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Mismatch in crop/level adjustments across multiple layers using NIK plugin

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  • Brian Lawson Community moderator

    I haven't tried the NIK plug-ins but in the past there was a problem with the Topaz plug-ins not recognizing the crop. That was fixed in the latest release though. This could be related. I don't know if the problem lies with the NIK plug-in or with how Photo RAW is working with it. You'll have to ask tech support about that.

    For now I would wait to do the cropping until after sending to NIK. You're still going to see the underlying layer where the image has exposed around the edges so you'll have to crop that out or fix it with other methods.

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  • David Tillett
    Great answers

    I reported this way back in the beta testing of the original 2022 release, and it was accepted as a bug to be fixed in due course.

    It is a general issue with plugins, not restricted to NIK. What happens is that cropped and levelled version of image is sent to a plugin and comes back as new layer. However application of crop and levelling sits at the top of the On1 processing pipeline and applies to whole image not individual layers, so new layer gets second rotation.

    Depending on how accurate you need the alignment you can apply Transform to new layer and rotate it back until it aligns with original image, setting blend mode to difference can help with this. However, when I checked this just now I couldn't get a complete black result.

    I would go with Brian's suggestion and leave cropping and levelling until the end of the editing. I have been doing this for a while to give myself freedom to change the crop later without running into issues with new crop revealing areas that have not been included in any masking etc. It is only the rotation that seems to cause the problem, so you could crop first and then leave levelling until the end of the process.

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