Is your passion creating vector graphics? You have come to the right place! This Affinity Designer tutorial is for people that are passionate about creating digital art and wish to enhance their skills. However, the potential students of this course should already be familiar with Affinity Designer 1.6, since this course aims to introduce you to all the new features the Affinity Designer 1.7 added for us, art lovers.
Specifically, this Affinity Designer tutorial will show you the differences between the 1.6 and 1.7 versions. For instance, one of the first lectures will discuss how former pen tool icons were changed in the latest version. Some of them remained the same, but some previous icons have new functions, and several entirely new icons introduce functions that were not offered before.
Affinity Designer is an excellent solution for developing your graphic design skills. Its price is not that painful for your wallet, and the software can work on both Mac and Windows. Therefore, it is a low-budget but impressive software application that you can use for learning or more serious projects.
While some might dismiss Affinity Designer 1.7 and its preceding versions as an application for amateurs and beginners, the software is actually more than fit to serve graphic design professionals. While Adobe Illustrator (often chosen as the industry leader) requires you to pay for a subscription of the software, you only need to pay once for Affinity Designer!
This Affinity Designer tutorial will prepare you to use the latest version of this software. But what changes can improve the way you use the Affinity Designer pen tool? First of all, while using the pen tool, you will notice new icons during different moments of drawing. For instance, while hovering over a segment or curve node when no nodes are selected.
In terms of node tools, there are also some new icons to explore. For example, one of the new icons uses modifier ALT (option) to work as a node selection tool on a selected curve or segment.
Additionally, this Affinity Designer tutorial introduces the use of a new transform menu, which helps you select and transform two nodes as one. I will also explain how you can affect the rotation of nodes to suit the needs of your design through this new menu.
The previously mentioned features in this Affinity Designer tutorial refer to topics that we discuss in the early lectures of this course. After reviewing these updates, we turn to the new pen tool and snapping modes.
This Affinity Designer course does not just tell you about the new modes, icons, etc. I will show the application of all these changes, and provide tips on how they might affect your work. In most cases, the updates will help you work more efficiently (which is what we all want).
As the cherry on top, I will also include a small exercise, displaying the application of the features. We will be creating a perfect circle with the pen tool manipulating handles. I am very excited to start working with you in this Affinity Designer course! However, to make the lessons more meaningful, you should have the Affinity Designer installed. Then, you will be able to experiment with the new features!