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organic brush strokes in AD

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It's the organic look that can be achieved with a tool like AD - even if the look is a little out of fashion - that really is the most fun.

Ink and watercolor-like effects - vector brushes.

I am including the .afdesign file for digging around in.

 

 

 

 

shroom2.jpg

shroom2.afdesign


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Wow! I love that. It's going into my inspiration file! Thanks for sharing.


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This is lovely. Not many illustrators can use a pure graphics package and achieve such an organic (pun intended) and subtle style. Thanks for sharing.

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Lovely indeed. Inspiring. Thanks for including the file. Simple lines, but a wonderful use of the vector textures.


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22 minutes ago, gdenby said:

Lovely indeed. Inspiring. Thanks for including the file. Simple lines, but a wonderful use of the vector textures.

 

What he said! thumbup1.gif


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Affinity Designer/Photo/Publisher 1.7.1.404 • Windows 10 Home (4th gen Core i3 CPU)
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Hey Craig which set of brushes does this use? Are they in the file?

 

One of the little things I'd like to see eventually in Designer is when you select a brush it's displayed or highlighted in the brush panel.

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34 minutes ago, retrograde said:

One of the little things I'd like to see eventually in Designer is when you select a brush it's displayed or highlighted in the brush panel.

 

Preferably not too "eventually"!

 


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retrograde and Alfred,

You have touched on the number one missing aspect of AD's Brushes tool set.

I have mentioned it before in other posts. At the very least being able to identify a stroke(brush) in the Brushes various control menus would make AD 1000 percent more effective as an art tool. Having a tap and switch functionality like the ancient Expression3 application would be ideal. I dream of the day.

For art made with freehand brush strokes - and especially sequential or illustration art where many images share a common look (and tool sets including brushes) the ability to quickly identify and move between brushes is a must. All the more so when brush collections can have hundreds and hundreds of brushes. This one missing aspect of AD is the biggest hope I have for feature improvements for the application.

 

The brushes used in the file on this thread should all be available (if at the moment impossible to identify) in the various brush sets I have shared on the forum. Miguel (MEB) has collected them all here: http://www.miguelboto.com/affinity/resources/ under Brushes.


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My art related blog:

http://greenlightcd.blogspot.com

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Cheers Craig and Alfred. I have brought it up before as well.

 

I wonder why this important and critical workflow aspect hasn't been implemented. A highlight or some kind of indication of the current brush being used I would think shouldn't be too tricky and would genuinely make a real difference to most users. It must be a priority thing...and with a small team, hard to get to.

 

Patience obi wan. ;)

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