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I'm very green when it comes to artistic design. I need some guidance/high-level steps/approaches. I can then go off and try to do them. I'm willing to put effort but I don't even know where to start. Right now I'm really clueless. I have Affinity Designer on my mac and I also have Affinity Photo on iPad. I'd prefer to do what I want on Designer.

Here's what I want to do:

I want to create a metallic/grungy text using one of the existing fonts like Garamond etc. Basically, the text would look like a nice movie poster font or a book cover font. I'm not looking to create a new font - I just want to use any existing font but make the text look awesome.

I've purchased some nice high-res metallic and grunge backgrounds. So what I need to know is how do I type text, apply those textures to the text-fill, so the text looks like rusty, metallic. If I could put some cracks on the side that would be even more awesome but let me not get ahead of myself considering I'm struggling to even explain what I want, let alone having the talent to do it. I want the text to be vector so I can scale.

Some examples of what I mean



I hope I explained it OK...

Thank you!!


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23 minutes ago, v_kyr said:

See for example Rust Styles. - You can make your own styles, though you will fill vector text with bitmaps here, thus not all will be kept as vector. Also using FX effects aren't kept all as vector when exported.

Hi v_kyr, 

Thank you for responding. How do I fill vector text with bitmaps? Is there a tutorial or an article I can refer to? Please treat me as a completely clueless, untalented beginner - I have a need but need a step or two to get started and explore. Should I look for "how to create text styles" or "how to fill text with bitmaps" or something like that?

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There are some more tutorial and help resources you can get valuable informations from ...

☛ Affinity Designer 1.9.3 ◆ Affinity Photo 1.9.3 ◆ OSX El Capitan

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