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[By Design] Black+White conversion

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AP 10 64 bit

I think this is a bug but am not 100% sure - feel free to close if it's by design.

It seems that a black and white conversion within in a group only has a local effect on pixel layers within that group. Have included 3 pics: a b+w conversion outside the group (works ok), b+w conversion within the group (no effect), and b+w combined with a local pixel layer (non-transparent) within the group (works ok).

This may look like an odd thing to do but it arose as I was trying out 2 different b+w conversion options on the same pic. It seemed to make sense to use 2 groups rather make multiple copies of the original image.  Any comments?

By the way, thank you for all your hard work on releasing version 1.7.


b+w - straight.jpg

b+w - failed in group context.jpg

b+w - with local pixel layer.jpg

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Check the Affinity Photo Help for Grouping. Here's a link to the relevant online version, and here's a quote, with the important part highlighted:


Layers can be grouped together for easier management and for restricting adjustments or masks to particular layers within your project.


-- Walt

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Hello Walt,

Thank you but I feel this misses the point. Yes, groups restrict the operation of layers to within that group so that only that group is affected.  My point is that the b+w conversion layer fails to operate at all because it cannot 'see' the underlying background pixel layer without the presence of an unnecessary local pixel layer within the group.


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Hi both,

Sorry for the delayed reply. 

This is by design. 

Adjustment layers inside a group only apply to the layers inside that group. The only exception is if the adjustment layers are on their own, with no pixel/shape layers inside the group. 



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