How To Quickly Get Started with Affinity Designer
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How To Quickly Get Started with Affinity Designer

Beginner's Comprehensive Guide to Affinity Designer
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Created by Dawid Tuminski
Last updated 6/2017
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  • 3.5 hours on-demand video
  • 1 Article
  • 27 Supplemental Resources
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  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion

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What Will I Learn?
  • Quickly use Affinity Designer independently and create various designs with it
  • Learn all the tools and effects that come with the program
  • Quickly start using tools like the Pen Tool, Pencil Tool, Brushes and so much more!
  • Create complex shapes using simple tools and effects
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  • You should have Affinity Designer installed on your PC
  • We will be using Affinity Designer for Windows in this course

"This course made me realize the power of Affinity Design. I am understanding the various tools and methods of creating any design that I visualize in my mind. I would recommend this video course to any who really wish to gain knowledge in Design in a very short time."

Charles Margrave

"This is a good methodical look at Affinity Designer along with an bit of information about use cases. The content is exactly what I was looking for in the course."

Ben Holtzman

A TRUE alternative to Adobe’s overpriced software has finally come.

Meet Affnity Designer – a piece of vector graphic design software that will allow you to easily create awesome designs without ruining your bank account.

So if you’ve been looking for a cheaper and yet super powerful alternative to Adobe’s products, now you’ve found it.

This course is all about you learning how to use Affinity Designer.

It’s a beginner’s comprehensive guide that will allow you to independently use all the tools and effects to create any design you wish.

Inside you will find

  • 50+ lectures in 14 sections
  • Clear and concise explanations with lots of visual aids for easy understanding
  • Tons of supporting material (design files and presentations) so you can practice as you learn

Let me take you take you step-by-step through all the tools, effects and techniques that come with the software.

This course is not for advanced Affinity Designer users, but if you are a total beginner you will love the course content.

Here’s a comprehensive list of goodies you will find inside:

  • If you want to create glamorous designs, you need to have something to create them in. You need Documents that you can create fast and easy and you need to know how to manage them. That’s Section 3.
  • What’s a design if it doesn’t have… shapes? Affinity Designer makes creating objects fun and easy. That’s why Section 6 is so… fun.

  • You don’t only want to create artwork, do you? You also want to easily customize it, so it looks perfect. That is why customizing and transforming your artwork is covered not in one, but in TWO sections: 7 and 8.

  • Once your nifty design is ready, you probably want to put in front of all your friends’ faces, right? In section 12 you will learn how to save and share your work with the world of internet.

  • In the bonus section you will learn how to use the pixel tools in Affinity Designer, should you wish to quickly tweak your photos, too.

  • I assume that you are a total beginner so in the first section you will learn what Affinity Designer is and what its core features are, including a unique concept of 3 different tool sets called Personas.

  • Looking at any piece of software that you are unfamiliar with can cause headaches. That’s why Section 2 is all about painless learning how to use Designer’s interface.

  • Are you thinking about becoming a web designer? Then you need to know how to create and use artboards, so your workflow is fast and professional. Have a look at Section 4.

  • If pixel perfect designs are all you are dreaming of, jump right into Section 5.

  • Almost each and every of your designs is going to use some form of text. If you want to quickly learn how to add and transform type in Affinity Designer, have a look at Section 9.

  • The software comes with powerful panels. The most important of them is the Layers panel. You will learn all about panels and layers in sections 10 and 11.

Now you can create stunning logos, web layouts, mobile app designs for a fraction of a price that Adobe is asking for their products… MONTHLY!

Because the best part about Afffinity Designer is that there is…

…NO subscription...

You pay for it ONCE and it’s yours to keep!

Say good-bye to forking out hundreds of dollars for software every year even if you are just a hobbyist, a student or a freelancer just starting out your design adventure.

And yes, as always, you are completely covered by a

100% 30-day money back guarantee.

If after 30 days you won’t be convinced that you can use the software independently, simply ask for a refund and you will receive it promptly.

No one will ask a single question about your reasons.

It's your call now.

Click the Enroll button and...

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PS One more thing.

As a SPECIAL BONUS, you will get a How to get started with Affinity Designer e-book for FREE (worth $29.97).

It’s almost 200 pages, with more than 200 images to compliment your learning process, if you are not in the mood for watching videos or you prefer the old school type of learning.

PPS You will also receive a comprehensive list of ALL the shortcuts used in Affinity Designer.

A true professional knows how to use shortcuts to make his or her workflow super speedy.

So keep this e-book handy.

Who is the target audience?
  • Graphic designers who are looking for an alternative to Adobe products
  • Graphic design beginners
  • Designers new to Affinity products
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Curriculum For This Course
59 Lectures
4 Lectures 11:33

Let's take a look at what you will find inside the course.

