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Earliest: March 20, 2009Latest: September 18, 2021Total: 54
February 3, 2021

White Balance in Affinity Designer

There are a few differences between Affinity Photo and Affinity Designer - where as some functionality isn't available in both applications.

White Balance is available in both applications.

White Balance fixes issues with the color of a photo - particularly if the photo was taken with bad lighting.

White Balance Affinity Designer

Apply White Balance

In Affinity Designer, White Balance is applied to a particular object in a layer.

  1. Select the Layer that you want to apply the White Balance.
  2. Select the Layer Menu
  3. Select the "New Adjustment" and then select the White Balance.

Best to Use the Picker

I would highly recommend using the "Picker" to identify the pixel in the photo that should be white.

Simply click on the "Picker" and then select the part of the image that should be white.

You can play around with the "White Balance" and "Tint" sliders to get some interesting color effects on your photo.

January 27, 2021

Color Palette

Swatches are a way easily pick a color that you would like to use as an object color or as a font color. It?s a great way to switch between colors and maintain a consistent look and feel.

Affinity Designer supports the ability to import Swatches. You can import any standard. Swatch file to use in Affinity or in the system.

Dun Edwards Color Pallete

Build Your Library

Since you can import any library, why not import some generic colors. It might give you some colors that you may not have thought about.

Here are a couple of swatches to download and import:

Sherwin-Williams

One of the popular paint companies in the world has made available their entire paint catalog in a single swatch file.

Download the ColorSnap Photoshop CS2 & Later swatch file.

Make sure the file you download has an ASE extension - that's what Affinity Designer supports.

Dunn Edwards Paint

Dunn-Edwards has been the leading paint manufacturer in the Southwestern United States since 1925.

They have made their entire color palette available in Adobe Illustrator format - which works perfectly well in Affinity Designer.

Visit the Illustrator Swatches page on to download the swatches.

Note: There are a lot more colors in the Dunn Edwards Pallete than in the Sherwin-Williams.

January 20, 2021

Change Shortcuts

Affinity Designer has a lot of great keyboard shortcuts as part of the standard installation. What's nice is that you can pretty much set your own shortcut to whatever works for you.

When I was using Photoshop, a long time ago, I got in the habit of using Shift Command D to place images. So for a while, I replaced the Affinity Designer section for "Place Images" with the Shift Command D.

Place Image Tool

Recently I have learned that the "Place Image Tool" offers the same flexibility to inserting images using the "Place" menu which is located under the File menu.

There's no short-cut assigned to the "Place Image Tool." The letter 'i' is assigned to the Color Picker, which I hardly use. It didn't make sense to have a short-cut to something that I don't use.

Last week, I decided to change the shortcut 'i' for the "Place Image Tool." The keyboard shortcut has come in handy so many times.

Remember the Place Image Options

The one thing I have to keep in mind is all the options when placing an image:

Drag To place your image. (This is what I should do.)
Click To place your image at default size. (This is usually what I do.)
Control to preview the image before dragging
Command To place center about the starting point
Shift To drag without keeping the aspect ratoi
Option To ignore snapping (if its on)

Good Reminder!

This is a good reminder to evaluate all the different keyboard shortcuts in Affinity Designer. Are there any that could be changed to make your life easier?

You can see all the keyboard shortcuts by going under Preferences and selecting Keyboard Shortcuts.

January 13, 2021

Champing

Affinity Designer includes a lot of great keyboard shortcuts. These shortcuts make things so much easier.

The tools menu has a lot of great shortcuts enabled by default. For fun, I put in the shortcut letters (abcfghimnpvyz) in an anagram generator to see if some words might come out to help remember some of the letters.

The biggest word to come out was: Champing

Toolbar shortcuts

Here's what "Champing" represents:

C Corner Tool
H View Tool
A Node Tool
M Rectangle Tool
P Pen Tool
I Color Picker Tool
N Pencil Tool
G Fill Tool

Most Popular Keys

These are the four most popular toolbar shortcut keys that I need to learn and start using. Learning these will save me a lot of time.

These are the most common tools I use:

B Vector Brush Tool Drawing
H View Tool Move the canvas around.
T Text Tool Type some text.
V Move Move Objects around the canvas

The initals BHTV is Beverly HIlls Television. That won't help remember the shortcuts, but it is interesting.

January 6, 2021

Convert to Curve or Rasterize?

Why You Would Converting to Curve?

Converting a vector object to Curve allows you to manipulate the object even more.

Example

You can change individual letters in a text so they appear in different colors or styles.

This is a very common action, so much so that Affinity Designer has made it easy to do the conversion.

When the object is selected:

  • Click on the "Convert to Curve" in the toolbar.
  • In the Layers menu select the "Convert to Curves" menu option.
  • Right Click on the object and select "Convert to Curve"
  • Use they keyboard shortcut: Command Return

After the object is changed you should see the "(Curve)" in the object Layer row.

Why You Would Rasterize an Object?

Rasterizing is when you want to convert an object into a Pixel object.

