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  1. garetmckinley

    My logo, which one do you prefer?

    Not really a fan of transparency in logos (it's not flexible enough in certain contexts), but the one with the shutter is the first logo I've seen in this thread that actually portrays that it's supposed to be a camera. To be honest I didn't read through all the replies on this thread, and had no idea that the circle in the middle of the logo was supposed to be a camera lens. Also for future reference, when designing a logo, make sure to zoom out until the logo is under an inch tall. This will inform you whether or not details are too small to be clearly visible when the logo needs to be small. I say this because the last logo you posted had points coming off of the top left and bottom right parts of the logo. While you may think it looks fine blown up, as soon as you zoom out (especially combined with the transparency), they become very difficult to see and make the logo feel muddy. You want your logo to feel crisp regardless of the render size.
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    My logo, which one do you prefer?

    My personal recommendation is something along these lines. Note: this logo was literally made in under 5 minutes haha, do not use this logo. It's merely so I can communicate a concept to you. If it were for one of my clients, I would probably add a "folded ribbon" look to this logo. Make it look like it's one constant ribbon that is being folded at each of the bends. It works in a logo like this, because you could make this logo in the physical world using a single strip of fabric. To be clear, this is the style I'm referring to. Again, not telling you to do this or that it is best. I'm just communicating what I would do if I were building this for a client. Good luck
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    Mandala Designs with Affinity Designer Beta

    Patterns like the flower of life are just circles + math. When creating sacred geometry, I almost never manually position stuff, I just draw the shape and then manually adjust the position/scale using numerical values. It allows me to precisely control the offset of shapes to create tile-able patterns. I always symbolize the finished shapes as well, so that I can reuse them in future projects without manually positioning again. Hope that helps, unless maybe I misunderstood what you were asking?
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    Mandala Designs with Affinity Designer Beta

    Looks great @PasoPasi! Haven't updated this in a bit, but I still do design mandalas in Affinity I quit my job to pursue art full time this year. I've been uploading a new design every day to my instagram, if you like what I do please take the time to check it out! Not all my stuff is done in affinity, so I won't be updating this thread with every post. @garetmckinley on instagram
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    Mandala Designs with Affinity Designer Beta

    Ah, yeah I am aware of that feature. It's definitely convenient!
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    Mandala Designs with Affinity Designer Beta

    Thanks! I'm not sure I know what you mean by circular cloning though, is there an easy way to do that in Affinity Designer? I'm currently using the new-ish symbol tools. I first create a "slice" and then define the symbol, set the pivot point to the center of my document, and then duplicate/rotate the symbols. It allows me to live-edit the entire array of symbols at once, which is the best part IMO. I had been previously using smart layers in photoshop to achieve this, but the lack of live-updates (and a vector canvas) make it a hassle. Not to mention my mandalas would usually be over a quarter gig, hogging a ton of memory. I've only had one mandala that surpassed 100mb in AD so far. No choking on large canvases either, even when live-editing a curve with 20+ duplications. The performance is the most critical thing for me, as I'm not a true "artist". I design based on my perception, so the ability to live previous the duplication array allows me to continuously make changes until I'm satisfied with the result.
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    Mandala Designs with Affinity Designer Beta

    Hey guys, I just wrapped up another mandala <3 https://www.instagram.com/p/BPLMsthj38l/ Once again, I want to thank the developers at serif for creating such a brilliant vector application! It's lightyears more intuitive than illustrator, and seemingly keeps improving (at a rather fast rate!). I would be nothing without the tools you've empowered me with :wub:
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    Mandala Designs with Affinity Designer Beta

    Thanks so much! Currently working on more that I'm almost ready to share! Yup, they have definitely made my life easier! They even work (dare I say... better?) than Photoshop's smart layers.
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    Mandala Designs with Affinity Designer Beta

    Thanks a lot for all the kind responses! I'm not sure what you mean by the last part. Symbols are basically a reusable asset that only keeps the inner-content. Meaning, everything you add inside the symbol object automatically gets added and edited to all the other instances of that symbol. But everything you do to the actual symbol is unique to that instance. Meaning that you can use symbols to create mirror-symmetry for creating perfectly symmetrical faces or objects. Or you could just use them as a reusable asset library in large illustrations.
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    Mandala Designs with Affinity Designer Beta

    Thanks a lot everyone! Nothing too bad. At one point I had a bug that was consistently happening whenever I would undo a certain function (can't remember exactly which), but they literally had a fresh beta out the very next day that cleared the issue for me. With the frequency of their beta updates, it doesn't make me nervous at all working with them. But obviously make backups before importing your existing designs into the betas :)
  11. Hello I am a huge fan of both affinity designer and photos, and own both of them! I just wanted to share some of the work that I have done using the new symbols tool in the Affinity Designer beta. When I got into sacred geometry mandala illustrations, I used smart layers inside photoshop. In the last month, I've recreated some of my past works and created new designs using the new betas. I'd love to thank all their development teams for creating such incredible and intuitive vector applications. You allow me to effortlessly create designs in Designer and quickly export them to Photos to add nice image/gradient masks and effects before submitting the final render. Here's some of the works I've created. I have them all on my Instagram as well (@garetmckinley).
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