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This Sketch effect.afmacro is my attempt to convert the technique demonstrated in the Affinity Revolution Transform any Photo into a Pencil Drawing (Affinity Photo Tutorial) into a useful Affinity Photo macro. These are the steps I came up with:

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Since the first step selects the top layer regardless of its name or type, for best results it should be the only layer in the document & a pixel layer. The macro does not alter this layer so if you don't like the effect you can delete the layers it creates. The two user adjustments adjust the radius of the Gaussian blur & the Black Level of the Levels Adjustment layer. They can be tweaked after the macro is applied in the usual way. Adding some saturation back to the HSL "_desaturate" layer creates a colored pencil effect.

 

A couple of 'before & after' examples of what you can expect:

5aa66f5c6a734_ExampleBuildings.png.271f29a0a4c868ad5f7b16438d84f1dc.png 5aa66f64205b5_ExamplePortrait.png.9b2398d2e57c218a50f8dc97f92921f3.png

 

Comments, criticisms, & questions welcomed.


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Just installed and tried, very impressed R C-R.  Thank you very much for sharing. Cheers John


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I am glad you like it but thanks really should go to Affinity Revolution for the video -- all I did was adapt what I saw in it to a macro.


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nice!:)


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Hi, I am having a problem getting Affinity Photo (iPad) to recognise this macro file. Any suggestions?


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29 minutes ago, DM1 said:

Hi, I am having a problem getting Affinity Photo (iPad) to recognise this macro file. Any suggestions?

 

It’s greyed out when I try to import it ‘as is’. If I rename it from *.macro to *.macros it becomes available for import and it seems to import correctly, but I can’t find it in the Macro studio.

 

I think it may need to be exported via the Library panel rather than the Macro panel in the desktop version to make it available for use in the iPad version.


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I don't know if all desktop macros can be used with the iPad version but you can try this Sketch.afmacros version, which was exported from the Library panel & see if it works.


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8 minutes ago, R C-R said:

I don't know if all desktop macros can be used with the iPad version but you can try this Sketch.afmacros version, which was exported from the Library panel & see if it works.

 

That did the trick. Many thanks!


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Hi R C-R, great macro, gives very nice drawings. Thank you for sharing.
Greetings Dieter


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Hi 1nf0t3ch,
Welcome to Affinity Forums :)
Since this is an afmacro file (without an "S" at the end) - which contains the steps of a single macro - you have to import it from the Macro panel (not the Library which is used to import a set of macros - an .afmacros file). So go to menu View ▸ Studio ▸ Macro to enable this panel, click the Import icon on the top right of the panel and select the .afmacro file. To add it to the Library for later re-use click the second icon on the group on the right on the Macro panel.

 

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On 6/5/2018 at 5:12 PM, MEB said:

Hi 1nf0t3ch,
Welcome to Affinity Forums :)
Since this is an afmacro file (without an "S" at the end) - which contains the steps of a single macro - you have to import it from the Macro panel (not the Library which is used to import a set of macros - an .afmacros file). So go to menu View ▸ Studio ▸ Macro to enable this panel, click the Import icon on the top right of the panel and select the .afmacro file. To add it to the Library for later re-use click the second icon on the group on the right on the Macro panel.

  

Thank you so much. I will try this out!

It worked very well!

Thank you again!

Regards,

Ros

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On 3/12/2018 at 7:20 AM, R C-R said:

This Sketch effect.afmacro is my attempt to convert the technique demonstrated in the Affinity Revolution Transform any Photo into a Pencil Drawing (Affinity Photo Tutorial) into a useful Affinity Photo macro. These are the steps I came up with:

5aa667b614e8d_macrosteps.png.12827ab22b744bf7584ded9ee8969342.png

Since the first step selects the top layer regardless of its name or type, for best results it should be the only layer in the document & a pixel layer. The macro does not alter this layer so if you don't like the effect you can delete the layers it creates. The two user adjustments adjust the radius of the Gaussian blur & the Black Level of the Levels Adjustment layer. They can be tweaked after the macro is applied in the usual way. Adding some saturation back to the HSL "_desaturate" layer creates a colored pencil effect.

 

A couple of 'before & after' examples of what you can expect:

5aa66f5c6a734_ExampleBuildings.png.271f29a0a4c868ad5f7b16438d84f1dc.png 5aa66f64205b5_ExamplePortrait.png.9b2398d2e57c218a50f8dc97f92921f3.png

 

Comments, criticisms, & questions welcomed.

nice work! Thank you!  Yes, Ezra Anderson does great tutorials. I miss hearing his cheerful voice and seeing his 'fresh from rumspringa' face that he has. His wife does just as great a job with narration though. 

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