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    Mithferion reacted to Patrick Connor in Affinity Creative Sessions: Lockdown 2020 YouTube Live events in May   
    Coming today, 27 May 2020: Moving from InDesign to Affinity Publisher with Mike Rankin

    Affinity Publisher now has the ability to import content from Adobe InDesign via IDML, and a key part of moving your workflow between the apps is working with legacy files. But what kind of results can you expect and which document features are supported? How can you avoid trouble and get the cleanest possible conversion? And what if you don't have access to InDesign?
    In this Lockdown 2020 session, Mike Rankin – Editor-in-Chief of CreativePro, InDesignSecrets and InDesign Magazine – explores these questions and more to help you make a smooth transition from InDesign to Publisher.
    Mike will be available on YouTube’s Live Chat for this session’s premiere on Wednesday, 27 May 2020 at 4pm BST to answer any questions, or view the video on demand later.
    He’s also provided a PDF with details of what to expect when InDesign files are converted to Publisher, which you can access for free at https://affin.co/LD2020MikeRankin
    Watch it HERE
    Videos will be available only at the Affinity YouTube channel
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    Mithferion got a reaction from jmwellborn in Publisher: Leading Override   
    Yes, Adobe has some cases of good UI/UX.
    Best regards!
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    Mithferion got a reaction from vovkasolovev in Back with the Mesh Warp / Distort Tool... Some considerations   
    Hi there!
    DISCLAIMER: First of all, this is not another "bring the Mesh Warp / Distort Tool right now!" Topic. I'm not asking the Team to give us an estimated time of arival... None of that. It's something different, hinted in the Title.
    INTRODUCTION & INTENTIONS
    The purpose of this Topic is to share my thoughts and considerations, specially with @MattP, the talent behind this and some other great Features, to keep in mind when developing this. Why? The reasons are simple:
    Some of us are more than impatient to have this Feature available. It's been on the Roadmap for so long... Many need this and they are all in into Designer and lefting [Design Application] behind. There are high hopes and so much anticipation. And it's in the Dev Team plans. That's all good, but... is the gap between the Dev Team idea and the users need really been closed, even narrowed? When realeased, will it be what a lot of people are expecting? That's the key point that might turn things ugly here in the Forums.
    So, I want to open a relaxed discussion to talk about needs, capabilities and workflow. I will do so by diving the kins of distortions I know in 3:
    TYPE ONE
    Miscellanous Specific Forms Distortions:
    Topic 1: Arc Warp. @TonyB confirmed it will be doable as some other transformations. Said feature works like this for texts (but also for shapes), in Illustrator 2019 and on other Apps like PSE 10:

    The other transformations available are this ones. Available on both Apps but they don't work exactly in the same way:

     
    Now, the thing about these transformations (and the other Types) are these ones: Control and configuration. They are done through a set of parameters, not through a Mesh like the one in Affinity Photo. so, it's not just that it's doable, but that it's repeatable and done with a degree of presicion. And of course, it has to be editable and resetable, or as it's called nowadays: live. For example, trying to do it through a Mesh is not that great (the red one is done by hand after a lot of struggle, and it's no good):

    That's the Arc Warp but imagine this for all kind of options known to man.
    TYPE TWO
    The next thing is about Perspective, whis is another popular requested feature.
    Topic 2. This is really clear as what it has to do. Not just of one object, but for an entire Group, to do a pseudo 3D thing. On this one, DrawPlus does a good job and offers interesting options, like the slider on the Top part, and it gives the sens of working with a 3D object.

    The one in Illustrator does its part, but once you transform an object, you can't have the original back, so it's a destructive effect (making this a live feature would be awesome).

    If the angles of "rotation" can be in the form of parameters and mouse control, would make it cover all scenarios.
    TYPE THREE
    The last kind of Distortion people ask for in the forums is the Free Transform.
    Topic 3. This is the one that sounds more like the one currently present for bitmaps in Photo or the Envelop Tool in DrawPlus. Personally, this is the least I am interested in, but it has its uses and would make this feature as robust as it can be.

