Affinity Designer: The Complete Guide to Creating Vector Art

Comfortably learn to create quality vector-based graphics and illustration with confidence and ease.
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Instructed by Ronnie McBride Design / Design Tools
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  • Lectures 30
  • Contents Video: 5 hours
  • Skill Level Beginner Level
  • Languages English
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Published 12/2014 English

Course Description

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Message from the Instructor: I am an active instructor who cares about his students. I read and respond to all email and pertaining to this course and even your personal projects.

-Ronnie

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With its ultra-fast functionality and flexible interface, Affinity Designer has quickly become a must-have app in the world of graphic design.

Enhance Your Graphic Design Skills and Speed Up Your Workflow by Learning the Basics of Affinity Designer

    ·Create stunning vector illustrations
    ·Master the essential principles and features of Affinity Designer.
    ·Step-by-step instructions of the tools and techniques
    ·Transform your own hand-drawn ideas into vivid digital graphics.
    ·Learn simple creative techniques to design a finished piece of vector art.
    ·Acquire exclusive free content, including sketches, brushes, and textures.

Affinity Designer Chosen by Apple as the Runner-Up for 2014 App of the Year

Affinity Designer has impressed critics and users alike, emerging as a viable, cost-efficient alternative to more established programs such as Adobe Illustrator.

Affinity Designer's versatility makes it an ideal program for a wide range of graphic design and vector illustration projects, including website graphics, icons, UI design, marketing materials, concept art, and more.

Contents and Overview

Created with the beginner in mind, this course will also prove useful for experienced graphic designers looking to transition away from Illustrator or other vector graphic design programs. Combining detailed instruction with real world examples and interactive projects, this course will reveal to you the full creative potential of Affinity Designer.

·Learn the Essentials: Moving at a steady, step-by-step pace, you will learn how to use Affinity Designer's various tools and features to create stunning vector graphics, starting with a study of common graphical and illustrative terminology before moving on to more advanced topics, such as Selecting and Manipulating Vectors using the Affinity Design Interface, and Illustrating your first character drawing.

·Use Your Own Work: During the interactive exercises, you are free to use your own work. You may also use the complementary original sketches supplied by the instructor.

·Vector Art Project: The final section of the course will walk you through the creation of an original piece of vector art from start to finish.

·Free Content: By taking this course, you will automatically gain access to exclusive free content to enhance and inspire your own projects, including free brushes, textures, color palettes, and sketches.

After completing this course, you will have a detailed understanding of the tools and techniques available in Affinity Designer that can help to make you a faster, smarter, better graphic designer.

Message from your Instructor: I am an active instructor who cares about his students. I read and respond to all email and pertaining to this course and even your personal projects.

What are the requirements?

  • Students will need to have basic familiarity with the the Macintosh OS
  • Own Affinity Designer for 49.99 or have installed the 10 day free Trial

What am I going to get from this course?

  • an understanding of Affinity Designers tools
  • an understanding of Affinity's Designers vector/pixel Hybrid workflow
  • an understanding of common graphical and illustrative terms
  • simple creative techniques that yield high visual impact
  • FREE sketches to work from
  • FREE brushes, textures and color pallettes
  • one completed project

What is the target audience?

  • This course was created with the beginner in mind but also usefull for someone transitioning from similar applications like illustrator. This course is probably not for you If you are already familiar with Affinity Designers tools and workflows.

What you get with this course?

Not for you? No problem.
30 day money back guarantee.

Forever yours.
Lifetime access.

Learn on the go.
Desktop, iOS and Android.

Get rewarded.
Certificate of completion.

Curriculum

Section 1: Introduction
03:45

Students will be introduced to the Affinity Designer course instructor. The main take away from this introduction will be "Interaction". Engaging the community engaging your instructor, rating and reviewiwing, and sharing this course with a friend is some of the best ways to show your gratitude and appreiciation.

