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  1. https://affinicasts.com/videos/how-to-batch-process-multiple-photos-using-affinity-photo With any photoshoot, chances are you will shoot quite a few photos in one sitting. While some don't always turn out the way you'd hoped, those that do will likely need some editing. What if there was a way to do things in batches and save a load of time in the process? With Affinity Photo, batch jobs are built in. With Batch Jobs, you can do things like apply predefined macros, resize many photos at once, save each source file as different file types and much more. The video linked above is a guide at using Batch Job processing in Affinity Photo. Follow along to learn how to enhance your own photo editing workflow tenfold.
  2. Link to tutorial: https://affinicasts.com/videos/create-a-scary-movie-poster-using-affinity-photo Description: In this video, we will be creating a scary movie poster from scratch using Affinity Photo. We'll source multiple images, a custom document color palette, custom fonts, and textures to create a very dark but dynamic movie poster for web formats. Traditional movie posters come in a vast array of sizes and formats for the sake of advertising. The version outline here is formatted for web and or screens. Find even more sizes here: Film Poster Sizes Pro and Lifetime subscribers have access to the assets as well as the final art for direct download.
  3. https://affinicasts.com/videos/how-to-add-realistic-water-droplets-to-objects The devil is in the details as they say. Some photography requires an extra bit of finesse to really draw attention and hyphen the offering. Many commercial photography professionals have a bag of tricks up their sleeves when it comes to editing photos for consumers. This video tutorial showcases one of which produces fake but otherwise realistic looking water droplets (condensation) on various objects. The addition of condensation to fruits, vegetables, drinks, and more promotes a "fresh" feeling. Something to take the edge off a hard day's work or satisfy a hunger craving. Follow along as I demonstrate this technique using Affinity Photo.
  4. https://affinicasts.com/videos/adobe-illustrator-vs-affinity-designer Coming from Adobe Illustrator, Affinity Designer can be a fantastic replacement to many of the features you've grown to love over the years from Adobe Illustrator. Under the hood, Affinity Designer packs a powerful punch offering most of the things Adobe Illustrator offers but in a leaner approach. While there is a small learning curve with regards to key commands, terminology, workflow, and more, I have found the transition quite easy in comparison to other design applications in the wild. This video is a side-by-side comparison of some of the features both apps have and how they are alike and different. My hope is to showcase a bit about each. This video might open your eyes to some things that may have been keeping you from making the leap to the Affinity-Serif side. If you have any questions or need help please comment below! Below is a rough outline of all the things discussed in this video. There are plenty more features within each app but I have found these to be the most notable. Terminology General naming conventions are different within each app. The same concept exists for most things but there are some edge cases where one app outperforms the other in a variety of scenarios. Switching from Illustrator or Designer to Illustrator takes a little getting used to but is a very easy switch for someone very used to one over the other. Examples Curves / Outlines Node tool / Direct Selection Tool General Settings Illustrator A lot more settings in general. Many go unnoticed to the novice designer. Often times you don't need to configure these settings unless you have strong preferences on how you like to work. Every designer is different so I think Adobe saw that as a way to make almost everything configurable. Affinity Designer Designer borrows a lot of configurations from Adobe Illustrator but it's definitely a leaner experience. You can customize a lot but not nearly as much which for some is perfectly fine. Viewing Modes Illustrator 4 different shades of UI display from dark to light Outline preview, Pixel Preview Affinity Designer 2 shades - Light and Dark UI Pixel Preview, Outline Preview, Split view (compare vector to pixels etc..) New Document Presets Illustrator Mobile, Web, Print, Film & Video, Art & Illustration Affinity Designer Print, Print (Press-Ready), Photo, Web, Devices (Mobile) Artboards Ilustrator Artboard support with unique tools/settings for each Affinity Designer Artboard support with unique tools/settings for each Color Picking Illustrator Pretty straight-forward picking Affinity Designer Odd picking process that takes some getting used to. Pathfinder / Geometry Illustrator Pathfinder can be its own dialog window which is a perk Shape Modes Unite, Minus Front, Intersect, Exclude Pathfinders Divide, Trim, Merge, Crop, Outline, Minus Back Affinity Designer Geometry fixed within the tool bar Add, Subtract, Intersect, Divide, Combine Color Management Illustrator Export swatches Many different ways to view swatches A huge selection of swatch libraries by default Adobe Themes - Color Palette Generator Color Groups Designer Not as many swatch libraries but does offer some Option to save a swatch palette per app, per document, or per system Global colors allow you to create one color and update it throughout your document in real time Tools Illustrator So many tools you can likely be overwhelmed here. Designer Many tools as well but I find most to be more practical than those offered in Illustrator Pen Tool - Differences Illustrator Multiple tools to accomplish many things A little cumbersome to have to swap tools Affinity Designer One pen tool Click paths to adjust handles and proportions One node tool Shapes Creating Shapes Affinity Designer No dialog Custom shapes have their own contextual settings All shapes can be converted to curves and adjusted with the node tool round any one of or all corners on a given shape Adobe Illustrator Dialog or drag new shape on the canvas Custom shapes have to be drawn No contextual settings per shape minus rounded corners Shapes that come by default Affinity Designer 21 different default shapes Adobe Illustrator 6 different default shapes Text Affinity Designer Two different text tools Artistic Text Tool Type on path Frame text tool Create a frame of text or type within predefined shape Live updates to font sizes and adjustments Illustrator One text tool with many features Type on path Type on shape Text frame when dragging Downsides to many character options Doesn't update changes to type in real time besides the selected font Exporting/Saving Affinity Designer Export to 10 different formats all with unique settings Support for exporting to PSDs Export Persona A unique experience that allows you to export virtually anything within a Designer document to any format with various settings and optimizations. Illustrator 3 Different ways to export Export or Screens Geared towards UI design to offer options to export at 1x,2x and any larger sizes you need Export As... About 15 different file formats are offered to export a given illustrator document as Save for Web (legacy) This used to be what "Export for Screens" is now minus the different size variant support. You can compress/optimize and tailor each file to your liking
  5. https://affinicasts.com/videos/create-a-branded-resume-using-affinity-publisher Learn how to set up and design a modern typography-driven resume using Affinity Publisher in this pro Affinicasts video tutorial. Follow along as I take references from my already existing website and create a new resume design. I'll focus on grid, typography, and using whitespace to my advantage to balance out all the things you might find on a resume for a designer.
