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Large List of Suggestions and Requests for PhotoLine Tools

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Here is separate special thread of my Suggestions and Requests related only to PhotoLine Tools and Tool Options.

It's up to developers to accept those suggestions or not. One request per post. Please keep this thread free from spam and abstract non technical discussions.
To make this thread compact and easy to read, please delete posts with already fixed problems and mark them "..."
I will keep track global log of fixed problems in "[Legacy] Large List of Suggestions and Requests for Photoline UI and Tools" https://www.pl32.com/forum3/viewtopic.php?f=1&t=6297
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Re: [Part 2] Large List of Suggestions and Requests for Photoline UI and Tools

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Currently in Picture Mode cLUT based and XYZ based Input ICC profiles affect surrounding grey background field.
Even if i turn on "Hide border content" problem exists, but only when i assign cLUT or XYZ based Input ICC profiles to image. When i convert it to Matrix Based working ICC profile, gray background is back to normal state.
If i assign different Matrix Based input and working ICC profiles it don't affect background.
Please make surrounding background with fixed grey color.
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Update: Partial fix for this problem - use Document Mode, set cLUT or XYZ based Input ICC profile to image layer and set some working Matrix based profile to Document.
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Re: [Part 2] Large List of Suggestions and Requests for Photoline UI and Tools

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:arrow: Request for "Invert" smart adjustment layer.
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Re: Large List of Suggestions and Requests for PhotoLine Tools

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More custom controls for Rounded Square/Rectangle. Something like this:
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Re: [Part 2] Large List of Suggestions and Requests for Photoline UI and Tools

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:arrow: Rectangle/Circle Lasso Tool needs Center point indicator similar to center point used in layer handles.
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Re: Large List of Suggestions and Requests for PhotoLine Tools

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Layer Style problems:
1. Multiple separate tabs for simple settings are not user friendly. Too many empty space, too many clicks here and there during simple adjustments.
Suggestion: At least combine "General" and "Color" tabs. Or better make Layer Style controls slightly smaller and Layer Style window slightly larger and fit all controls inside single unified layout without tabs.
Examples:
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2. Outside Strokes and Shadows behave very strange. If apply it to (semi)transparent image - solid shadow background became visible under the image:
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Suggestion: Outside shadow usually expected to look like this:
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3. Outside Shadow, Outside Glow and other Layer Styles size feels very small and very limited. For normal work Layer Style limit should be increased at least to 1000% instead of 100%

4. Layer Opacity don't affect layer style. For example even if i put layer into group and change Opacity - the shadow remains unchanged.
Opacity affect layer style only if i put object to group and check "Draw Isolated". But it is not too convenient workaround.
Suggestion:
Add dual Opacity sliders similar to commonly used in other apps:
"Opacity" - to change globally opacity of Layer and Layer Style.
"Fill" - to change opacity of the Layer alone and keep Layer Style opacity untouched.
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5. Shadow opacity depends of vector object color opacity. For example if i set color opacity of vector object to 50%, shadow also became 50%. I guess that sounds logical because PhotoLine use Opacity directly in color setting, but other apps usually use only solid colors and separate slider for global opacity. In other apps Layer Style works in exact same way with raster images and use Layer pixels transparency as a source.
Suggestion: Is it possible to add option to use vector path as a source for Layer Style when Layer Style applied to Vector object? I guess perfectly for best possible control it could be some switch or checkbox in Layer Style options to switch between pixels transparency mode and vector path mode.

6. Layer > Management menu is almost a clone of right click menu, so why there is no Copy Layer Style(s) and Attributes command in right click menu? Why hide this simple and useful command so deep in global menu?
Suggestion: Add Copy/Paste Layer Style and Layer Attributes commands to Layer right click menu. Currently it is hidden deeply in global menu Layer > Management > Copy Layer Style(s)

7. "Opacity" inside Layer Style named as "Intensity". Probably not a good idea to name similar sliders in different places with different names.
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Re: Large List of Suggestions and Requests for PhotoLine Tools

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Improvement idea for Curves Tools:
Visualization of summary curve shape created by Contrast/Luminance/Gamma sliders.
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Re: [Part 2] Large List of Suggestions and Requests for Photoline UI and Tools

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Extended control for Contrast:
Slider.1 controls angle of straight contrast line.
Slider.2 controls curvature shape strength of highlights.
Slider.3 controls curvature shape strength of shadows.
Also option to link slider 2 and 3 to adjust the same curvature shape strength for shadows and highlights.
And also instant visualization of curve shape, as described in earlier post.
Examples simulated with curves tool:
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Re: [Part 2] Large List of Suggestions and Requests for Photoline UI and Tools

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RGB Parade (separated channels view mode) and Waveform (combined channels view mode)
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Re: Large List of Suggestions and Requests for PhotoLine Tools

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:arrow: JPEG XR lossless compression option for PLD files. In 16 bit depth compression speed is 2-3 x faster and file size 10% less than Tiff ZIP. See these tests for details https://www.pl32.com/forum3/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=6299
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Re: Large List of Suggestions and Requests for PhotoLine Tools

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Highlighted Text effect in Text Tool Settings (auto generated rectangular solid background under the text). Adjustable rectangle color. Adjustable rectangle size (distance from text edges). Modern "fluid" rounded text background style also may be welcome.
Examples:
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P.S. Currently Highlighted Text effect partially possible to emulate by Underline with customized with and position.
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Re: Large List of Suggestions and Requests for PhotoLine Tools

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Re: Large List of Suggestions and Requests for PhotoLine Tools

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When i switch Channels, color always affect surrounding grey background. Seems this problem have same source as "cLUT based and XYZ based Input ICC profiles affect surrounding grey background field" problem described earlier here: https://www.pl32.com/forum3/viewtopic.p ... 427#p47718
Hope it is possible somehow to fix this problem in future and always keep surrounding grey background same grey neutral color.
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Re: [Part 2] Large List of Suggestions and Requests for Photoline UI and Tools

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In Document properties tab ICC profile filed is always visible. When document have no profile it is indicated as "ICC profile - None". I can always quick and easy double click to it to Set (Assign) Document profile.
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For some strange reason in Layer properties tab ICC profile field is invisible by default. Instead of double click to Set Layer profile, i need go to menus or use custom hotkey. When profile was set, ICC profile field became visible and i can double-click on it to make changes.
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Is it possible to unify Document and Layer properties tabs? Make ICC profile filed always visible in Layer properties with indicator "ICC profile - None"
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Re: Large List of Suggestions and Requests for PhotoLine Tools

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Some visual problems when zooming in-out with scroll:
Selection lasso line is pixel perfect but it have additional Selected layer controls line frame that always jumps inside-outside and sometimes disappears.
Selected layer controls line itself is always blurry and never pixel perfect.
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Here is example of pixel perfect lasso and selection handles. 100% no aliasing or blur at any zoom level:
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