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  1. Just a silly experiment which I was playing around with after half-remembering something I saw on a TV show. Nothing special, just thought some people might like to see it, and maybe it will motivate someone into making something better. (All the Live Filters I used on this really hammered my machine – poor little thing.) Note: In case anyone is interested, the globe was originally monochrome and the background was a full-colour photo, the rest was created in either Photo or Designer.
  2. Poor old Bob. He’s taking his comedy tour on the road but doesn’t know where he’s going. Two posters, both experimental ideas along the same lines, just for a bit of fun. Done in Designer and Photo (probably could have been done in either alone). The main image – which I (quickly) isolated from its background – can be found here: https://gratisography.com/photo/crazy-eyes/
  3. Inspired by the vinyl record centre label posted on Sunday I thought I have a go at trying to create a reasonably-decent vinyl LP. It’s not perfect by any means but it’s probably usable for most general one-off at-a-glance cases. I haven’t measured anything so the proportions are probably a bit off but it’s just for fun. (It looks a bit ‘smudgey’ at some viewing angles on my monitor so I don’t know how it will look for you.)
  4. Just for fun I thought I’d have a go at recreating an image from an old CCTV camera using Photo. It’s not perfect but I’m reasonably pleased with it so far, all done with Live Filters and Adjustments. If I do any more tweaks then I might post another version. For comparison, you can find the original image here: https://pixabay.com/photos/city-street-traffic-cars-731239/
  5. I haven’t shared any work for a while so here’s something that I was playing around with yesterday and this morning. It’s a bit more complicated that it first looks (for example, I had to recreate the top of her head which was missing from the original image: https://pixabay.com/photos/girl-portrait-fantasy-face-eyes-4258000/ ). I’m not totally happy with the result – it’s not quite ‘there’ yet – but it’s good enough for now. (It’s deliberately fairly low-res so I didn’t have to worry about too much detail.)
  6. Here’s a silly throw-away experiment I put together while playing around. Everything except the background image was created using a mix of the three Affinity applications. Competition Time: First to say who is described in the “classified document” gets a Like.
  7. This was far trickier than I first thought is was going to be (and the result isn't nearly as good as I hoped). I’ve only shared a low-res version as the high-res version is a mess. More experimentation with the various tools is much needed. If anyone has any tips for this kind of thing then please share them.
  8. Here are some experimental book covers which I made a while back – after reading the last book in Neal Asher’s very good “Transformation” series – and rediscovered in a recent housekeeping exercise. They’re all basic – just me playing around with ideas – but I thought I’d share them as I haven’t shared any new stuff for a while. All are variations on the same book title in different genres: “Acid Punk”; 2 x “Basic Sci-Fi”; “Olde Worlde”; and “Standard Thriller”. (Reader’s of Neal’s books may get where the title and some of the imagery of my covers come from.)
  9. Just a bit of fun while I try to learn how to do things the Affinity Photo way. This is a recreation of something I did a long time ago with GIMP. I wanted to know how easy it would be to retouch a very low-res image. It’s not perfect but I’m learning a little bit at a time. Still have a very long way to go though. A better resolution version of the image I was playing around with can be found here: https://www.tampabay.com/nation-world/sailor-in-iconic-world-war-ii-kiss-photo-in-times-square-dies-at-95-20190218/
  10. I recently bought Photo – almost seemed rude not to at the discounted price – and I’m amazed/daunted at the amount of tools that are in there. It will probably take me a very long time just to get under the surface of what’s possible but I thought I’d give myself a little challenge. I wanted to see if I could do some basic editing and decided to try and de-freckle a photo. I’ve attached the original and result side by side. I didn’t want to totally expunge every single ‘blemish’ and leave the young lady looking like a shop dummy so I tried to leave her skin as I think it could be witho
  11. While I was rummaging though some old files – some much-needed digital housekeeping – I came across the unfinished version of this Radio Times magazine film reviews page which I thought I’d finish off (up to a point) and post here in case it interested or amused anyone. It’s nothing special, I just thought it might make a few people titter a little (the text is all utter nonsense that spilled out of my head). P.S. All done with Publisher.
  12. Just for fun - and a bit of learning - I decided to try and create a spread from a UK TV listings magazine with Publisher. It's not totally accurate but I'm quite happy with it. It doesn't look much but there was a fair bit of fiddling around - my fault, not the software - to get it looking the way it does. If you have a copy of the actual magazine then please have a look and feel free to pick my rendition apart if you think I've missed something important or made any big mistakes. Some known issues: * The colours used aren't totally accurate but I wasn't really bothered about th
  13. Here's a simple magazine spread experiment that I was playing around with recently. It's not fantastic, but I like it and it was easy enough to create with Publisher. Text from 'Hipster Ipsum': https://hipsum.co/ Original image from 'Pixabay': https://pixabay.com/en/fashion-lovely-model-charm-woman-3075766/ (edited in GIMP).
