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JR Astrophotography Macros v7 (32-bit & 16-bit)

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Workflow aids for astrophotography editing, including functions like star eating, motion deconvolution, nonlinear compositing and sharpening and adding star glow.

  • Apply colour preserving tone stretching (similar to Arcsinh) non-destructively as a single live filter layer.
  • Perform automated tone stretching on the initial unstretched data with optional highlight preservation.
  • Logarithmic tone stretching and simple tone compression which provide additional options for initial tone stretching.
  • Add soft star glow and brilliance to highlight detail.
  • Add live, non-destructive star and background masks.
  • Perform live background and star luminosity reduction using non-destructive live masks with configurable threshold and smoothing.
  • Create thresholded star masks.
  • Non-destructive background colour cast removal.
  • Remove excessive star detail to promote focus on other deep sky objects.
  • Non-linear sharpening (avoids black halos or “panda eyes” around star detail).
  • RGB live luminosity: boost channel detail with a live layer where you can non-destructively change the RGB channel contributions.
  • Motion deconvolution: remove slight star trailing non-destructively.
  • Automatically create LRGB, SHO, HaOII compositions (plus more combinations) with automated layer structuring, blending modes and colour mixing.

See the included PDF for installation instructions and a detailed explanation of how to use the macros.

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JR HDR Tone Mapping Macros v2 (32-bit only)

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Fast, non-destructive macros that apply natural logarithmic tone mapping to your HDR images using procedural functions. Version 2 includes an additional 'Fast Tone Mapping' method which applies one non-destructive layer with a simple slider.

  • Completely non-destructive, applied as a group that you can simply show or hide. Easily change the base exposure or add more adjustments to control the tone mapping effect.
  • Instant application: no delay required before the tone mapping can be applied. Run the macro and see your tone mapped result straight away.
  • Natural result: compared to Affinity Photo's Tone Mapping Persona, these macros will present a result that is more natural and closer to how the human eye would have perceived the scene.
  • Seamless 360 tone mapping: these macros are a great solution for 360 imagery! Tone mapping via the Tone Mapping Persona will leave you with a visible seam because the process is not seam-aware. These macros however will let you tone map 360 imagery with no seam when the image is projected.

See the included PDF for installation instructions and a detailed explanation of how to use the macros.

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JR Filter Gallery Macros v2

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Adds a roster of completely non-destructive filter effects (no layer merging/flattening required), similar to what you may find within ‘Filter Galleries’ from other image editing software. Includes effects such as:

  • Sketch & Hatching
  • Pencil Sketch
  • Watercolour and painting effects
  • Duotone and Sepia effects
  • LAB Gold Punch effect
  • Technicolor 2-strip and 3-strip
  • Bloom & Diffuse Glow
  • Toon Effect
  • Day To Night
  • Faded Matte
  • Procedural light effects
  • Plus more...

See the included PDF for installation instructions and a detailed explanation of how to use the Filter Gallery macros.

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JR Blender Filmic Macros

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Instantly apply the Filmic view transform and looks to your 32-bit (EXR/HDR) renders in Affinity Photo non-destructively.

  • Emulates the Filmic view transform and looks (e.g. Very High Contrast, Low Contrast) that you can apply in Blender.
  • These macros are intended for HDR documents (OpenEXR, Radiance HDR). When saving to these formats, Blender writes out linear scene-referred values, so you do not get the Filmic view transform and looks applied.
  • Applying the Filmic view transform and looks in Affinity Photo is possible but complicated, and involves copying the Blender OpenColorIO configuration files and pointing Affinity Photo to them.
  • Instead, these macros can be added to a fresh install of Affinity Photo—no other dependencies like OpenColorIO—and you can apply the Filmic look you want non-destructively.
  • If you want, just apply the Filmic Log transform—no look—and shape the tones yourself using Affinity Photo's adjustment layers.
  • For convenience, move between different colour spaces non-destructively (Rec.709, Rec.2020, ROMM RGB, ACES CG, DCI-P3). Profiles are included in the macro file so are portable—no dependencies.

See the included PDF for installation instructions and a detailed explanation of how to apply the Filmic macros.

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JR Matting & Keying Macros

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Quickly apply non-destructive matting and keying functions to your imagery, including chroma keying, alpha matte adjustments and alpha inpainting.

  • Non-destructively multiply or divide alpha channel information.
  • Chroma keying (e.g. green screen key) with configurable tolerance, matte spill and antialiasing.
  • Rasterise and inpaint alpha information, e.g. filling out empty areas after straightening a photograph's horizon.
  • Fine tune, clamp and smooth alpha matting on a mask or a layer's alpha channel.
  • Luma keying with configurable tolerance, good for blending composite effect layers.

See the included PDF for installation instructions and a detailed explanation of how to use the Matting & Keying macros.

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JR Architecture & Landscape LUTs

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LUTs (look up tables) designed for architecture and landscape editing workflows (both photographic and 3D). Primarily for Affinity Photo but also compatible with other applications with the provided individual CUBE files.

