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Hi, I'm Matt Priestley and I'm one of the Affinity developers. I'll try to help out on any topic, but particularly anything relating to tools, views and document drawing as they're the bits I'm mostly

Hello everyone. My name is Rui Batista and I'm a graphic designer from Portugal. I started out a LONG time ago, using Illustrator 1.0 and, after that, FreeHand 1.0 Ever since Adobe "killed" FreeHan

Hi, I'm Gregg. I am new to DrawPlus. I've looked  at it for a few years but always decided against it because it was Windows based. I've have always had Parallels installed on my iMac but thought usin

I'm Andy from south-east Suffolk (England). I have been interested in digital image adjustment for many years, starting with Photoshop Essentials 3 (I think) and then various versions of Paintshop Pro up to PSP2020. Whilst I like a lot of PSP, there are various things in the development that have started to irritate. I won't go into the detail!

I was attracted to Affinity Photo from various reviews and favourable comments about the more sophisticated layer adjustments and focus stacking. The excellent video tutorials were an unexpected bonus.

The extended 90 day trial of version 1.9 got me hooked and the half-price offer landed the catch!

As may be expected, there is a learning curve to climb, partly as there is a different design philosophy to that of PSP.

I look forward to learning more.

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Hello, I'm Scott Townley, and live in Ottawa, Ontario in Canada. I have been using Affinity Photo for Windows since 2017 although I am new to the forums. I am a photographer and find Affinity to be a relatively manageable program to learn and use. My photography and Affinity Photo skill level has grown such that I produce professional quality photos to sell. My interests in photography include, street, portrait, architecture etc. 

The admins may find this little piece of information of interest. I have seen a steady growth of users in the camera club I attend. From 2018 until 2020 the number of users has grown from two (including myself) to eight at a very rough last count due to covid.

Great to meet users with a similar interest in learning and growing their abilities in AP.

 

Scott

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Welcome to the forums @Scott Townley😊

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Hi, I'm Ravi. I have started using Affinity products very recently, mostly Publisher and Designer.

I'm a long-time user of InDesign and Illustrator (& other Adobe products as well).

It's wonderful to see this vibrant community of Affinity users.

Hope to learn how users use these tools in their day-to-day workflows.

Thank you.

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Hi all, I'm Roy from Fresno California. I ran across Affinity Publisher the other day and I am impressed with all the professional features  that are available. Much improved over Page Plus that I used for a year or two about five or six years ago. 

I have not had a publisher program that I have really like for years now. Back in the early 2000s I used Microsoft Publisher 2003 and like that, but disliked the direction it went over the next few years and quit using it. I dabbled with inDesign but did not want to pay the monthly fee. Used the old Page Plus from Serif but didn't find it worked well for me. For the last few years I have been using Libre Office Draw as my publisher platform, but it has it's limitations. I am excited to have found that Serif has total revamped their offering. I think I have found my new page design program.  

 

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Hi everyone,

I'm Phil from France. I'm new in publishing, but I want to improve my skills.

I'm reading a lot of documentation, watching a lot of tutos, but nothing's better than an forum and experienced users.

Hope to find good help here, hope to be able to bring it myself one day soon.

Have fun

PS: I try to drive Affinity Publisher/Designer/Photo

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Hi, I am Lars Nordberg and live outside Gothenburg, Sweden. I am new to the forum, but have been using Affinity Photo since 2015. My interest in photography started in the late 1950's, mainly in portrait and landscape photography and has evolved over the years to also include close-up photography. In Affinity Photo I mainly use the Develop Persona and Focus Merging, which have added a new dimension to my close-up photography.

In the forum I have found loads of tips and tricks. Eventually I will also contribute.

-Lars

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Hello All,

 

I'm Jeremy from Auckland New Zealand and I'm a designer. I've been using the Adobe applications for a long time, but switched to the Affinity apps as soon as they were out of beta. I've used these forums many times and thought it was high time that I created an account. 😁

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Hi everyone. I'm Valerie-June from Nova Scotia, Canada. Up until last fall, I was using GIMP photo editor, and didn't know how to do much in it. A friend of mine told me about Affinity. I got the free trial, used it for ten minutes and was hooked. I learned how to do more in Affinity in three months than I did in nine years of using GIMP. 