  14. I had the idea for this rolling around in the back of my head for a while so I thought I'd give it a try and see what came from it. I've now got it to the point where I'm not very happy with it. I've added some shadows where some of the pieces of paper aren't fully stuck down - with a related curve - but it still doesn't quite look real enough to me. There's something missing but I don't know what. I tried to add highlights to the "curls" but they didn't look right. Each letter is an individual shape with enclosed image and text layers, and the shadows are themselves individual lay
  15. Today I thought I'd have a bash at trying to recreate a still from the opening title sequence of "Wynonna Earp". (No spoilers please, I'm still plodding on through the second series.) It was entirely done in AD. I'm sort of happy with it but there are a few things that don't look quite right to me. A. The logotype isn't perfect but I'm not too bothered about that. B. I can't quite get the background right. I've tried all kinds of gradients and transparencies but I just can't make it look like I want it to. I tried to get a better fade from red to dark red but I keep getting bands wher
  16. It's been a while since I posted anything new so, inspired by watching the "Powers" TV series, I decided to try something a bit different (again). The characters were created by manually tracing over some pictures and then modifying the results. I've also added some subtle shading and textures to try and give it a bit of a grungy look. My illustration skills could be described as either (a) having a certain naive charm, or (b) just plain terrible, so I didn't expect much but I think it's a reasonable first attempt that I'm fairly happy with (although a lot of attention would still be ne
  17. I've been playing around with a different style of book cover today and came up with the two attached covers. It's the same sort of style on each cover but they are for very different genres. (Both the books and their authors are completely fictional.) Does anyone have any constructive comments, suggestions or criticisms? Too much or too little grit? Do the typefaces work? Are the colours okay? Too much or too little going on? What would you have done differently? I'm not sure if I'll be taking these any further but it would be nice to hear good feedback.
  18. If you didn't live in the UK in the 80s and weren't a computer nerd then you probably won't have any idea what this is, sorry. It's a basic attempt at recreating a still from the title sequence of a TV show about computing that was called "Micro Live". It's not a perfect remake by any means but it might give some people a little hit of nostalgia. (I know the owl is wrong and badly lit considering the rest of the composition but I couldn't find a better picture.) I could faff around with it for ages but I think I'll leave it how it is. Comments are, as usual, welcome though. Rem
  19. For no particular reason, other than to try something different, I thought I'd put together a 1980's-style computer magazine advert. The checklist of features that I wanted to include was: * Dodgy theme that doesn't really suit the product; * "Dolly-bird" dressed slightly inappropriately; * Incredibly dull picture of computer; * Strange choice of typefaces; * Loads of text that doesn't say much. It was just a silly experiment - and, if you hadn't guessed already, it's supposed to look naff - but if anyone has suggestions for improvements I might try another one at some poin
  20. ...The kind of place where there might be a monster, or some kind of weird mirror. These are just examples; it could also be something much better. Prepare to enter: The Scary Door. Just a silly DVD insert that I put together for a bit of fun. (Actually a re-hash of something I did ages ago with other software.) Nothing special but I thought it might bring a smile to some faces.
  21. The latest official NumberWang annual is almost ready to ship. Packed with all of the numbers that really are NumberWang. You'll find some old favourites - 3, 4.2, 17, and who can forget 84? - and some surprises - 92 and 4008 anyone? Don't let your NumberWang parties get bogged down in arguments, get the official list and you'll know exactly what is NumberWang. P.S. If you're not a fan of "That Mitchell and Webb Look" then you probably won't have a clue what's going on here, so sorry for that. This is not for a real thing, it's just a bit of fun. P.P.S. I know I didn't get t
  22. Here are some album covers that I worked on a while ago but never got round to properly finishing. One is for a sort of "hard rock" cover (a bit of GIMP work on the background) and the other is more "trance" (all AD) but using the same logotype. The logotype was originally Times New Roman - I'm fairly sure of that - but AD made the modifications pretty easy, for the most part anyway. Neither is particularly Earth-shattering or anything like that but I thought I'd post them in case they were interesting to anyone (and before I completely forgot about them). P.S. The band name is f
  23. A bit of pointless nostalgia for the weekend. (I haven't quite nailed the "2" logo but it's okay for a bit of throwaway silliness.) For those who are too young to know what the heck this is, this is what you would see on your TV in the UK if the preceding programme ended earlier than expected. No trailers, just a static screen telling you what would be coming up next. It might be up there for five minutes or more!
  24. Here are some more book covers under the same theme as last time: https://forum.affinity.serif.com/index.php?/topic/43157-various-themed-book-covers/ The general idea of each books is: * Natural Born Keepers - A guide to bee-keeping for the mature person; * Bounder - Gritty tale of one man's obsessive control and extra-marital affairs; * Falling - A community's memories of a well-loved dead friend; * Fresh Start - A young woman finds a new life away from her dysfunctional family. The amount of work that was needed for each cover varied - a bit of basic compositing and some "a
  25. For a bit of fun at the weekend I thought I'd make some basic book covers, all set within an overall main theme but with each as its own story and genre. I've tried to match each cover with that which can be seen on existing books with the same sort of story/genre. The stories are (vaguely), in no particular order: * Animal Farm 2 - Intrigue and revenge behind the pig arks; * Comes Around - A gritty tale of abuse, betrayal and consequences; * It's a Policeman's Lot - A whimsical story of a "Bobby on the Beat"; * Stealing Henry - A thriller where a cruel father tries to kidnap his son; * Bartl
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