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  1. @ Davide Dozzo: Thanks for the comment. I added some details to the explanation of how effects in the portrait were created, that were copied from my portfolio blog.
  2. Vector portrait of movie director, actor, visual artist and musician David Lynch. All 12 stages of progress in my portfolio blog: https://communicats.blogspot.com/2024/01/david-lynch-vector-portrait.html In aforementioned blog I briefly explained how the effects used have been created, but I will repeat them here for clarity: In Affinity Designer there are what Serif calls 'Vector Brushes' that actually are based on bitmap images. So, this in fact is not a 100% vector portrait. Users can draw these brushes themselves in vector format, that are exported as png-files. For almost every 'vector' portrait, drawing specific brushes have to be created, since no hair strand or pore texture in a person's face are the same. To such brushes Gradient Fills and Gradient Transparency effects are applied and sometimes they are Duplicated using Filters (below the Layers panel) that in some cases are offset, re-sized, skewed or mesh warped a little. In a number of cases it helps to apply the 3D lighting effect - highlights and outer shadows - to these brushes too. In the Gradient Tool there is an option to use bitmaps as the fill, which also is useful to achieve the desired effect. To these type of fills the same effects can be applied as used to manipulate the Vector Brush strokes.
  3. @ Walt Farrel - I installed the programs twice, because Photo was not starting up and I read somewhere in the forums (which seemed to be working for a user), that all programs in the suit had to be uninstalled, and that the .affinity folder had to be removed as well, after which the computer should be restarted, before installing the programs are installed again. You are correct in that I should have used the msix, which I checked in explorer; it wasn't an msi file that I used for installation. But regardless of that, I always start with installing from the exe files and that should work, even beta versions, because in my opinion Serif issues Beta versions to see if functions work properly or should be changed. But for users to try beta versions, the program has to start in the first place. I see no other purpose to issue beta versions. So, installations from exe files or msix should at least allow the programs to start up, otherwise users are unable to check the programs' functionality. Also, if the regular versions contain bugs, I had hoped they were fixed in the beta versions. I did not install the programs from exe files and msix alongside each other. This is the last time I will use beta versions, because they gave me problems for months., assuming this is not going to help Serif in letting users try out beta versions. However if beta versions actually do at least start up, that could be a useful thing for Serif. And to answer your last question, I do not have anti-virus and anti-malware programs installed, except the default Defender which comes with Windows.
  4. Affinity Photo Beta 2.4 does not start, both from the exe file and msi installation, regardless if I run it as a user or admin. I am running Windows 11, which is up to date. Designer and Publisher start after running them 3 times after they have previously crashed during starting up attempts. I uninstalled the programs, removed the .affinity directory, as I've read somewhere on the forums, and restarted the computer. After that I again installed the Designer (from exe file), Publisher (from exe file) and Photo (from both exe file and msi - in this order). I think there is something wrong with the installer or program software code. Please check and inform me via e-mail when the problem is solved. This has been going on since the 2.3 Beta update. I get this error message when trying to change the access rights to full access in the user directory in which the Affinity files are present:
  5. Great work. It's becoming difficult to ignore the prowess of AI. But we still can ad to it to improve.
  6. Created this vector portrait long ago in Affinity Designer. Left it and returned to work on it recently. It currently (January 2024) is a work in progress. Rendering of drawing in 3D frame 2D vector drawing view This was done years ago and resumed vector drawing at the end of the previous year. I am forced to work in Designer, because Photo does not start up. Designer and Publisher run after starting them up three times. I filed a bug report on this matter in Bug in Windows.
  7. Freehand (analog) airbrush on canvas, Affinity Photo: pallet manipulation and saturation, Affinity Designer: enhancement of skin texture with the Gradient tool to edit bitmap textures and brushes. (work in progress as of Dec 2023) (3D version created in Plasticity 3D)
  8. If I were Serif I would at least seriously consider adding AI assisted functions to the suit, particularly since AI recommender systems are capable of generating code on request, that may need a certain amount of tweaking, but most likely saves coders a lot of time and headaches, while extending the programs' possibilities significantly. It seems to me that AI assisted functions will become inevitable if they're not yet imperative already for surviving in the market segment of graphical art and design. I understand that from certain angles there may may arise discomfort or even opposition against incorporating AI based functionality, but programs operating in the design market have already opted to develop in that direction for equally good reason that may cause die hard supporters of exclusive human creativity to not use AI. The latter group may actually face the situation of dying hard if it persists in clinching to its principles in that field.
  9. The Curves Adjustment can be used in all programs in the suite to create bizarre colours, that normal people would not be able to invent, while being sober. The image below shows the end result: Years ago I drew this image in Designer, using a somewhat standard skull that I found on the web. I removed the background by drawing a shape around it with the Pen Tool and used that to clip the skull. The initial drawing looks like the one below: But when selecting the skull object inside the clip shape, its colour can be changed drastically, to stop the design from being blandly obvious. The RGB is edited in an uncommon way, the red is raised a notch and the green is lowered a tiny bit. Below is the Curves Adjustment dialog to see what settings I used to arrive at the end result: I gave the circular text a somewhat similar treatment as the skull with the Curves Adjustment tool. The text in the end result is the Hoffman font that I duplicated. I edited the duplicate with the Contour tool, so that the end result does not bore observers to death. Best of all is that such an effect can be achieved without using strong beverages or smokeable goods. I hope some of you find this tip useful. Cheers!
  10. The font's name is 'Legrand' and it is a free font.
  11. Talent obviously is becoming less of a precondition that helps practitioners of the graphic design trade to make ends meet, which probaly applies to an increasing number of other crafts as well in today's world, that used to help people survive situations into which they had been plunged in by forces beyond their control. It's a sad global turn of events that hopefully will be directed in more beneficial directions soon.
  12. This sounds like a bug indeed. It's amazing how the tinkering of users at times produces solutions or work arounds.
  13. I was inspired by art that I encountered in my (analog) airbrush days by Boris Vallejo, which seems to have some level of similarity to Luis Royo's art. In particular Vallejo's painting below (Vampiric Tutor Kiss) intrigued me:
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