I use Affinity Photo for book promotional posters and banners, custom bookmarks, business cards, and any other swag associated with authors. I started my own graphics company recently, specializing in author swag and promotional items, and I just ventured into creating book covers, premade and custom. I'm also an author and I do all of my own promotional graphics, minus the book covers - my publisher does them - although I did the cover for my lone Indie Publication... Which I may update, now that I have much better skills in Affinity. 

It's great to meet everyone. I'm hoping to learn as well as pass along any knowledge in here. 

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Hi, my name is Ernie, and I am brand new to the program and forum.  I find it a bit overwhelming, but I am sure with time I can figure out what I need from AFFINITY 1.9.1.979.  I however I do need immediate help with how to add a small transparent logo to the bottom corner of a photo.  Any assistance would be greatly appreciated.

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I'm Conal O'Neill from the Los Angeles, CA area. I am a photo hobbyist and a long time user of Paint Shop Pro and I am trialing the current version of Affinity Photo. I like what I see so far but there seems to be a pretty significant learning curve due to some differentials in workflow to what I am used to. Spent some time over the past few days watching Youtube tutorials but still have a way to go. .

Hope every one had a productive weekend!!!

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On 3/7/2021 at 7:17 PM, ernsol said:

Hi, my name is Ernie, and I am brand new to the program and forum.  I find it a bit overwhelming, but I am sure with time I can figure out what I need from AFFINITY 1.9.1.979.  I however I do need immediate help with how to add a small transparent logo to the bottom corner of a photo.  Any assistance would be greatly appreciated.

Welcome to the Forums @ernsol.    It would be a good idea for you to post your question regarding the logo in the Forum category for Affinity Support and the subcategory for Support for Desktop.  You will probably get help much faster there!!   Be sure to give your post a meaningful title  such as How to add a small transparent logo to a photo.   Hope you get help soon!

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On 10/6/2014 at 15:05, MattP said:

Hola, soy Matt Priestley y soy uno de los desarrolladores de Affinity. Trataré de ayudar en cualquier tema, pero particularmente en todo lo relacionado con herramientas, vistas y dibujo de documentos, ya que son las partes de las que soy principalmente responsable de escribir.

 

¡No dudes en unirte a mí y presentarte también! :)

Hola mi Nombre es Javier, estoy realmente fascinado con Affinity y estoy empezando por Designer, querría saber si puede ayudarme a solucionar una de mis grandes inquietudes en las tres aplicaciones y es el hecho de poder plegar las vistas de estudio y que quedaran como Photoshop, perdón por la comparación, reducidas al margen del programa. mando una captura, que una imagen vale mas que mil palabras, GRACIAS POR SU ATENCIÓN

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Hi, I am Trevor From Kloof In Kwa Zulu Natal South Africa. I was a user of Paint Shop until recent but had issues. 

I found out about Affinity Photo From the Photo Plus The Canon Magazine. I first tried the 90 day offer and quickly committed to the full version. It will be a sharp learning curve 

but i am sure with the help i see available I can look forward to producing some great Photo's

One question The Canon 850  (T8 ) is not registered any idea when it will be?

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Hi all, I'm Martin from the North East of England. I've been working in graphic design for some 30 years now, originally starting in traditional pasteup, good old spraymount and rotring pens before I eventually moved onto computers using Ventura and Aldus FreeHand before eventually switching over to another well known developer. Recently found Affinity Photo and Designer through an ad and was that impressed with them I ended up buying both products for my wife who was wanting to get into digital art on her mac and as such I have essentially been learning both programs through teaching her how to use them.

I'm currently using the trial versions myself on a PC but hoping they're still on offer by the time I can afford to buy them all for myself, although I have to admit that even at full price they are ridiculously good value for money considering the quality of the tools.  

