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I have watched loads of videos about Affinity Photo, and I am happy that I can manage the mechanics of using Affinity to edit photos.

I know how to manipulates levels, curves, vibrance etc. My problem is that i don't know when to do those things.

What I mean is that, given a particular image, i do not have he experience to diagnose the problem and know how to fix it.

The image is flat and muddy - but what do i do about it? What do i tweek? Where to start?

Could anyone point me to a place where I can learn these kinds of editing principles, rather than the mechanics of the software?

Thanks for your help



For example, below is an image i quite like (I am only a beginner) then following it there is the way the image looks after applying soft proofing - muddy and flat.

I have no idea where to start in trying to alter the image so the printing version will look something like the original.

Everything I try just makes it look horrible.


I am not asking for the solution to this image, it just illustrates my problem, I am  just wondering where to go and learn what i need to know  - or is it just trial and error?





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Thanks Callum.

There are so many great videos on this site to learn from that it’s hard to keep up with all of them. Thanks for pointing this one out, I have also found it to be very useful. 

John E

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