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  1. Here is the tutorial I mentioned, by Nemanja Sekulic called 'Frost Effect in Photoshop'.
  2. Thanks. I'm after a more organic look to apply to someone's hands. I'm trying to replicate a tutorial on Photoshop, but using Affinity Photo. The Photoshop filters used were 'plastic wrap' and 'frosted glass'. Trying to figure out how to do this the long way, then save it as a macro. I still have an old CS6 license, so easier for me just to load that up, use filter gallery, then finish in Affinity Photo. I would prefer not to though. Less is more!
  3. I'm trying to find the equivalent of Photoshop's filter gallery function on Affinity Photo. Let's say I want a frozen ice sculpture look in Affinity Photo. How would I go about doing this without the filter gallery? Would I use custom macros for this?
  4. Hi MEB, Thanks for the update. I've noticed I can delete any unnecessary nodes, shift the remaining node to the centre, select node using node tool, then use pen tool, and holding shift to then drag out two equal control handles to make if perfectly symmetrical.
  5. I created a curve in Affinity Designer. I copy over, flip the horizontal to create two equal symmetrical shapes. With snapping on I move them so they are flush together, then I add curves again to create a new shape which are these two, identical and symmetrical shapes together. Why then does it add these nodes to the new curve?
  6. Thanks for the steps MEB. Yes this is what I'm after. The design in negative space, or the opposite as a solid virtual stamp so to speak. Working through them now. I also got to the same point with the bugged overlapping nodes. As well as the blend mode set to 'erase'. I was also getting confused what layer should be subtracted, as well as the 'expand stroke' command. I'll keep practising, as I really want to nail this down. See attached images to illustrate for anyone still confused. The images on the left show a solid stamp, where you can edit the colour to whatever you choose, and the images on the right show the image subtracted, in negative space, with colour flooding around it.
  7. Thanks MEB. The first part I've done. All looking good. When I go to subtract, I get nothing. Both layers disappear?! Using both boolean subtract, and compound object subtract. What am I missing? See attached images.
  8. Hi MEB, The first image is no problem. That's the effect I am after, so all good with that image. Where I am getting problems is in the second image. The logo has a duplicate of the logo nested underneath it, but with a jagged pen tool pressure setting, and under that there is the multiple speckles with an 'erase' setting on the layer, to give the appearance of chipping away at the original logo. So, I want a stamp/stencil design of this. So all the information is cut out of the background, the same effect as the first image. How would I go about subtracting the jagged edge effect, and the distressed look multiple vectors from the logo? Is it a simple case of selecting the logo, inverting selection, then erasing the vectors outside the logo boundary, to then subtract from the logo? See image attached.
  9. Hi Callum & Stuart R, I've been experimenting with this all evening. Understanding it to a point. With this first example, the circles inside the circular badge were solid strokes, with no fill. Using a normal 'subtract' would result in the entire circle being subtracted. This is not what I wanted. I wanted just the outline of the circle to be cut away from the background. I expanded the stroke, then simply subtracted the expanded stroke (with no fill, either using standard subtract, or combine the two objects into a compound object, and selecting subtract for the expanded stroke). With more complicated designs, this is where I am running into problems. I want the same effect with this design, taken from the Affinity Workbook. I'm having trouble combining everything to curves, keeping the distressed effect, and then subtracting it all from the main background.
  10. I'm kind of getting there. Working through the Work Book on this. I still have a few questions though. Starting to understand it better. What I'm stuck on now is how do I flatten everything to make a vector based stamp? For example, I want the text, with the distressed vectors and jagged edges all white (to cut out of image). Would that be an 'expand stroke' then subtract from object?
  11. I've created a vector mask, for a vector, to make the image look degraded. How do I then combine this mask/aged look effect, so I get one complete vector layer, so I can scale and resize with no loss? Am I missing something obvious? Edit: 'Distressed Look' Chapter in Affinity Workbook p.324 should help. Any more pointers though, do let me know.
  12. Hi stokerg, No problem. It's something that would be so handy, and could be seamless if implemented well in your workflow. You could start a curve with the pen tool, draw a line, hold ALT, or a hotkey, select the required tangent/intersection/perpendicular/quadrant, pick, then carry on your linework. It's been a staple of AutoCAD for donkey's years.
  13. Ahh OK. That's a shame. Can't think of a workaround on this one.
  14. Does Affinity Designer have any vector based text effects, apart from the tool of converting an object or a curve into a path to type text along? What if I want text to start off at a set height, and then taper down. For example, the Star Wars opening credits. How would you do that in Affinity Designer? When I use the warp function in Affinity Photo, on a vectorised text, it automatically converts it to a pixel layer. I want the vector information to remain intact.
  15. I've been scratching my head trying to think of a workaround for this. As it stands Affinity Designer does not have a 'tangent to tangent' function for when you want to draw multiple circles, or lines to tangents, and make sure the lines and/or circles are perfectly aligned. Note: this is NOT the same as aligning a line to the quadrant of a circle. Here's my workaround. I use Onshape (free, cloud based technical drawing software) to sketch up the circles in Onshape, save as a drawing, then export as a PDF and bring into Affinity Designer as perfectly editable curves with fills. Perfect for logo design in particular.