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Affinity Publisher - Beyond the basics

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Topics include illustration, design, photography, and more

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Lessons in This Class

25 Lessons (1h 45m)
    • 1. Introduction

      1:31
    • 2. How to use this Class

      2:18
    • 3. Indexing in Affinity Publisher

      8:10
    • 4. Merge documents

      5:26
    • 5. Images pinning up

      5:06
    • 6. Find and Replace Beyond the basics

      6:31
    • 7. Image resizing

      1:27
    • 8. Preflight Panel

      10:25
    • 9. Storing in Assets Panel

      4:32
    • 10. How to select a great Font

      5:39
    • 11. Text Position using Kerning and Tracking

      6:58
    • 12. Text Positioning Leading, Shear, etc

      6:00
    • 13. Working with special characters

      5:37
    • 14. Optical alignment

      2:34
    • 15. Text Ruler

      2:33
    • 16. Effects Panel for Titles

      4:53
    • 17. Intro to Personas

      5:00
    • 18. Pen tool for drawing a text frame

      2:43
    • 19. Removing parts of the image

      2:18
    • 20. Photo Persona features part 2

      3:01
    • 21. Desginer Persona

      2:06
    • 22. Quick text selections word, line and paragraph

      1:00
    • 23. Moving text quickly

      1:12
    • 24. Customize Preferences

      6:21
    • 25. Thank You

      2:00
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About This Class

Welcome to Affinity Publisher - Beyond the basics!


In this course, we will take your Affinity Publisher to the next level by going over some features that not many people know about or use efficiently!

We will go step by step over some key concepts such as:

  • How to use the Photo and Designer Personas in Affinity Publisher
  • How to use kerning and tracking for your text
  • How to select a great font for your document
  • Working with special characters
  • Optical alignment
  • The preflight panel
  • and many more!

You do not have to be a professional designer to take this course, it would be good idea to know some basics of Affinity Publisher first thought. 

The most important part will be to complete the Class Project to keep the knowledge for the long run, so have a look at the Class Project while you go over the lessons.

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Georgi I.

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Hello!

I am Georgi. I am a software geek that have been using software tools for years to increase my productivity and advance my career.

I love teach and my goal is to help people master software tools that will enable them to achieve any one of the following goals:

- Get the next promotion at work by utilizing software to set yourself apart from the competition
- Make your CV standout by adding trending skills
- Improve the operations of your business

My mantra is teaching by doing. Let's get going!

