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Activ8 -issue 48 – Nov 2021

Affinity Photo – A Look At LUT’s

This is a look at how LUT’s are made, saved and used.

It was originally written in June, but I forgot about it. Now some features have visually changed in Affinity Photo, but it still works in the same way.

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Activ8 -issue 49 – Nov 2021

Affinity Photo – Written Tutorial

Making A Vintage Style Image Using a Macro with LUTs, Textures and Adjustments

Someone wanted to be able to make vintage style image but be able to repeat the process. They also wanted to include textures and adjustments. I suggested using a Macro that included LUTs, Adjustments, Live Filters, and textures. This tutorial will hopefully explain how I would make the Macro.

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A Written Affinity Photo Tutorial

Beginners Guide pt 18 – Adding A Gradient To A Layer Mask

I have been seeing a few requests for help recently, from people wanting to know how to fade an image from one edge. Be it from the left or right side or from the top or bottom of an image. Some people wanting it to just fade in opacity and others wanting it to fade to a complete removal of pixels. Mainly so they can add text over the fading areas, so it is easier to read.

Hopefully this will help those people and others wanting to do something like this.


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A written tutorial for Affinity Photo that will also work in Affinity Designer and Affinity Publisher.

Showing how to add Outer Shadow or Drop Shadow effect to shapes, text and even the whole document itself.

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Written Tutorial

Affinity Publisher - Beginners Guide

A look at starting a new document, using default documents, Presets and Templates

Are you new to Affinity Publisher (or even Affinity Photo and Designer, as they work in the same way)?

When you look at the 'New Document' screen do you wonder what are these Presets and/or Templates?

What is the difference between them, and which is best to use?


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Affinity Photo

A look at blurring the background using a Field Blur

When it comes to blurring the background of an image or a composition, most tutorials I see overlook the Field Blur filter. They use Tilt Shift or maybe Gaussian Blur with Mask added.

I think the Field Blur gives you a bit more control, so I would advise checking it out, when you next want the background looking blurred.


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Affinity Publisher Tutorial

Beginners Guide

A look at using more than one Master Page


In the first part of my beginners look at Affinity Publisher. I looked at setting up a new document and using a Master Page.

This time I will be looking at using extra Master Pages and even have pages using two Master Pages at the same time.



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Written – Affinity Publisher Tutorial

Although it works the same way in Affinity Designer and Affinity Photo.

A Beginners Guide - A look at the Studios

Their Tabs and how to remove, add or move them


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Written Tutorial for Affinity Publisher

Beginners Look at Text Tools - Studios

Although Text Tools, works the same in Affinity Designer and Affinity Photo, it is Affinity Publisher that will use Text Tools the most, so I have used Publisher in this tutorial.

A basic look at how to use Frame Text and Artistic Text options and the Studios that contain the settings and options you will need to get the results you want.


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Beginners Guide - A look at using Tables, their Settings and Studios

A look at making a Table about the available Studio options found in Affinity Publisher, Designer and Photo.

While at the same time discovering some issues with making a Table and how I found answers to those issues.

I may not have found the best or only answers to those issues, but at least its a work around.


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Affinity Software Tutorial - Beginners Guide - Using resources that claim to be just for Photoshop Users

There are many resources on the Internet, that new users of Affinity Photo, Affinity Designer and Affinity Publisher may be put off from checking out and using. Just because the Internet search and other adverts make out, they are ‘Photoshop’ specific.

This is just not the case, there is so much free stuff out there that non-Photoshop users can take advantage of.

This written tutorial looks some of these resources, things like; Overlays, Textures, Brushes, Backgrounds, Fonts, SVG files, Mock-Ups or Templates, Image Files and Presets or LUTs.

I have included, hyper-links to many video tutorials about using these resources. A few by me but most by other people.

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Many folk for whatever reason, seem to have a problem with Dropbox. I am trying out also using Google Docs. First time, so if you get any problems let me know.

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Beginners Guide - A Look At Using Guide Lines and other Guides

Although this is an Affinity Publisher tutorial, both Affinity Designer and Affinity Photo use most if not all the same guidelines and guides. So, even though they may have these features in different places, they will work in the same way.

In this tutorial I will be looking at the aids that can be found, to help with your projects layout and alignment. These include….

Margin Guides, Bleed Guides, Ruler Guides, Visual Guides, Grid Guides, and Column Guides

Although visible with-in Affinity Programs, they do not appear when you print out or export your project as a PDF. They are all just Guides to help you out.



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Beginners Guide - Taking A Look At The Studio Link


Studio Link is a feature of Affinity Publisher

But for it to work you need to have installed one or both of the other Affinity Programs

Affinity Photo or Affinity Designer.


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Beginners Guide - A Look At Making A Panorama - From Multiple Images

Using multiple images of a scene, be they horizontal or vertical, you can use Affinity Photo’s Panorama Tool to stitch them together for a larger image than you could have got from the camera kit you had with you at the time.

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Hyperlinks in Affinity Publisher

Also works the same in Designer and Photo


Hyperlinks and Anchors

What are they, and how do you use them?


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Affinity Publisher Written Tutorial

Beginners Guide - A Look At Using The Picture Frame Tools

Using Picture Frames and Filler Text to plan the layout of your project. Plus, once you put images into the Picture Frame, how you can use the controls to get the frames to crop the image to fit the frame better.

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Affinity Software Tutorial

Beginners Guide

Looking At The Fill Tool / Gradient Tool

Is the Fill Tool found in Affinity Publisher and Designer the same as the Gradient Tool found in Affinity Photo?

They have the same Tools icon and pretty much seem to be the same beast, but how do they differ?

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With regard to basic changes to Brushes, on Page 2 where you note the "barbell": In Windows, if you go to Edit / Preferences / Assistant / Brush tool sharing, Smart sharing between tools will ensure you get your brushes loaded into all three tools when you import them into Photo or Designer. Ditto for Assets. You won't have to import them into each of the products.

The barbell - or more likely chain link - indicates the brushes are available in all products, when supported.

I have copies of all of my assets, brushes, swatches, etc. After I discovered this import feature, I deleted and reloaded all of the items that had no barbell. I now have them in Photo and Designer. It's a great feature if one wants to ensure compatibility between the products for your work. I quite like the feature.

Oh, and you can also drag and drop items to arrange them alphabetically, in case no one noticed.

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