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Affinity Creative Sessions: Lockdown 2020 YouTube Live events in May

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As announced on Affinity Spotlight, throughout May, as a way to stay connected while so many of us are still in lockdown, we’ll be bringing our community inspirational, free video sessions led by top creative talent.

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Every day in May at 4pm BST, the official Affinity YouTube channel will be premiering inspirational creative sessions

Tune in every day in May at 4pm BST on the official Affinity YouTube channel as incredible artists, illustrators, designers and photographers who use Affinity invite you into their world to witness their personal creative workflows. You can subscribe to our YouTube channel here: https://affin.co/youtubesub 

Each creative will be available on live chat when their pre-recorded session premieres so you can ask any questions, and free content will  be provided for some of the sessions so you can have a go yourself. It’s a great time to learn new tricks, pick up on tips and break that lockdown boredom.Ash will be kicking off this virtual creative festival tomorrow and we’ll be announcing the rest of the line-up on our social channels. 

We will be announcing each daily session on our social channels, so make sure you're following us on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook to learn about each daily session. 

We will also post weekly lists of event announcements here in this thread.


Watch the announcement trailer here: https://affin.co/LD2020Trailer 

If you want to be notified each week of the list of creatives presenting, follow this similar thread in the Tutorials section of the forums, which is locked so you will only get notified when we add new weekly posts


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This sounds really great. It's something in Serif's marketing arsenal I have thought has been missing for quite some time. Nothing sells design software better than seeing other professionals use it. Plus, it's fun and educational and helps to build an online community around your products. I really hope you guys continue this past May. I would love to see this become a regular thing. :)

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Coming today, 1 May 2020: the first Lockdown 2020 pro video session, featuring our very own Ash Hewson.

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Serif's managing director will give an in-depth overview of the Affinity suite - tune into the premiere at 4pm BST 1st May 2020 for your chance to chat with Ash as he takes you through the apps.
We're bringing you an exclusive free video session every day in May, each featuring an inspirational Affinity artist, designer, illustrator or photographer who'll be sharing their knowledge, answering questions and even sharing free downloads to help you try their project at home.

Watch it HERE
Videos will be available only at the Affinity YouTube channel


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I got an email for this. This sounds great. I already see there has been some stuff put up on YT. I haven't had a chance to sit and actually stream it yet.

Not really so much for marketing. Just something for us to watch during lockdown and also give us other ideas of ways to use the tools. I think most artists like to watch others sit and work.


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Announcing the first week of contributors to the LockDown 2020 series.  Artists, illustrators, designers and photographers who use Affinity invite you into their world to witness their personal creative workflows

  • Friday 1st May: An overview of the Affinity Suite with Ash Hewson
  • Saturday 2nd May: Colour grading for dramatic portraiture in Affinity Photo with Ivan Weiss
  • Sunday 3rd May: Work from home: creating a 2-colour screen-print in Affinity Designer with Pierre Kleinhouse
  • Monday 4th May: Astrophotography workflow in Affinity Photo with James Ritson (LIVE)
  • Tuesday 5th May: Speed and motion: illustrating a car in Affinity Designer with Chris Rathbone
  • Wednesday 6th May: Editing a landscape photo in Affinity Photo with Matt Donovan
  • Thursday 7th May: How to create a vector skull illustration using Affinity Designer with Matt Searston
  • Friday 8th May: Using Atmospheric Perspective for concept paintings in Affinity Photo for iPad with Paolo Li

There is a calendar file here for the all Week 1 events (in Outlook .ICS format) for anyone who wants more details and a daily reminder to watch the Affinity Youtube channel


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Coming today, 2 May 2020: Colour grading for dramatic portraiture in Affinity Photo with Ivan Weiss

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In this session, portrait photographer Ivan Weiss walks you through a typical workflow for colour grading and adding texture to enhance a dramatic portrait.

Ivan will be available on Live Chat on YouTube for this session’s premiere on Saturday, 2 May 2020 at 4pm BST, or view on demand later.

Ivan also gives you access to a custom LUT and two custom colour and texture overlays that he uses in his session (for personal use only). These are available at: https://affin.co/LD2020IvanWeiss

 
Watch it HERE
Videos will be available only at the Affinity YouTube channel
 
 

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Coming today, 3 May 2020: Work from home: creating a 2-colour screen-print in Affinity Designer

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Join award-winning illustrator and designer Pierre Kleinhouse for his Lockdown 2020: Affinity creative session where he creates an illustration around the theme of ‘Work from home’, which is intended to end up as a two-colour screenprint for a t-shirt.