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1. Introduction: Hello, and welcome to this intermediate to advanced course on Affinity Publisher. In this course we're going to cover all the advanced features that you need in order to make your designs standout. We're going to be exploring features such as how do we remove parts of an image? How to work with special characters, which in your design. How to properly resize images without losing quality. How to use the studio links to connect to Affinity photo in order to change colors of parts of the image. How to use the preflight panel tool in order to make sure your document doesn't have any errors that may impact your final design. How to create assets from your existing document. So you can use at a later stage how to create index pages really quickly and many, many other features that will make you a true master in using the Affinity Publisher application. This course is full of tips and tricks on how to use Affinity Publisher like a pro. Some of these tips and tricks are things that not even experienced designers know. I'm really excited to be your teacher. So let's proceed to the first lesson so you can become an expert in the two in no time. 2. How to use this Class: Hello. Before we begin with the intermediate to advanced features in Affinity Publisher, I wanted to spend a minute and Latino Water believes going to be the best way to use this course. Now, this is not a beginner scores, so we now going to be building a document from scratch here. What we're going to be using is an existing document which we are going to be using in order to see how we can use the intermediate and advanced features in Affinity Publisher. This document is going to be available for you to download within the next lesson. So my advice to you, if you want to follow the steps that we're going to cover, Go on, then loads the Affinity Publisher file and you can use that, however, an even better idea that's going to make the course so much more useful for you, will be to use the features that we're going to talk about within your own projects. So if you have something in mind that you want to create, or if you've actually created something up to some point and now we want to make it look better. Does going to be the best way to go about it? Just usual file, go through the lectures we're going to cover in this course and try to apply as much as possible. If something doesn't really fit into the document, you can still apply and then later on, deleted after the lesson just to see how it works. But if you are just using discourse in order to really understand what are some of the intermediate to advanced features and you don't want to apply anything straightaway. That's also fine. Just go over the course and then you're going to have the course to use at a later point as a reference when you actually going to need to implement some of this functionality. That's it. I just want to set expectations on what is going to be the best way to go about this. Don't expect for us to start from scratch because this is not a beginner scores. So let's now proceed to the first lesson where we're going to start uncovering some of the features within Affinity Publisher. We're going to go from some not so complex topics. And then we're going to proceed building our knowledge with more and more VD specific tools that not many people know about. We can Affinity Publisher. 3. Indexing in Affinity Publisher: Hello, Welcome back. In this lesson, we're going to look at a topic that I've been asked about all the time. And the topic is, how do you do indexing in Affinity Publisher? And the answer is that it's really simple to do. And I'll show you now how to do this in exactly three steps. The first thing that I did is in the same file that four fused for the beginners course. I've inserted some text here on page three, and I'm going to use this text in order to create indexing. So now the first thing that you need to do in Affinity Publisher is to locate the text that you want to index. So let's say for example, in the first paragraph, I want to index mu valet, this one, these two words. So Acoma highlight that text. And then I'm going to click on Text here in the menu at the top are going to find index. And I gonna click on insert index mark. And the topic name is going to be the same. You can rename the topic name here if you want a job and keep it to the same one, okay? And now if you want to be able to see what texts you've indexed in the text in your file. You can go again to text index and click on Show index marks. And now if we zoom in like this, you see that we have a flag on the text that we've indexed. And let's say that I want to also index this one. Highlighted. Go and select text. Index, insert index, mark. And I'll go to the text now in our index, a few more phrases. This one as well. Insert index arc. Okay, this one. Let me also index San Francisco Bay. Just like this. I just want to index a few more, so we have a bigger database to use this one as well. Now, one tip that all suggest for you is if you want to find a specific word in the text, for example, this one, you can just copy it just like this. Pressing control and F to find it. And then here test. So you can see that it's available in two places. And I can index both places just like this. Let's say, for example, that I want to provide you one more example. For example, Martinez, if I want to find Martinez control and EV, and then I can find Martinez just like this. And straight away from here I'm going to click cuz it's going to highlight you the text. I just will click on index, insert index mark. Okay, Now, don't forget that you have a panel here. And in order to find the panel which are 40, Did you go to View Studio? And from here you're going to select index. I already have it, but let me deselect it now. It's not here. Again, View Studio index. And now here you're going to have a pano index. So this is going to show you all the indexes that you've marked and what page they are on. And not only that, but you'll be able to use this menu here in order to amend your index. For example, if I want to delete an index of example, let's say that I don't want much needs to be shown anymore in the index page. I can do it from the text here, right? But let me click on Control and set to go back. But they also can come to the panel here. And I can just select it and click on Delete from here. And that's it. It's going to appear, but I don't want to keep it. So we're gonna go back and you can update the index from here if there's something else that you want to capture. So step 1 was to go through the text in order to find the words that you want to index. The easiest way to do so will be to use the find function with Control F and find the word that you want to index. Or in some cases, obviously, you want to go through the text, index specific things as you read through your text, then this is done. You can then load the panel here in order to make some amendments. You can edit the topic. This is how it's going to appear on the index, for example, or deleted or for example, another thing that you can do is other topic from here. For example, places. This is going to appear here. And then I can click on Find in document. And you see that this found for me in the document where we have the worst place, this case, it's a place, not places. So for example, if I'm looking for something specific in the text, I can just come here. If it was Martinus, for example, I can just type Martinez as a topic. Let me do something that's not here. For example, if I want to find Saturday, I can just type Saturday, click on okay. And then I can right-click on this and click on Find in document. And this is going to find this from in the document. And you can then if there were multiple Saturdays in the document, let me show you one example. For example, type Saturday here. Then let me find in document and you see now that we have it in two places. And I can select O, and this way I can index them all at the same time. This is another really quick and easy way to index specific words that you want to index in your document. Now, you've indexed what you want to have. Let me zoom out a bit. And now you want to create an index page. In order to create an index page, you just want to add a new page. I usually click on here on next, right? And it's going to ask me to add a new page because I'm already on page 4. And I'm going to add just one new page here. Here it is. And in this new page, what you need to do is to use the frame text tool and click and create a frame text just like this. And then once you're in here, what you do is you go to text, you go to index, and you just click on insert index. And here it is. And as easy as that, you've just created an index page. And if we add a new index, let's say that the other index to the danger, which starts with a D here, I just want to go to danger ago, highlighted, not sure if you see it. So let me scroll in and then I'm going go to text, index, insert, index, mark. Danger. You see that this wasn't updated for me. So what do we need to do? So need to click on Refresh here to update index. And now dangers also here. This is how you do indexing in Affinity Publisher, in how you create an index page. Let's now proceed to the next lesson. 4. Merge documents: Welcome back. One of the key features that you need in any design software is the ability to merge different documents. This is especially important when you work on big projects. Let's say, for example, that usually an university booklet is going to be anywhere from 10 to even 50 pages long. And you expect that more than one person will work on the design and the content of the booklet. So you need a way in which you are going to be able to later on them at all the different components together. Here's what I've created. So I've created, this is the main file that we are currently viewing. Then we have two more Affinity Publisher files where colleagues of mine on a specific page for the booklet. So we have my copy then we have the copy from Jim and the copy from Mary. And the question is, how do we merge them together easily? The good news is that this is very easy to do in Affinity Publisher. So here's my booklet. And let's say, for example, that Mary and Jim send me their files. I've put them on my folder in my desktop as if so, then the only thing that I need to do is decide where these pages going to go. So let's say, for example, that they think that their pages should go after page three here. So I'll click on page three, right-click on it. And then I'll click on Add pages from file, just like that. And then the first one that I would add is Jim's page. Click on Open. And here I can decide a few things. I can decide whether I want to import all pages or specific page numbers. In this case, the one that important from Jim is just one page I want to import it, then you can decide to weather. It should be added after page free, before Page 3 or should it replace page 3 that I'm currently on? I got to say it should go after page three. I'm going to click on Okay. And you'll notice that after page 3 we have this brand new page here with more text. Then I'll do this one more time. So I'll go to page four. Antagonists select again, pay up pages from a file. And I'm going to select the version from Mary. And again, I'm going to add it after the page I'm currently on, which is page four. And here it is. Now I have my page three here. I have the page 4 from Jim and page 5 from Mary, where the produce some content for the booklet. Now what's also important to know, let me open the document from Mary, for example, here. Okay, here