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Affinity Photo - Multiple selections and custom shortcuts

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Hi everybody,

Probably a silly question, though still worth asking: how do you ad selections when you have already created one?

Example: pick the Lazo tool and select an area of your image (or the Rectangular Marquee... Any selection tool really). Now select another area while maintaining the previous one intact.
Just add more selections after the first one in the same image.
In Photoshop you just hold "Shift" and keep adding selections.

Second question: customizing the keyboard shortcut doesn't seem to work. When I insert a new shortcut, in my case "ALT + Backspace" to fill the canvas with the foreground colour, the software doesn't let me write the "Backspace" bit after the "ALT".

I hope someone will be able to answer and clarify both my questions?

 

Thank you in advance!

 

Mauro

 

P. S. I forgot to mention that I am on Windows and the last version of Photo.

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Hello @MannaTheBerserk and welcome to the forum.

1. The modifier to add to a selection is unusual, and takes a bit of practice!

Hold the left mouse, then hold the right mouse, then drag (the mouse cursor will change to show a + if you did it right)

Note also that the status bar will always tell you the modifiers that apply to your current situation.

Alternatively you can change the mode to Add in the context toolbar.

2. I can confirm that Backspace (even with a modifier) is not accepted as a shortcut - could be a bug?


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2 minutes ago, Aammppaa said:

Hello @MannaTheBerserk and welcome to the forum.

1. The modifier to add to a selection is unusual, and takes a bit of practice!

Hold the left mouse, then hold the right mouse, then drag (the mouse cursor will change to show a + if you did it right)

Note also that the status bar will always tell you the modifiers that apply to your current situation.

Alternatively you can change the mode to Add in the context toolbar.

2. I can confirm that Backspace (even with a modifier) is not accepted as a shortcut - could be a bug?

Awesome! The add selection works. Though I think it's counterintuitive and I will change it if possible.

 

Regarding the shortcut yes, it's definitely a bug then, otherwise how would you explain the other shortcuts containing the Backspace (like inpaint)?

 

Thanks a lot!

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I think we intentionally prevent you from assigning shortcuts to certain keys such as Backspace and Delete. For example, Ctrl+Alt+Del would always bring up the security dialog and I don't think we could override it. Perhaps we also blocked Backspace to prevent you deleting objects/text without realising... Saying that—I don't know why we elected to use Backspace for Inpainting... it seems like an odd choice and that is what is unusual here...

I think this is probably 'by design'.

 

Update - I should have checked macOS. We can add Backspace on macOS so I'll check with the Windows dev's.

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8 minutes ago, Chris B said:

I think we intentionally prevent you from assigning shortcuts to certain keys such as Backspace and Delete. For example, Ctrl+Alt+Del would always bring up the security dialog and I don't think we could override it. Perhaps we also blocked Backspace to prevent you deleting objects/text without realising... Saying that—I don't know why we elected to use Backspace for Inpainting... it seems like an odd choice and that is what is unusual here...

I think this is probably 'by design'.

 

Well, these choices don't make much sense to be honest with you.

If I "accidentally" delete something, or make a mistake, I can always go back (Undo) and I am fine.

I have been using Photoshop since v2 (no layers back then), quite a long time I would say. The total customization of the shortcut keys should be in Affinity as well.
If you are afraid that some beginner will make mistakes, then preventing the use of certain keys in the shortcut is not the right way to help them, nor a valid excuse.

If you want to achieve that kind of "design" choice, then just add a "beginner" level and an "advanced/expert" level option to the general preferences.

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5 minutes ago, MannaTheBerserk said:

Well, these choices don't make much sense to be honest with you.

I'm speculating whilst I wait to hear back from development. I didn't say it was a choice. If it is a choice, I will let you know why once I get my reply.

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Just now, MannaTheBerserk said:

I am pretty sure it's a bug, trust me.

If functionality is different from the macOS version then yes, it generally is considered a bug if it isn't something OS specific. I edited my first reply to say I should have checked macOS before replying as we can use the keys on there.

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I have just verified what happens on my wife's iMac.

The Mac OS version works as expected. I was able to customize the shortcuts by assigning "ALT + BACKSPACE" to "Fill with foreground" and "CMD + BACKSPACE" to "Fill with background".

So it's definitely a bug with the Windows version.

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17 hours ago, MannaTheBerserk said:

So it's definitely a bug with the Windows version.

Yep—because we can do it on macOS, it is considered a bug on Windows so this has been logged.

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