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Hi everyone,

 

I've just uploaded a 90 page guide covering the absolute basics of Affinity Photo. If you go here https://theeagerlearner.com/ and subscribe you can download it along with the photos used in the chapters so you can follow along.

 

This guide could be described as the written equivalent of my Affinity Photo: 5 steps to Better Photos course over at udemy. Actually it's the first chapters of a larger book I'm writing which will be the broad equivalent of the Affinity Photo: Solid Foundations course, also at Udemy. But it will be slightly different. I may not cover all the topics from the video course but I will be including written material about using the develop persona to process RAW files, for example.

 

So why do this? Well, I'm aiming to sell the final book and I want people to have a clear idea of what to expect. I also think that if you are going to give something for free as a taster, you should give something good that's going to be of real use to people. It also gives you a chance to give any feedback to me here so I can match the final book to peoples hopes and wishes. So I hope it gives you plenty of useful information and I look forward to hearing any comments you may have about it.

 

Cheers,

Simon Foster

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Great stuff - thanks. I have a question regarding workflow. Most articles I have read suggest that correcting White Balance should occur prior to tonal adjustments. Just curious as to why correcting White Balance is at the backend of your workflow. Once again, great stuff.

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Hi pjglad. Thanks for getting back to me about that. If you take a look at page 54 I address that issue and acknowledge that some programs like Adobe programs prefer to do things the way round you mentioned under the title 'Confession Time'. To sum up what I say there I prefer to work from large changes to more subtle ones, and I've generally found changing the tonal adjustments to have a more profound impact on the look of pictures than white balance. There's no 'one rule fits all' and I'm aware that sometimes changing the white balance dramatically alters the look of an image. But I've found that altering the tone affects the apparent intensity of the colors and I want to know how intense the colors will be before altering the white balance.

 

That said, I welcome reasons why altering the white balance first is a better idea, and I'm certainly not averse to including those in the book.

 

Cheers,

Simon

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Simon, a great guide and beautifully done. And an INDEX yet... Thanks for that.

 

I had an unusual error msg on unzip of photos03 (Win 10) so I'm wondering if I missed a photo. Here is what I got:

simons6-7.jpg.3b741ef79a1b9cffd7d9273bcb2c3ca6.jpg

 

I tried several times and continued to get the same error msg so if anything is missing, I will re-download. Anyone else get an unzip error msg on photos03?


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Hi jer and thanks for getting back to me! There should have been another file called Noise01. I've taken a look at it, reduced it's size and resaved the .zip file. Try it now & hopefully all will be well for you.

 

Cheers,

Simon

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On 8/20/2017 at 11:18 AM, drippy cat said:

Hi jer and thanks for getting back to me! There should have been another file called Noise01. I've taken a look at it, reduced it's size and resaved the .zip file. Try it now & hopefully all will be well for you.

 

Cheers,

Simon

Your replaced zip file works good now and the missing image is received. Thanks!


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Half way through your guide and really enjoying it and learning more about photos and AP. Really appreciated your tip about sticky notes for remembering keyboard shortcuts. What a simple and effective idea!

The content dealing with highlights vs shadows and how the opposite problem occurs in film vs digital cameras was new for me. I didn't know about the opposite-ness and it explains some situations I just attributed to accidents in my photos. Okay, accidents might mean photographer error. ;)


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Excellent tutorial, DC. Ripples of applause. Good conversational tone with lots of screenshots and 'clickalongs'. The only note I'd make about the tutorial is to keep the text size to about the same as the screenshots and allow more white space. Sampled content is fine.

Like you, I taught for a couple of years (Maths and Computing) before drifting off into more lucrative work. Still, once a teacher... I also now write as an indirect teaching outlet. I've published here notes on the 200 Ritson videos and a guide to blend modes.

 

 


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On 8/18/2017 at 9:51 AM, drippy cat said:

I've just uploaded a 90 page guide covering the absolute basics of Affinity Photo. If you go here https://theeagerlearner.com/ and subscribe you can download it along with the photos used in the chapters so you can follow along.

 

I've just finished reading your guide. At first I thought I would poke at it here and there for tidbits but the content sucked me in because the "why" really hit a nerve. I liked how you included examples of the wrong way to go about using a tool as part of the "why" discussions. Yes, I'm a poster child for all the wrong ways so you're cleaning up my act. Best, though, is that I know why to use a tool.

 

Especially helpful to me was the Noise and Sharpening chapter. Now I can head into that part of the editing with confidence. Thanks!

 

In trying to determine how I might best keep your 90 pages of guide "in front of me," I have decided to print the 5 Summary pages as a quick reference booklet. Then, if I need a refresher, I can bring the PDF up on the screen and revisit the detail. So the Summary pages have become, for me, an important part of your guide. Thanks for sharing your experience and I will be purchasing your completed book.


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Thanks for that jer! I'm really pleased to hear that the 'why' bit was relevant. I think all to often you get tutorials which explain a tool but you don't get to see how it works with other tools. I've just finished the next two chapters of the main book and one of them is practicing what's been learned from the chapters up until now so people can consolidate the base skills before moving on.

 

Thanks again for the kind words!

 

Simon

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