it is. And let me put the index here. So on hunting, I gonna go to text. And then I'll click on insert index mark content. I'm going to save this. I'm going to go back to my previous file. In order for this to work. What I'll do is I'll delete page 5 because I want to show you that it's possible to import actual index as well. And now go to page 5 here and that's from Jim. I'm going to click on Add pages from file. And again, select Mary's, Mary's page. And I'm going to insert it. Now. I'm going to go to text, index, show, index mark. And you see that the hunting is also important. And if I go to the index that we've previously created, you see that it's currently not here. So it's important to note that Affinity Publisher will import the indexing that you've done on a page. But when you import it in order for distribute, refresh on the index page, you should go to the index panel and click on update here. And now countings also going to appear here. This is one of the features that I really like that when you merge documents, they don't lose any of the extra functionalities such as indexing that you've implemented on the pages. Another important thing to keep in mind is that if some of the pages that you import, our master pages, where master pages have been applied to it. This is also going to be imported and it's going to appear on the your master pages here. And this is how you merge documents in Affinity Publisher, it's very easy and it's one of the most useful features to learn. Because any bigger project you'll be working with multiple people. There'll be multiple people working on the same time for the final design. And this is how you obtain to be able to merge all these different components together. Let's now proceed to the next lesson. 5. Images pinning up: Hello, Welcome back. In this lesson, we're going to look at how pinning images can help us when we design a more complex designs that include a lot of texts and images on the same page. The first thing that we'll do is we'll use pages 4 and 5 in our document. I'm going to click on the Place Image Tool. And I'm going to select an image, for example, this one k. Then I going to decrease the size of the image. It's a bit easier to work with. Like this, for example, let me delete this one. Great. So we have the image here. Now, in a lot of cases, the image will be irrelevant for specific paragraph or area of the text. And you want the image to be next to the text. So let's say, for example, that the image that we currently have here is related to the paragraph below it, this one. Now, the problem is when you are working on more complex designs, you will not be moving things around to change the location of the taste of the image and et cetera. And it's become really annoying because when you move text the image, we're not going to be moved together with it. So let me show you one example. So we said that the paragraph below this image is related to the image. However, we are going to happen if we simply start moving the paragraph. Nothing. I just moved the paragraph but the image stays where it was. And this can cause a lot of work and it can become really annoying when you have to position everything, every single time you move the text with even one line. This is why in such cases, I use in order to link the text with the image, and this is how it's done. So first of all, you select the image and from the menu on the top you'll find float with text. This one here. And you'll notice that the text now is, was covered by the image. And you'll see this pin here. And this pin is how you relate the image with text. And instead of having it at the top or the top paragraph, I can simply move, move it to the below paragraph here. And you notice that my image is still on top of the taste. However, when I start moving the paragraph, the image, now this time is going to fold the paragraph 2 where, wherever you place it. And then you can work with show text wrapping options here. For example, you just open the menu here and you can rub the image, for example, tightly along the text or whatever you want to do. Now when you start using pin, there are some more advanced options that you can have a look at. For example, if you go to view, then you go to Studio. You'll see that we have a pinning panel here that we can select. And you see in this spinning menu that we have a lot of options. For example, we've already enabled float, so these are the options here. You see that currently we align it to the left of the character and we have an offset. This is usually that something that they need to use all the time in order to place my images exactly the way I wanted to. Let's play with the offset so you see how this is going to impact our design. So if we increase the offset of the horizontal alignment, you see that the image is now moved to the right. So from here you can decide how you want your alignment to work horizontally. And you have the same thing for the vertical offset. So you can decide that, for example, you want these to be even higher. For example, 10. So we have more space between the text and the image. From here, I can unpin it if I want, and now it's not pinned anymore. So if I start moving the text, you see that the image doesn't move with the text anymore. And the good news is that if I want to pin it again and just click here, I click on float with texts. And I move again the pin to the bottom. And now when it starts moving the text, the image is going to move again with the text. This is how pinning an image to text in Affinity Publisher works. Have a goal to try dysfunctionality. Believe me, in the long run, when you start designing documents, this is going to help you tremendously. Let's now proceed to the next lesson. 6. Find and Replace Beyond the basics: Welcome back. In this lesson, we're going to explore how we can use the Find and Replace to, but we're going to go beyond the basics. Let's click on Command F or Control F, depending where you are using a Mac or Windows machine. And then let's look for the word appear. Let's find it. You see that at the moment it found the worst disappeared within which we have appear. This is the first lesson that they want to make sure you know, about the fundamental place to Infinity Publisher. If you want to replace words, always makes sure that you put an exact match requirement. Otherwise, you may replace words that don't really make sense. In order to do that, you're going to click here in this option menu for formatting. And you're going to select much WHO words only. Then I'm going to click on Find again. And this time, you didn't find for me any results because there's no words like this. Let's try something else. Let's dive, for example, anything find. And you'll see that we have anything in three places. First we have here on page 3, then you have it on page 4. Now, you'll notice that two of these are lowercase and we have one capital. So for example, if you want to find a specific name, and then from here you can go on and replace this with a capital case. Find them in such replacing them. You can replace them one by one, just like this. So you can actually decide which ones to actually replace from the list, or you can obviously do a replace 0. Okay, so let's now clear this up. But they're more options that you can use the find and replace for. If you click on the menu here, you will notice that you can look for specific character style and change it. So let me, for example, change these two strong emphasis and let me now try to look for character style. Shrunk emphasis right hand, try to find it, and here it is, I found it. So if I want to replace this character style, I can. Then from here, you can, for example, known style. And just like that, I can replace it. You'll notice that in my document, I have a huge problem with paragraph breaks that have, for example, sometimes I have one, sometimes I have to raise. What they can use for this problem is to click here on the find special characters. And then I can look for a paragraph break if I go again, including one Bohr, and click on Find. By the way, before you do that, in order for this to work, you have to. Clean up any other options that you've selected here, otherwise it's not going to work. And you see that a lot of my paragraphs actually have two bricks. If a check for one break, you see that some paragraphs, I have one break and for some I have to end. In order to fix that, I can decide, for example, that I want to switch everything to one break per paragraph. Then I go on to that special characters parallel paragraph break and we see the options here to make sure I've reset format. And now when I click on replace, I would change all my OBC. Click on Replace All. This way. I quickly replace that. All my paragraphs are going to have just a single break instead of a double break. This is really careful when you try to be consistent within your design. N is going to allow you to quickly find gaps within the document that you can fix really quickly. Now, you'll notice that if I click on Find gain and let me replace this as well. Now I have no paragraphs where I have double spacing. If a look for places where you now have one, I'll see that all my paragraphs are with single place now and now. Same thing. If I want, I can replace all we double paragraphing. And this is one of the most useful features of the findings replace that, it allows you to quickly go through your design and make sure that your text is really consistent. You'll notice that you have a lot of other options here in terms of, for example, styles, where you can change the style. For example, if I had styles apply to my document and I want to make sure that I have nothing with no style applied. I can search for anything on the document that's got no style and then I can replace it with a style that I want to apply. There a lot of options. So anytime that you need to do some amendments to the document in multiple places, such as day, such a style, such as the way things are displayed. Think whether you cannot use the Find and Replace to, because it may save you a lot of time. Also, it can be really useful in order to make sure your design is really consistent across the pages. This is especially important when you're producing a huge document or for example, a 100 pages with a lot of text, it can be really hard to spot some of these small gaps. Hopefully this was useful. Let's now proceed to the next lesson. 7. Image resizing: Let's have a look at how we can quickly resize an image without losing on the quality. So it's very simple. You just select the image. And here you have a menu for the image. And you see that at the moment is in the original size or two usually do here is to lock the ratio so my image doesn't become distorted. For example, look at how distorted this is going to be if you don't lock it up. So that's why you put it back to a 100 and locket. And then if you click here on this menu, you can start typing straightaway. For example, a 100, 20%. But what they tend to do is come to this scrolling menu. And from here I can quickly change the size of the image. And you'll see that we're not losing any quality. So I'm just going to leave it like that. And then let me put the frame up. This is obviously not a very good readable design, but I just wasn't sure how, how this works in case you want to use it like that. Okay? And this is how we quickly can resize images within Affinity Publisher. 