    I see there are two variations to this feature:
    One with the handles, as seen on the previous pictures. One with "sharp" cornes, without the handles (it's almost like a Perspective Distortion, but I present it like a different one because with a perspective you should be able to maintain the aspect ratio, with this one you can go beyond that). In Illustrator, the Free Distort Effect does this in the "sharp corner" fashion, turning it to semi-curves in some extreme distortions:

    As with the previous ones, the ability to reset and edit the effect on already distorted objects, would be gold.
    SUMMARY
    As I said, when talking about Distortions / Warping, most people have one or more of the three I showed. So, I leave some key points:
    Having all of the three types listed above in Designer is the best thing that can happen in this regard to Serif and us the Users. Also, having the ability to reset, edit and have parameters in some of the cases, would provide absolute control (and enjoyment). If the Dev Team implements this one after the other and not all in the initial release, even if it's not desirable, is still a good path. Limiting to one or two of the Three Types "by design" would hurt the product. Very important: I'm not saying "copy this and copy that", I'm just showing examples of the possible use cases for a Tool like this; however it's implemented, as long as it's logical and feels natural, offering all of the capabilities presented, would be perfect. So, citing Matt himself:
    I want our products to be good in their own right: It’s not good enough to be better than ‘x’ or ‘y’, you should just be really good and that be the end of the sentence
    I expect from you what you have set as your own goal: the best possible Affinity Designer.
    Finally, I invite anyone who wants to contribute by bringing examples or something they want for this Feature that I missed.
    Best regards!
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    Mithferion reacted to JET_Affinity in Roughen Curves   
    A few examples of what I'm talking about regarding providing more randomizing options in general:
    Random Object Fill

    Random Baseline Shift

    Random Style

    Random Transparency

    Random Replace Symbol

     
    Not meaning to derail the thread from the topic of a well-designed roughen feature (with which I agree); just a generalization that I find it a curious oversight that math based vector drawing programs don't provide for leveraging a random function in more command option settings.
    JET
     
     
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    Mithferion got a reaction from NilsFinken in Curated list of Free for Commercial Use Fonts   
    Well, as promised, I made a new check and made some deletions of Fonts that no longer are Free for Commercial Use... but to compensate for that, new ones will come later. For now, I have this added:
    SANS SERIF - Noto Sans. Similar to Open Sans, with a huge range of styles Best regards!
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    Mithferion reacted to CLC in Curated list of Free for Commercial Use Fonts   
    A free font from Studio Najbrt, funny "COVID INFECTED" is now available to download.


    https://www.najbrt.cz/en/detail/covid
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    Mithferion reacted to Patrick Connor in Affinity Creative Sessions: Lockdown 2020 YouTube Live events in May   
    Coming today, 16 May 2020: Hand Lettering in Affinity Designer for iPad with Tobias Hall

    In this session, London-based illustrator and designer Tobias Hall shows you how he creates bespoke lettering using both raster and vector tools in Affinity Designer for iPad, walking you through his workflow from the initial sketching stage through to the final vector artwork.
    Tobias will be available on Live Chat on YouTube for this session’s premiere on Saturday, 16 May 2020 at 4pm BST, or view the video on demand later.
    Watch it HERE
    Videos will be available only at the Affinity YouTube channel
    Tobias has worked with some huge names including The Rolling Stones, Netflix, YouTube and TIME magazine. Check out his work at https://tobias-hall.co.uk or on Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/TobiasHall/
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    Mithferion reacted to Patrick Connor in Affinity Creative Sessions: Lockdown 2020 YouTube Live events in May   
    Coming today, 15 May 2020: Creating a fantasy composite in Affinity Photo with Affinity Revolution

    In this session, Affinity Revolution will create a fantasy composite in Affinity Photo, guiding you through their process and showing you how to choose the right images for a composite, make great selections with the Pen Tool and blend images together.
    Affinity Revolution will be available on YouTube’s Live Chat for this session’s premiere on Friday, 15 May 2020 at 4pm BST, or view the video on demand later.
    Watch it HERE
    Videos will be available only at the Affinity YouTube channel
    Images used in this session are available to download from Pexels:
    https://www.pexels.com/photo/surfing-surfer-wave-sea-7862/ https://www.pexels.com/photo/book-reading-calm-table-21120/ https://www.pexels.com/photo/selective-focus-photography-of-coconut-palm-2441833/ https://www.pexels.com/photo/seaside-994605/
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    Mithferion reacted to Patrick Connor in Affinity Creative Sessions: Lockdown 2020 YouTube Live events in May   
    Coming today, 14 May 2020: Composing a professional and beautiful editorial layout in Affinity Publisher with Emily Goater