Preview 01:30

Affinity Designer is a vector graphic design application. At first it was just available for MacOs®, but since late 2016 you can also install it on a Windows® machine. I will be using a PC version of the software. 

Preview 02:32

Affinity Designer is packed with features that every professional designer needs. Let’s take a look at the most important ones.

Preview 04:30

What really distinguishes Affinity Designer from other similar pieces of software is the concept of having 3 different tool sets in one application. Those tool sets are called Personas.

Preview 03:01
What you see is what you work with
5 Lectures 16:25

Looking at any user interface of any piece of software that you are unfamiliar with can cause headaches and be somewhat discouraging. If you ever starred at the blank canvas trying to figure out how to draw something, you know what I am talking about. 

Luckily Affinity Designer’s interface uses concepts, commands and options you might be already familiar with. 

Preview 02:48

Let’s take a look at the options you can set in the Toolbar

How to work with the Toolbar

The Toolbar customization in Affinity Designer begins with turning its visibility on and off and you can do that by going to the View menu and choosing Show Toolbar (Ctrl+Alt+T). Toggling this option on and off will make the Toolbar visible or hidden.

How to customize the Toolbar

The Tools panel contains tools available in the active Persona, and by default it is docked on the left-hand side of the document view. 

How to work with the Tools panel

Affinity Designer provides quite a lot of flexibility when it comes to customizing the way the tools are displayed in the Tools panel.

How to customize the Tools panel

How to work with the interface
1 question
How to get started with Affinity Designer
4 Lectures 16:53

Creating a new document is the first, probably the most crucial, step in any digital design process. If you want to avoid problems with your documents when handing them out to a web developer or a print shop, you need to know how to properly set up your documents for different design jobs. 

Let’s take a look at how to create documents in Affinity Designer and what the most important document options are.

How to create new documents

Each of your previously created documents can be opened in one of three different ways

How to manage already created documents

Viewing documents inside a design application is much more important than the word might suggest.

Preview 04:07

Smooth design process can’t live without flexible and efficient zooming. Designer offers several zooming and panning options, including the Zoom tool, the View tool and the Navigator panel. Let’s take a look at each one of them step-by-step.

Zooming, panning and using the Navigator panel

How to use the Zoom tool
1 question
How to use the artboards
4 Lectures 16:28

Artboards are discrete design areas that encompass the artwork that will be printed or saved for web, depending on the type of design you are working on. Anything falling outside the artboards will be basically considered as notes or sketches that you don’t want your audience to see, therefore it won’t print, neither get saved for the web.

What are artboards?

There are three major ways of creating artboards. 

Preview 05:29

When working with multiple artboards inside one document chances are that you are going to need to know how to handle them easily. You’ll want to know how to reposition them to retain a smooth design workflow and how to rename them to keep everything logically organized.

How to manage your artboards

If you need to save your artwork as images, Designer lets you export your artboards in a single file or as separate files. You could approach this process in two different ways: if you need full control over the exporting process, use the Export Persona. 

How to export your artboards

Adding artboards
1 question
How to use guides, grid and snapping
4 Lectures 12:26

Precise shape creation and transformation would be extremely difficult without guides. 

How to use guides

Dynamic guides are Designer’s way of assisting you in creating and positioning objects in relation to artboards and other objects.

How to use Dynamic Guides

Grid is another way of helping you in aligning objects on the artboard. The grid, just like the guides, won’t print nor be saved with a web file. It is grey by default, but you can change its color to whatever you want.

Working with the grid

By now you should have a decent idea on snapping: how it works and what its main purpose is. Now let’s take a look at the most important snapping options.

How to use snapping

Snapping quiz
1 question
How to draw shapes in Affinity Designer
9 Lectures 33:07

Drawing shapes in Affinity Designer can be done with the Pen tool, Pencil tool, Brush tool and Shape tools. There is also the Node tool that allows you to edit the already created shapes. Let’s take a look at the Shapes tools as most probably they will be the first ones you’ll be using to create artwork. 

The Rectangle and the Ellipse tools

Creating a simple rectangle is boring, right? How about rectangles that you can convert into rounded rectangles? Or rectangles that you can convert into rounded rectangles with varying corner radius values and styles?

It’s more than just rectangles and circles

Affinity Designer comes with a variety of predefined custom shapes. If you are wondering how to create arrows, stars or hearts, head over to the custom shapes tools in the Tools panel.

In here you will find almost 20 shape tools. Each one of them has unique customization features. Let’s take a look at the tools that you are most probably going to use in your day-to-day design routine:.

How to use the custom shapes tools

The Pen tool is undoubtedly one of the most important design tools ever.

But before we learn how to use it in Affinity Designer, let’s understand curves and lines themselves.

