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  1. And she's now finished! Got her placed side by side with the untextured original for contrast. I did the rest of my weird kids before this, but considering I've kind of improved over doing three previous, they don't look quite as good as Bethers here. Gonna have to touch them up before I show off the group shot. ...well, I was going to show the image by itself, but for some reason, likely to do with color profiles that are beyond my understanding, it's changing the skin tone to pink whenever I upload it. So until I find out why it's doing what it's doing, here's a screenshot grabbed directly off the desktop.
  2. Once again, it's been a minute since I last posted. Been practicing my texturing and panting work on and off for the last while. Haven't done much of anything worth showing off, but... ...I guess I'm finally starting to get decently decent at it. Decent enough to at least pop in and show off my rough work in progress
  3. It's been far too long...
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    Affinity Photo for iPad launched at Apple WWDC

    I have to give props to Serif. They do make some of the best promo and tutorial videos around.
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    Affinity Photo for iPad launched at Apple WWDC

    Hmm. Good point. Forgot all about using iTunes.
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    Affinity Photo for iPad launched at Apple WWDC

    I'm hoping it lasts at least two months, because it's gonna be a bit before I get my iPad.
  7. I'd be more worried about scratching my tablet. :P
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    Affinity Photo for iPad launched at Apple WWDC

    With this, alongside a new 10.5 inch iPad Pro, iOS 11 with an actual, honest to god file manager... ...anyone want to buy my Surface? Looks like I'll be going back to the iPad for my tablet needs.
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    Affinity Photo and Blender

    Yeah, your workflow will be different, even if the bare basics are the same. The one thing that took me the most time to get used to was how Blender makes a tool immediately active the moment you hit its hotkey. Like say you want to do an edge bevel. In Modo, you select your edge, hit B, then a little manipulator handle pops up that you can drag about to get the desired effect. Once you're done, you drop the tool with spacebar. It's much more up front in Blender. As soon as you hit Ctrl-B, the tool is ON. Any move you make with the mouse will start beveling that edge, which you commit by hitting the left mouse button when you're done. During those first few days with Blender, it felt absolutely spastic to me. I hated it. But I stuck with it, and now actually prefer it. It feels looser, but it's much quicker to execute once you get used to it.
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    Affinity Photo and Blender

    Blender will be easier for you to learn because of your previous 3D experience. At their core, both programs are fundamentally the same. You're edge sliding, subdividing, extruding, bridging, and moving around vectors on tris, quads, and ngons. The big hurdle isn't having to relearn everything from scratch, you already know the basic functions. The hurdle is figuring out how your new program performs them, which is a much lower jump to make. Just do what I did: start out whipping together low poly environments, and slowly your way up from there. And also cuss a lot.
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    Affinity Photo and Blender

    Hey, no problem. If you have any more questions, feel free to kick them my way. Oh, another nice thing to keep in mind is that if you don't know the hotkey for something (or a hotkey doesn't exist), you can search for the command and execute it just by hitting the spacebar, and typing what you're looking for. For example, if you want to perform a bridge, all you do is hit space, type "bri", and you'll see "Bridge Edge Loops" pop up in the menu. I found that to be one of the nicer things about Blender. edit: Oh, you'll probably be tempted to switch the select button from the right mouse to the left. I greatly suggest against this, since doing so breaks a few actions in Blender.
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    Affinity Photo and Blender

    Eh, I prefer my terminology. Makes things more interesting. :P "Yeah, just hold down Alternate 1985/Cloverleaf Thingy + F to bring up that menu..." "...d'wuh?" "Yeah. You heard me."
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    Affinity Photo and Blender

    It might be worth your while to consider playing with the various options under the Interface and Input tabs, just to see what works most comfortably for you. To get the best Modo-like feel out of it, I'd suggest checking out your various options under View Manipulation, particularly auto-depth, zoom to mouse cursor, and rotate around selection. Under input, set the zoom style to dolly, with horizontal manipulation. YMMV, but I find this set up to the be the most comfortable. Also, consider turning on the pie menus. I have no idea why they're not active by default, but they make navigating through Blender so, so much more convenient.
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    Affinity Photo and Blender

    Want an easy solution to your navigation problems? Go to File/User Preferences, hit up the Input tab, and check the box next to "Emulate 3 Button Mouse". Navigation will now work EXACTLY as it does in Modo, with LMB plus a combination of Ctrl/Alt/Shift (or Ctrl/Option/Shift/Cloverleaf Thingy on a Mac) for panning, rotating, and zooming.
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    Affinity Photo and Blender