    Join Serif’s new in-house Affinity Publisher product expert, Emily Goater, as she spends her Lockdown 2020 session creating a real-world magazine, with proceeds going to the NHS. She shows us just how easy it is to create eye-catching covers, simple and effective inside covers and stand-out feature pages in Affinity Publisher.
    In addition to her final project PDF, Emily is providing her gorgeous illustrations that she made for this project in Affinity Designer for iPad for FREE (personal use only). You can download these at: https://affin.co/LD2020EmilyGoater  
    Emily will be available on YouTube’s Live Chat for this session’s premiere on Thursday, 14 May 2020 at 4pm BST, or view the video on demand later.
    Watch it HERE
    Videos will be available only at the Affinity YouTube channel
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    Mithferion reacted to KateM in Affinity Creative Sessions: Lockdown 2020 YouTube Live events in May   
    Also, there is a couple more about Affinity Publisher coming next week. 
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    Mithferion reacted to KateM in Affinity Creative Sessions: Lockdown 2020 YouTube Live events in May   
    Tomorrow we have a creative session about Affinity Publisher from our new in-house Affinity Publisher expert Emily Goater. Hope to see you there at 4pm BST! 
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    Mithferion got a reaction from debraspicher in Astute Graphics Technology   
    From this article:
    For now, the main effort is on getting Publisher out of the door early next year. After that, Hewson says there will probably be an asset manager to organise Affinity files, perhaps in 2020. In the meantime, Serif plans to work on extensibility, to open up Affinity so third parties can write plugins and links, historically part of the appeal of Adobe’s and Quark’s success. “If everything goes well we may have that capability towards the end of next year, 12 months away,” says Hewson. “We will then be wanting to talk to people who might want to take advantage of that. There are very specific high end use cases for print.”  So, there is a possibility for us to see Astute Graphics' stuff in the Affinity world.
    Best regards!
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    Mithferion reacted to Fixx in Resizing text frame using scale handle should scale contents   
    Resizing text frame using scale handle should NOT scale contents!
    Normal and most used usage is to reshape text container using handles. Text size should be adjusted via styles.
    Ability to change shape AND text size as an object is just an extra feature. Sometimes useful but not really bread&butter. Usually it is done with mod key with handle, Publisher has extra handle for it.
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    Mithferion got a reaction from ProColorGraphics in Astute Graphics Technology   
    From this article:
    For now, the main effort is on getting Publisher out of the door early next year. After that, Hewson says there will probably be an asset manager to organise Affinity files, perhaps in 2020. In the meantime, Serif plans to work on extensibility, to open up Affinity so third parties can write plugins and links, historically part of the appeal of Adobe’s and Quark’s success. “If everything goes well we may have that capability towards the end of next year, 12 months away,” says Hewson. “We will then be wanting to talk to people who might want to take advantage of that. There are very specific high end use cases for print.”  So, there is a possibility for us to see Astute Graphics' stuff in the Affinity world.
    Best regards!
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    Mithferion reacted to PatrickM in APhoto & AD - Popular science book   
    Finally, it is published 🙂 (for a non-profit association ; difficult time too for non-profit associations all over the world but that's nothing of course compared to the suffering of many).
    All photographs and graphics in this book have been edited and designed mainly in APhoto and AD. I had to import them in Photoshop for a final exportation with the right colour profile that the Affinity suite can't (still) handle properly. You may recognize some screenshots of photographs I had posted here.
    It's still too bad I couldn't use APublisher. I patiently waited for the availability of this desktop publishing app, I tested it and even finished the layout of this book but was “defeated” by its general instability, its poor colour management, its inability to handle a specific colour profile,...  maybe for a next one ?
    Before book binding and after binding :
     





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    Mithferion got a reaction from StuartRc in [ADe] Facebook-like "Affinity Reaction"   
    Hi there!
    Seeing the latest Reaction on Facebook and how it's very good meme material, I decided to do a little excercise and redraw it, with a little change...
     

     
    I attached the source file (the heart is included there if you want to use it).
    Best regards!
    Affinity Me.afdesign
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    Mithferion reacted to JET_Affinity in Real vector brush   
    Hear hear! It's been demonstrated that a lot of nice things can be done with the brushes in Designer, but calling them "vector" brushes just because the raster images they contain follow a spline path, is entirely misleading.
    Actual vector brushes (in which the brush's base artwork is vector paths) enable you to do an entire world of more powerful things:

