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  1. Hi Guys, I wanted to learn motion graphics but I honestly can't afford to buy both After Effects and Illustrator. After there any motion graphics designers who can share their workflow to me? How do you guys manage to use Affinity Designer and After Effects? Cheers.
  2. I haven't stumbled upon the problem yet... my question was mostly hypothetical, I was just curious since I've been taking a lot of tutorials lately and it got me thinking if incorporating certain styles from published tutorials is acceptable practice.. Yes I have, most designers use the same techniques and if you browse through sites like Dribbble then you'll see identical techniques done by different artists.
  3. It is unfortunate and seems hardly justified to charge so much more for the same product in other countries, especially if it's a digital product. Hopefully affinity move out of the app store and distribute the software themselves like Bohemian did for sketch a few years ago. Same prices across international borders seems to be the most fair thing to do.
  4. Yes my mistake, My store was set to the Australian store and I got charged 79.99, I travel between the two countries and when I returned to NZ, I had accidentally forgot to change stores and got dinged with the extra 5 bucks... I have since changed my store settings to NZ since it seems Australians seem to be 'taxed' more heavily on the App store..
  5. Thanks, that was my concern. It makes sense and I'm glad the general discussion about using techniques learned from tutorials isn't considered plagiarism... I understand this, but I find that copyright has two sides to it - one with the law, which is precise and one with the art community, which is subjective... the latter is more dangerous in my opinion, because if the person calling out an artist as a plagiarist has any degree of influence they can seriously damage the reputation of an artist. In the magic community, we can clearly tell that an act is a copy of someone else's work... card tricks, bunny from hat etc etc... many artists do a variation of the work and profit from it, but most people don't seem bothered by the sameness of the technique. In comedy, having too many jokes similar to other artists, even if the jokes are set up differently, catered for a different audience or transformed from stand up to sketch comedy routines, can easily destroy the reputation of an artist..
  6. Thanks!! That was helpful, i'm gonna make sure to read up on intellectual property laws. Hopefully it'll give me peace of mind :)
  7. No, they are just generic trending styles mainly flat vector illustrations... I've taken some classes online where someone teaches their own style, but when I try to produce it, it looks different because my own style creeps in so the design/illustration becomes unique, yet there are similarities with the teachers work as well... I'm only asking about plagiarism because everyone seems to define it differently. I personally believe that plagiarism is when someone takes another person's idea and claims it as their own, but some people seem to believe that remixing, replicating a style seperate from the subject matter/composition etc, transforming old art into something new etc all can fall under plagiarism as well...
  8. Hi guys, I have a question about art plagiarism - learning and copying from others is important but if you copy too much from an artist, you can be labelled as a plagiarist. I just wanted to know how people here view plagiarism. Let's say I take an online tutorial to learn how to create a specific style of art and reproduce that same style of art but with a different idea, concept or composition... would you consider it plagiarism, especially if you want to produce that work commercially??
  9. Yeah they do work, you just need to find the right format to export from Affinity Designer, I've found sometimes SVG works better and sometimes PDF and other times EPS - I'm not sure why... Then i just clean up layers, label them etc on Illustrator and then export via AI. It's a cost I think is worth paying for if you create a decent portfolio for stock sites, you should be able to get your money back eventually and a profit..
  10. Hi, I had the same issue. I just ended up buying illustrator and just use Affinity Designer to do my design work and export as PDF /SVG and then use illustrator to do the final EPS 10 /AI output for stock sites. I'm about to start uploading to stock sites, so lets hope they get accepted or else I will need to learn illustrator and use it as my software for creating stock images
  11. I've got a general understanding - as long as my AD conversions from AI is readable and usable I think it should be good for business! Thanks :)
  12. May I ask how you use AI as a converter? Do you export SVG or PDF from Affinity Designer and then open the file up on AI and then export it once again in AI or EPS 8, 10 format? I've mainly used Affinity Designer to create prints for physical products and my main export feature was PNG. I have lots of vector illustrations I want to package and sell on etsy, creative market and other stock media companies, but not having AI format will probably be a disadvantage, additionally microstock companies require EPS 10 files for submission. I've also started getting requests for client work and would be interested in that, but again my concern is not being able to export to the appropriate files for other professionals to use.
