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Yawns
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Learning Illustration

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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
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Only "flat" 2D so far
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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.
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4 pieces copied - pasted and assembled ..
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:) .. great to make "logos" and picture watermarks too.
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Post by Chris S. »

Antonio, thanks for sharing this. You've done some very nice work! :D (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?

--Chris

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Post by Yawns »

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. ... orials-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 ...

Imageenlargerdesign 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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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
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Post by Yawns »

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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Post by razashaikh »

Great tutorial.

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Post by JOSE MIGUEL SOLA »

Nice.
Well, I congratulate you for showing us and I hope you enjoy it.
Regards
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