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About obtusity

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    Vector graphics, cartoons, 2D animation
  1. I'm not sure if you can do the equivalent of "new from clipboard" on iPad to get the dimensions automatically, but you can follow up the Paste operation demonstrated above with: Document icon > Canvas > Clip Canvas to get a document the size of the newly pasted content.
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    Affinity to Adobe Animate

    Can Adobe Animate handle SVG? That should work from Affinity Designer. Otherwise, you can use raster artwork (PNGs and slices are your friends) - you'll be limited to cutout animation, mesh deformation, and element switching, but you can do a lot with that.
  3. Possibly "free or (not free but) cheaper(-than-the-instructional-videos-already found)"? English is a painful language at times, but its complications, subtlety, and ambiguity do make for great wordplay. Here's a start, perhaps: https://www.google.com.au/search?q=digital+portrait+painting&safe=active&hl=en&tbm=vid and also: https://www.google.com.au/search?q=affinity+digital+portrait+painting&safe=active&hl=en&tbm=vid
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    Pattern of cats

    Yes! Many, many ways. How will depend, as formerly suggested, on your software knowledge, artistic skill, and envisaged output. For example: Take a photo of a cat, draw on (raster or vector) antennae, as per My Favorite Martian. Ta-da! Alien cat. Paint green spots or stripes on a photo of a cat, maybe using @Wosven's fur brushes, painting on another layer above the photo and experimenting with blending modes: Ta-da! Alien cat. Your green cat with purple ears is a good example of this technique. As per @Alfred's instructions for the astronaut cat, merge a cut-out photo of a cat's head with a photo of an octopus, or a close-up photo of an ant. Ta-da! Alien cat. Paint it as original art. Use your own pencil sketch of an alien cat and @Pariah73 's painting tutorial.
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    Pattern of cats

    Yes! Affinity Photo (iPad version): All official (Serif) tutorials Basic Operations tutorials Placing images Layers Studio Paint brush tool Affinity Designer (iPad version): All official (Serif) tutorials Basic Operations tutorials Placing images Layers Studio Paint brush tool
  6. @stklauz - This link should find many of the final Affinity update/release note posts (not including the many beta releases), including dates released, although not in exact order - based on date of last comment instead. The full forum, including these posts, is here. This post lists current releases and links to most of the previous release notes for the current sub-number releases. The feature request posts already number in the thousands, you can find them here and add your contribution to any feature threads that particularly appeal to you. You can sort any sub-forum by number of replies or number of views.
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    Looking for books recommendation

    For those new to working with vectors, Vector Basic Training is hard to beat. More about general vector graphic technique than specific software or graphic design. Haven't read it myself, but I've heard good things about The Non-designer's Design Book for introducing non-professionals to design principles.
  8. Not exactly true. While Adobe abuses a metadata field to include vector path information, this has never been a standard feature of the JPEG standard or accepted implementations. It's an Adobe-specific customisation (which is why "Save for web" from Photoshop strips out the path information for compatibility). ITU T.81 - the standard on which JPEG files are based ECMA TR/98 - the generally accepted implementation of the JPEG standard for .jpg/.jpeg files (JPEG/JFIF) For completeness, here is a starting point for JPEG/EXIF, another implementation using the JPEG compression standard, mainly used by some cameras.
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    Drawing / Sketching help

    Video regarding point 3: Pencil tool: shows drawing without fill and turning on the fill later, or drawing with a fill (see from about 2:00 onwards, talking about sculpt). Sorry, don't know about setting to no stroke (0 width? no colour?), don't have my iPad with me. (from the general list of Affinity Designer for iPad tutorials)
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    Fur and hair brushes

    Agata Karelus (gagatka) has a hair pack and a fur pack (both pixel-based) and a couple of free sample brushes on Gumroad. You can also see some of them in use in her artwork.
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    Colorization - Winston Churchill

