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  • Layer manipulation in Edit Mode

    Can't find a clear answer in the user manual or a search of recent forum activity, so . . .

    1 - In edit mode, I create a layer which is a paste of a copied selection from an existing layer.

    2 - I want to flip the new layer (and just the new layer) vertically.

    Is #2 possible? I know I can rotate the layer, but that's not what I'm looking for. The "flip" tool under the edit mode menu affects all layers simultaneously. Am I missing something or is this on the wish list for v. 11?

    Thanks.

    DJB


  • #2
    Not sure whether you can do it as you described, but would it be possible to paste your selection into a new temporary image, flip it, then copy it back to a new layer in your original image?

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    • #3
      Thanks for responding. I did try as you suggested, and that works OK, but it's certainly less convenient than Photoshop, wherein I can just select the layer (or any portion of it) and Edit>Transform>Flip Vertical [or horizontal).

      I suppose for this kind of compositing I can use PS as an external editor and just do any geometric layer manipulations there (I'd have to do that from Lightroom anyway) but I was hoping to avoid bouncing around.

      Thanks again.

      DJB

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      • #4
        As a follow-up, the roundtrip to Photoshop CS6 (with the Camera Raw 9.1.1 extension, apparently the last supported by CS6 standalone), works OK for my Fuji X-T10 raw files, but not for the X-T2. Fortunately, CS6 handles common non-Raw file formats (TIF, DNG, JPG) so this is not fatal.

        Note to ACDSee - I believe there's a real opportunity to beef up the edit mode to handle geometry changes on individual layers. I'm very fond of Ultimate but would like be Adobe-free at some point.

        DJB

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        • #5
          For what it is worth... ACDSee Pro/Ult is part of my Adobe-free process. For over 3+ years I used ACDSee + GIMP to replace CameraRaw/Lightroom/PS. With many friends neck deep in Adobe products, this was always a good challenge to compare /contrast workflows. Recently, I have changed to ACDseeUlt + Affinity Photo. Te combination of Ult10 and AP, means the only remaining advantage for Adobe is the user-base. There are just more Adobe users and related support. However, there are plenty of arguments to suggest Ult10+AP is a better tool combo than the Adobe suite.

          (​Admittedly, it would be better if Ult10 did not require AP as a helper application.)

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          • #6
            I also have AP, and am in "student mode" with that as well. Other than its glacial file-loading speed, I find it competent and so far a viable PS alternative. Haven't tried to flip a layer yet, but I suspect it can be done. I already use QImage as a replacement for Lightroom's print module (it does profile/paper presets, whereas Ultimate does not). But for its basic DAM and Raw conversion capability, Ultimate is at least 80% there for me.

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            • #7
              I'm also finding AP very much fills in the Gaps in EDIT modes functionality

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              • #8
                I attended the last workshop for beginners some days ago - Part 4.
                Here was shown how to flip a single layer.
                Unfortunately I can not remember how it was possible - real shame because I have the same problem as you.
                Unfortunately, the inclusion of this workshop is not yet posted on the website.
                I browsed the website and it seems the workshop will be on again March 21, 2017 10:00 AM (PDT)

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                • #9
                  Sorry for taking the thread off on a tangent, but could someone describe a situation where having a single layer rotated would be desirable? This is not something I ever thought about.

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