyboard shortcut edited in the 1.6 retail and 1.7 beta.

Hmm, every time I tried layer>delete it always deleted the layer, rather than the selection. Which made sense to me given the menu it was in. 

5 hours ago, >|< said:

The beta can be run on a machine with a licensed installation of the retail app.

Thanks, I’ll try it out. Sounds like there’s a lot of improvements in it. 

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2 minutes ago, _fluffy said:

Hmm, every time I tried layer>delete it always deleted the layer, rather than the selection. Which made sense to me given the menu it was in. 

The Delete key should work for deleting the selected pixels.


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5 minutes ago, _fluffy said:

Hmm, every time I tried layer>delete it always deleted the layer, rather than the selection. Which made sense to me given the menu it was in. 

You need to working with a pixel layer to delete the selection not an image layer, etc


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1 hour ago, carl123 said:

You need to working with a pixel layer to delete the selection not an image layer, etc

Ah, that makes sense - I was trying to remove the background from an image I’d imported. Is there a way to convert an image layer to a pixel layer? (Also why does Affinity make a distinction between them?)

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In the layers panel right-click the layer and select Rasterise.

Or from the menus Layer > Rasterise


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6 hours ago, _fluffy said:

(Also why does Affinity make a distinction between them?)

 


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31 minutes ago, R C-R said:

 

Ah, so it’s basically like a Smart Object in Photoshop? That makes sense. Thanks!

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