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  1. From nothing to a professional poster in 8 minutes + a few speed-ups. Great presentation! Thanks for sharing this.
  2. @Angelize Thank you so much for this tip! I just ordered FF10 pro as I'm a sucker for 50% discounts and don't have the 1st clue as to what to do with it. Now I can use your tip to jump into the app plus interacting it with Affinity Photo. Any other tips how you use FF would also be welcome.
  3. @BarKeegan Nice. I find it interesting to watch how artists handle the elbow and knee type strokes where the reverse bends happen. I see your style is to create a 2nd stroke for those extension lines and carefully meld it to the main stroke line. I often try and use the main stroke line for the bend also, requiring the node at the end to turn 359.5° back on itself. Depending on the stoke thickness the result can be less clean than your method but it can allow me to have a single-stroke closed shape. The advantage to having a single-stroke closed shape is unclear to me and I wonder why I think I want that. 🤣 An old self-taught AI habit, I guess, that, along with others, hold me back from enjoying many AD super-features. Thanks for sharing your techniques!
  4. @risingkirin Interesting how you penned the bunny and cliff as the same shape, then used the pen again for highlight shapes to distinguish the bunny. I'm sure I would have devised a whole lot more difficult method, and time-consuming, to accomplish that. 😁 Thanks for sharing this.
  5. @VectorVonDoom Thanks for sharing your thoughts on this subject. I learned from your tips on Star areas as a reminder you're not done yet with that element, and Blur Containers. I admired your capability with highlight multi-node gradient strips. Thank you.
  6. Need a renewed awe of Affinity? Watch Dazmondo77's .mov above! In Publisher even! 😲
  7. @Brenoca Thanks for sharing your blog steps, Really enjoyed the Yoda quotes matching your AP techniques! Also, the lighting in Step 3 was a great take-away for me for using in many other projects! 🌟 x 5
  8. @Chickentikka Perhaps a little late but if you're still tuned in, here are a couple of points you can check: 2:21 notice in Refine the author has changed the Output field to New Layer with Mask before Apply is clicked. While it is just one way to do it, the remaining steps of his video work with that method. 2:25 notice the selection produced is not clean and has smudges around the edges that were not masked. This is common with Refine and the author's new bkgd to be added is busy enough that the flawed selection will not matter. Your particular subject image and bkgd image might require you to use additional techniques to further clean up the selection. 2:36 notice in the layers panel that the author has unclicked the visibility of the original layer (that contains the nested Levels layer) and only the New Layer with Mask layer (named Pixel) is visible at the top of the layer stack. The California layer is being File > Placed there on top of the stack but then needs to be dragged down to the bottom of the layer stack. The visibility of the original layer is still off. Observation: The author used Affinity Designer for this effect but primarily worked in the Pixel persona. If you have Affinity Photo, you could have easily started there and accomplished the same outcome, but with the advantage of more pixel-related tools at your disposal if you really wanted to clean up the selection. That's a big Affinity advantage, personas and the ability to switch between the programs. Anyway, check the 3 time positions noted above to see if a misstep there is causing your problem.
  9. Enjoyed watching your video, sorry your coffee mug broke. ☹️ It looked like a good mug. Now, for part 2, let's clone a portion of the flames onto the bottom of the ball, blur/fade the copy and call it reflection from the fire. Reduce opacity to very subtle since a tennis ball won't reflect much light. You are right if you think I never know when to stop tinkering and tweaking. 😁
  10. @Friksel Thanks for solving a problem I was having using the "new" Stock Palette feature in Affinity Designer. I have rewritten your suggestion here in case anyone searches the forum for "Stock Vectors" or similar... In the Stock Palette, the Pixabay option offers a helpful checkbox to look for just vectors but a vector dragged into your document will be an Embedded Object Layer, so you cannot edit it directly. Double click that Embedded object in your document, not the Layer itself, and it opens in a new document as an editable vector. Switch to that document and the vector has been converted to curves on separate layers. You can edit them there, then copy and paste the vector back into your original document. Or you can simply copy and paste the converted vector layers back into your original document and then resize and edit them.
  11. Oops, too late to the party! Simon, Hi! I'll try to be more aware n the future. Stay safe!
  12. Wow! What a helpful list! Thanks Mitherion and all the folks contributing!
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