First blurp - Feb 12 2018 22:44. The Adobeless era is nearing. Bought Affinity Photo today. It also means the end of my previously favorite bitmap editing tool Corel PhotoPain(t). The latter kept crashing while attempting to export png-files. Adobe is in the process of committing suicide with its subscription model; it may give them short term profit increase, because there were no properly working alternatives, but Serif is changing that rapidly. Affinity Photo and Designer work exceptionally well and Affinity Publisher is on its way. I am not sure if it is Serif's plan to create a web design program, but that would take away any reason to stay with Adobe. Corel never bothered to supply a web design program, which could make them an easy victim of Serif's prolific publishing of programs. The Internet is the world's main communication platform and companies that fail to acknowledge that aren't going to be around for long. Adobe is too greedy and Corel's suit is incomplete. Enter Serif.
Blurp Feb 13 2018 01:01. Click on the image to see how I build portraits from scratch. I tested a trial of Affinity Photo and after fiddling around with it for a brief period of time, I decided to buy it. I'm increasingly becoming convinced that all I could do in Corel PhotoPain(t) I can do in Affinity Photo as well. Some things even better. Affinity is strong in doing non-destructive editing, which is a safe road for artists, since the original remains in tact. Once they're done developing their Publisher there will be no reason to apply for a mortgage for the right to work with the Adobe suit anymore. With Affinity you get a license and don't have to pay over and again to use a program. I've also seen many have trouble when renewing their Adobe subscription, which is history when buying Affinity products. Also the involuntarily sending artwork to the Adobe cloud is not necessary. Time for many to make a sensible switch.
Blurp Feb 13 2018 23:18. Every day I discover new options in Affinity Photo that I never encountered in any other program. They speed up work significantly while improving figurative realistic art. Serif must have consulted (and probably still is) advanced graphic artists. Unlike competitors that currently dominate the market (but not for long anymore I suspect) the Affinity programmers don't have to deal with legacy code, which results in a swiftly working program that is both compact and offers artists more (unmatched) tools and allows them to do things with less clicks. As is common in life the older generations must make place for newer ones that have new possibilities and are more efficient. Affinity Photo is a joy to work with. Its price - 54 Euro - is stunningly low and includes 3 free upgrades. That is an aspect that will make the program soar past all of its competitors pretty soon, particularly since it can import and output all file formats that the Adobe suit does, which makes print shops happy.
Blurp Feb 17 2018 03:58. I used to do a lot of airbrushing in the past, but found it increasingly frustrating that none of the paint producers has been able to create a decent white paint that doesn't appear blue hued instead of white. It's very annoying and ruins a painting instantly and lastingly. It's why I switched to creating digital art. I always draw portraits from scratch, because there's often something I dislike in photos and I aim to bring forward the essence of a portait's subject according to my own perception. This leads to changing details, such as the direction in which the eyes are looking and almost always a change of the reflections in the eyes to make glaces more vivid. Poor hair dressers' jobs can be corrected digitally too. I also apply filters to the reference photo before starting to work on the portrait in order to bring out details that are hidden that I may use in the portait. And I collect as many photos as possible to obtain a better understanding of a face.
Blurp Feb 18 2018 02:37. This night I ran into Danny Gatton on Youtube, One of the greatest scarcely known guitar players since Buckethead. My jaw dropped to the floor when first hearing this bloke play. Can't see Clapton (or any other golden boy of the industry) do what he does. Check this out for instance. Or this. He also plays with a bottle of beer and a towel....(from 4:00 minutes in the video). Unfortunately Danny Gatton has moved to less bonkers venues.
Blurp Feb 18 2018 11:50. Serif also has a vector drawing program that aims to compete (and kill) Adobe Illustrator. They're not there yet, but in time graphic artists will attend the funeral of Illustrator. I don't have a lot of experience yet with Affinity Designer, but check out this video and I'm sure you'll understand why Adobe is worried. An other producer of a vector design program that has reason to sweat, is Corel. I found CorelDRAW more useful than Illustrator in many ways, but looking at Serif's planned development of functions for Designer, manufacturers of current industry standard programs will be forced to re-think their strategies or run the risk of perishing. The monopoly is crumbling fast.
