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Capture One New Release Brings Exporter Tools Back

Capture One Brings Back Export Tab in v14.4

In version 14.2 of Capture One 21, the company removed the tried and tested method of exporting images in favor of an easier-to-use export-window-styled workflow.

The move had a mixed response, with some professional and enterprise-level users claiming that it broke their workflow. Others – most notably beginners – welcomed the more user-friendly ‘export’ button in the toolbar and subsequent windowed dialog workflow.

Now, with version 14.4, the Export Tools Tab is back … if you want it.

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Everything you need to know about Affinity Photo

Everything That You Need To Know About Affinity Photo

Affinity Photo is part of a suite of three apps: Affinity Photo, Affinity Designer, and Affinity Publisher made by Serif Europe Ltd. Each serves a different purpose, and combined, they offer a rather complete set of photo editing, graphic design, and desktop publishing tools. Their capabilities rival Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator, and Adobe InDesign respectively.

I’ve been exploring Affinity Photo (AP) as a replacement for Adobe Photoshop (PS), and I’d like to answer some of the questions that I’ve seen being asked quite often on the internet. If you have questions that I have not addressed here, please ask me in the comments. Let’s get started.

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Capture One announces HDR and Panorama Feature Development

Capture One Announces HDR and Panorama Features

Capture One just announced that they are working on the ability to merge multiple images into HDRs and to stitch images into Panoramas. This is especially important for the company since new users tend to compare Capture One Pro directly to Adobe Lightroom Classic…

Now, with the announcement that these features are ‘in development’, Capture One seeks to even the playing field in this respect. The company has been on a roll. Earlier this year, they announced a new “Export” interface that caused a little flutter among long-time users, and the Magic Selection Brush, among other improvements.

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Affinity Suite 1.10

Affinity Focuses on Performance – Releases Version 1.10

Affinity Suite v1.10 has been released today and it comes with significant improvements in performance across the board. All three apps that are designed and built by Affinity will see improvements in some form or the other.

Users of Affinity 1.9 apps will be able to upgrade to version 1.10 for free even though these upgrades are expected to be made paid upgrades in the future.

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Is Affinity Photo Compatible with PSD Files?

How Well Does Affinity Photo Handle Adobe PSD files?

Affinity Photo is an application that has been spoken of quite highly in the recent past. Affinity by Serif has created a suite of apps that take on Adobe’s stalwarts, Photoshop, Illustrator, and In-Design head-on. While doing so, they’ve added in their own twists, with innovations that will make you smile, and wonder why things weren’t always done this way.

They’re also new to the field, so the apps need to prove themselves before professionals consider switching to Affinity Photo, Designer, and Publisher full-time. In the meantime, one of the important questions that need to be answered is: Do Affinity Apps support Adobe file formats like .PSD, .AI, .PDF and .EPS which have become industry standards over the course of the last 3 decades or more? Let’s find out…

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How to use Affinity Photo New Batch Job

How to Use Affinity Photo’s ‘Batch Job’

Affinity Photo has a very feature-rich tool that allows you to batch process multiple images in a fast and very efficient manner. In fact, I wished that some of the options that it had were available in Adobe Photoshop too! So, let’s look into how you can use the “New Batch Job…” command that’s in Affinity Photo’s ‘File’ Menu, and let’s also compare it to the tools that Adobe Photoshop has to achieve similar results.

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How you can fix Affinity Photo Multiple Crashes in Windows

Affinity Photo Crashing Frequently? Here’s How To Fix It

My initial experience with Affinity Photo was a mixture of wonder and disappointment. Wonder, because I loved the way that they had reinvented the photo editing experience (for someone who grew up using photoshop), and that the editing experience could be so different: in some ways better than photoshop. But frequent software crashes spoil the user experience and are never part of the deal that one makes with their tools. Here’s how I figured out why Affinity Photo was crashing, and how I sorted it out.

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Can Adobe Tools be Replaced?

Replacing Photoshop & Lightroom in Your Photography Workflow

Yes, Photoshop and Lightroom can be replaced in your digital photography workflow, and without any compromises to the quality of your output. Affinity Photo and Capture One Pro are alternatives that are full-featured, professional-grade, and in some instances, even easier to use.

Adobe Photoshop and Lightroom seem to be the stalwarts of the digital photography industry. However, there are robust (and sometimes better) alternatives to these two tools. If you’re looking for other options, there’s a long list of Photoshop and Lightroom replacements at the end of the article.

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Secure your digital life

Photography Related Sites Hacked! Here’s How To Secure Your Passwords Today

Recently it was revealed that a few photography related websites had been compromised, and account passwords were leaked to the ‘dark web’. This is really concerning, especially if you re-use your passwords across websites, or if you just make small changes to keep them -sort of- unique. The solution is to use a service that creates long, unbreakable passwords, so that you don’t have to remember them in the first place. Read on to find out if you were affected by these hacks, and how you can ensure that you minimise any possible repercussions.

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an image of streams of data

Back-up Your Files Correctly: The Story of How I Almost Lost All My Photographs

In early 2018, I almost lost all my images (from 2006 to 2014). I also almost all the pictures that my father had taken from 2008 to 2014. Turns out, I didn’t lose them all, but that’s only because of a happy accident. Not everyone has these happy accidents to fall back on.

The question I asked myself was: How could I have been so silly? But a better question was: How could I have avoided the possibility of data loss altogether? And that’s what we’re doing to answer today.

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Adobe Lightroom automatically write changes into xmp

How-to Save RAW File Edits Without a Lightroom Catalogue file

If you don’t do this one thing, you will lose all your edits when your lightroom catalog file gets corrupted.

This is the one setting that I always turn on as soon as I install Adobe Photoshop Lightroom (LR) on any computer: Automatically Write Changes into XMP.

I suggest you do the same because it has saved me many times. I really don’t know why Adobe sets this to ‘off’ by default. It should always be turned on! Here’s how to turn on 

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Edit Brian Auer's Photograph in your own style

Photoshop Process – Edit Brian’s Picture

A while ago, Brian Auer posted a project on his blog where he invited people to use a photograph that he would supply and process it in Photoshop (or any other image editing software). The idea was to see how different people take an image and work on it.

Brian was kind enough to give us the option of starting from the original RAW file from his camera as long as we reminded ourselves time and time again that we did not own the photograph, but were only borrowing it for purposes of this project.

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