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  1. 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.
  2. In Designer, make artistic text with two lines and set it to black. Create a red rectangle. Select the second line of text. Use the eyedropper to pick up the red. All the text changes to red.
  3. Dekthro

    DOOM inspired DTM logo

    Really wanted to do a DOOM version of my branding for a while, so I took elements from both the original logo as well as the reboot and mashed it together. Really happy with the results. This is my first big project fully utilizing Affinity Designer. Fully vector and fully in-house.
  4. Hi all- New here! I'm trying to figure out how to write words in my logos (I know, the typing tool). What I mean is how do people write the words of a company name- do you usually download custom fonts from online websites, and if not, how does one make their own font? Maybe @ostrysharpcould help- I really loved your work in this feed.
  5. The typography window/panel cannot be made to accommodate a complete word. Could an option be available to increase the width of the panel?
  6. Hello! after Adobe pulled another stunt (with Lightroom this time) I'm preparing for an Adobe Free Future™! I've come back to Designer (ßeta 1.6/12) — and what I saw made me very, very happy. Cannot wait till I see what you guys do with Publisher! As you have guessed I'm still missing some features before I can ditch Illustrator all together: selecting objects by type/look (see screenshots with Graffix Select Menu) lockable guides and the making guides from objects. Also: split in to grid. overprint on a per object (fill/stroke) base (not only in the swatches). ability to choose a font (and other things) from the contextual menu. Despite its name, it's not very contextual right now. plugins/scripting would make Designer much more powerful of course. See for example what you can do with Python in DrawBot of Nodebox offset path (could be scripted?) more transform options like "transform each", which is very, very handy in Illustrator … Anyway, can't stress enough that you guys already did a fantastic job, making such a powerful app from zero. …without the income of subscription-model ;-). Keep up the good work! — Benjamin
  7. Hi guys, I am currently working on this flyer and I want " Help us grow" to have that 3D depth to it like the "freezm" logo (images attached below) If anyone can help, I greatly appreciate it!!!
  8. Hi guys. I need an advice. I know there is no such a thing like "Faux Italics" or "Faux Bold" in Affinity products. I tried to find the way how to push Photo to do that... and there is way. ITALICS: In Character - Positioning and Transform there is an option Shear to slant selected text = set an angle. BOLD: Add the stroke to selected text Fine, it works, I could do it manually so let's make some macros and set couple of possible options which I can use in the future. I was able to record the macros for both, even for combo "faux bolditalic". It's not a rocket science, macros are really simple 1 or 2 steps. But it might helps you, guys... or inspire you to play with macros and set some other interesting text styles And my question is: Is there any other, more elegant way how to do this kind of trick? Edit: I uploaded macros for you FauxBoldItalics.afmacros
  9. firstdefence

    Typography Infographic

    Hi all just wanted to share this link to, what I thought was a good explanation of typographic terms. A Beautifully Illustrated Glossary Of Typographic Terms You Should Know Example.
  10. Right now both Artistic and Frame text tools mishandle Thai language text. Thai has a number of glyphs that go over or under the preceding glyph, like these two which spell the word duu, meaning to look: ดู In Designer, typing those two characters gives ด ู, which is an unreadable garble. Bizarrely, Affinity Photo handles Thai artistic and frame text okay, so the workaround isn't a hard one. But why make any workaround necessary?
  11. tariq

    bad typography (pic incl)