Blurp Feb 18 2018 14:45. MAXSyncUp is a backup program that really works well for me. I tried AOMEI before but that did not backup well over a home network. MAXSyncUp has an Apple style 'Timeline' way of backing up files on-the-fly in an incremental way. Also over a network. It can also backup and sync to the cloud or external storage. You create a 'Profile' in which you define directories and / or individual files to backup and sync, but the profile crashes when you have corrupt files. I had two of those (Corel PhotoPaint files) among well over a 140,000 files. Removing them is the solution, since the program I created them with - Corel PhotoPain(t) - didn't work correctly anymore. This was an other reason to look for a different bitmapeditor. A few months ago my computer crashed for the second time in 8 years, which made me realize I definitely needed a properly working backup program. Oh, and by the way, MAXSyncUp is free....
Blurp Feb 18 2018 23:02. The only thing that didn't go well after I bought Affinity Photo, was installing it. The trial version that was installed on my computer would not uninstall, at least when using the Windows 10 Programs tool. It kept reporting that it was uninstalling, but never reached the end of the process. After I cut that off and tried installing the latest version of Affinity Photo (188.8.131.52), the program would not start. I then downloaded and installed the free version of the WISE Uninstaller and uninstalled both the Affinity Photo trial and purchased version, using the forced uninstall option that also cleans up program related registry entries and files on the hard disk that the default Windows Program tool 'forgot' to remove. Then I installed Affinity Photo again and after doing that it works flawlessly.
Blurp Feb 19 2018 00:08. A very useful feature of Affinity Photo is the option to import psd-files. Regardless of which program you used - Adobe Photoshop or Corel PhotoPain(t) - Affinity Photo is capable of importing those files while retaining the layer structure that you created. It can also export them preserving the layers and their properties, which doesn't make the collection that you have built over the years useless when you decide to make the switch to Affinity Photo. It also makes it possible to exchange files with artists that you collaborate with who are still working with aforementioned programs and the print shop. I have even read on the Serif forum that Serif has undetermined future plans to offer the possibility to import (place) cdr-files (CorelDRAW). That reaks of an attempt to conquer the entire graphic design market. And it sure smells nice.
Blurp Feb 23 2018 12:12. Just bought Affinity Designer. I want to break away definitively from Adobe and Corel. Burn the ships and not look back. After conversion of files, I will be able to ditch them both. I have enough confidence in Affinity to forget about the old tools of the trade, one of which is way too expensive and the other too buggy. It's high time for a new era with new players; the old ones haven't understood into which direction design market users wanted to go. Apart from grasping the users'wishes Affinity added new features that will be indispensible pretty soon. I for one am glad they took up the gauntlet and dared to engage in combat with the former champions. Seems they're heading for a knock-out.
Blurp Feb 23 2018 23:38. I made some grass in Affinity Designer and Photo. Drew the grass in Designer, exported it and made a custom bursh in Photo. Beats having to draw each and every single blade. The brush mode allows to jitter all sorts of parameters, which continually draws a different version of the image drawn in Designer. The hue, spacing, rotation, size, X and Y offset, hardness and more can all be defined, resulting in the best grass I've ever had. And all that within the blink of an eye. I'm amazed. Right click the image and open in a new tab if you want to see a larger image with more detail. The brushes are huge time savers when creating textures and Affinity Photo's UI lets you find all the functions you need in a flash.
Blurp Feb 24 2018 13:24. This site was made, using the Mobirise webeditor. I tried dozens of other programs, including Dreamweaver, Pinegrow, Pingendo etc. but this one did exactly what I wanted to create without any hasle (coding) in a sec. First, I like the bootstrap, because it allows the nav bar to remain visible, regardless from where you've scrolled to on a page and secondly it has all the blocks you're likely to use. Secondly, the built-in FTP works well and thirdly and finally, it's free. Of course it's not able to do what more advanced programs are capable of, but if you want to make a proper site in a brief period of time, Mobirise is the thing to use. Should you want to add more complex content to your site, it has blocks that you have to purchase. I didn't use any of those for this site.
