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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 thread, which is locked so you will only get notified when we add new weekly posts

If you want to comment on this event, please post in the equivalent post in the Announcement forum,


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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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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.

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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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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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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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Coming today, 13 May 2020: How to polish and perfect an image using Affinity Photo with Elena Paraskeva

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For her Lockdown 2020 session, professional photographer Elena Paraskeva guides us through her entire editing process using her ‘Spring of the Eternal Mind’ piece she created for Affinity. Follow Elena’s workflow as she uses various tools to retouch the image and fix issues previously overlooked.

She’ll also show us her favourite ways to make a RAW file come to life using multiple adjustment tools to create contrast and make the colours pop. To try Elena’s method for yourself as you watch, she’s providing access to an LUT file that will instantly give your image the "Vogue" effect. The file can be downloaded for free from https://affin.co/LD2020ElenaParaskeva (for personal use only).

Elena will be available on YouTube’s Live Chat for this session’s premiere on Wednesday, 13 May 2020 at 4pm BST, or view the video on demand later.

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Videos will be available only at the Affinity YouTube channel


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Coming today, 14 May 2020: Composing a professional and beautiful editorial layout in Affinity Publisher with Emily Goater

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Join Serif’s new in-house Affinity Publisher product expert, Emily Goater, as she spends her Lockdown 2020 session creating a real-world magazine, with proceeds going to the NHS. She shows us just how easy it is to create eye-catching covers, simple and effective inside covers and stand-out feature pages in Affinity Publisher.

In addition to her final project PDF, Emily is providing her gorgeous illustrations that she made for this project in Affinity Designer for iPad for FREE (personal use only). You can download these at: https://affin.co/LD2020EmilyGoater  

Emily will be available on YouTube’s Live Chat for this session’s premiere on Thursday, 14 May 2020 at 4pm BSTor view the video on demand later.

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Videos will be available only at the Affinity YouTube channel


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Coming today, 15 May 2020: Creating a fantasy composite in Affinity Photo with Affinity Revolution

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In this session, Affinity Revolution will create a fantasy composite in Affinity Photo, guiding you through their process and showing you how to choose the right images for a composite, make great selections with the Pen Tool and blend images together.

Affinity Revolution will be available on YouTube’s Live Chat for this session’s premiere on Friday, 15 May 2020 at 4pm BSTor view the video on demand later.

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

Images used in this session are available to download from Pexels:


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Coming today, 16 May 2020: Hand Lettering in Affinity Designer for iPad with Tobias Hall

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In this session, London-based illustrator and designer Tobias Hall shows you how he creates bespoke lettering using both raster and vector tools in Affinity Designer for iPad, walking you through his workflow from the initial sketching stage through to the final vector artwork.

Tobias will be available on Live Chat on YouTube for this session’s premiere on Saturday, 16 May 2020 at 4pm BSTor view the video on demand later.

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

Tobias has worked with some huge names including The Rolling Stones, Netflix, YouTube and TIME magazine. Check out his work at https://tobias-hall.co.uk or on Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/TobiasHall/


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Announcing the third 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

  • Sunday 17th May: Perfecting your advertising images in Affinity Photo with Fernando Martins Ribeiro
  • Monday 18th May: Creating illustrated barcodes using Affinity Designer for iPad with Steve Simpson
  • Tuesday 19th May: Making a brand manual template in Affinity Publisher with EgoType
  • Wednesday 20th May: Transforming dreams into digital art with Affinity Photo for iPad with Manuel Camino
  • Thursday 21st May: Moody isometric illustration in Affinity Designer for iPad with Isabel Sousa
  • Friday 22nd May: Top tips for creating luxury brochures in Affinity Publisher with Julien L’Hermet (ID Vision)
  • Saturday 23rd May: How to sci-fi like a Pro in Affinity Photo with Olivio Sarikas

Here is a calendar file for the all Week 3 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, 17 May 2020: Perfecting your advertising images in Affinity Photo with Fernando Martins Ribeiro

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Join product photography guru Fernando Martins Ribeiro as he combines materials, light, and post-production techniques to create a striking advertising image.

In this session, Fernando walks you through his detailed post-production process in Affinity Photo, demonstrating techniques using macros, adjustment and retouching workflows.

Fernando will be available on YouTube’s Live Chat for this session’s premiere on Sunday, 17 May 2020 at 4pm BSTor view the video on demand later.

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

Plus, he’ll be providing free access to his time-saving macros, available here: https://affin.co/LD2020MartinsRibeiro


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Coming today, 18 May 2020: Creating illustrated barcodes using Affinity Designer for iPad with Steve Simpson

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Join award-winning, illustrative designer Steve Simpson as he reveals his secrets for illustrating barcodes in Affinity Designer for iPad.

We’ll also be providing free access to a sample barcode so you can try out his method, which you can access at: https://affin.co/LD2020SteveSimpson  

Renowned for his hand lettered packaging design, illustrated barcodes and children’s toy characters, Steve’s characteristically playful inspiration has its roots in the Arts & Crafts and folk art. Embracing mid-century traditions of illustration and graphic design, his work has been sought after by a diverse range of international clients, and from one-inch postage stamps to a 200 ft screen in Times Square. 

 

Steve will be available on YouTube’s Live Chat for this session’s premiere on Monday, 18 May 2020 at 4pm BSTor view the video on demand later.

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Videos will be available only at the Affinity YouTube channel


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Coming today, 19 May 2020: Making a brand manual template in Affinity Publisher with EgoType

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For this Lockdown 2020 session, premium template creator and designer David Hussner, aka EgoType, demonstrates his workflow of setting up a brand manual in Affinity Publisher.  

You can also download the template he’ll be using from https://affin.co/LD2020EgoType to get a better look.

David will be available on YouTube’s Live Chat for this session’s premiere on Tuesday, 19 May 2020 at 4pm BST, or view the video on demand later.

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


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Coming today, 20 May 2020: Transforming dreams into digital art with Affinity Photo for iPad with Manuel Camino

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Join visual artist Manuel Camino (aka xebius) for his Lockdown 2020 session as he shows you how he uses inspiration from his dreams to create pieces of digital art in Affinity Photo for iPad.

You can even download the beautiful ‘Koi’ sample used by Manuel in this video directly from the app to follow along. 

Manuel will be available on YouTube’s Live Chat for this session’s premiere on Wednesday, 20 May 2020 at 4pm BST, or view the video on demand later.

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


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Coming today, 21 May 2020: Moody isometric illustration in Affinity Designer for iPad with Isabel Sousa

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For this Lockdown 2020 session, art director and illustrator Isabel Sousa shows you how to create a moody isometric illustration using Affinity Designer for iPad.  

She’ll be available on YouTube’s Live Chat for this session’s premiere on Thursday, 21 May 2020 at 4pm BST to answer any questions, or view the video on demand later.

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


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