  13. Since we can't export AI or EPS 8, 10 files. Do you guys think AD is a viable software for professional work? Does anyone here exclusively use Affinity Designer for client work or do you guys also keep a copy of AI handy?
  14. Hi, I have decided to also purchase Illustrator for a year, just to create enough content for both creative market and microstock websites with EPS 10 and AI formats. I don't like AI's UI as much as AD, and I was wondering if I could just create my files in AD then export as PDF (or SVG) and open it up, clean up the layers and then export it as EPS 10 and AI for commercial sales? Is this the appropriate way? If not, what are your recommendations??
  15. Unfortunately it doesn't. I just learned that you need EPS 10 file format submissions for microstock websites. This feature is not available for Affinity Designer? Is there a way around this issue or do I have to buy Adobe Illustrator...
  16. Hi guys, I'm ready to sell some of my illustrations on microstock sites and I was wondering how good the PSD export option is? I haven't renewed my CC and I don't want to pay a monthly fee just to test it out so would love other people's opinion on this matter + some feedback as to how to approach my file sharing with stock sites + potential clients who might want more than just a PNG, JPG file... which export files should be in my priority list?
  17. I think you misunderstood what I was saying, Rubs was giving feedback to serif saying they shouldn't advertise on their website that items will arrive within 5-7 business days to international sellers when in fact it doesn't, and that they should give tracking codes to customers so they can try to locate their package. I had the same issue before Rubs' order - where I purchased the book and paid $20 for shipping thinking that it was priority mail when in fact it was regular shipping that took 4 weeks to deliver (approx 24 business days). I had to email serif back and forth to get updates when they could have just given me a tracking code so that I could cut out the middleman and talk directly to Amazon about my order. I gave all the same feedback Rubs did a month prior to his/her purchase, but seems like no one listened. At the end of the day, the same mistakes were made - I wasn't too pleased with the whole purchase process and things could have gone a lot smoother for Rubs if customer service at Serif took note of feedback and improved upon suggestions. I'm not trying to be a prick or anything, I'm happy with my book, but slightly disappointed to see someone else go through the same frustrations I did when it could have easily been avoided with simple things like changing their website to reflect a realistic delivery estimate, handing customers tracking codes etc.
  18. Same thing happened to me, paid $20 shipping, it was advertised as 5-7 business days and it took almost a month. In fact, my order arrived in my country within a week of purchase but the local courier withheld it for another 3 weeks before delivering it to my house. I gave the same feedback to the team at Affinity but no one seems to have listened to my feedback and now it affected you as well.
  19. Cool cat design, thought I'd try something new :D
  20. Just saw this - If anyone has a dribbble invite, I'd really appreciate one myself (username: wordsberry). Really want to publish stuff and put it online and the UI of dribble really appeals to me :D
  21. Thanks - both felt really weird, I just couldn't figure out what to fix .. I'll try reposting a newer version if I can. The flames were created with a corner tool. Basically a bunch of rectangles stacked next to each other which were joined with an ellipse and then I pulled a corner of the ellipse to create a triangular shape
  22. Just thought I'd get away from drawing cute stuff/ ice-cream related drawings and try something different. Nothing too fancy... just thought it was cool. Anyone have any tips on colour and composition techniques.. I think those are my weaknesses atm
  23. Hope you all like this one. Took me a while to figure out how I could execute this design....
  24. I think it's to do with Apple, rather than Serif. I live in NZ and I had to fork out 80 NZD to get the software at full price even though the conversion rate should amount to only 70NZD. Also the full retail price is actually 75 AUD, 79.99 NZD, so you are actually getting a discount, but not exactly 20% Now I've decided to just wait for Affinity Photo to go on sale sometime in the future before I purchase it so I can recoup the $10 dollars of value that gets lost through Apple. I think, if you feel a bit cheated with this weird pricing, maybe you should wait for sales to run before buying as well?
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