8. Preflight Panel: Welcome back. One of the questions that they get old time is, how do I make sure that my user is not impacted by any errors that I did within my design in Affinity Publisher. And the simple answer outside of the design best practices is to make sure that you check for any errors on your document. The great thing about faint publisher is that there's a preflight panel which you can access from view studio flight. And this panel is going to list for you all the potential errors and warnings that you have on your document which you should review in order to fix. Now, this is one way to get to the preflight mode from here views to you and pre-flight. However, what's even better is that if you enable life pre-flight, you always going to have it here at the bottom. So if you see on the bottom of my screen, if I hover over this bot here, it says that at the moment I have one error and 15 wordings. So instead of going to the preflight panel from the top menu, I can just click on the bell here, just like this. And this is going to load for me the preflight panel straight away within my options. And this is going to list for me all the different errors or warnings that I have on my pages. And where exactly are they in terms of a page number. So you will see that because in our document we are using texts in the public domain, doesn't that's more than 100 years. So there's some stranger names of places and names that we have here and not all of them Marshall errors, they're just working. So if a, for example, click on patronizing, I can decide whether this is a mistake that I need to fix or whether it should ignore it. For example, if I want to ignore it, I can just right-click patronizing and ignore the spelling. And let me do this for a few more. However, when I click here, I see that the actually have a mistake in this paragraph. So it's EFT which should be actually left. And it's actually should be we left. And if you have a lot of people working on the same file and you merging a lot of different paragraphs, you're going to get this type of errors where you need to properly review the document and proofread it in order to make sure that everything works fine. Let me click on this one, for example. Less changes to general, for example, although it doesn't make sense, but this is what's in the book. And using this approach, you're going to be able to see if you actually have some issues that you need to go and fix. I just going to ignore the spelling for the ones that I know are not mistake, but they're simply a name for it, for example. So we are left with what's really important. And what's going to be really important is, for example, this one here, the index needs updating. We've covered indexing before. This simply means that There are some new additions to the index and we need to update the index. So let me fix this. And straightaway from here we fix this. Now from the preflight menu, you can decide how the preflight checking is going to work, whether you want the system to never check for mistakes, in which option you can just select. Never. You can decide that checkings going to happen when you start to export the document. Or what I usually do is leave it to live. So anytime you make a mistake, affinity publishers will not let you know straight away. And let me show you one example. If a go to Pages and then switch back to, for example, page three. I have this text frame here, right? So let's see what's going to happen if my text extends beyond the text frame. For example, here I put a worst example. So now I have a text does beyond my text frame. And you see a red bow here straightaway. And when I click on it, it's going to say overflowing text frame. And if I'm on page for example here somewhere, I can simply click on it and it's going to bring me to where exactly I have error that I need to fix. And I can see straight away that there's something beyond my text frame. And in order to fix it, I need to bring it within the text frame. And this is how live checking of mistakes can help you tremendously constraint away. You know that there's a program which you can fix quickly here. Yes, I deleted and straight away, this is going to disappear from my error lock here. And the preflight panel. Let's look at some more of the warnings because now we fix the errors and some of the spelling. Let me just fix that. This final one here example, which would be an example. And now we're left with a few more which are bleed hazards, which can be crucial to fix when you are going to produce the work and print it for commercial use because it may lead to design mistakes and imperfect document. So let's go to the bleed hazard. And you see that here we have this H, but if we click on preview mode, I will see that this doesn't extend into the bleed property. So in order to fix this, I need to extend this to go to the edges, at least to the edges k. And this straightaway fixed it. Now, same for this one. If I simply extended just like this. This is now taking out. Let's see what's this bleed hazard. A similar one with image here. If I wanted on the homepage, I perhaps should extend it just like this. And here the bleach has our disappeared. Same on this one. There's a bleed hazard. And Fix the bleed hazards here as well. And the last one is the non-proportional scaling. This happens when you start extending your graphics display, for example, in this way. And they started getting distorted because the vertical and horizontal lines are not proportional. Let me go back. The way to fix this is to find the H here, for example, on the right and double-click on this circle where you have the circle here. This will restore the image to the proper aspect ratio. And then if you want to extend the image, is better to extend it this way. And I can switch off the preflight mode. And you see that now at the bottom, old tests passed and the bell here is green, which means that we have no warnings and we have no errors anymore. Routine our document. So this is how pre-flight works. There is another thing that I want to go over, because it's quite important if you want to customize the type of warnings and errors that you get on your document. You can do so. Here. You are in the preflight panel and the moment this is set to default. So you want the warnings and errors that you get are going to be based on the default settings within Affinity Publisher. However, if you want to change this type of checks, you can click here on the right and then edit profile. This is going to bring you this menu where you see all the different types of checks that the Affinity Publisher does for you. You see that each check the index in the table of contents overflowing text, which I showed you how this works, also showed you the indexing how it works. Hyperlinks, linked resources, image color, bleed hazards, proportional scaling that we did. So now the idea is that Affinity Publisher is going to go over all the 16 items and check whether the proper setup in your document, based on the settings here, is going to display them either as a warning or an error. For example, if proportional scaling is something that's really important for you, this is especially important when your designs are really imaged heavy and you need to produce the best possible resolutions for your images, then perhaps you want to change this to be not just a warning, but an error. And you can also change the threshold, for example, can change this to be, for example, just 10 of say, 30 pixels threshold. In terms of the overflowing text, maybe this should be a warning for me, just not, not an error. Beat hazards. Perhaps. I don't even care about the bleak others depending on the type of work I produced. So I can fully disabled this. So the idea here is that you can customize what Affinity Publisher checks for you and whether it displays it to you as an error or a simple warning. My advice to you is to always have the preflight set to live from the options. And this way you are going to be able to catch these errors and warnings straightaway. And you wouldn't have to go through a lot of headache at the end of your project in order to fix everything in one go. So this is how the preflight in Affinity Publisher works. Let's now proceed to the next lesson. 9. Storing in Assets Panel: Welcome back. If there is one feature of affinity publisher that I believe is really underused, it is the Assets panel. Now when you're designing a document, sometimes you need to go through a lot of different versions and different design options in order to get to the final product. In some cases, you want to go back to a previous design, but it takes you a lot of time in order to reduce the elements that you had on the page. You can create a lot of flexibility within your design and build an actual database of design elements. If you're using the assets panel in order to get to the Assets panel, which is usually here. If you don't see it on the screen, you just go on and go to View Studio. And then you're going to click on assets. Now what you're going to use the asset spinal for is to create a database of elements that you want to use later or have the ability to reuse later on at some point. Now the first thing that we'll do is we're going to create the category here. I'm going to click on create new category. And I'm going to rename this category to my designs, for example. And then what I want to do is to capture some of the elements that I have here on screen. For example, let's say that I'm thinking whether I should be using this shape here on this screen or not. Instead of deleting the shape and seeing how this looks, what I'll do is I'll click here on my designs, and then I'll click on Add From Selection. First we need to select the shape. And then you come here and click on Add From Selection. And here it is. So now the shape that we have is we take our assets. You can do the same with this one, for example, from selection. And here it is. Let's say that I decide to see how the design is going to look without these two shapes. And let's say, or do some other shapes or designs here. And then at a later stage, I'm thinking from actually the previous design was better. Then what I'll do is I'll just come to my assets here. And I can just drag and drop them just like this. So I can put them exactly where they were really quickly. Here it is. This is going to save you a lot of time. And it's actually going to be a great way in order to build a database of your own design elements. Because at the end of the day, in the long run, you want to build your own style. And when you get to the style, it's a great year to start saving some of these elements. And don't forget that in a lot of documents, your, you tend to use the same elements. For example, if I'm working in a company where we have a specific way of doing things. Yes, there are templates, but templates within a template cannot have all the different elements that you use within the different documents. So it's a great idea to start adding anything that you think is going to be useful for you in later projects here. Another thing that you should keep in mind is that from here, you can add subcategories as well. So for example, I can add different sub category here, for example, for text frames. And you can actually select this text frame here and add it to your assets. You wouldn't be able to see it, but it's here. So let me add one more. At, from selection here it is. I can add this one as well as from selection. Here it is. So you see how this will allow you to quickly change designs, use the same designs and elements in the next project that you run. And pretty much provide you a lot more flexibility. So this is how you use the assets panel within Affinity Publisher. Let's now proceed to the next lesson. 