  • 30 unique LUTs that you can quickly toggle between using Affinity Photo's LUT preset list on the Adjustment panel.
  • Supplied in .afluts file format for quick and easy import.
  • High precision, ensuring minimal banding.
  • Individual .CUBE files provided separately for use in other applications.

See the included PDF for installation instructions.

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JR LAB Macros

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Provides a number of non-destructive macros that use the LAB colour model for powerful tone and colour manipulations. They can be applied in any colour format (RGB, CMYK or LAB) as Affinity Photo supports colour model switching without requiring a document conversion.

  • Gold Punch, Red Gold Matte, Earthy Red, Cinematic Blue and other colour enhancement effects.
  • A Opponent and B Opponent channel mixing.
  • Use A Opponent and B Opponent channels to enhance luminosity.
  • Lightness contrast curve.
  • Darken scene, Tropical Tones and other colour grading options.

See the included PDF for installation instructions and a detailed explanation of how to use the LAB macros.

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JR Channels Macros

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Contains functions for channel manipulation, including creating greyscale pixel layers from colour information and separating the channels into additive layers. Here are just some of the functions:

  • Isolate RGB channels for retouching and blending on separate red, green and blue pixel layers.
  • Luminosity masking setup.
  • Output RGB channels to greyscale layers for blending (e.g. luminosity).
  • Quick channel swapping for infrared photography.
  • LAB 50:50 mix (whilst staying in RGB/CMYK) for interesting tonal effects.
  • Linearised RGB channels as layers for blending.
  • Intensity and Luminance gradient maps.
  • Min/Max greyscale blending for masking and blending.
  • Channel Packing for game development (packs Red/Green/Blue-named layers into Background layer).

See the included PDF for installation instructions and a detailed explanation of how to use the Channels macros.

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JR Shortcuts

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Shortcuts to speed up and enrich workflows for a variety of users—particularly compositing and architecture workflows. Include shortcuts for:

  • Immediately clipping the next layer inside a parent layer e.g. quickly clipping an adjustment inside a pixel layer to isolate its effect.
  • Toggling a transparent document background, flattening your document, rasterising and trimming layers, converting layers to masks, adding non-destructive vector fill layers, adding full/empty masks, hiding/showing/locking/unlocking layers.
  • Adding common adjustments and live filters for compositing workflows (e.g. tonal matching) such as Brightness/Contrast, Exposure, Channel Mixer, White Balance, Selective Colour, Gaussian Blur, Motion Blur, Live Perspective, Lighting, Add Noise, Clarity, High Pass, Unsharp Mask.
  • Rotating and flipping layers, selecting sampled colours, selecting transparent pixels, saving selections.
  • Toggling additional functionality like Macro, Library, Assets and Scope panels.

See the included PDF for installation instructions and a table of all the custom shortcuts.

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8K Skies

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An asset pack of 108 high resolution, high quality sky images for sky replacement and compositing workflows.

  • All skies are 8000x6000px (landscape) or 6000x8000px (portrait) resolution, making them ideal for high resolution 40-50 megapixel documents.
  • Lossless compression encoding to ensure maximum quality: no lossy JPEGs here, which means minimal banding and no compression artefacting if you need to push the images tonally.
  • Presented as an Affinity asset pack: easy to install and use, just click-drag the desired sky onto your document to place it.
  • When placed, each sky has nested layers that you can enable to help blending and add non-destructive creative effects: tonal matching, long exposure simulation, cloud structure enhancement and more.

See the included PDF for installation instructions.

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Enhancing Low Light Imagery Practice Files

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Get the two practice RAW files used in my video tutorial 'Enhancing Low Light Imagery Tips & Techniques' for Affinity Photo, which can be viewed on YouTube.

  • Includes two source RAW files (Sony ARW) ready to be developed in Affinity Photo. They are the same files used in the tutorial video so you can easily follow along.
  • As an optional download (for file size reasons), you can also open and explore the completed Affinity Photo document files complete with non-destructive layer stacks.
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Demonstrates how you can utilise a non-destructive workflow from beginning to end, including retouching on a separate pixel layer to avoid modifying the original image.
  • Also included are preview JPEGs of the final edits. These are just for reference, since they have been resampled and compressed.

See the included PDF for installation instructions.

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North America Nebula Practice Files

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Practice files for stacked deep sky astrophotography post-processing.
 This is the North America Nebula (NGC7000) and surrounding detail photographed with a full spectrum camera and clip-in multispectrum filter.

  • Includes a source TIFF file from DeepSkyStacker in rational (float) 32-bit precision. You can load this into your preferred image editor as a starting point—you will need to perform initial tone stretching.

  • An Affinity Photo document file is also included, which features my complete non-destructive edit of the original TIFF file. The layer stack is well-organised and labelled so you can easily follow each step of the editing process.
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Demonstrates how you can utilise a non-destructive workflow from beginning to end—no conversion to 16-bit is required so there is no need to flatten and convert at any point during the editing process.

  • Also included is a preview JPEG image of the final edit. This is just for reference, since it has been resampled and compressed.

See the included PDF for installation instructions.

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