Pierre will be available on Live Chat on YouTube for this session’s premiere on Sunday, 3 May 2020 at 4pm BSTor view on demand later.

Pierre also gives you his sketch and finished Affinity Designer file for his illustration (for personal use only), which is available at: https://affin.co/LD2020PierreKleinhouse

Watch it HERE
Videos will be available only at the Affinity YouTube channel


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Coming today, 4 May 2020: Astrophotography workflow in Affinity Photo with James Ritson

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Join Serif’s in-house Affinity Photo product expert, James Ritson, as he explores a start-to-finish workflow for stacked astrophotography imagery in Affinity Photo, using techniques such as tone stretching, synthetic flat frames, structure enhancement and masking.

James’ special session will be live streamed! on Monday, 4 May 2020 at 4pm BSTor view on demand later.

For this session, James has also provided his astrophotography macros (for personal use only). You can download these here: https://affin.co/LD2020JamesRitson

Plus, he’s written some pretty cool articles about the Affinity Suite on Affinity Spotlight

Watch it HERE
Videos will be available only at the Affinity YouTube channel


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Coming today, 5 May 2020: Speed and motion: illustrating a car in Affinity Designer with Chris Rathbone

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Top sports illustrator, Chris Rathbone, uses his Lockdown 2020 session to show you how to create an illustration of a car that focuses on motion, speed and energy.

Chris will be available on Live Chat on YouTube for this session’s premiere on Tuesday, 5 May 2020 at 4pm BST, or view on demand later.

Chris has created illustrations for a host of clients and agencies within the sports industry, including Formula 1, NBA, Formula E, the Grand National, Tour de France, the Goodwood Festival of Speed, Ferrari, RedBull and Puma. He has also created illustrations for leading magazines such as CAR Magazine, Top Gear and Match of the Day.

Watch it HERE
Videos will be available only at the Affinity YouTube channel


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Coming today, 6 May 2020: Editing a landscape photo in Affinity Photo with Matt Donovan

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Landscape and travel photographer Matt Donovan runs through his process of editing a landscape photograph in Affinity Photo, covering basic luminosity masks, saturation adjustments, the Orton Effect and other techniques. 

Matt will be available on Live Chat on YouTube for this session’s premiere on Wednesday, 6 May 2020 at 4pm BST, or view on demand later.

If you want to follow along with Matt and try out his techniques, he’s provided an image (for personal use only), which is available at https://affin.co/LD2020MattDonovan 

Watch it HERE
Videos will be available only at the Affinity YouTube channel


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hi guys

i have just watched matt donovan's landscape video and am about to learn a workflow somewhat different from that i have been using.,as a follow on from use of pse until 3 years ago. i am a tutor of af photo at the local seniornet learning centre and we swapped to afp after some 8 years of pse. there are 10 members of our special interest group and use various websites for our learning place as well aas James Ritson eg Revolution and Olivio Sarakis.  our group seems to be the only tutorial centre in nz!! what we find helpful to follow along is :- availability of original images,  a transcription of the narration and notes a la dave straker did for l.6. pretty please!! great product and great narrators. all power to serif

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Coming today, 7 May 2020: How to create a vector skull illustration using Affinity Designer with Matt Searston

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Join Serif’s in-house Affinity Designer product expert, Matt Searston, as he spends his Lockdown 2020 session going through various tools in Affinity Designer to end up with a vibrant, social media-ready skull illustration.

Matt will be available on YouTube’s Live Chat for this session’s premiere on Thursday, 7 May 2020 at 4pm BSTor view on demand later.

Plus, he’s written some pretty cool articles about Affinity Designer on Affinity Spotlight

Watch it HERE
Videos will be available only at the Affinity YouTube channel


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Coming today, 8 May 2020: Using Atmospheric Perspective for concept paintings in Affinity Photo for iPad with Paolo Limoncelli 

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In this session, UI/UX designer Paolo Limoncelli explores atmospheric perspective and how to use it to create concept art in Affinity Photo for iPad. The output will be a thumbnail sheet with four concept landscapes, a good starting point for inspiration and following steps.

Paolo will be available on Live Chat on YouTube for this session’s premiere on Friday, 8 May 2020 at 4pm BSTor view on demand later.