10. How to select a great Font: Welcome back. In this lesson we're going to talk about how you select the best possible forms for the type of document that you are creating. In our example document here we're creating an university booklet and I'm pretty happy with some of the design, but you'll notice that the actual header here is not really anything special. And I want to improve this. As you start using Affinity Publisher more and more, you end up with some fonts that you love to use all the time. However, in my opinion, this is a mistake. In some cases. When it comes to the university booklet, you may scroll through the fonts here and decide what's going to look good. And in real time you're going to see what this is going to look like. So for example, may decide that this is something that looks pretty good and I can change it. Let me change the subtitle was 40. However, in some cases, you're going to be designing documents with specific Diem in mind. So let's say for example, you are designing an invitation for party in the DMM of this part is going to be the 20th of the last century. Then in this case, It's not a good idea to use a font that doesn't fit what you're trying to produce here. You're better off finding a font that's going to make the consumer of the document feel the connection to the 20th. Because at the end of the day, your designer, but you're not trying to simply create great designs. You trying to design documents that are going to create a connection for your consumers. And they actually gonna make them feel a specific type of feelings. So for example, excitement, urge to convert and sign-in. In some cases, even maybe you want to display sadness. In this case is what attempt to use is a great resource, which is called fonts in use. And this is a free website that you can use in order to understand what fonts may be best to be used in the specific document that you're creating. For example, in the example that I provided you with the 1920s, what I tend to do is if I was to create an invitation for a party with the 1920s, deem always going to come here to this website and then put 1920s just like this or 1920 spouse style, but we only have 16 styles here. So I'm just going to select 1920s. And what they're going to get here is styles of fonts that were used and are specific for the 1920s, that were really popular back in the 1920s. And you can see a lot of different designs here and choose which one's going to fit your needs. Let's look at something else. So let's say for example, you're looking for to create a deme with the 19 seventies. Same thing. And you're gonna get a lot more designs here. And you see all these great fun designs that were used for all kinds of documents and publications. You'll see that we have music cover, magazine covers, books, absolutely everything. And then you can decide, for example, that this is the font you want to use. And then in a lot of cases, this fonts will not be available in Affinity Publisher, but you can installed them and start using them. Now in our case with the university booklet, you can type University here and see what kind of fonts have been used by other universities. When it comes to things such as university, I usually will tend to use the establishments formed. For example, if you are creating something for a bank or a different organization that already has their own standard fonts. Just use that, right? You don't want to just copy some other universities fonts, you just want to get ideas. However, if I'm creating, as we mentioned, something for us should be related to the 1970s. I definitely would not have a problem just using the same font that has been used in mano, this taus here. And this is how usually I choose my fonts that they need to use in my documents. I really believe that you can get a lot of benefits from the fonts in use that I just showed you. Even if you've not going to use some of the fonts, you're gonna get some great creative or years for your designs. Because there's a lot of really interesting designs here. And you can learn a lot. You can drill down by topic, for example, education, lifestyle, a lot of different topics. And you can see what the kind of standard type of phones that are used in the industry for which you are creating the document. Hopefully this was useful. Let's now proceed to the next lesson. 11. Text Position using Kerning and Tracking: Welcome back. In this lesson, we're going to deep dive into the specifics or kerning and tracking within Affinity Publisher. As a designer, we cannot depend on the default options in terms of space between texts within our documents, and this is where earnings come into place. Kerning means the amount of space between two letters in our text. Let me give you an example. I'm going to zoom in here. And we're gonna go to the title of the document of thing to university. We're going to select the a and F here. We're gonna go to the right, to the character panel here. And you need to find a section, positioning and transform. And the first one is kerning. At the moment is set to auto. If I just click between two characters here, a and F, You see that I have more options now, we're pretty much starting from 0. And if I go to the negatives, you see how the space between the two characters decreases. And now I am going to zoom a bit more. You see that the two letters actually start touching each other. Let me leave it like this and let me go to the F. Now, you see that we have actually more space here left by the program between the two Fs at 17 percent. And you can actually make it even more. If you go to 50, you have a lot of space left. Then I want to decrease it until I like it. So let's say I go to minus 14 and you see how the two letters are almost touching each other now. So Kerning is used in order to fine tune the text, which in your designs, sometimes the default's really don't make sense, especially when you want to create a specific IDO. For example, here, I may decide that I have just too much space between the I and n. And I can again decrease it just like this. If I want to go the opposite direction where you want to have more space, then let me say, let's say for example, between the UNM. Actually, if I put my designer head-on, I will actually decrease the space here. And I'll actually make it minus 40 or 50 or something like this because it just looks better when the letters are closer to each other in this specific case. Or if I want to go the opposite direction, you can go to plus 15. And you see that you have a lot of space here left between the two letters. And you don't only have this range four to minus 50 plus 50 here. For example, if I type a 100, you'll see that I have this huge space left between the two litres and you can even go higher than that. But again, you really need to think about your design here and what you're trying to achieve. For example, here for me, I think minus 50 is going to work better. So I'm going to leave it to minus 50. So this is what Kerning is. It's really useful. And when you start producing documents for commercial print, you're going to be using it. In a lot of cases. I've found myself being in a meeting an hour meeting, discussions on how the spacing between the letters should look on on a specific title. It was an hour, an hour and a half meeting just, just for discussion and kerning is also really important when you talk about logos. So for example, if you're designing a logo or if you're in the team that's producing a logo for a company, for example, this is a big topic. Just think about some of the big companies out there, for example, Google and etc. The logo changed over the years tremendously. And kerning was actually part of the logo change. The space between the letters was a big part of the logo change, which took a lot of discussions in order to get right. So this is why kerning is really important to understand that you have this possibility to change it in Affinity Publisher. The other thing that we're going to explore is tracking. Tracking is not the space between the letters, but the space between the words. So just scrolled down to the first paragraph here. And let me select the first sentence. You see that we have spacing and usual type of spacing here. But in some cases you may decide to increase the spacing and you find it again from the positioning and transform. Here, It's at, the moment is at 0. And you can start from 0, go to the negatives. And you see that the negative is going to bring it again closer together. And if you go to the positives, for example, plus 20, plus 30, plus 50, you see that you have a lot of space now between the actual words. And again, similar to kerning, you can increase this even more by simply typing here. Just like this. I'm going to put it back. 00. Tracking is key in designer's role and it's especially key when you have not a lot of real estate on your page, then you definitely have to think about the spacing between the letter, spacing between the actual words and sentences and et cetera. In our example document here, for example, if it was me, I was going to use the tracking here in the subtitle. So if you select skills for the future, you can use tracking in order to find the best possible placement and decide what looks better, whether a narrower subtitle like this or perhaps an expansive subtitle just like this. And usually when you're trying to portray a certain feelings, for example, here we're talking about success. Then you may want to have more expansive. So instead of having this narrow subtitles skills for the future, I want to expand this and I want to make it look bigger just like this. Because it's going to grab the attention of the potential students better this way. This is what Kerning and spacing are, and this is how to use them properly within Affinity Publisher. Let's now proceed to the next lesson. 12. Text Positioning Leading, Shear, etc: They're even more useful features within the positioning and Transform panel here on the right. If I zoom in on the first paragraph here, let's explore some of the really key features that they use in almost every single Affinity Publisher document that they produce, which is text-heavy. We have a baseline here, which is used in order to space the lines between the first, first sentence within a paragraph and the rest. So for example, if I select this first sentence here and I increase the baseline ten, you see how I get a space between this sentence and the next one? I usually use this in order to make my design just like this. Where I get the first sentence ends with the space to the middle of the second sentence. If you see the first op here, it ends at the half of the h, then you get to leading, which is more well-known. So for example, if I select this whole paragraph here after the first sentence, and if I select leading, you see how the spacing between the lines decreases, increases. Just like this. Now in my opinion, a lot of people put the text too close like this or to white. It really depends on the style of documents that you're creating here. So you have to think of what makes sense to you. So you can see the big difference. The first sentence here is 12.4, and then this paragraph here is 11. And you already can see a big difference in the first sentence looks much better than the sentences here in this simple example shows you how important spacing is between the lines. Okay, like me, me put this back to 0, the baseline, and let's explore the shear. So the share is the angle of the texts. So I usually use this for the first sentence, for the first word, for example. This probably not a good example. Let me, let's say, for example, for the knot, you can start increasing the angle here until it makes sense because you see that at some point, for