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I presume that the South Serif Ocean is the location of the famous San Seriffe islands featured in the Guardian on the first of April 1977.


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1 hour ago, John Rostron said:

the famous San Seriffe islands featured in the Guardian

I remember that special supplement, John, although I couldn’t have told you it was published in 1977! One particular detail I do recall, however, is that it attracted genuine advertising: Kodak, for example, placed an advertisement where they remarked that “the beauty of these fabulous islands is legendary” and invited readers to send photographs of them.

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Thank you very much for your written tutorials Carl, I have followed many of your tutorials. Some of them I like to try out for two reasons one is to learn how to use the tools and the other being creative and different. You have saved me a lot of time by your written tutorials as I write each step down as I follow your tutorials so I remember how to perform the task. I get carried away following the tutorial and miss out writing down a step then when following my instruction and  wonder why it is not working and have to go over the whole process again.

Thanks again very much appreciated Carl.

Allan Brown 

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More written Affinity Photo tutorials. 


I can see a lot of you sharing your great tutorials in this post, so I thought I would just chip in with the tutorials I have written so far on my website. I add more tutorials continously, but so far you will find 17 written tutorials on the website: 


List of some of the currently available written tutorials: 

  • How to remove a background in Affinity Photo
  • How to use the RAW editor (Develop Persona)
  • Affinity Photo vs Photoshop
  • 5 Essential Affinity Photo adjustmens to Improve every image
  • Affinity Photo HDR: How to Tonemap images
  • How to Sharpen Your Images in Affinity Photo and Nik Collection
  • New to Affinity Photo. 14 Tips to get you started. 
  • Working with Masks in Affinity Photo
  • Adjust contrast like a Pro using Affinity Photo. 

I hope you enjoy the tutorials. Feel free to comment under each tutorial, if you have any questions.




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Affinity Photo – A Look At Luminosity Masks – Activ8 issue 29

A written tutorial, looking at 3 possible ways, of doing Luminosity Masks in Affinity Photo.

A Luminosity Mask can be used to target Shadows, Midtones or Highlights of an image rather than a colour or area.




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Affinity Photo - issue 30 - Simple Composite Image pt 2

In issue 26 I showed three ways to match the colour tones of the background and the image(s) you add to it. This issue shows two more ways to do the same thing but in different ways.




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Activ8 Issue 31 - Beginners Guide pt 9

Moving Objects and Selection Masks

A Written Tutorial, that should also work the same in Designer and Publisher

A look at how you can move objects like cut out's or overlays, using the Move Tool. Plus, a look at when you make a selection, how to make and use a Layer Mask from that selection.



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Affinity Photo - Acitv8 issue 33

Beginners Guide pt 11

Questions Answered

What are Midtones?

How do you add a texture to a silhouette image (or text)?

What are Layer Masks and how do you use them?

What are Mock-Up’s/Templates and how do you use them?

What are the Persona’s and what do they do?

What are RAW files and how do you use them?

What Are Macro’s?

What to do with the Colour Picker Tool?




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Affinity Photo - issue 34

Beginners Guide pt 12 - Frequency Separation


A quick look at the Frequency Separation filter and how it can be used to remove spots and blemishes on someone’s face in a portrait image.



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Activ8 issue 35

Beginners Guide pt 13

A written tutorial explaining how to rename layers, group layers and rename those groups. Why it is a good habit to get into.

Applies to all Affinity programs – Affinity Photo – Designer - Publisher



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Carl, I just discovered your written tutorials.  I used the Activ8 issue 6 – 3D Text to see what they were like.  You put so much work into it.  That tutorial is great!  So easy to follow.  The video tutorials are good to use but I would rather use the written as I can reread it easier as many times as I want to understand what is being done.  Thank you, I look forward to many hours going through the rest of your tutorials.  Job well done.  Affinity should pin your list with their tutorial list.

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