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  1. Similar to gdenby's post, I would say just poke around and try everything out.  Make a bunch of throwaway little experiments instead of trying to work on a real project.

    At some point, go through the Help system for each app, item by item, even if you only skim some of the entries because of prior understanding.  And as you go through those, you might find yourself also trying a few things out and experimenting.

    Eventually you will learn how to analyze a concept and synthesize a method to achieve it using Affinity's tools.

    If you have some particular task in mind, you can always Google for tutorials, e.g., "affinity designer mandala" -- and some of those tutorials will give you insights into how the tools can interact to achieve a result.

    Best wishes for your studies!


  2. Yes, that would be great!

    However, I wonder if the AI brushes use a proprietary format that would require Serif to pay Adobe a license fee to allow importing into Affinity Designer.  If so, I wonder if that license fee could be offset by selling an AI-brush-import plugin or optional feature as a separate product from Serif.  On the other hand, I can imagine Adobe saying no to the whole idea, as it might reduce the number of Illustrator subscribers.

    All that aside -- yes, it would still be great if we could import Illustrator AI-format brushes. I keep seeing these great brush packs on Creative Market, but unfortunately must think, "nope, can't use those unless I pay $240 a year for Illustrator, and also use Illustrator instead of Affinity Designer."

    In summary, this is another vote for that feature. 


  3. On 8/7/2017 at 3:20 PM, reglico said:

    You can draw a circle, "Layer", "Convert to Text Path" (circle disappears).

    Then you type the top text after choosing "Aligned center", then type "Enter" and enter the bottom text.

    Then select the bottom text, change the height of the baseline to fit the circle and match the text at the top.

    Thanks, @reglico !  I couldn't figure out how to add the bottom text without using a second path.


  4. Since the forum says "& Feedback" I thought I would post here just to say how much I appreciate all the little helpful features and design choices that I am finding in Designer and Photo for desktop (on Windows 10).  So, thank you!

    BTW, just 3 weeks after getting licenses for Designer and Photo I have set up a Redbubble store and have a few designs up already -- just mentioning this as an indicator of how inspiring these apps have been for me.


  5. On the fonts tangent, DaFont is my favorite for free fonts as a hobbyist, but for commercial fonts I like Fontspring's site, which is easy to sort and search, without a lot of distracting graphics.

    I really like creativemarket.com for fonts plus vectors and other graphics.  In fact, I have found some of the same fonts as offered on Fontspring at lower prices on CM (but usually because of a more restricted license or from having fewer of the fonts included in the pack).

    Back to the Adobe rebellion, recently I saw some Illustrator-specific brush sets (AI format) that had me considering subbing to Illustrator (at $20/month!) -- but after a few days I came to my senses and realized I could learn to make similar brushes for Affinity Designer.

    P.S. to @SrPx -- someday I will spend a little time skimming through your posts to see what I might learn, so please don't trim too many of them!


  6. The AI brushes cannot be imported into Affinity Designer (AD).  However, if you have ABR brushes in the set, those can be imported.

    A shortcut if you have AD open is to drag the ABR file(s) onto AD's interface.  That saves some clicking and browsing if you already have the brushes folder open.  

    I'm not familiar with Illustrator's brushes and how many options or engines are available for their creation, but if you have a PDF sample sheet of all the AI brushstrokes (or if you also have Illustrator and can create your own sample sheet), a workaround for some of them might be to open the sample sheet in Affinity Designer and recreate the brushes using the tools available in AD (setting the head and tail and other options).

    (Learning how to create or devise my own brushes is on my to-do list as a student/developing artist.)

    Hoping this helps!


  7. 7 hours ago, R C-R said:

    However, the latest (10.4) version of Adobe's free Adobe DNG Converter does apparently support the X-T100 (according to the info on this web page) & Affinity Photo supports RAW files in the DNG format. You can download the Windows version of the app at http://www.adobe.com/go/dng_converter_win/ & see how well converted RAF files from the X-T100 work with Affinity Photo's Develop Persona.

    Good to know -- thanks, R C-R !


