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    Sussex, UK
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    Teaching, illustration and filmmaking.

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  1. I wrote such a mega long process post about my adventures developing kinetic infographics that I broke it into two parts: 1. https://saamvisual.com/process/2020/6/13/kinetic-infographics1-learnfromnotape 2. https://saamvisual.com/process/2020/6/13/kinetic-infographics2-enhancingmotion I hope some of this is useful. Affinity was present throughout.
  2. I have mentioned this before when exporting an infographic for printing (and I don't know if it has been covered - so please excuse any unnecessary repetition). Below is an infographic I made at the weekend. It consists of numerous layers that are drawn on my iPad Pro and then organised/grouped on my Mac. I have discovered a number of times that Designer rasterises layers (presumably to cope with erase layers and various levels of complexity?). This means that when I go to a print bureau I have to export the file as a larger high res-jpeg to avoid rather artefacts. This is an unfortunate workaround. Any thoughts? better test export.pdf
  3. I have had to subscribe to Adobe because of After Effects workflows etc. I am discovering that there are some issues with importing Designer-generated files into Illustrator. This is a sad day because I spend a lot of time making art in AD and I would like to be confident about one moving efficiently to the other. Image 1: the end piece completed in Designer. Note that it has 'erase' layers in it. It also has some imagery that is working with 'multiply' as a layer blend mode. Image 2: this has now been exported as an SVG file into illustrator: Some notes on this: a. I had to go into the layer settings and re-assign 'multiply' transparency to the shading layers. To have to manual reassign this is a pain - if there was a way of assuming that the work invested at the Designer end could translate into vector as easily as Affinity Photo does into Photoshop that would be awesome. b. Note that the life-changing 'erase' layer modes don't appear to exist within Illustrator. Am I wrong on this? Unfortunately - at the moment the only way to maintain the work is to export it as a bitmap. I hope that I am wrong about this. As I start building some After Effects rigged characters I would like to have relative freedom designing from the AD end of things rather than base my entire workflow around Illustrator etc. Any thoughts?
  4. Mainly a bit of fun - I recorded a timelapse-with-hints process video making this image. It isn't exhaustive but it gives a structure. http://saamvisual.com/process/2020/1/15/vector-process-folding-scissors Any feedback very much welcome.
  5. Mainly a bit of fun - I recorded a timelapse-with-hints process video making this image. It isn't exhaustive but it gives a structure. http://saamvisual.com/process/2020/1/15/vector-process-folding-scissors Any feedback very much welcome.
  6. Hello and thanks for reading this. Here is an infographic I have been working on. The gradient on this file renders like this (see red circle) when I export it as a pdf. Also see the bottom red area - not a gradient but something is up. But here is what it looks like while I am working on it on the Mac and iPad. This is how it renders as an image. Any thoughts? Jason lost box FINAL.pdf
  7. No doubt others have weighed in on this topic but once I get into a bigger piece of work, being organised is absolutely essential - especially when it comes to making those tweaks and adjustments. At the moment my best method is to be very careful about grouping sections of work wherever possible and naming them - this is a lot easier on the Mac than on the iPad. I am just wondering whether there has been much thinking done on how to do this most effectively? Occasionally on my latest piece of work - in spite of being pretty careful about how I do things - I got lost a few times trying to track down things I can see in front of me. Any thoughts or helpful comments?
  8. Further details are documented here. Blessings to you all - and thank you Affinity for a lovely piece of software.
  9. Hello all. In theory this should also be published to the iPad forum but hey ho. So I have created a set of spreads for a book I am working on in publisher and have saved the file to iCloud. I am now opening this in iPad Designer and going through the various spreads and drawing in pixel/vector and saving back to iCloud. I then open it into Publisher on my Mac and boom. Thats it. Am I missing something? Is this a correct reading of the situation? Does anyone else do this, and before I commit to lots of work on this illustration project - am I doing it right? Thanks in advance Jason
  10. This is a process post for a mural that was put up in my school at the start of this week. I have been working on it since January - the last stage involved AD as I converted the original design into vectors, which ended up printing way better than the previous bitmap version: http://saamvisual.com/process/2018/8/23/the-big-picture I have briefly mentioned this already in a prior blog post about my learning curve in AD here: I understand that the illustration material (an overview of the Bible storyline) might be controversial to some so please bear with me. I have posted it here because it shows how superior the use of vectors was in the end for an important piece of work to my school community. I hope it's helpful.
  11. Great comment. Here are my (probably unconvincing) thoughts: 1. The CSP pencil drawing and then editing/changing tools feel quicker and more intuitive to me. Some of this is because I have set up my iPad version in a very specific way and partly because I think they work better. I went back to AD just now and tried to do some pencil drawing to see if I was mistaken and after a bit of tweaking I realised that you can do a lot of the same things but it feels somehow a bit quicker and looser in CSP. Anyways - it's probably just a personal feeling. 2. The layers issue I think is still relevant I think. Yes - the pinch-to-group gesture is brilliant and yes you can group automatically by drawing within a blank layer, but the several pieces I have produced this summer all became utterly unwieldy at times. To select and arrange individual stray lines into specific groups is at times impossible within iPad AD partly because scrolling endlessly becomes a joke. My point in the post is that these sorts of organisation tweaks and fixes are far better suited to the Mac version where control is different and more tuned into this sort of action. I think my point was that the dance between both platforms is where the power really kicks in. Nothing beats the vector brush work of AD on iPad. I was so glad you commented - take care.
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