example, here, the N goes on top of the O, which doesn't really look good. This is what this one does. It's really useful to be used in titles again. So if you want to, for example, for example here skills that we explored, I may decide to put a bit of a shear on the skills to make it look a bit better, maybe even the whole sentence here. Again, select the whole phrase. Let's say I can put, for example, 20. Just like this. Let's think about it when you're designing a document. And if you have just one page, what really separates a great design, that simpler plant text is all the small little touches that you're going to put on this page here. So you're going to put the shear here. You're going to increase the leading here, you're going to decrease the leading there. You're going to play around with the kerning and tracking. This is really what makes the difference. And if you're thinking, how do, for example, professional magazines make for such a great print? Well, with all the years of experience of knowing what works best in terms of how do you put the correct fonts together with the correct kerning, positioning, tracking, leading, sharing, and etc. There is no secret phoned or there's no secrets style. Most of the time, the years of industry experience that's going to lead to discrete design. And all the seekers are pretty much hair. So you need to play around with it and find what really works for the type of document that you are producing. Then the next two options that you have is the horizontal scale and vertical scale. Let me select, for example, this one here. And let's see what the horizontal scale gonna do. You see that? It will mean that you get the texts expanded horizontally and you'll get less text on one line. The default is usually always a 100. Let's just like this. And the vertical scale is going to do the following. So if you're not sure if you start not sink, but it won't start expanding the text vertically, just like this. And there's a point at which is non, non become readable because it is going to be over each other. Unlike the horizontal. If I leave it like this, you see the difference that it makes. For example, if you compare this paragraph to paragraph. So it really depends on what type of style we want. We want to get. Probably seen a lot of magazines where they put a bit more vertical scale in order to get this kind of feel. And with this, we finalized the options available in the positioning and Transform panel. Let's now proceed to the next lesson where we're going to explore some more really useful features. 13. Working with special characters: Another important topic to talk about is the special characters within Affinity Publisher. I see so many users of Affinity Publisher Not knowing how to get to a specific special character and then having to go to Google in order to search for this character and then copying, pasting it into their design. This is definitely not the way to do it. There's such a simpler way to get to the special characters that you need. Let's say, for example, that we are producing this booklet. And we need to put a copyright symbol here in the bottom, for example, in order to insert the copyright symbol. And I'm just going to leave it with a different color just for the time being. So it's easier to see where this is placed. What they can do is go to Text. Then from texts, you're going to go to Insert. And here we have a few sections. You have fields such as page number, diamond-shaped symbols, math, the characters, quotation marks, dashes and hyphens. But what we need here, symbols, symbols, you'll see copyright. And from here you can insert the copyright symbol in the end. You can increase the size, decrease it. But let me delete this for now. I'll show you an even better way in order to find any special character that you need within Affinity Publisher. And this way is to go to view. Then from viewing and select Studio. And then you can select Live Browser. In from here, you're going to get the full list of all the different special characters that you have with the different fonts. Let me switch, for example, to a more widely used phone such as Aereo. And you see that we have a lot of different characters available here to use. Now, let's say, for example, let me actually close this and just going to delete this one for now as you can go to the title of the page, just to make it easier to see. And I got to go again to view studio cleave browser. This is the font that I'm currently using. And you see that we don't have a lot of special characters here. Again, I'm going to switch to IOL. Now we have a lot of fonts. And the first thing that you have here as an option is the categories, the different categories. So let's say, for example, that I want to insert an arrow here of some kind. Then I'm going to go to the arrows subcategory. And from here, if I click after suture, just like this, I can insert an arrow from here. If for some reason I want to get to the copyright that I was looking for, because we have a lot of symbols here and it's gonna be hard for me to find the symbol. I can just search. We have a search box below, just gonna type of copyright. And here it is, I have my copyright symbol here, and I can just double-click on it and it's going to insert it on my page. If I'm looking for something else. First, let me delete the search. If I'm looking, for example, for the dollar signs, I can just type dollar. And it's going to find the sign for me. If I'm looking for pounds, pounds, and it's gone, find simple for me, if I'm looking for rupees, for example, I just want to type it in. It's going to find the symbol for me. It's as easy as that in order to find the symbol that you need. Now there are a lot of different symbols here to explore. One thing to really keep in mind is that the special characters that you have available here to use will depend on the phone that you've selected. So in order to have a lot of different special characters available, better off selecting a font that's widely used. Because then for sure you will know that this font will have a lot of different special characters and you probably going to find what you need. N Let me scroll down so you can see, oh, the type of different special characters that you have here. You see that the Tumaini, so probably it's better to simply scroll through the categories. So for example, if I'm looking for geometric shapes, I just go and click on that. And from here, I can add any shape that they need. And don't forget that we have sharing here. So it's better to go for geometric shape to take the shearing to 0. And this is where you will find all the special characters that you need for any type of document that you need to create. I would definitely advise you to keep in mind this cliff browser that you can access within Affinity Publisher. And this is going to solve all your needs in terms of special characters for any type of document that you need to produce. Let's now proceed to the next lesson. 14. Optical alignment: In this lesson, we're going to talk about optical text alignment. And in order to show you how to do it properly, auto do is just select the text frame here. I'll go to paragraph on the right. Then you want to find Drop Caps and you want to disable them. Okay, I need to select. Everything goes as well. I'm just going to take out the Drop Caps. So we have this text here. Now, what you see is that if I zoom in, is this paragraphs don't align really well because we have this quotation mark here. And we don't have it start where the a stars in the top paragraph. Now, in order to fix this, we'll need to use optical alignment. And you will find optical alignment under character. If you go to character, you'll find a menu here, optical alignment. So you see that there's no optical alignment here. What you need to do is let me select this. It's here and I'm going to switch this to manual. You can see that straight away there's an optical alignment now applied. And I starts where the a starts in the top paragraph. Same with the bottom one. If a switch to manual, that's going to work as well. Now, if we don't have the quotation mark here, but something else, let's say, for example, I put a dollar sign. This is something that you need to use. For example, if you're creating a menu for our restaurant in Affinity Publisher, you need to put the optical alignment of the dollar to the left and then the text should start always from the same place. Then what I'll do is I'll copy the dollar sign and don't even need to copy it if you know where it is on your keyboard, water will do is click on Add here. And I'll put the dollar sign in. And our optically aligned to the left to a 100 percent. And you see the same thing happens. My taste is now fully aligned with the top one. And this is how you use the optical alignment within Affinity Publisher in order to properly structure your texts for the different paragraphs and sentences. Let's now proceed to the next lesson. 15. Text Ruler: Let's have a look at how we can use the texts truer in order to make our texts indenting a really exact and much more customizable. So what we'll do is I'll just zoom in on this paragraph here are red faced man. And what I'll do is from the option menu here, when you select the text frame tool, you have the frame texts rule, which you can select on here. Another option if it cannot find it here on the menu easily, is to go to View and select, Show texts roar. And let's say that we actually go to this second paragraph here. And you see that I need to fix the paragraph. Here's the paragraph. You'll notice on the text frame ruler that it's usually at the top. And in order to construct, very be able to use it, I can just drag it down. Here. Here it is. And now we can use it for indenting. Me, zoom in a bit more. At the top you have this indenting feature that's going to be just for the top line of the text. If I move it to the right, you see that this is going to indent just the top line of my text. I can use then the bottom indenting here to indent the whole paragraph. And I also have an indent to the right if I want to indent my text on the right. And that's how you really easily can make freely customer in dense on your text. The text frame ruler is also really useful when you want to put the text into exact position. Let's say, for example, that I want to align specific things to 10. And then I can just align my text here. Then when I go to the bottom one, I will know, I will know that I need to align against the 10. So you know exactly how to align the text. I find that texture we're really useful. And in time that I need to do indenting, I just selected here, move it to where I need to use it and do my indenting using the texture war because I find it the most intuitive way of doing indenting and other text alignments within the text. Let's now proceed to the next lesson. 