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Open the JPG file in APh and set the layer’s blend mode to ‘Multiply’. This will make the white areas behave as if they’re transparent, so any colours will show through when added to new layers below the sketch layer.


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You can also use the Colour Filter adjustment Erase White Paper to remove the white background then add a new layer below the drawing and then you this layer to apply the required colouring.

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Basically, it can be done in much the same way as could be done with a paper sketch & colored pens, pencils, & paint brushes, except that using layers & other app features makes it possible to work non-destructively.


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8 minutes ago, R C-R said:

Basically, it can be done in much the same way as could be done with a paper sketch

One big difference is that with some traditional media you may be unable to avoid obscuring the lines in the sketch.


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@Nita Reed, to limit single areas for coloring you can use the various selection tools. 

https://affinity.help/photo/English.lproj/index.html?page=pages/Tools/tools_floodSelect.html?title=Flood Select Tool

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19 minutes ago, Alfred said:

unable to avoid obscuring the lines in the sketch.

Reminds me to the vertical opaque projector, fundamentally useful in analog times:

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13 hours ago, Nita Reed said:

How do I add color to a sketch in AP?

Try read this.

https://frankentoonstudio.com/product/sketching-for-beginners/


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Pšenda, your link is about analog sketching, not about coloring digitally.
– It says it's compatible with "Regular Pencil and Paper".


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Sure, but for someone who is interested in "sketching" it can be interesting.


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13 hours ago, DWright said:

You can also use the Colour Filter adjustment Erase White Paper to remove the white background then add a new layer below the drawing and then you this layer to apply the required colouring.

Interesting feature I would have found interesting for my work in programs like Designer (in the pixel persona).. but why it is only available in Photo is beyond me.

In the end customers will need all three programs to finish a project - and an Affinity table to look up which program to find the particular features in.


I gave up using Designer for hobby use - a "professional" vector drawing program without actual vector features. Customers waiting for five years in vain is more than any company can ask for. Maybe if Affinity Designer 2.0 gets real and advanced vector features I can use it. Until then... I am a customer, a potential upgrader and an active observer with an opinion. Currently I am slowly finishing a project I started in Designer.

Further... give up and please hire an UX (usability designer), Serif. It is how professional software is made in this century.

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