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Yawns



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PostPosted: Tue Jan 16, 2018 6:16 pm    Post subject: Learning Illustration Reply with quote

For 2018 I decided to learn a new skill ... and since Affinity Designer looks so powerful and affordable I decided to learn Illustration .. I'm following the tutorials one by one.

Even if I did not go further of the introduction section yet it's already good entertainment ...

To practice I started to design all the "macro" pieces and parts I have around ..

I'm taking measures and trying to do every element proportional and with a common scale .. this way the several parts "click" perfectly and the "assemblings" look more credible ...

Since every tiny bit is a separate element and layer, later when I get more knowledge and skill I will be able to go back to the designs and make refinements ...

Every design can be copy - pasted to new documents, so after having all the parts designed , making illustrations of whatver is like to click lego pieces..

Hopefully I will have the patience to persevere and learn how to do this in Isometric perspective or something like that.

a blue square is a centimeter , a yellow one is a milimetre


Only "flat" 2D so far


The basic shapes are easy .. refinements are quite time consuming .. like rounding corners, adding shadows ...

After the "wiring" is done, it is like painting by numbers.


4 pieces copied - pasted and assembled ..


Smile .. great to make "logos" and picture watermarks too.

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Chris S.
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 16, 2018 11:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Antonio, thanks for sharing this. You've done some very nice work! Very Happy (And you've been using this software for only about two weeks???)

Affinity Designer was not previously on my radar screen. I have a hunt-and-peck relationship with Adobe Illustrator, which of course is another vector-based illustration program. Must admit I've found it intensely frustrating, though this may simply be the inevitable result of forcing my raster-familiar brain into a vector world.

Wouldn't it be great to have an open-source library of vector-based illustrations of macro hardware, full of images such as you've presented here? Such a thing might be very useful in designing or explaining macro setups.

Question: Can one use an Affinity Designer file as the basis of CAD?

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Yawns



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PostPosted: Wed Jan 17, 2018 4:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hello thank you for your reply ...

I moved from Photoshop to Afiinity Photo .. and I liked Affinity Photo so much and it's so affordable I had a look on Afinnity designer too.. and got hooked..

Affinity has a very nice thing .. besides you get a powerful software for a fraction of Adobe Products you also get for free a very clever "manual" .. they have a large number of very well done instructional videos, all in one page and organized like a manual index ... so for peanuts we also get a basic / intermediate designer course .. it's very easy to learn following the videos in order ...

the videos are here:

https://forum.affinity.serif.com/index.php?/topic/10815-official-affinity-designer-video-tutorials-70/

"... quoting.. you said ...... Such a thing might be very useful in designing or explaining macro setups.

yes, it was my main idea... I don't know much but I know the basics of macro and photostacking, and I like to help people on Facebook and other forums more "casual" than this one... sometimes is very frustrating to repeat things over and over everytime a new user comes with the same question... sometimes answers are not easy to give ina few lines... so I started to write some basic tutorial with photographs.. like this one

https://acmakro.weebly.com/raynox-as-tube.html

the thing is I don't have all the parts and gear necesseary to take photographs .. and that's why I started to make illustrations.. first with Pixelmator, but that one is very limited ...

enlargerdesign by antonio caseiro, on Flickr



I think Affinity cannot export / import CAD files .. can't see DXF or DWG extensions in the export dialogue box... .. I guess they are working on a CAD application of their own too ..maybe then, they will make importing / exporting filters .. I don't know
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 18, 2018 2:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yawns wrote:
... so I started to write some basic tutorial with photographs.. like this one

https://acmakro.weebly.com/raynox-as-tube.html

Nice tutorial
Best regards
Jörgen Hellberg
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Yawns



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PostPosted: Sat Jan 20, 2018 6:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

JH wrote:
Yawns wrote:
... so I started to write some basic tutorial with photographs.. like this one

https://acmakro.weebly.com/raynox-as-tube.html

Nice tutorial
Best regards
Jörgen Hellberg


Thank you..
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 23, 2018 9:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Great tutorial.
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JOSE MIGUEL SOLA



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PostPosted: Wed Feb 28, 2018 7:33 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Nice.
Well, I congratulate you for showing us and I hope you enjoy it.
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 28, 2018 9:53 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Excellent website, very clean and clear.
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