16. Effects Panel for Titles: Welcome back. So if credit our title, we've changed this to a nice phones. We tried our best in order to make it seem more appealing, but it's still missing this wow effect. In order to get to this effect, what I would suggest you to do is go to View Studio and then select effects from here. You saw that I already had it. So it actually took it out when you selected is going to appear here on the right. She's going to allow us to really make our design stand out. So I'll select the title. Just like this. The first option that we have is to change the opacity. And you'll see that this is now, if I put it down to 45, for example, you see that this change the opacity of the text. I'll put it back to a 100. And then our select the first one here. And I will change the radius. And you see that this is going to blur it for me, which is not something that I really want to use or unselected. I'm going to go to the outer shadow, which is something that we usually think is good for titles. And I'll increase the radius here just a bit with some offset. So you see how I have this nice, Shall we offset slide is you shouldn't put too much in most documents just like this. And you can also change the angle here if you want if you want it going to the top. I'm just gonna leave it at 315. Okay. If you amend it a certain effect, but you don't want to use it, you just can untick it. Outer Glow is not something that we're going to look at. But let me select Inner Glow and let me change the radius so you see how this changes text. Again, not something that I want to use here. Outline. Let's change radius here. You see how this is going to do. And I can change the opacity just like this. Okay? Then you have the three day, which I actually use quite often for this type of titles, then you have emboss. After emboss we have color overlay. So you select different color. It's going to overlaid with a certain capacity so it can decrease the opacity, so it doesn't overlay the color that much. And then we have the gradient overlay. And now let's mix a few of those and see what's going to work best for our title. Let me select the first one. Let's lay the three day. And then perhaps going to select the outline. So you see how we can quickly change the title to something. So you see how we can quickly change the title and add a really nice effects to it. Now, this is probably not the best type of effects for university booklet. So I'll change this a bit, maybe take out a three day. And then on the reading overlay icon or decrease this to around 15. Now what's important to know about these effects is that when you select a title here, you can decide which type of effects. And you see that we have 12345678910, different type of effects. You can decide which one to apply to every document. And they're going to be applied on top of each other. So for example, in this case, I decided to go with the outer shadow, with the outline and with the gradient overlay. So the three things with specific capacity or angle or radius on an offset applied for each one of them. In some cases, using the effects panel will be the only way in which you get to a design that's going to suit your needs. So my advice is to definitely have a go at playing around with the effects panel here and see how we can utilize it in some of your documents. Let's now proceed to the next lesson. 17. Intro to Personas: Affinity Publisher is a great tool on its own. However, if you're one of the people that have also bought the Affinity Photo and Affinity Designer. You can actually use them straight away from the Affinity Publisher application and take your designs to the next level. Now, if you haven't used the Affinity Photo and Affinity Designer so far and you're not sure if Biden, I would advise you to just go on get the trials. And this way we are going to be able to use them for some time and decide on your own whether this is something that you really want to use. Now, in the past, if you wanted to use Affinity Photo, Affinity Designer or some other application in order to edit your vectors of photos, then you had to use the original file imported into the other application, then exported and imported into Affinity Publisher. However, affinity introduce this to you link technology, which means that from the same app you can access the other applications. And let me show you how this works. So here at the top left corner we have Publisher persona, which is the Affinity Publisher. Then you have Affinity Designer persona and Affinity Photo Persona. And I can easily switch from here, Affinity photo in order to be able to access tools that are available in Affinity Photo and straightaway change my designs that I have in Affinity Publisher. Let's take, for example, this image here. So you see that these are some students that are graduating in the intro in cats into the air. So what are my options? In order to amend this image here, let's say, for example, that I want to take out from the image, does two hats that are here at the top that are outside of the building structure. For some reason, I can do that straight in Affinity Publisher using the Affinity Photo features. And this is how are we going to do that? First of all, I'm going to zoom in here. And then there are a few things to keep in mind, your original photos here. So if I want to amend my original photo straight away and keep it with only the amended version. I can do so. However, a best practice that our advise you to do is to make sure that you keep the original image here as well and be able to show both the original image and amended image. So if, if at some later stage you want to switch back to the original and show how the two versions work, you'll be able to do so. And here's how you do that. The first thing that we'll do is we'll add a pixel layer here above the image from the layers panel here. So if you don't have it open, open the Layers panel and insert pixel layer. Then we're going to select the impainting brush tool. So usually going to have the Healing Brush Tool as the main one here, and you can select the impainting brush tool. This is also an important step in order to keep the original going to select here not current layer, but current layer and below. And you're going to be on the pixel layer here. And you're going to start selecting, just press the mouse button and keep it pressed, and choose, select what you want to remove from the image here. Just like this. I went a bit outside, but you can be a bit more careful than me. And then once you're ready, you're going to release the mouse button. And this is going to process the impainting brush. And what's going to happen as you see that it's going to, it's going to remove the image. And it's going to use the background color in order to replace it. You probably saw that I, by mistake selected a bit from the wide. So this is why I, my image not perfect now, but just make sure that you have bit more careful when selecting the objects. Now, if I want to go back to the original, I can remove the extra pixel layer that is selected here. So, because remember, so the changes that we've done, we've actually done them on this pixel area. So actually we made a copy of dislocation into the pixel layer here. So if I unselect the pixel layer, my two hats are going to appear again, and this is my original image. Once I select the pixel layer again, they're going to be removed. So in this way, you can show to the people that need to approve the design a few different options as well. Just be a bit more care for the new wine selecting the object because you see that we have a bit of a white color here. And this is how you use the Affinity Photo. We can Affinity Publisher. And let's now proceed to the next lesson where we're going to show you some more really useful features that you can use using Affinity Photo. 18. Pen tool for drawing a text frame: Another option that not many people know about is that you can use the pen tool in order to draw a frame. Takes two. Let's take the cover page as an example. This doesn't suit our design, but I won't show you how to use it. So select the Pen tool. You can select the shortcut. P will just come here. And then let's draw a shape just like this to here. Then here, go back and just like that. And now, and now go to Layer and click on Convert to Text Frame. And now this converted the shape that we've created to a text frame. In order to see that this is working, you can right-click on it and just insert some filler text here. And you see that we have our text here. Now, if you want to later on move it. You can just adjust it like this. It can move it around. You can expand it. You can change the color. And let's say that type some text here. 2021 university guide. And I'm just going to increase the font here to, for example, for 18. You have to be careful because at the moment you've created something that's too narrow and you wouldn't be able to see a lot of the wars that was typed. If I'm to create a new one, just like that. Same thing. Layer converts text frame. Then I can start typing here, the 2021 university, right? And I can then increase this to say 25. And this is how it works. And you see that this is going to move depending on your shape. This is how I use the pen tool in order to create a text frame tool. This can be especially useful if you're creating things such as fliers for events, some types of newsletters, a specific magazine, columns, and et cetera. Let's now proceed to the next lesson. But first I'm going to delete the text frame tools. 19. Removing parts of the image: Welcome back. In the last lesson, we talked about how we can crop parts of an image or remove objects from an image. But we only covered the basics. So want to spend a bit more time going through a few more useful tips and tricks because this is, in my opinion, one of the tools I find everyone using all the time. Because every single time you need to produce a professional designed for print or for other commercial use. You need to really touch on the images and remove parts of the images. Let's say for example, on the second image here, Let's zoom in. You'll see that these students where different brands of votes. And in some cases this is not going to be acceptable. You know how, in commercials, if you're producing commercial for a specific item, you really shouldn't be advertising other items. So we really need to take out the brands from this image. The first tip that I want to let you know is that the impainting Br2 is big. So from the width from the context toolbar here at the top, you'll be able to select different size. So I can move this down to only 41 pixels, for example. And you see that now my birthday is much smaller. Now again, if I want to keep the original image without these brands, I can add the pixel layer, but in this case I'm just gonna go ahead and start removing them. And the way I'm going to do that is I just going to brush over it like that. And this is now taking out. I'm going to brush over this one as well. This can be processed now, and this is now going to be also taken out. And let's see what more we have here. And I need to take out this one as well. And you see how we quickly in just two minutes, remove the brands from the image here. This is really useful and I believe it's something that you find using quite often if you are to get the Intifada person. Let's now proceed to the next lesson. 20. Photo Persona features part 2: Welcome back. Just to show you the power of Affinity Photo Persona, I won't show you one more example of how we can use it. Now, this is not a tutorial on the Fintech Fatah or designer, but I really want to show you that the affinity personas are making the 2 so much more powerful. So again, you're going to look at this picture and I'm going to switch to the photo persona. So we get all the options from the photo persona. And let's say that we want to change the color of this top to something else. So we'd have a better contrast between these two. There are lots of ways to do this, but I just gone through one of the ways we're talking. Sure. At least to start, you can use, so first you can select the selection brush to it can increase the width if you want. And I'm going to start selecting and you see that it selected more than I want. So it's erected, some genes is on the hair. So what yogic induce from at, switch to subtract here, hold your mouse key and start taking out what you don't want to see in the picture. Just like this. And it can be very exact if you want. I'm not gonna. Then again switched out and slide that. K is not perfect, but it's going to do for our needs for now. And now. Once you do that, you can select the cow or replacement brush tool from here. And then let's say I select some rate type this, and I can start painting over this one. I'll make sure you can sample continuously. And you don't have to worry that it's going to go beyond the borders. And you can change the size, so it's quicker to do. Now this is not a perfect color. And you can do a lot more with selecting a more professional perfect color for your selection. This is just showing you how this works. And as simple as that, we change the color. Now this is saved. So if you even select the selection brush tool and go to subtract and take out your selection. This is going to stay change to the new color and you have an image with more contrast here. Let's now proceed to the next lesson. 