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Create a Halloween card in Affinity Photo - Step by step

teacher avatar Alexandru Taradaciuc, Photoshop Enthusiast

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7 Lessons (29m)
    • 1. Intro

    • 2. Lesson 1 Create the template

    • 3. Lesson 2 Create a custom brush

    • 4. Lesson 3 Create the card

    • 5. Lesson 4 Add an image and frame it

    • 6. Lesson 5 Create a template for print

    • 7. Outro Thank you

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About This Class

We will continue our Affinity Photo tutorials with a simple design for a Halloween card. We will create a custom brush, add a text and change the orientation, import an image and mask it with an object. Then we will prepare it to be printed on A4 paper (you can follow along and change the size of the print as you like).


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Alexandru Taradaciuc

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1. Intro: Hello, hello and welcome to another tutorial. This time we will create this lovely Halloween card. So hollowing is just around the corner. So hopefully you'll be able to create discarding time to be able to print it and send it to your loved ones. If not, I will show you a method to export it for your social media so you can email it, going to be faster. So there you go. Edge of technology. You can do things faster. So what you will learn, basically, we will create this custom brush. We will introduce this text in a card. We will add an element in order to hide an image, an envelope and image actually in side element. And we will prepare the file to be printed. And also, I'll show you how to quickly export it for your software media. So let's get started. 2. Lesson 1 Create the template: All right, Let's create first the template for this card. So File New. I'm going to click on a five, so it's going to be 210 by 148. Change the orientation here to landscape and hit Create. Now, why I selected this, basically A5 is half of A4. So when folded, you're going to get an A6 card. It's a small one, but there you go. If you want, you can create bigger. So you can create an A4 and when you fall it is going to be an A5. So for this exercise, I think is going to be enough. Let's create some guidelines in order to find out where is the half of this page and create some safety margins. First of all, if you don't see the rulers, you go View, show ruler or all R or Command R. Let's find half of this. You don't need to do any math. You just go and click on the Move tool. Click on the ruler here, and drag a guideline. So should be around one of five and it will snap here. Oh, but what happened? We cannot see the guidelines, so show guidelines. There are no shows up here. If you want to delete this one, you just click on the guideline and throw it out the page. Now, let's create it again. And it will snap automatically to one or five. If it doesn't, just click on this snapping option here. Let me show you a different way. You can create these guidelines. For example, if you have it here, it's not good. So you don't know exactly where is it? Let's create using the guide manager. I will have this dialogue box here. And if you click here are the new vertical guide, it will automatically add the guide to the middle of the page. Okay, Let's add some margins as well. I think five millimeter margins should be okay. This is so we will not go over with our graphics. This is a technique used in the publishing sector, but we are going to use this so we will not have any text that is going to be on the edge. Okay, let's create our image basically that is it, this is the template. I'm going to attach this one to the lesson so you'll be able to download it if you don't want to create your guides. But it's a good exercise for you because if you are going to change the size of the page, then you will need to do this manually having this created, let's save it, put it here and put as card template and hit Enter. Now, I saved this one so you will be able to download it as well. On our next lesson, we will go and we will add the background, and we will add a text, and we will create also custom brush. 3. Lesson 2 Create a custom brush: Right, So let's create first the custom brush. Think is going to be easier for us. So basically, you can see here that we have some bats lying around. And this is not put here one by one. It's a custom brush that I'm going to show you how to create. Also, I'm going to attach this custom brush to this lesson so you can import it if you don't want to create it. First of all, let's open our source from where we are going to create our images. I've taking this image, you'll have access to it as well. It's from And let's see, we need, first of all, we need to select a few of them. Now, let's create with this as well. So we're going to have this hit Alt and j. Let's create with this as well. This is looking nice. And j, Oops. All you need to have selected the background here in order to copy it. And D to deselect. And let me hit this 1. First. Let's take and create a custom brush from this. The way you do it, you go select tonal and shadows. This is going to create a selection on the silhouette of this bad and the spider. And