    Excellent point! Conversely, unguarded moments are just that, moments, which do not necessarily reveal the overall personality - a laugh at a joke is also an unguarded moment but does not reveal a complete personality. I would not base such a decision as you postulate on a static photograph, neither of them. To that extent, both photographs are lies. It is only with hindsight (and, sometimes, popular belief or perception) that we match the image to the personality. As you state, a privately abrasive personality might provide the right public personality for the time (and be completely unsuitable for different circumstances requiring intelligent diplomacy). Alas, too true. As an individual, I can understand that great or terrible people are so in the context of being human (which both inspires and horrifies). As a herd, we expect our leaders to be superhuman (which, in context, often means being less than human as well as greater). What was that quote? Often attributed to Bismarck, but known earlier in various forms (e.g. John Godfrey Saxe, according to Wikiquote): "Laws... like, sausages, cease to inspire respect in proportion as we know how they are made". Feel free to substitute government for law. Possibly my opinion is somewhat different because my original background is in science, where the idea "If I have seen further it is by standing on the shoulders of Giants" [1] appreciates that new knowledge so often develops as innovation based on past knowledge. [1] (Isaac Newton, derived from an earlier form attributed to Bernard of Chartres, derived from the Greek mythology of Cedalion on the shoulders of the blinded Orion) Even portrait photography can be seen as a derivation or simulacrum of performance art by the subject. To me, properly acknowledged/attributed derivative art in no way detracts from the original, which still exists in its own right. It is like an annotated literary work - the annotations can add value or insight or modify our understanding of the original work, and do it well or poorly, but they do not intrinsically change the original. An annotated spoof of the Mona Lisa does not detract from the original art. Also sprach Zarathustra played on a piano accordion can be hilarious or can be an honest attempt (or sometimes both), but does not detract from the work itself. These variations, including colouring back and white art, good and bad, add to our information and understanding - as you say "Who would gainsay the notion that more information is better than less?" I'll finish with two thoughts: A quote attributed to Churchill: "Without tradition, art is a flock of sheep without a shepherd. Without innovation, it is a corpse." And lastly, some tongue-in-cheek controversy in a quote (well, paraphrasing due to time passed and my poor memory) from a personal source who would probably prefer to remain unattributed: "Black and white photography is the melodrama of the photography world. It adds drama and emotion, but that does not always make it more truthful."
  12. Warning: conclusions based on minimal testing. Fusion is better for motion graphics and video effects (a powerful particle system, for starters) support for images e.g. PNG, but no support for SVG or PSD, according to https://forum.blackmagicdesign.com/viewtopic.php?f=32&t=72250 Synfig Studio is better for character animation (character as in perople/animals/anthropomorphic objects, not fonts/letters). SVG import (possibly not all SVG files), PNG import, PSD but no support for layers. (Moho [Anime Studio] or Toon Boom Harmony are more polished, but a little expensive for the hobbyist animator DragonBones seems like a good character rigging system for feeding into a game system or game programming. No real lipsync capability, not great for animating multiple characters together. haven't really looked at it
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    Colorization - Winston Churchill

    I've never really liked that darker photograph - while it is more famous, I've always thought it showed Churchill as more brutish rather than determined. Maybe due to the elements of anger and disapproval at Karsh's rude plucking of the cigar from Churchill's lips. The photograph GabrielM has chosen, also by Karsh (who really was a superb portrait photographer), with more light and more detail to his jacket and vest, is (in my opinion) a more sympathetic treatment, still showing determination but revealing a hint of some of the intelligence and (often barbed) wit Churchill was also known for. GabrielM's colouring also helps brings out that more human perspective, showing him as merely human rather than as historical or mythical "giant" - a great person perhaps, a badly behaved person perhaps, but as human as the rest of us. I suspect that's why the colouring of historical photographs is popular - it makes the subjects more human and we can relate to them, rather than seeing them as distant historical icons or mannequins - it helps us to see them as a record of people rather than "art". Perhaps the two photographs together reveal a better portrait of the real Winston Churchill than only the one?
  14. If this is particularly important to you, definitely go for the Surface Book 2. I love the iPad Pro as a fantastic solution for lightweight portability, and with iOS 11 it is making in-roads on inter-app communication, but (in my opinion) it still doesn't match the overall flexibility, power, and general utility of a full OS (MacOS or Windows). More from reading and some limited in-shop previews than personal experience: I suspect the i7 is a minor advantage in speed but not a huge advantage for 2D work and non-gaming applications. The extra memory may add to speed and responsiveness, especially when working with very large multi-layered projects (the more you can run in-memory before swapping to disk, the better). If portability is extremely important, I'd say consider the Surface Pro, but from what I've read/seen, the Surface Book's screen is sufficiently superior to tip the balance for design work.