Blurp Feb 24 2018 13:40. Much of the stuff to keep my computer running, I found on the MajorGeeks website. A colllection of simple useful tools, most of which have been tested by their mods. On their home page in the column at the top left you see the categories of files they've assembled. I found the WISE Uninstaller and MAX SyncUp back-up tool in MajorGeeks, which I consider to be indispensible programs. Also, if you dislike external sites spying on you, you may want to take a peek at this Destroy Windows 10 Spying. It adds entries to your host-file (which you can do manually as well, like I did), turns off key-loggers and all sorts of other measures to keep uninvited and unwanted parties off your machine. This logo was drawn in AD.
Blurp Feb 24 2018 19:54. All graphics for the websites I create, are made in Affinity Designer and Affinity Photo. The latest one for 'Stem van de Straat', a sincere political party in Amsterdam, The Netherlands that fights for the rights of the poorest people in society. For the time being in Amsterdam where the party was founded by Steven Brown. In his blog (written in Dutch) he targets the corrupt Dutch political scene. The Stem van de Straat party shares many issues that Steven posts in his blog. Be sure to check them out both. If you need a website, feel free to contact me and I'll see what I can do for you. You will get top notch graphics (like you see in this site), SEO compliant text and appealing text in Dutch or English,plus an efficient UI. I can work with Wordpress sites or create them using other web editors.
Blurp Feb 25 2018 16:14. If you need your tax forms or other administrative business handled swiftly and properly while you really have no clue of how to correctly go about that, check out this website. It's the Aadoni Administrative and Tax-services website that takes care of all the red tape for a very reasonable price, while keeping you updated continuously. You can also collaborate digitally over the web if you prefer to do so or have little time to visit their facility. They have been audited by the Dutch tax office and came out without a single flaw each time. These are matters you want to trust with the best and reliable only. Don't look any further; they are the best. Btw, this is a test site, in the end it will have its own internet address.
Blurp Feb 26 2018 01:07. Fiddling about with masks and colour curve adjustment tool in AD. Oosbleednisthen? I'm kind of amazed by the program's capabilities; less clicks, better results, every graphic artist's dream. Having extensive knowledge of Illustrator and CorelDRAW, both of which I used in a professional capacity, I must say I like the Affinity approach. It's not just that they don't have to find solutions with the legacy code, they must have designers in their developer team. All functions are well thought out and hence very effective. That requires an open mind, assuming they've been using the market leaders programs themselves and as a result got accustomed to the UI's and workflow. Not just wanting to do things better, but also more flexible and offering real life previews with every function. Absolutely brilliant. There are just a few functions lacking, but as they have indicated in their future plans, it's a matter of time before their programs will be able to carry out those functions as well. And probably in a more logical and faster way. That's good news for artists that are looking for alternatives for the suits of the monopolists.
Blurp Feb 26 2018 22:05. Users that are new to the Affinity programs, most likely will find it useful to visit the Affinity Vimeo channel. They'll find tons of useful tutorials there that will get them up to speed in no time. Although many functions are similar to those in Illustrator and Photoshop and some are lacking (as of yet), Affinity Designer and Photo have a shipload of functionality that isn't present in Adobe's flagships. How to use them is properly explained in the Vimeo video clips of their channel. It will make the artist's life easier and probably make many of their customers happy with the artwork. The time spent on Vimeo watching the instruction videos will certainly not be wasted.
Blurp Feb 27 2018 00:48.Line test in Affinity Designer. These are all vector lines. Apart from the middle one to the left (which is an expanded stroke), they're all editable. The dual color lines actually are two lines one on top of the other. The top line in the middle object to the right is a dashed line to which a 3D Layer Effect was applied. The dual color line (representing a colour coded electrical wire) in the object at the bottom right, is line that has a duplicate on top of the original line that is made narrower that also had a 3D Layer Effect applied to it. Not as easy as in Illustrator, but still editable. Such types of lines could be useful for manuals and schematics. The two top lines that have variable widths are suited for cartoon drawings. Right click the image and choose Open image in new tab to see a larger version of the drawing.
Blurp Feb 28 2018 01:06. Another test in Affinity Designer. Placing text on a path, masking objects within objects, gradient fills and fiddling around with fx. Slowly getting the hang of it. Approach is slightly different from Illustrator and CorelDRAW, but so far, for the tings I draw, there have been no necessity to laboriously work arond things to achieve similar effects. The most useful advantage of Affinity Designer is that adjustments, effects, gradient fills and transparency are parametric. It allows to make additional changes from the situation where you left off the previous time - all ajusting aids and parameters are preserved. In addition the editable history goes back right to the start of the drawing. This is an abosolute plus over the competition.