  6. https://affinicasts.com/courses/affinity-publisher-basics With the Affinity Publisher beta finally out we took some time to get familiar with the new app. Much of what you find in Publisher exists in both Designer and Photo but with some extra features necessary for a desktop publisher application. Affinity Publisher is on its way towards being a great substitue for Adobe InDesign which completes a suite of sorts for many designers looking to still use powerful software but escape the Adobe SaaS model which can be a very costly venture. In this free course, learn the basics of Affinity Publisher. More content will be added as the beta receives new updates.
  7. Great to hear! I'll be covering Publisher in depth as well. Look for much more soon
  8. I have tons of content coming soon for the iPad versions. I'll be sure to add this to the queue!
  9. https://affinicasts.com/videos/recolor-black-and-white-photos-from-scratch Recoloring an older black and white photo can be a very challenging but rewarding experience. In this video, you'll learn some techniques to create a realistic representation of what the image could have looked like at the time it was shot. While the subject matter of this tutorial is rather simple you might experiment with portraits of people to expand on this principle. Skin tones are very hard to replicate well. You'll need a variety of colors to choose from for this effect. Using the techniques and processes in this video tutorial, you can accomplish some great things with rather old photos, ultimately giving them a modern fresh look and feel we have grown used to in our modern age.
  10. Hi everyone! I'm excited to announce my newest project Affinicasts. What is it? Affinicasts features expert video tutorials and courses showcasing the Affinity-Serif product suite. Who is it for? Designers, Photographers, and anyone interested in these topics. Whether you're new to design or are migrating from another tool as a seasoned pro, Affinicasts teaches you all things Affinity-Serif. Not only do you learn more about the applications, but you also learn general design, typography, color, theory, and the history of graphic design through real-world courses and tutorials. What sets Affinicasts apart from other tutorials? With Affinicasts, we keep things simple. Whether it's demonstrating a new feature or sharing an idea to improve workflow, our aim is to convey exactly how things work when it comes to being creative with Affinity-Serif applications. Our videos and courses are delivered in 4k video quality with professional audio quality to boot. We narrate our entire process from start to finish within each video or course so that you can get context for how things work and the best way to go about doing them. Any assets and art generated during a tutorial or courses are freely available to pro and lifetime subscribers. We also offer unbiased feedback about features and how they compare to other design related tools in the space of design software. My long-term goal is to create a design-driven community where both existing and aspiring designers can come together and learn not only about Affinity-Serif software but about design in general. Future topics include design theory, designing for print, publication design (with Affinity Publisher), typography, and much more. Where can I find it? Affinicasts.com YouTube (all our free content is both on YouTube and the website) Facebook Twitter Instagram If you read this far, I look forward to any feedback you might have! I built the Affinicasts platform to help Affinity-Serif spread the word about how awesome their software is. We will be publishing new content every week so be sure to bookmark the site! I'm always happy to help out if you have questions relating to your own project(s) or how to accomplish something specific inside these programs. Feel free to reach out to me here or via our contact form.
  11. https://affinicasts.com/courses/create-an-ios-messaging-app-for-iphone-x I created a free course on designing for iOS in Affinity Designer. This set of lessons will discuss designing for the Apple's new iPhone X and show you some tips and tricks we use to create repeatable elements within Affinity Designer with ease. Before diving into any extensive app design we highly recommend doing some research and planning on your own projects. This project kicks off with the notion of having this step already completed. We'll dive into designing the necessary UI for an app called Dispatch. Included for Pro / Lifetime subscribers, are the assets and Affinity Designer files associated with the course of which you can find on the course intro page. Some things to review on your own before following along include: Apple's Human Interface Guidelines Apple's UI Design Resources ( Helpful for sizing/spacing/ and alignment) The fonts we use in this course include the following: Open Sans DDC Hardware Apple's San Francisco Library