You can also get the tools Paolo uses in his session for free (personal use only). His DAUB® Concept Tools Mk IV is a set of 12 tools designed for concept art and speed painting. These are available at https://affin.co/LD2020PaoloLimoncelli.

Watch it HERE
Videos will be available only at the Affinity YouTube channel


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Announcing the second week of contributors to the LockDown 2020 series.  Artists, illustrators, designers and photographers who use Affinity invite you into their world to witness their personal creative workflows

  • Saturday 9th May: From Bands to Brands - Digital Illustration in Affinity with Christi Du Toit
  • Sunday 10th May: Helsinki Bridge: Illustrating from a reference image in Affinity Designer with Isabel Aracama
  • Monday 11th May: Creating a realistic photo composite in Affinity Photo with Joseph Cristina
  • Tuesday 12th May: Vector inking and colouring with Affinity Designer with Monez
  • Wednesday 13th May: How to polish and perfect an image using Affinity Photo with Elena Paraskeva
  • Thursday 14th May: Composing a Professional, Beautiful and Effective Editorial on Affinity Publisher with Emily Goater
  • Friday 15th May: Creating a fantasy composite in Affinity Photo with Affinity Revolution
  • Saturday 16th May: Create bespoke hand lettering in Affinity Designer for iPad with Tobias Hall

calendar file for the all Week 2 events (in Outlook .ICS format), for anyone who wants more details and a daily reminder to watch the Affinity Youtube channel


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Coming today, 9 May 2020: From Bands to Brands - Digital Illustration in Affinity with Christi Du Toit

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Join illustrator and designer Christi du Toit on a start-to-finish creative journey as he crafts professional, digitally drawn illustration work using Affinity Designer, while sharing loads of useful tips and tricks along the way.     

Christi will be available on YouTube’s Live Chat for this session’s premiere on Saturday, 9 May 2020 at 4pm BSTor view on demand later.

Plus, he’ll be providing free access to Christi’s Lockdown Liners, a meticulously crafted and versatile set of raster brushes inspired by popular professional art tools, including pencils, fineliners, markers, and brushes. Download these via https://affin.co/LD2020ChristiduToit to try them out.

Watch it HERE
Videos will be available only at the Affinity YouTube channel


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Coming today, 10 May 2020: Helsinki Bridge, Illustrating from a reference image in Affinity Designer with Isabel Aracama

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In #10 of our free daily inspiration sessions, join designer and illustrator Isabel Aracama as she walks you through the creation of a vector illustration inspired by a reference image - in this case, Helsinki Bridge.

Learn how to adapt reality into a colourful, painterly drawing and how to change the mood of the artwork by tweaking colours and blending modes.

Isabel will also be available on YouTube’s Live Chat during the session’s premiere on Sunday 10 May at 4pm BST, or view on demand later.

Watch it HERE
Videos will be available only at the Affinity YouTube channel


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18 hours ago, Patrick Connor said:

join designer and illustrator Isabel Aracama as she walks you through the creation of a vector illustration inspired by a reference image -

I am going to watch this again, Isabel has given me several ideas which I would never have come up with on my own.


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Coming today, 11 May 2020: Creating a realistic photo composite in Affinity Photo with Joseph Cristina

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In this Lockdown 2020 session, professional commercial photographer Joseph Cristina shows you how to produce a realistic-looking photo composite with Affinity Photo.

He takes you through his process starting from a budget-friendly model session to live compositing in the app, diving into how these real-world professional productions are created and explaining why certain selections and editing decisions are made along the way.

Joseph will be available on YouTube’s Live Chat for this session’s premiere on Monday, 11 May 2020 at 4pm BST to answer any questions, or view on demand later.

Watch it HERE
Videos will be available only at the Affinity YouTube channel

 

 


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Coming today, 12 May 2020: Vector inking and colouring in Affinity Designer for iPad with Monez

 

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Join professional illustrator Monez as he shares his process for vector inking and colouring in Affinity Designer for iPad. 

He will be available on YouTube’s Live Chat for this session’s premiere on Tuesday, 12 May 2020 at 4pm BST to answer any questions, or view the video on demand later.  

Monez will also be providing the inking file for free (personal use only), so you can try out his colouring method as you watch. You can access the file via https://affin.co/LD2020Monez.    

Watch it HERE
Videos will be available only at the Affinity YouTube channel


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