Affinity Designer: The Complete Guide to Creating Vector Art
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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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4.4 (234 ratings)
Instead of using a simple lifetime average, Udemy calculates a course's star rating by considering a number of different factors such as the number of ratings, the age of ratings, and the likelihood of fraudulent ratings.
1,615 students enrolled
Created by Ronnie McBride
Last updated 10/2016
English
Price: $60
30-Day Money-Back Guarantee
Includes:
  • 5 hours on-demand video
  • 1 Supplemental Resource
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
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What Will I Learn?
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
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Requirements
  • Students will need to have basic familiarity with the the Mac/ Pc Operating Systems
  • Own Affinity Designer for 49.99 or have installed the 10 day free Trial
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.

MAC/PC : This course was created when there wasn't a PC version available, If you are a PC user you will still be able to follow this course as long as you know that option is Alt on a PC and command is ctrl on a PC. Everything else about Affinity Designer is similar on both Apple and Microsoft OS systems. 

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.

Who 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.
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Curriculum For This Course
Expand All 30 Lectures Collapse All 30 Lectures 04:49:54
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Introduction
1 Lecture 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.

Preview 03:45
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Understanding the Difference Between Vectors and Pixels
2 Lectures 08:08

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

Preview 05:14

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

understanding personas
02:54
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The Affinity Design Studio Interface
5 Lectures 55:05

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.

overview of the workspace
09:12

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

Preview 05:27

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

toolbar and context toolbar
12:06

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

menus, palettes
19:59

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

guides, grids and snapping
08:21
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Anatomy of a Vector Object ( the pen tool primer)
5 Lectures 42:41

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.

nodes, line and shapes
06:49

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

manipulating and editing nodes
14:40

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

bezier handles sharp, and smooth corner points
10:03

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

special vector shapes
05:44

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

open paths vs closed paths
05:25
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Selecting and Manipulating Vectors
6 Lectures 01:07:26

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

selection methods
07:34

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

Preview 04:27

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

layers and groups
09:52

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

fx, adjustment layers, masks, and styles - Part 1
13:49

Students will be able to use the fx, adjustment layers, and masking in Affinity Designer.
fx, adjustment layers, masks, and styles - Part 2
12:39

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

creating complex shapes with compound objects
19:05
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Illustrating your first character drawing.
10 Lectures 01:51:09

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

organizing your project
06:18

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.

Preview 03:31

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

Preview 02:50

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

digital inking your art - part 1
14:58

In this lecture, students will learn how to digitally ink their art with the pen tool.
digital inking your art - part 2
18:59

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


coloring your sketch
11:38

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

adding the details
15:51

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

creating a custom texture
06:49

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.

Bonus Lecture - making pixel selections to extract an object from a picture
12:53

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

Bonus Lecture - how to create the metal text effect
17:22
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Conclusion
1 Lecture 01:40
A few last words
01:40
About the Instructor
Ronnie McBride
4.4 Average rating
234 Reviews
1,615 Students
1 Course
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.