Blurp Feb 28 2018 23:30. Test to see what's needed in Affinity Designer to make a vector portrait. Not a shred of bitmap editing here. It's still rather clumsy, but at least I know where the mistakes were made and I found what is possible and what isn't. All in all, with the proper practice I think this may actually go somewhere. AD has some features you won't find in competitors' apps and I'm sure they will prove to be useful for creating detailed vector portraits. The blurring tool and transparency tool as well as the gradient tool are great and allow to make nice transition areas. This portrait was drawn from scratch without the use of a reference photo. I think I've found the best program to do this. I'm impressed with Affinity Designer once more.
Blurp Mar 01 2018 13:40. Wild is the wind. And bloody cold as well. Coldest day in 100 years in spite of the hallucinated global warming, currently retagged as climate change, because days like this make Gore's invention unsustainable. And we had too many of those since he started crapping about with his bogus message. It's supposed to be bloody spring this month and it doesn't look like the weather has been informed about it. Bowie's 'Wild is the wind' has a tendency to take me into better moods, although they are a bit sentimental. The lyrics, melody and timbre of his voice in this particular song are beyond compare. Besides 'Major Tom' I think this is one of his best. The image was created by fiddling with Affinity designer to get familiar with it.
Blurp Mar 09 2018 00:07. This is my first attempt at creating a realistic portrait entirely consisting of vector shapes exclusively. I used the Affinity Designer beta 1.6.4 after having had a horrendous crash with both AP and AD after receiving an update (184.108.40.206). The new betas work well, fortunately, except for exporting to png all of a sudden. I am confident though that this problem will be resolved any time soon. The portrait isn't yet finished; detailing still has to be done, but the appearance of Mr. Abe Lincoln is already recognizable (I hope). AD's option to blur vector shapes - similar to what Inkscape offers - makes mesh colouring redundant. This approach has more similarities to analogue painting and allows to create realistic portraits a lot quicker while also offering many options to re-edit what I have drawn later.
Blurp Mar 13 2018 01:52. Actually, I was considering abandoning Windows some time ago, having established that I would have enough programs that run under Linux to continue to do what I do with regard to computer jobs. Affinity's Adesigner and Photo made me stick with Remond's often buggy OS for the time being. The coloured version of the Abe Lincoln vector project was made with Affinity Designer, which I will probably use for making digital portraits in future, since it allows me to re-scale the image to any desired size without loss of detail and blurring of the image. I wrote about my impressions of making this first vector portrait in my portfolio blog. Basically AD's magnificent vector functionality makes photo-editors and vector mesh-fills redundant.....
Blurp Mar 13 2018 02:22. If you're an old geezer like me you'll probably think modern day music commonly is ear bending noise, while their lyrics are bonkers. I recall my parents had a similar opinion about the music I liked when I was young, popular and still believed that I had a wonderful future ahead of me. Perhaps this is an evolutionary thing. But when looking at music notations, tabs and lyrics of golden oldies, it is difficult to deny that they make the crap that the music industry turns out these days, look rather ridiculous. So, if you are in desperate need of ear candy and you are not in the mood for complex compositions you may want to tune in to Surf Rock Radio. It's not Buckethead or Danny Gatton type of brilliance, but just nice stuff.
Blurp Mar 15 2018 19:39. Today I started vector drawing my second portrait. The image represents the vector shapes. After this vector brush texturing will start to avoid making the portrait look like the usual smooth, undetailed vector drawing. It will be realistic to the highest detail. From making the previous portrait I know exactly where and how the mistakes were made; they won't be repeated in this one. I use Affinity Designer (of course) and when the portrait is finished not a single pixel will be in it - it will only contain hand drawn vectors. As a result the image will be rescalable to any desired size without losing detail and crispness. Vector drawing is the future. It allows to tinker until everything is perfect. Designer's parametric functionality helps a lot to achieve hyper realistic vector portraits. Designer is the future.