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Affinity Designer: Turn a Simple Border Into a Decorative Border


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I'm trying to find out if there's any methods for creating decorative borders quickly & easily. I'm looking for something that's quicker than duplicating individual elements and moving them around. Although I can decorate a border by manually organizing graphic elements, I wish there was a more automatic & less tedious way to do it, so that I can create something faster.

Take a look at the image I have attached. The decorative border I created is just simple repeating semi-circles. I created it by duplicating the semi-circle many times. But I wonder if there are any faster, easier & more effective ways to create decorative borders. The border that I created using this method isn't perfect, since some of semi-circles didn't fully fit inside the border and some ended up overlapping one another. Also, even though this is a decorative border, it's not a very complicated one, and the process would be even more tedious if I decided to go with a more complex border.

Also, take a look at this video.

While this video is showing how to use Illustrator brushes to create ornamental frames in Illustrator, maybe this process can also be applied to Affinity Designer too, but I'm not sure. Can this be done with Affinity Designer brushes? If yes, are there any tutorials you would recommend on this?

Please let me know if there's any techniques you would suggest for creating decorative borders.

(I'm using the Mac OS version of Affinity Designer btw.)

Thank you.

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Of course you can do so with Affinity too via brushes, though there are also other ways.

  1. Download and import some decorative brushes. For a plain rectangle like shown above, select the rectangle and change the contour line style to a brush, then select one of the decorative brushes you've imported & installed before from the brushes panel.
  2. Make some wider sized line style frame, or use the shape tool to make a wider outer frame. Then select the frame and apply some decorative Style to it!

 

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On 7/31/2022 at 4:04 PM, v_kyr said:

Of course you can do so with Affinity too via brushes, though there are also other ways.

  1. Download and import some decorative brushes. For a plain rectangle like shown above, select the rectangle and change the contour line style to a brush, then select one of the decorative brushes you've imported & installed before from the brushes panel.
  2. Make some wider sized line style frame, or use the shape tool to make a wider outer frame. Then select the frame and apply some decorative Style to it!

 

 

Thank you for sharing! This video gave me some ideas on things I can try.

I will see how I can either download or create my own decorative brushes.

One thing I'm a little confused about when applying decorative brushes to shapes in Affinity Designer is that the brush doesn't fully close the shape. For example, you used the Cloud shape, but the brush effect isn't applied to the entire the shape, so the ends look tapered. I want to find a way to avoid this with my shapes because I need the brush stroke to be uniform throughout the shape, and I want my shape to be closed.

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1 hour ago, andren said:

One thing I'm a little confused about when applying decorative brushes to shapes in Affinity Designer is that the brush doesn't fully close the shape. For example, you used the Cloud shape, but the brush effect isn't applied to the entire the shape, so the ends look tapered. I want to find a way to avoid this with my shapes because I need the brush stroke to be uniform throughout the shape, and I want my shape to be closed.

Did you tried it out with some more suitable/usable decorative brush motives? I didn't had any such brushes installed, thus my used brush example above shown, might not be a very good one for such purposes here.

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1 hour ago, v_kyr said:

Did you tried it out with some more suitable/usable decorative brush motives?

If you have the Pencils category available, try the Classic Pencil 2B (for closed curves) or Classic Pencil HB (for closed curves) brush.

If you double-click on either one in the Brushes pane so it can be edited, note that at the two ends the stroke pattern at the beginning & ending offsets are exactly the same.

There are also a couple of 'scruff' brushes in the Shizzle Brushes brushes pack that work well for closed shapes.

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Another way to do this would be to use a font that allows you to create decorative borders, for example Baroque Borders, National Currency, and there are many others. This is not the quickest solution as there is sometimes a bit of work in the settings to get the corners to match perfectly.

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Here's another way to create frames (borders) using Affinity Photo. You can use Designer also.

 

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