     
    For example, A single "Pattern Brush" in AI can be built to enable creation of a mechanically correct hex bolt of any length and diameter. As always, Illustrator's implementation could be easily exceeded in power and versatility, and that's what I want to see in Affinity Designer. Hopefully, that's what the eventual goal is (perhaps after sorting out the problems associated with the present sub-par expanded stroke results).
    But it is disconcerting that the current brushes are called "vector" brushes. That doesn't suggest that what you (and I) would call "real" vector brushes are on the unpublished road map.
    This is also why I am so very disappointed in the merely "me, too" treatment of arrowheads. I am convinced that a truly innovative implementation of what I call path stokes and path ends that could be combined into user-defined path styles could yield both a much more powerful "arrowheads" feature and a vector-brush feature more powerful, versatile, intuitive, and elegant than Adobe's treatment.
    It would be a true game-changer even for long-time AI users who have never really discovered the kind of brush-based applications I'm talking about, just because Adobe's treatment is too "standalone" as opposed to being truly integrated with its own preexisting features of the program.
    That is what I see as the core of potential advantages over Illustrator: The fact that it is a decades-old stack of newer features merely "bundled with" a bunch of outdated basic features. I see that opportunity diminish whenever I see a feature implemented in a mere "me, too" fashion, as is arrowheads.
    JET
     
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    Mithferion got a reaction from Cealcrest in [ADe] Facebook-like "Affinity Reaction"   
    Hi there!
    Seeing the latest Reaction on Facebook and how it's very good meme material, I decided to do a little excercise and redraw it, with a little change...
     

     
    I attached the source file (the heart is included there if you want to use it).
    Best regards!
    Affinity Me.afdesign
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    Mithferion got a reaction from dcarvalho84 in [ADe] Facebook-like "Affinity Reaction"   
    Hi there!
    Seeing the latest Reaction on Facebook and how it's very good meme material, I decided to do a little excercise and redraw it, with a little change...
     

     
    I attached the source file (the heart is included there if you want to use it).
    Best regards!
    Affinity Me.afdesign
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    Mithferion got a reaction from Wosven in [ADe] Facebook-like "Affinity Reaction"   
    Hi there!
    Seeing the latest Reaction on Facebook and how it's very good meme material, I decided to do a little excercise and redraw it, with a little change...
     

     
    I attached the source file (the heart is included there if you want to use it).
    Best regards!
    Affinity Me.afdesign
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    Mithferion reacted to VectorVonDoom in Porsche 917K Daytona Winner (AD)   
    My main complicated drawings are taking ages so I thought I would work on a few easier ones at the same time. This is the first to be finished.
    For me Gulf Racing is the most iconic colour scheme in motor racing and I’ve been meaning to do a 917 but never got around to it until now. Unsurprisingly there aren’t a whole lot of overhead shots of it so this was based on photos of the 1:8 scale die cast model by Amalgam Collection. Very high end, about £10k but bespoke can apparently cost up to £120k. Not something to let the kids play with. 
    On the Porsche 917K’s public debut at the 1970 Daytona 24 Hours, John Wyer's Gulf-sponsored team finished 1-2 in the race. The winning number 2 car driven by Pedro Rodríguez, Leo Kinnunen and Brian Redman broke the distance record by 190 miles.



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    Mithferion got a reaction from MEB in [ADe] Facebook-like "Affinity Reaction"   
    Hi there!
    Seeing the latest Reaction on Facebook and how it's very good meme material, I decided to do a little excercise and redraw it, with a little change...
     

     
    I attached the source file (the heart is included there if you want to use it).
    Best regards!
    Affinity Me.afdesign
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    Mithferion got a reaction from malayali in [ADe] Facebook-like "Affinity Reaction"   
    Hi there!
    Seeing the latest Reaction on Facebook and how it's very good meme material, I decided to do a little excercise and redraw it, with a little change...
     

     
    I attached the source file (the heart is included there if you want to use it).
    Best regards!
    Affinity Me.afdesign
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    Mithferion got a reaction from Patrick Connor in [ADe] Facebook-like "Affinity Reaction"   
    Hi there!
    Seeing the latest Reaction on Facebook and how it's very good meme material, I decided to do a little excercise and redraw it, with a little change...
     

     
    I attached the source file (the heart is included there if you want to use it).
    Best regards!
    Affinity Me.afdesign
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    Mithferion got a reaction from GarryP in [ADe] Facebook-like "Affinity Reaction"   
    Hi there!
    Seeing the latest Reaction on Facebook and how it's very good meme material, I decided to do a little excercise and redraw it, with a little change...
     

     
    I attached the source file (the heart is included there if you want to use it).
    Best regards!
    Affinity Me.afdesign
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