21. Desginer Persona: If you have the latest Affinity Designer also installed, you don't have access to Affinity Designer. Now this is something that I don't use that often when creating documents in Publisher, but I just want to show you what kind of options you have here. So if you switch to Affinity Designer, this is going to bring you a range of tools that are available in a vintage signs such as Coordinate 2, pencil to the vector brush tool. Let's have a look at the vector brush to, for example, the vector V2 is going to allow you, if you go to the writing process once you select the vector brush to create brushes similar to a painting. So this is not relevant freely for our Example here, but just to show you how this works here from brushes, we can select the type of brush that we want to do. For example, let's select this one and just first make sure that you select the vector brush tool. And I'll select this one then from the top, you can select the width, and you can do that. Now, this is really not relevant for our example, but if you're creating something of a more of an RC style of document, then you can create your own small details within the document using the designer person. Once you do the bursts row here, you can actually select it and start changing it. So for example, I can change the width from here. This it can change the color, gradient and a lot of other options. So just keep in mind that if you're producing a document, where do you need to use some of the Affinity Designer tools is going to make it so much easier just to have it installed on your computer. You need to have the latest version and then you can use to your links here the top in Affinity Publisher in order to use it. That's it. Let's now proceed to the next lesson. 22. Quick text selections word, line and paragraph: Welcome back. In Affinity Publisher, you're going to be working with text. This is why I want to focus the next few lessons on some tips on how you can quickly work with text in Affinity Publisher. For example, if you want to select a specific word in a paragraph, let me zoom in. You can double-click on the word, and this is going to select the word. Now, if you want to select one line of the text, so you can change it or made it in any way. You need to click three times on your mouse. And this is gonna select the line. If you want to select the whole paragraph, you need to click four times on the left button on your mouse, 1, 2, 3, 4. And this is going to select the whole paragraph. This is how you quickly select texts within Affinity Publisher. 23. Moving text quickly: Welcome back. In the last lesson, we talked about how we can quickly select a specific word, line or paragraph, Infinity Publisher. How about moving this paragraph quickly? So let's say that for some reason we want to move this bar graph here. Most people will come here and they'll do copy and paste. And then they will delete this paragraph. Or they'll do copy and cut and dust. The way they're going to have water going to suggest to you is something that we do what we did in the last lesson. Click four times to select the whole paragraph quickly, and then drag and drop the paragraph to where you need it to be. Just like this. This is the quickest way in Affinity Publisher in which you can move your texture around. You can use it for less than hope virus, for example. I can just select this part here and again, drag and drop it here. If you work with a lot of text in Affinity Publisher, I believe this deep will be really useful for you. Let's now proceed to the next lesson. 24. Customize Preferences: Welcome back. Not many people know this, but you can fully customize how Affinity Publisher looks and alter the different preferences for things such as shortcuts or two corrections within the tool. This is how you do that. You're going to click on edit. And then you can select Preferences. And here you're going to have a lot of options. Let's click on the first one. General. For example, a really useful for me is always to select reopened document on startup. So the document that I'm working on is already opened up when I'm starting up the application. And you'll see a lot of different options here that you can decide to either tick or untick. For example, if you prefer to keep the selection after Delete and etc, then let's switch back and go to User Interface. You have a lot of options here. For example, the background gray here that you have. Here, the defaults, you see the defaults here, but you can actually change the defaults to something else. Just like this. You also can change you a gamma. But for this one I prefer to keep it to the default. And then you also gain change the user interface style. So if you prefer to have a light user interface, which new applications you can switch from here. I myself prefer to use the dark one, so I'm going to switch it back to dark. And you also have some other options here that you can explore. I'm not gonna go through every single option here because they're literary conscious of different preferences that you can amend them. Jasmine, show you some of the main ones. Then I'm going to go to the shortcuts. Now, first of all, this is a great place in order to find what kind of shortcuts you have within Affinity Publisher. But not only that, you can actually change the shortcuts from here. For example, if you want to close the Affinity Publisher with shortcuts, you need to click on Control and w like this. But if you want to change this to something else, you can click on the delete here, click here, and then just click on Control and enqueue for example. And this is now going to be your new shortcut once you save it and close it, this is going to be your new shortcut for closing the application. Let me switch it back to the default. You also have edit in designer and editing photo. However, this is going to open, the actual application is not going to open those two dueling. So keep that in mind. And if you want to open the persona's. So 4 special journals, then for example, here you will find it persona's photo and I can make controlling Q dopamine persona. And now you see from the Zoom links dot diamond published on publisher. If I now press on controlling Q, this is going to open my file in Affinity Photo within the persona's. And this is really useful to save some time and make you productive. Let me go back to the Preferences and shortcuts. You'll see that there's a lot of different shortcuts here, and not all shortcuts risk of being populated. So for example, personas, they weren't populated. So I definitely want to advise you to come into the shortcuts menu here, seawater, the shortcuts that you want to use, and then apply your preferences. Now, another thing that you can do is go to tools and change things such as to handle, size, small, medium, large. I usually keep it to default. If you're using a tablet, you can change the doublet input method to low precision, from low precision to high precision. For example, if I switch to performance, you see that you can actually limit how much of your memory RAM is Affinity Publisher using and get a warning if Affinity Publisher uses a certain amount from the disk space. If I switch back, Let's go to mask. From here you'll be able to reset the field, the brushes, the textiles, to the factory settings. So let me click on Reset textiles and you see that the textiles are now restored to the factor settings for not for new documents. This can be useful when you, when you start learning Affinity Publisher because you're probably going to make a lot of changes. And sometimes if you're exploring it too much, you might make some changes that you don't want to really keep. And at some point you may decide to bring it back to the factory settings to see what, what are the factor settings and start from there. Let's close this and go to autocorrect. And in order to correct, it is going to provide you a list of how affinity publishers going to fix some type of mistakes that you do our typing. But not only that, for example, if you see the copyright is here. Anytime Affinity Publisher sees bracket C and bracket is going to create the copyright sign, which can save you some time. Instead of inserting the symbol, you can just type. So let me close this. And let's say that here I want to select the copyright sign. I can just put bracket C bracket, and this is going to insert the copyright sign for me. If I go back to Edit Preferences. You also have colored here. You have a lot of different options and title exceptions, filler text. So I definitely think it can be useful for you to dedicate 10 to 20 minutes for your time and go to the preferences and see what's going to be relevant for you, and change the way you want it to be so you can become more productive and feel the tools as your own. That's on preferences. Let's now proceed to the next lesson. 25. Thank You: Hello, I just wanted to say thank you for making it to the end of the course. We've covered dozens of advanced features. We didn't Affinity Publisher that you can utilize now in your daily work. As with anything, the best way to remember something for the long run is to implement it. So our advise you to try to implement as many of the features that we've discussed over the last two hours within your own projects. In my opinion, the best way to learn something is to start creating something that's going to be useful for you. So definitely start working on your own project and implement as much as possible. You now have a good level of knowledge of Affinity Publisher. There obviously thousands of different options within Affinity Publisher. And we can not go over every single one of them. But now you have a good skill set under your belt that's going to allow you to start working on any document. And this is why I tried to cover features from every single menu here. So you know that even if we haven't used something, it's available in there and you can find it. I'll really appreciate it. If you can spend just one minute and leave a review and let me know whether you found the course useful. I'm always here to help. So if there's any other feature that you want me to cover, please let me know so I can include it in a future release for discourse. My advice to you from now on is to use this course as a reference points. So anytime that you forget how to do something, you can always come back to the course. You own the course for lifetime. So you're going to get all the new content dot-dot-dot. And you're going to be able to review every single lesson as many times as you need when you actually start create your own documents and need these features. Thanks again and good luck with all your projects.