then for me I created a group here. Create a new one. So you go rush. New breadth from selection. And there you go. It created one. Let's create a breath from this one. And then we will go and we will modify the brush. Click on this. Again, select tonal range shadows. Click on this one. New birth from selection. And it created another brush. Hit Alt D to deselect. And let's modify our brushes here. Let's take the first one, double-click on it. And this dialog box will pop in. And you already can see that. There you go. You have it. But it's not looking good if you're going and tried to create the brush, you can do like this one by one. But I'll show you something cooler. So basically, what we will do, we will change the dynamic of the brush. So this size is okay, but let's change first of all, the spacing between the objects. So they are not going to overlap that much. You can rotate as well. So let's rotate it a little bit. And from the dynamics, you can play around with this one. So basically you'll see that it's going to create rotation GTR scattered, scatter y. Again, this is going to be okay luminosity. I think this luminosity do sir, is way call. Okay, guys. Good. And now if I'm going to click and drag is going to create multiple instances of the same. So again, it's looking way, way better. Let's click Close and modified the next one. So this is again, Let's play with the spacing, size, calculation, flow, rotation. So this is going to rotate. Scatter X axis on why harness shape so hue. And this will change the hue of the saturation. And of course, luminosity is going to give us that nice variation of color. And there it goes, looking good, looking good. You can add texture if you want. But for the moment, this is going to be just a quick look. And there you go, you have the brushes. Let's export this one. So go here, export the brushes and Save, Replace. And there you go. You will have this four brushes free to import into the file. So you go, if you don't see this window, you go to view studio brushes. And then you go click on this option here. Import Brushes. Click on the custom brushes and click Open. Then you will see here custom brushes made by me. And you can play around with them as well. That's it. So on our next lesson, we will import and place the background. And we will play around with the brushes that we just created. 4. Lesson 3 Create the card: All right, so let's import the background. So we'll use the place function, stock photos. And you'll have this photo as well attached to this file. So you either click on it and then you can modify it. And let's say, put here 0 to a 100 millimeters first. Oops. So let's resize it to a 100 millimeters as should be enough. And we can drag the image, let's all. And try to center it. I want to have like actually you know what? The first one looks better. So let's flip this image. Right-click Transform, Flip Horizontal. And movies like this. Cool. This looks very nice. Now, let's use some brushes that we've just created. So I'll click on the brush. Let's create a new layer and make it smaller. And just go nuts. Click here and move it around. Like this. Let's create another layer. Choose the other one. Smaller. So I'm using the bracket keys to make it bigger or smaller. Or it can go from here with and you can create a smaller one. And again, just like this, of course we are not going to leave it like that. Let's add a color overlay so we can have a flexibility on our colors. Let's create like an orangey stuff. So I'm telling that and put some transparency as well. Click Close and do the same for the other brush. And you can click on select like a yellowish bit. And of course, because these are Layer pixel layers, we can add a mask. We can add a mask for this one as well. And you can start removing some of the elements. So let's change the brush to basic one, 32. Let's make it bigger. And just try to remove some of the elements. So I don't like this one here. Cool. Now, let's add some text to this. And I want the text to be to have like a radius. So in order to do that, you need the pen tool. You click where you want to start a text. You click where you want to end the text. And if you drag down for the tool will disappear. Just use the alt key and hold, and just grab the handles of the tool and you can create a better curve. Now, heat on the text. Bring the cursor on the edge of the curve. And just start writing happy. And you can move it around by dragging this arrows. Let's center it. Let's select it with a. Let's change the color. Change the size. Thing 36 should be okay. Let's make it. You can do it like this. And let's change the font here. You can change and you can use whatever font you want. I'm using Bradley hand, but you can use whatever you have available. Let's add another curve. Again from this side to this side. And drag it here. Happy, Happy Halloween. Again, click on the curve. And right. Oops. Low. When Happy Halloween, center it, make it bigger I think around. Let's make this 48. And I'll show you how to drag this in order to accommodate the font. Go like this. If you drag your curve, you'll be able to accommodate that one. And just select a new font. And you can rotate it a little bit. And as I said, I don't want the text to be right here. Because when you print it and you cut it, you could cut the text, so leave it like this. Should be inside the frame. Cool. Now we have this text here. That looks good. We can make this happy, little happier and bigger. So let's use 48 as well. Happy Halloween. Now, again, you can click and you can move the text if you like. Around here, happy. That's good, hollowing. That's good. And there we go. In the next lesson, I will introduce an object and I will hide a picture that will envelope that particular object. And I'll show you how to do that as well. And basically that will be it. Then we will go and preparedness file to be printed and also prepare the file to be exported for your social media. See you next lesson. 