  8. Do I understand correctly that if I fill a shape with a tiled and/or scaled bitmap, then move on to another operation, the pixels of the fill are kind of snapshotted into the shape, so that any later scaling or stretching of the shape will scale or stretch the existing pixels, instead of revealing more of the tiled pattern?

    If that is so, no problem, as I know a workaround would be to fill a larger second shape with the tiled pattern, and clip that shape within the primary shape.  Or leave the bitmap-filling until later.

    Just wanted to make sure I wasn't missing a keyboard shortcut or toolbar option.

    Thanks!


  9. Hi, Tobiosen

    I think most photo apps do not support RAW from the X-T100 yet, because it was released just a month or so ago.  

    [Adobe Camera Raw has just added support (it's included with the Lightroom/Photoshop and CC subscriptions), but I understand that many people here have decided not to have an Adobe subscription.]

    One option for now is to use Iridient's X-Transformer (about $30 usd) to convert those RAW files into the DNG format, which most current photo apps (including Affinity Photo) should be able to open.

    Edit: I'm not an expert -- I was recently researching this myself because I have also just bought an X-T100.  It's my first pro-level camera, and I'm excited!


  10. 1 hour ago, MrSkills said:

    Hello, thank you for your response. 

    These kinds of Tablets don't have a display, do they? I could imagine it's pretty hard to draw a image without seeing the product where the pen meets. I may be wrong here but your opinion will sure clear things up. Looking forward to your response :)

    Hi, MrSkills

    You are right -- most of the graphics tablets discussed above do not include a display.  I just did a quick check of Amazon UK and it looks like a minimum price of £400 for a graphics tablet monitor, such as the ones by Ugee and Huion, which are analogous to Wacom's Cintiq line.  

    Something to know about graphics tablet monitors is that because of the glass, there is a little gap between the physical pen tip and its digital location in the image, about 1 or 2 mm, which some people call parallax -- so they are also not quite the same as drawing directly on paper.

     


  11. So far, freepik.com seems like the best deal to me for vector art.  They do also list Shutterstock items as sponsored products, but they seem to have plenty available under their own free and premium plans.

    My first two downloads each contained an EPS and a JPG.  One of these was a sheet that contained a couple dozen vector shapes, but easy enough to select the one I wanted and paste that into a new document.


  12. I'm Kevin, a hobbyist, scattered artist, and recent retiree, who recently canceled his Photoshop subscription and bought Affinity Photo (Windows) as a replacement.  A day or two later, I also bought Affinity Designer for desktop, even though previously I hadn't much interest in vector-art apps.  I suppose the promo vids for the iPad version showed me how cool such apps could be.  I'll see how finances look when the iPad Pro 3 comes out and might get one primarily to run Affinity apps.  Suddenly I'm more excited about making digital art than I have been in years, and have actually been sitting still to watch tutorials, as well as looking around for good source sites for fonts and brushes, etc.

    The promos for Designer for iPad lit me up so much that I shared those on my Facebook page, even though I myself don't own an iPad (yet).  I would gladly wear the Affinity logo if/when they start selling branded apparel.

    Anyway, seems like a nice community.  Happy to be here!


  13. I just canceled my Photoshop subscription a few days ago, but I'm a hobbyist who wasn't really using it very often, and mostly just for cropping.

    While researching replacements the same evening, I found and bought Affinity Photo -- and within a day or two also bought Designer even though previously I wasn't very interested in vector-graphics apps.  I'm suddenly more excited about making digital art than I have been in years, and have been researching source sites for fonts, brushes, textures and vectors.


  14. I agree -- it would be great if at least some of the iPad interface's features could be translated as options for the desktop version, e.g., the popup item properties panel along the bottom to make it easier to make some common adjustments with a graphics-tablet stylus (even without a touchscreen).  

    But I should mention that as a completely new user I'm delighted with the features I have been discovering and the ergonomic design decisions that have already been implemented. This (desktop) app puts a smile on my face.

    Also, I have never owned an iProduct in my life, but your apps are tipping the balance ...  I'm waiting to see if iPad Pro 3 comes out in a couple of months.  Apple should probably pay you a commission ;-)

     

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