    I think this is a bug. Latest Affinity Designer from Apple Store on latest MacOS. Font is Segoe Print from Microsoft. The last closing bracket is too close to the previous text. See pic included. I think this is incorrect kerning? Perhaps the font definition itself is faulty?
  12. Hi everyone, I have looked in the forum for a trace of this, and couldn't find it in the functionalities in the App, but it is such a sadly missing function of Illustrator that it is, for me, entirely necessary to add it to Affinity Designer to make it THE Adobe killer. Some of you might have used Inkscape in the past, I discovered it very recently, being a mac user (and it is far from user friendly on a Mac...): The Spiro Spline, or automatic smooth curves, swirls and swooshes. For both typography and ornaments, 2 "hot topics" nowadays, this tool is just fantastic. There are 2 elements that are genius about it: - First, it calculates automatically the "smallest curve value" between two points or a specific node, transforming any rough angle into smooth curves to create spirographic-style designs so easily it made my jaw drop when I discovered it (it is a nightmare in Illustrator). - Second, and that's the most powerful, is the ability to edit "live and dynamically" the shape used as the fill of the stroke. Meaning you can easily conver a simple curve into a gorgeous "fat to slim" swirl and create highly editable ornaments on the go, using triangles and other shapes. For those who never heard of it, check those two links, you will just be... wowed. A simple tutorial to show your the "spiro magic" http://verysimpledesigns.com/vectors/inkscape-tutorial-spiro-swirls.html And this one to show you how powerful it is, especially for Typography design: Inkscape + Spiro (sorry it's in Spanish–which I'm not, and it goes fast, but it's quite straightforward). This, combined to the user-friendliness of Affinity Designer, would make me put the premium for it right away. Hope you enjoy it guys! Boris
  13. Hi, I recently switched to affinity designer from AI. To be honest, it hasn't been the experience I expected. The most recent issue I am facing is the font rendering of Indic languages. Am I going the wrong way? Which settings should I use to render hindi content well? Please help. Attached are the screenshots:
  14. Hello, Are you planning on adding functionality for the new OpenType variable font technology in Designer, Photo and Publisher? Best, Bauke
  15. It seems that control-enter is actually… the soft return key combo. At the point of this posting after eons of frustration using the usual shift-return I only just thought to try some wild and crazy key combos, and stumbled on control-enter. Dearest AD peeps… Why? Why Why Why… not a normal, intuitive, standard key combination for this? But at least now I have something that is better than my workaround: quite literally that was breaking text boxes into two and nudging them vertically… such was my desperation with the line height issues I was getting via shift-return.
  16. It's not possible to scroll with the mousewheel in the typography control box (shown below). There are certain zones that don't intercept the mouse scroll event, letting the window scroll very briefly, but as soon as a checkbox or radio button comes under the cursor, it appears that those controls intercept the scroll events and don't bubble them up to the parent scroll panel, stopping the scrolling.
  17. 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 fictional and not related to any existing band with the same name (I just thought it made some nice shapes).
  18. I know that Adobe Illustrator can work as an alternative to page layout software such as InDesign. Can AD also work as an alternative? Thank you
  19. I have for example two fonts. In the first font kerning features added like: feature kern { # Kerning # DEFAULT lookup kern0 { pos quotedbl comma -100; pos quotedbl hyphen -50; pos quotedbl period -100; pos quotedbl A -70; pos quotedbl J -100; pos quotedbl a -40; For this font Open Type features is available on AD and kerning working fine. But for second professional font with settings like: feature kern { # Kerning # DEFAULT lookup kern0 { pos fraction hyphen.dnom -250; pos fraction plus.dnom -250; pos fraction plusminus.dnom -250; pos @_A @_C1 -23; pos @_A @_Dcroat -43; pos @_A @_T -69; pos @_A @_C.smcp1 -20; pos @_A @_U.smcp -10; pos @_A @_V.smcp -40; pos @_A @_f1 -15; pos @_A @_onesuperior -70; For this font Typography Panel is empty and kerning do not applying. Differences? In the secondary font kerning based on classes (groups of characters). And it seems that AD does not support it.
  20. One feature in AD is bugging me for quite some time now. When I type the letters fi, they disappear. I already found out I can fix it by disabling Character > Typography > fi, but every time I open a new document it's enabled again. In my case, it's particularly annoying because my last name and my company name start with fi. So how can I disable this permanently? I don't even know what it's for, so I am probably never going to use it anyway.
  21. Humble request to Typographers, Can any of you show off your font designs? Give a story how you used AD to create your font(s)? How you converted AD to font (rtf,otf)? Im just wondering how it can be done... I'm not a typographer, but I want to learn Dennis
  22. One thing that always bothered me about the adobe suite was the lack of options for organizing typography so I had to look through lots of fonts to find the one I was looking for if I didn't remember the name of it off the to of my head. It would be awesome if fonts could be organized into folders of my choice so that I could put decorative fonts in one folder, favorite fonts in another, sans serif, serif etc... Having an organized font system would improve my workflow immensely as a graphic designer. As it is now with illustrator picking fonts is a nightmare. (All this would be in the font drop down.)
  23. Hey Everyone, I'm back with another video on how to add an Image inside of a Text: https://youtu.be/8Ykv45jox-w Let me know what you think and feel free to use this technique into your own design work. Thanks, Mike
  24. Hey Everyone, I'm back with another video on how to add an Image inside of a Text: https://youtu.be/8Ykv45jox-w Let me know what you think and feel free to use this technique into your own design work. Thanks, Mike
  25. I have discovered an issue when pasting text from Mac Pages and Mac Mail documents. My clients usually send word documents for copy that I view in Pages, and I then copy and paste the text into the Designer document. I noticed that some of the text that I copy and paste is thicker and doesn't print as clearly than some others. It took me a while to find any discernible difference in texts because I could have two different text boxes with the same fonts, including font size, weight, spacing, and stroke, etc. I noticed that in the text boxes that have the slightly thicker fuzzier printing text that the typography buttons for ordinals and fractions were greyed out, whereas the text boxes that were more precise and clear were not. Unfortunately, I was not able to solve the problem easily by clicking the ordinals and fractions buttons as they were greyed out. On the clearer text boxes, these buttons were clickable, but not on the others. I've discovered that this happens whenever I cut and paste something from Pages or Mac Mail (have not tried any other programs but I assume it is with any text that is formatted). I've tried this with a number of fonts, and it's the same issue with any font that I use, so the problem is not with a specific font, it's with pasting formatted text from one program into a text box in Designer. If I paste the copy into Text Editor first and then paste it into the text box the ordinals and fractions boxes stay clickable. The only issue then is that I lose all formatting... clients often send documents with partial formatting that definitely saves time. Can anyone provide some insight into what is happening here and how I might solve this issue? Thanks!
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