How to use the Pen tool

Pen tool’s humble sibling, the Pencil tool is one of the most underestimated and underused design tools. It’s a shame that so many designers don’t even want to acknowledge its existence. If you are having a hard time making the Pen tool work the way you want it to work and you need those fine curves in your artwork, give the Pencil tool a shot.

How to use the Pencil tool

The Vector Brush tool allows you to paint vector brush strokes. You will find quite a lot of different brushes in Affinity Designer’s library. Let’s take a look at how to paint brush strokes using the vector brushes.

How to use the Vector and Pixel Brush tools

With the Fill tool you can change the fill and stroke colors of shapes and text objects. Interestingly enough, the Fill tool should really be named the Gradient tool as it shines when it comes to adding gradients to fills and strokes. It even has a keyboard shortcut (the letter G) which is more suitable for a gradient applying tool!

How to work with gradients using the Fill tool

Symbols are reusable pieces of artwork, especially useful for web and UI design purposes. The best thing about them is that each symbol instance is dynamically connected with its parent symbol – each change in a symbol is instantly reflected in all its instances.

Preview 03:31

There are essentially two different ways of creating clipping masks in Affinity Designer. But if you are not familiar with clipping masks in general, let me quickly explain.

How to use the drawing modes to simulate masking

Creating custom shapes
1 question
How to customize your artwork
4 Lectures 15:44

Creating objects, paths, curves and combinations of those is one thing, but freely adjusting their appearance so it looks exactly as the designer intended is another. Let’s take a look at customizing the objects in Affinity Designer, starting with the Corner tool

How to use the Corner tool

Customizing paths and shapes can’t be full if you can’t control the paths and path segments independently. Affinity Designer’s Node tool is meant to do just that.

How to use the Node tool

The Transparency tool is a very specific task oriented tool. It allows you to adjust the opacity of solid color fills and gradients applied to vector and text objects

How to use the Transparency tool

The Vector Crop tool is a great way of non-destructive removal of parts of objects or groups of objects. Even though its name suggests that it’s only meant for vector object operations, you can also crop raster images with it

Preview 02:30

Vector crop tool
1 question
How to transform your artwork
4 Lectures 14:57

The golden rule of transforming objects says: Before you can transform an object, you need to first select it.

This may sound obvious, but if you just remember this simple rule, you will save yourself from a lot of unnecessary frustrations. So let’s take a look at selecting objects in Affinity Designer.

And there are different ways you can do that.

Selecting and grouping objects

I got to confess.

I am a symmetry buff.

When objects don’t align properly or the spaces between them are not equal, I can’t sleep at night.

Well, maybe I am being too dramatic, but aligning and distributing is extremely important, especially for UI design. Affinity Designer deals with the challenge using its Arrange options.

How to align and distribute objects

There’s a number of ways how you can create more complex shapes from simple objects using Affinity Designer’s joining options. You will find them in the Toolbar sitting in a separate group.

How to create complex shapes from simple objects

Changing your mind over and over again is designer’s bread and butter.

Will it look better if I rotate it a bit to the side? Or maybe I should flip it?

Transforming objects till they look exactly the way you intended is common and natural so the tools designed to do just that should be easy to use.

Let’s take a look at the transformation tools offered by Affinity Designer. 

How to rotate, reflect and shear objects
How to work with text in Affinity Designer
4 Lectures 21:12

Working with text is one of the most common tasks on a typical, graphic designer’s workday. A good designer knows how to handle his type, so let’s take a look at how to work with typography tools in Affinity Designer.

There are two main typography tools for you to use:

  • The Artistic Text tool
  • And the Frame Text tool
Basics of working with text in Affinity Designer

Controlling the text you created either with the Artistic Text tool or the Frame Text tool is done the easiest with the help of the Character and Paragraph panels. Let’s take a look at them now, starting with the Character panel.

How to use the Character and Paragraph panels

Text styles, which include character and paragraph styles, are a quick and convenient way of adding a custom appearance to your text.

Creating and managing text styles

Before we wrap the typography section up, let’s quickly take a look at creating text on a path in Affinity Designer.

Preview 08:49
How to use the panels
4 Lectures 12:14

On the right side of the document view you will find all the panels available to you inside the program. Those panels, as a group, have a distinct name – the Studio. 

What’s a Studio and how to use the panels

The Stroke panel is one of the most powerful panels allowing you to take full control not just over the color and weight of the stroke, but also over the curves, shape outlines and vector brush strokes. Let’s take a closer look at its abilities:

How to use the Stroke panel

The Swatches panel allows you to use predefined colors, but also to create, store and reuse your own color creations. All the colors you used recently are stored here.

How to use the Swatches panel

If you are familiar with Photoshop®, it will be easier for you to understand the effects inside remove certain effects so let’s take a look Affinity Designer. If you are not – don’t worry. The Effects panel makes it easy to add, adjust and at it now.

How to use the Effects panel

How to use the Studio
1 question
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