Section 2: Understanding the Difference Between Vectors and Pixels
05:14

Students will leave this lecture with an understanding of vectors and pixels and how they apply to Affininty Designer.

02:54

After completing this tutorial students will understand what personas are and how to access the personas in Affinity Designer.

Section 3: The Affinity Design Studio Interface
09:12

After completing this lecture students will have a clear understanding of the Affinity Designer Interface. Students will understand where to find the tools, panels, context menu and the canvas to effectively understand where things are so that they can move on to other important lectures and tutorials.

05:27

After completing this lecture students will be able to create a new file and adjust the preferences of their document.

12:06

After completing this lecture students will be able use the toolbar and the context toolbar in Affinity Designer.

19:59

After completing this lecture students will be able to utilize the menus and palettes in Affinity Designer.

08:21

After completing this lecture students will be able to use the guides, grids and snapping features in Affinity Designer.

Section 4: Anatomy of a Vector Object ( the pen tool primer)
06:49

The backbone of every vector illustration contains these fundamental elements. I will explain what they are and how you can use them to create shapes and forms in Affinity Designer. After completing this lecture students will have a clear understanding of the nodes, lines, and shapes and will be able to utilize them to build their own illustration.

14:40

After completing this lecture students will learn to manipulate and edit the nodes of their vector illustration with the advance node editing features of Affinity Designer

10:03

After completing this lecture students will learn to use the and edit nodes by changing the node types.

05:44

After completing this lecture students will be able to add and manipulate the special shape tools in Affinity Designer.

05:25

I will explain what to with them and how you can use them to help convey what you are trying to say.

Section 5: Selecting and Manipulating Vectors
07:34

After completing this lecture students will be able to use the direct selection and layers method of selecting objects in Affinity Designer.

04:27

After watching this lecture students will know how to use the bounding box in Affinity designer to scale, rotate, and skew objects.

09:52

After completing this lecture students will be able to to use layers and groups to organize objects in Affinity Designer.

13:49

Students will be able to use the fx, adjustment layers, and masking in Affinity Designer.

12:39
Students will be able to use the fx, adjustment layers, and masking in Affinity Designer.
19:05

After completing this section students will be able to create complex shapes by utilizing the compound objects in Affinity Designer.

Section 6: Illustrating your first character drawing.
06:18

After this lecture students will be able to use my tips for organizing their Affinity Designer project.

03:31

After completing this lecture Affinity Designer students will know how to import place and setup their sketches so that they can trace and color their drawings in Affinity Designer.

02:50

Students will be able to adjust their pencil sketch in the pixel persona of Affinity designer by using curves.

14:58

In this lecture, students will learn how to digitally ink their art with the pen tool.

18:59
In this lecture, students will learn how to digitally ink their art with the pen tool.
11:38
In this lecture, students will learn how to digitally ink their art with the pen tool in Affinity Designer.


15:51

In this video students will learn how to use the gradient tools add detail to their vector art in Affinity Designer.

06:49

After watching this lecture students will have learned the techniques for creating their own custom textures.

12:53

In this lecture I explain how to extract an image from a picture so you can add it to another image. At the moment you will not see this covered anywhere else.

17:22

In this bonus lecture students will learn how use the fx to make text look like metal.

Section 7: Conclusion
A few last words
01:40

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Instructor Biography

Ronnie McBride, Visual Designer / Instructor

I am a freelance visual designer with 15+ years of experience working in the design industry.

After graduating with a degree in industrial design, I began my career working for a branding agency in New York City as a web designer. While there, I had the pleasure of working with very talented graphic designers and illustrators who taught me how important it is to tell a good story through pictures and graphics. After learning a great deal about the role of design in business, I created Mixmediasalad Design.

I am an Award-winning designer/artist whose work has been recognized on a local and national level. I have worked for the Last 15 years as an illustrator, graphic designer, photographer/videographer, web designer and art director for major brands and small companies alike. I have alway had a hunger, love, and passion for design and huge respect for the creative arts. I love to share and teach people as much as I love learning new things.

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