    Huh. So it is. Well, I'll keep calling it Fatty Lights, simply to save some face. :P Though sortakinda an aside, if you reall want to get into texturing, one thing I recommend you do is check out some Substance Designer tutorials. Even if you don't ever plan on buying the program itself, the videos could serve to show you how to make decent looking textures from scratch, since a lot of the nodes (minus some of the noise and pattern nodes, obviously) could be construed as individual steps in Designer/Photo.
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    Affinity Photo and Blender

    ​ I actually started modelling with an educational copy of Modo 401 (and okay, I'll admit I did some 5-finger internet discounting up to 601) back in the day before switching to Blender full time. I'd say the biggest hurdle I had to pass was teaching myself not to hammer the spacebar constantly. Once I got past that, and retrained my muscle memory to the new hotkeys, it really wasn't all that bad. If there is one thing I did miss, it's that Modo generally feels a little more streamlined, the interface a little better thought out. But considering the differences in price, that sacrificed bit of user friendliness is pretty easy to endure, all things considered. And Retrograde, if it's available on the Mac, I suggest using the Fatty Lights theme. It actually looks fairly similar to the new Light UI Affinity's now sporting.
  17. I've heard a few good things about Darktable over the last couple of years. Since it's free, it wouldn't hurt to give it a spin, see how it stacks up. edit: ...provided you're on Mac or Linux. Strangely enough, they don't provide a Windows rev.
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    Affinity Designer Workbook

    Not yet, but I have plans to get it. :D
  19. Sorry for resurrecting an old thread, but I'm considering buying an iPad again, and I've got a question concerning the up and coming release of AP/AD for it. I'm leaning towards the 9.7 inch, since I think it's an overall more comfortable machine to use. The only reason I haven't already committed is because I'm wondering if the Affinity suite is well suited to the smaller screen and smaller amount of RAM on the 9.7. If it's designed primarily/exclusively for the 12.9 Pro, I'll opt for it instead.
  20. Yeah, the emboss effect would be better for what you're going for, since it'd apply the highlight on the opposite edge. ...should've thought of that. :P
  21. That's easy enough to do. Select your three sand pits (assuming they're on their own layers), go to your effects tab, and apply an inner shadow. Set the angle around 45 degrees-ish to get it to match the shadowing in your example.
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    Affinity Designer Workbook

    Total aside, but I'm starting to lean in the opposite direction. I've gone almost exclusively ebook over the last 2-3 years, and, while convenient, I've come to feel that I miss the weight and heft of real books. Laying back at night and reading your tablet just doesn't have the same comfy, homey feel as doing the same with a book. ...unless you're reading a Stephen King novel. Those things are heavy enough to break a sternum.
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    Affinity Video Editor?

    Well, I have no problems with sunglasses, so I'm buying 5 pairs. ​ THE WORLD WILL SEE ME, AND COME TO KNOW MY DISDAIN! :wacko:
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    Affinity Video Editor?

    This. I found it rather shocking that it considered my 970 to be below spec for some of its higher end color grading features. Still, from my (admittedly very limited) experiences, it works fast enough, despite that warning. I think Serif is gearing the Affinity line more towards the graphics design crowd, rather than being a point for point competitor to the entire sweep of the Creative Suite. Hell, if they were, we'd probably be waiting a good 20 years for them to make good on their promise. Even Adobe didn't design all their apps from scratch all at once. It took a decade or so of banging away at their own code, and a few buyouts on the side to get things where they are today.
  25. I could see booleans being used for some of the more bubbly shades, but if I were to do it, I'd just bang out the basic shapes by clicking about with the pen tool, then adjust to taste once I have the basics banged out. Those bushes probably would be the hardest thing to do. I'm not sure what the calligraphic lines do in Illustrator (off to google I go), but I'd say the easiest way to achieve that effect in Designer would be to make a single U shaped object, give it a stroke, make the big circle that'll act as the body of your bush, then duplicate your little U shapes behind it, laid out so that the bottom halves are just behind the main body. It's a bit fiddly and tedious, but you'd get about the same results. edit: just watched calligraphic lines on YouTube. You can kinda do the same thing playing around with the pressure graph under the stroke tab, can't you?
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