5. Lesson 4 Add an image and frame it: Okay, Now let's add an object. Let's use the ellipse tool. Hold, shift, click and drag to create a perfect circle. Stroke. None good. And let's hide an image inside this circle. So file place. Let's put this one open and click here and drag. This looks good. Now, move the layer above the image, then take the ellipse layer and move it between the thumbnail of the layer and the text. So you'll see that basically you'll have the option to place there. Now, let's add a shadow, but an outer glow and an inner glow. Glow. Let's take this one with the radius intensity. And here you can play as much as you want. So let's take this one. Inner Glow. I like to be more reddish with some more radius here. Bigger intensity. Like that. It's good. Looking good. And can change the opacity if you want, but it'll be like an orb or something. And click Close. And there we have it. Now you can put your family picture here, your dogs bacteria or cats picture or whatever. This is just for making an example. Let me go on next lesson. We will prepare this file, books to be printed and to be exported for your social media. 6. Lesson 5 Create a template for print: All right, so let's say we finish the design. You can add more text here or more elements like this. But for this tutorial, I think it's enough, it's a simple card. So let's print this card, Let's prepare it for print. Now, most of you have at home, at least a printer, and that is regular size A4 printer or letter printer. But taking that into consideration, let's create a template, A4 portrait orientation, and just click create. With this file created. Let's place our new car then. So finished card open and just click inside. Don't click and drag, just click inside. And it will introduce the file at 100% size. Click on your card. And let's rotate it. If you hold, shift will rotate in incrementals. You sees. So 90 degrees. Let's position it. Come on center. And now we have our card on the center of the paper. Now, to be sure, let's add some guide. So as you know, this is the vertical and this is the horizontal. Click Close. Let's move it around a little bit. It snaps to the center. It snap to the center. That's good. Now let's create some graphics here that will allow us to bend the card. So when you print it, you'll know exactly where the center is. For me, I click on the arrow tool. Of course you can use whatever you want. Like diamond tool, Let's use diamond tool should be the same thing. Basically. Holding the Shift and drag, you'll create like a perfect diamond. Oops, sorry. Control Z. And just stroke with a color black doesn't matter because it will not show up in your inner print. Put it here, the edge of the card, Alt J to duplicate it. And I duplicate it three times, Backspace to delete one. And if you hold Shift and move, it will automatically keep the same level. Now, if your element is not snapping to the objects, or for example, if you see, if I move this is not snapping to any objects. Just click on the snapping tool here and move it around. And there you go. So you'll know that from this side, you will be able to bend it. And that should be it. Now, you save it. And you put here like a for print card template and hit Save. You print it, you cut it, and you bend it. Now, I promised you that we will export this for social media as well. So that's even easier. You go. And we finished card. Click on the Export persona. And let's slice this image. So from the one corner to another. Let's keep the first page. Only. Deselect the background and export slice and slice one. There you go. So you have an image with the slides, so you can just share it on your social media, on your Instagram account, Facebook, or send it by email. 7. Outro Thank you: And that concludes our tutorial for today. I hope you really enjoyed this one. Again, this was a simple design. Yields managed to learn how to create a custom brush out to insert and place the images are to resize them. And how to develop an image into an object. And how to use the special effects on that particular object. And in the end, how to export your work via print or export to social media. Please do share your designs with the rest of the class. I really want to see you and what you've, you've managed to do with them until next time if you want to learn more, I do have another class on Affinity Photo introduction, hands-on approach as well. So please check that out. And this give me a review so I will be able to tailor better tutorials for eBay's until next time. Take care.