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I looked for a thread that would answer what I am looking for, I expect it exists, just can’t find it.

i will describe myself as a 6/10 photographer and a 1/10 Posr-processor.

That said, as I approach Retiement, I would like to become reasonably proficient photo editor (5/10 ?), thus purchased Affinity after much research as I sensed it offered much of the functionality of more expensive and complex programs.

i have diligently followed about the first 15 video tutorials and I am lost.  I sense they are written for the Photoshop refugee !

 

Where can I find “Affinity for Dummies”?, I need to start from the ground up.  Thanks 

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7z0nqvUZ1eo

 

The video tutorials are very good, as in, they're very basic to begin with then get more complex the deeper one goes into the program.

You have to ask yourself what it is that you want to do with photo editing. Do you want to do basic editing or create composites?

I am/was a photoshop user for over 10 years until I made the switch over to Affinity - so it helped a bit with coming to grips with a new program which does things slightly differently. Any new photo editing software will always be compared with PS simply because it is THE program that everyone used, so it helps if you have some experience with other photo editing programs.

If you're just starting out, then you have a steep learning curve to climb - just like I did when i first used PS, but as time went by I grew accustomed to using it and, as any student knows, the more you study the subject, the better your understanding of it will be.

You have to start somewhere, and this IS your beginning.

Good luck.


Some scientists claim that hydrogen, because it is so plentiful, is the basic building block of the universe. I dispute that. I say there is more stupidity than hydrogen, and that is the basic building block of the universe.

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31 minutes ago, jimfastcar said:

Thanks 

I have seen some paid sites that claim to offer very good instruction, will take a look 

I can recommend the Udemy tutorial Solid Foundations from Simon Foster (aka scaredycat). 

John


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I get the sense in looking at some of the tutorials that i don't really need to shoot in RAW format as the software's ability to edit jpeg's is strong and RAW editing is unecessarilly complex for beginners.

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5 hours ago, jimfastcar said:

Thanks 

I have seen some paid sites that claim to offer very good instruction, will take a look 

 

You really don't need to pay money to see decent tutorials; the internet is flooded with them. The link I provided in my reply is just an example.

Just get stuck in, hands on, and familiarise yourself with the layout. Open a picture and play around with it - you will not harm the picture and you can exit it at any time.

 

As the mechanic told his trainee. . .

"Time to get your hands dirty."


Some scientists claim that hydrogen, because it is so plentiful, is the basic building block of the universe. I dispute that. I say there is more stupidity than hydrogen, and that is the basic building block of the universe.

These are not my own words but I sure like this quote.

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6 hours ago, John Rostron said:

I can recommend the Udemy tutorial Solid Foundations from Simon Foster (aka scaredycat). 

John

 

Er ... that'll be @drippy cat, not 'scaredycat'! LOL.

 

Simon not only offers courses on Udemy, but has also written several blog articles which you can read for free.


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3 hours ago, Alfred said:

 

Er ... that'll be @drippy cat, not 'scaredycat'! LOL.

 

Simon not only offers courses on Udemy, but has also written several blog articles which you can read for free.

Thanks @Alfred. That would explain why I could not get @scaredycat to auto-complete.

John


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CPU: AMD A6-3670. RAM: 16 GB DDR3 @ 666MHz, Graphics: 2047MB NVIDIA GeForce GT 630

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I'll add my recommendation to Drippy Cat's (Simon Foster) tutorials. He offers a series of beginner tutorials free on You Tube which will get you going and give you a sense of how his teaching style fits you. If you like his approach have a look at his Affinity Photo Basic Foundations course on Udemy - it's very thorough, aimed at a newbie (which we all were) and gives explanations not only of how (as in which button to press) but also why you do things in a particular order. Sections of the course are available for free preview. The courses are also on sale at the moment.

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On 4/8/2018 at 3:48 AM, jimfastcar said:

Where can I find “Affinity for Dummies”?, I need to start from the ground up.  Thanks 

 

Check out my channel, i do new tutorials every 2-3 days and make them for a beginner level. You can also suggest topic you want to see. plus, if you support me on patreon, you can even use the live chat and post images for feedback:

My Youtube Playlist: https://youtube.com/playlist?list=PLH1tkjphTlWUlEKT63vb1IhVlHPp0e3eH

My Patroen: https://www.patreon.com/sarikas

 

 

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2 hours ago, Multi4G said:

 

That’s a useful link, thanks, but it isn’t a playlist! It’s a link to the video whose YouTube ID is ‘Uftkq117i8g’, which is on the following playlist:

https://youtube.com/playlist?list=PLH1tkjphTlWUlEKT63vb1IhVlHPp0e3eH

 


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2 hours ago, Alfred said:

 

That’s a useful link, thanks, but it isn’t a playlist! It’s a link to the video whose YouTube ID is ‘Uftkq117i8g’, which is on the following playlist:

https://youtube.com/playlist?list=PLH1tkjphTlWUlEKT63vb1IhVlHPp0e3eH

 

 

Oh, ok, i didn't check the link. Sry. I will fix it in my comment. Thank you!

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I, like you, am retired and enjoy photo editing and post processing. Simon Foster on UDEMY recommended 100%. Once you purchase a class it’s yours for future reference. Drippy cat will take you as far as you wish to go. He is also quick to answer comments/requests through the link provided by UDEMY. Have fun!

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