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AD experiment - Photo manipulation with vector software?! Absolutely.

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Hello everyone,


like I posted in my previous topic, I really appreciate the pixel-view in Affinity Designer and wanted to explore the Pixel Persona a bit more. I wanted to experiment a bit and see how far I could push it. I really enjoy automotive design and well.. pretty much everything about cars, so I thought I'd do a bit of a virtual tuning thing with the Pixel Persona and see how it goes. I looked through the tools and messed around for a while before I set off with the project, and pretty much figured, that AD has all the basic tools needed for photo manipulation, aside of it's powerful set of vector tools. I drive a '98 Nissan Micra K11 preface, so I thought I'd give that model a bit of a touch up. Now please bare in mind, that the last time I gave a car the "photoshop-chop" treatment was probably about 10 years ago, so I'm a bit rusty in that regard, but I am really happy with the final result:




The full resolution is 1080p, just click on the picture to view it. Here's the original image:




So do I think Affinity Designer is not only a great vector software, but also a killer photo manipulation software? Absolutely. Obviously something like a mesh-distortion tool would make the process much easier and will open up a lot more possibilities, but even as it currently is, you can still manipulate the software and cleverly use it's functionality to do some complex pixel work.


As in my previous project, I recorded the entire process, but I have to edit the video first. I wanted to share with you my result, so I'll post the video as a comment, when it's ready (I'll get right on it).


Thanks for having a look!

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Thanks, MBd!


As promised, here's the progress video (Does anyone know how to embed the video in the post? The normal youtube link parsing doesn't seem to work :( ):




The total work time was about 3 hours and 40 minutes, since I had to work out how to do certain things. After looking at the image for a while I realized I forgot to do final color correction and toning, but I'll try not to forget next time.

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Thanks again, MBd! That was my idea with the whole project, I was pretty much sure AD is capable of doing complex pixel work, as well as great vector work.


As for the car - something that car guys like to say - anyone can buy a car, but the thing is to build one... even if it is only virtually with the help of a program :D (that last bit is from me :D )

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I had a Micra too, only mine was more like the photo, red and wearing a bit of chrome. I also passed my test in one.


So let's add this one to the AD garage! B)

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