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Hi my name is 2020photovision. I’m a new guy. I am looking forward to learning all of the products and helping if I have the opportunity. I am very use to Apple as I currently own pretty much all of their products. I want to thank you all in advance for organizing this forum. Hopefully I will not be to much of a pain and at some point I will be beneficial to the forums. Thanks for giving me thre opportunity to introduce myself.

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Hi, My name is Graham and I have just downloaded the trial version of Designer and have been 'playing' for a day or so. I am a Cartographer of quite a number of years and started using Macs in April 1992 using Macromedia FreeHand for about 10 years before being forced to move to Illustrator when Adobe shot down FreeHand 😞 also being Freelance my clients all moved over to Illustrator. needs must!

I dislike the subscription model for software and have ditched all the Adobe CC files (which seem to be planted all over the Mac) I have been looking at various Vector based packages and Designer seems to be my favourite so far. It is very much like Illustrator which helps with the learning curve greatly, particularly key commands which I use all of the time. I have attached a file of a trial map that I created using Designer in half a day, now I know its not a patch on the artwork displayed on some of the pages but I was quite pleased that the program basically did what I wanted. I'm also amazed at the speed and response of the program, wow!

Now I know I might be asking too much and appreciate that I may have to work with some tools slightly differently but is there any way of turning off the selected item 'bounding box' (that's what its called in .ai) I do wish to select items individually not just by selecting its layer. Also, is there a way of 'cutting' a line to create just a segment of it? and finally, the Artboard seems to rotate ever so slightly and I'm not sure how this is happening, as far as I know I'm not rotating it! I would love to be able to lock it in place.

Many thanks in advance for any feedback. I will be purchasing this later by the way.

 

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Welcome to the Forums @Jonesy21 🙂. I am an all-Apple person too, only missing the Apple Watch.  I would like to suggest that you post your “bounding box”,  line cutting, and Artboard questions as a new topic in the Forum section “Affinity Suppport and Questions” subgroup Affinity on Desktop Questions.  You should receive an answer much more rapidly there.  You may also find many topics that could interest you as you quickly find your way in Designer.   Hope this helps!

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Hello, I am Peter, a german living in France near Bordeaux.

I have been a photographer for almost 50 years now and drifted over time as well into graphics design, web design, logo creation and such.

As many others here, I was fed up with Adobe, couldn't find what I need or what what would click with my brain in the open source circuit so I stumbled some time ago over Affinity. Now I'm a happy owner of Affinity Photo, Designer and Publisher (waiting for an alternative for Lightroom from Affinity ;-) ).

I am a Windows and Android guy, so sadly no mobile Affinity apps for me, but who knows, maybe some day ...

So nice to meet you all and thanks Serif!

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As an adobe user since 1995 I am totally fed up with their subscription model, bad news for Adobe, great news for Affinity 🙂

I have been using Affinity Designer for a few years and I found I immediately preferred it to Illustrator, and I love Affinity Publisher too. However Photoshop its a tougher switch for me as the (Adobe) shortcuts and workflow is well and truly hardwired into my brain ...but I would love to switch into Affinity Photo (which I do own).

But as a photographer the missing link is lightroom... please can I vote for a Lightroom Affinity offering!

Keep up the good work Affinity team 🙂

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Hi.  I'm Ian in the little town of Kearney Ontario.  Interested in photography for years as a rank amateur, but decided last year to go a step further and learn how to edit photos.  Affinity Photo is my choice and I am finding it a great way to improve my skills.  I just joined the forum after a year of using Affinity and look forward to learning even more!  

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I'm Dwight Williams. Sometimes a writer, sometimes an illustrator and designer, sometimes an office worker. I call the Ottawa-Gatineau/National Capital region of Canada home. I bought the Affinity suite Mac version in 2020, and am finding them useful for various personal projects so far. I hope to extend that into professional work, in public and/or private sectors. If I can't do that, the suite is still useful for other things.

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