This is usually done when you import an image and want to do some changes to it. When you rasterize an image, anything outside of the canvas will get chopped off.

Example

You placed an image in a document and you want to remove anything not on the canvas.

December 23, 2020

Affinity Designer Brushes

In Affinity Designer there are two types of brush controls. When you're using the Designer Persona you have a very limited set of brush options. However, when you're in Pixel Persona you have a lot more options.

Affinity Designer Brush Options
See that you have more options in the Pixel Persona

Five Things I Learned

Only Pixel brushes are available in the Pixel Persona. So if you installed brushes and don't see them in Affinity Designer it's probably because you're not in the right persona.

The Pixel Persona gives you a lot more controls with Flow and scatter, something that isn't available in the Designer Persona.

Click the "Duplicate" button when making changes so that you can access the settings whenever you want.

After using the brush make sure to rasterize the layer.

If you are using Affinity Designer brush a lot you may want to get a Wacom tablet so that you can add pressure effect to the brushes - giving a more realistic look.

December 16, 2020

Quickly Export Artboard Sections

Affinity Designer's ArtBoard feature makes it easy to work on different size images at the same time. I can work on an image for Desktop users at the same time as Mobile users.

Exporting ArtBoard can be tricky as for the longest time I exported each ArtBoard via the Export option. There is a better way.

The secret to properly exporting an ArtBoard is to use the export persona. You can export the individual ArtBoard as their names with a click of a button.

Export Persona Art Board

Tips and Tricks

If your using templates, you should define the default ArtBoard preset in the template. Simply edit the template and set the compression in each ArtBoard in the Export Persona.

Affinity Designer does not support variables. So you can?t set up an ArtBoard template and have a different Layer Slice name every time you open it.

The name of the slice is the name of the output image.

Use the "Export Slices" button (see Green Box in the graphic) at the bottom of the slices tab to export all the ArtBoards at once. This is your one click and done.

December 9, 2020

Checklist Functionality in Affinity Designer

There is no checklist functionality in Affinity Designer or Affinity Photo. While you can create bullet lists, you can't create checklists.

At least not out of the box, but there is an easy way to change that.

You simply use custom paragraph styles with the "Emoji & Symbols" functionality. Here's how to get it done.

Steps the create your Custom Checklist

The best way to understand how to do this is to watch it in action.

Things To Note

To create a checkbox, you should create a new paragraph style called CheckBox.

Add a Billet list, and then change the text.

You can get the Checkbox from the "Emoji & Symbols" dialog box. Its in the Bullets/Stars section. (You can search for Ballot Box)

Expand the default "Emoji & Symbols" box by clicking on the icon in the top right corner.

Don't forget to click Ok once done.

You will need to create the style for every new document.

If you use templates, if you create the style in the master template, it will be available in every new iteration.

Remember the shortcut to open up the "Emoji & Symbols" dialog: Control - Command - Space.

Sample Designs

This is a sample design of all the cool things you can do with the checklist in Affinity Designer and the symbols in the "Emoji & Symbols" section.

List Items Graphic

December 2, 2020

Make Your Own Asset Panel

The Asset panel in Affinity Designer is a great way to store common graphic files. It's a great way to reuse common everyday objects.

You can expand your collection by downloading some prebuilt Asset libraries online. Here are some places that have Affinity Designer Assets:

Affinity Designer Assets

Creating Your Own

If you have EPS or AI graphic files downloaded from Creative Market, Inky Deals, Deposit Photo, 123RF, or others. You can easily make your own Affinity Designer collection from those collections.

In the above graphic, you can see how I moved the images in the AI file into my own Asset collection. Now I have access to the balloon graphics whenever I want.

Key Tips and Tricks

Create a new Asset Category. This can be done by going to the panel preferences. That's located at the top right of the panel. This will help you be more organize and you can easily remove it at a later date.

When you're doing this from AI or EPS files, make sure to GROUP the items before dragging and dropping it to the Asset Panel. Keyboard Shortcut: Command G

I usually lock the layers first before doing any selection. This prevents you from accidentally moving objects in the file during your selection.

I then switch to the "Outline view mode." Keyboard Shortcut: Command Y. This way I can see the lines that I want to use.

After you select the items, use Command G to group them. Then move the objects to the Assets panel

June 9, 2019

Affinity Designer Calendar Asset

Affinity Designer is a great tool to create graphics. It easy too use and has a lot of capabilities.

Affinity Designer Assets is a group of graphics that you can reuse anytime you want. Think of it as a personal library file for any function or style when you need it.

There are some sites that offer templates and Assets. One good place is the Affinity Resources in the Affinity forums. You can get a lot of great brushes and templates.

Business Planner Asset

Recently, I was looking for a Quarterly Calendar, and couldn't find one. So I thought I create a Affinity Designer Asset that contains months for Q3 and Q4 in 2019. It's handy to have if you're doing any planning.

Here's the output of all the months:

2019 Calendar
Download the 2019 Calendar Planner.

The nice thing is that you can resize these to fit any design you want. In addition, you can color the days or weeks to highlight certain events. In short, its a very handy template to use.