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Learn to use Affinity Designer on the iPad and Create a Surface Pattern Design Using Shapes

Andrea Lyles

Learn to use Affinity Designer on the iPad and Create a Surface Pattern Design Using Shapes

Andrea Lyles

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7 Lessons (38m)
    • 1. Introduction

    • 2. Drawing Tools

    • 3. Shape Tools

    • 4. Artistic Text Tool

    • 5. Creating a Surface Pattern Design Using Shapes Part 1

    • 6. Creating a Surface Pattern Design Using Shapes Part 2

    • 7. Scaling the stroke for your repeating artboard

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About This Class

Welcome to my a first Affinity Designer on the iPad class! In this class, I will walk you through the basic drawing and shape tools as well as adding text to curves. The final portion of the class will show you how to create a simple floral surface pattern design using shapes, curves, and text. 

In this class we will only use the Vector Persona and cover basic functions. We will get a little more in depth in future classes. I love this App because it allows me to create simple and complex designs without having to subscribe to other software. I actually design everything strictly on my iPad. I hope that you’ll enjoy using Affinity Designer as well and find it to be as versatile.

Feel free to ask questions and I will do my best to answer them for you. I look forward to seeing what you design.

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Andrea Lyles


Hello, I'm Andrea Lyles, owner of Kaldrea Sewing Company LLC (DBA Kaldrea Designs) and Andrea Nicole Virtual Assistant, LLC. I love to sew, design, and help businesses achieve their goals. I am primarily sharing some design skills that allow me to earn passive income with my designs and illustrations. I hope that this training can help get you on the path to doing the same!

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1. Introduction: Hi, My name is Andrea Lyles. My company name is Calgary. A collections. I'm a seamstress and designer. Today. I'd like to show you how to use Affinity Designer, which is the most powerful design app available for the iPad. I think you'll really enjoy using it. We'll start off with learning to use a different drawing tools and being able to create shapes using the different custom is ations available for the shape tools, adding text to curves. And then we will combine everything to make our first surface pattern design. So for your class project, please upload your design that you create an affinity designer. I look forward to seeing everything and I appreciate you watching my class. 2. Drawing Tools: welcome to the first lesson. And this one. We're going to learn how to use the drawing tools. We're going to start by opening up a new document. Well, im doing that. I apologize for any background noise. My husband and I are full time our beers, and ah, can't keep the noise out sometimes. Um, so you open up in your document and you can input the dimensions of your document. It's usually set two points. We can change that two pixels. Um, that's what most people work in, and we can change the with. I'm gonna do 1500 by 1500 in the height as well. But, uh, let me just mention that right now. If you're not sure the exact size that you want your document to be, that's OK, because by the time we go to export it, we will have control over what size we want to export the document. As so just start off with, uh, with something right now and then you can always change it later. Okay, so there's our blank canvas. You'll notice there is a question mark symbol in the bottom right hand corner. If you tap and hold that it will show you what each one of the tools and, um, studios are eso that way you can always reference it. Okay, so we're going to start off by drawing curbs. I think that will illustrate how each of the tools works. So there's Ah, pencil tool, and we'll just draw a simple S curve. Okay, you'll notice that there's node in, um, various points of the curve. Usually, the pencil tool renders a lot more notes than you actually need. But if you're not familiar with depend tool, if you just, you know, want to draw with that, that's fine. That's a great place to start. Then there's the vector brush tool, which is one thing that sets affinity designer apart. Um, because usually you can Onley draw solid lines in director programs that are available for the iPad. But when we have that selected, we can go over here, um, and click on that and you'll see that there's a variety of brushes available, Um, so you can actually draw something that's a little more painterly looking. For example, I will choose an acrylic brush top part of that, and I'll do the same thing and it looks like a paint brush stroke, and then I will use the pen tool. Once you go through each one, then I'll show you how toe customize the different lines. The pencil works a little bit different. Some of you are familiar with it. Some of you are not for those who are not. Ah, the pencil draws lines and curves by creating anchor points, so you will start your curve by tapping and holding. And then you drag that, um, the handle in the direction that you want your curve to go in. That's for the first part of the curb. Then I'm going to put my next anchor where there's a change of direction and I will pull the handle in the opposite direction that I want the curve to go and you'll see what I mean . So I'm gonna pull down and it then the opposite handle pulls a curve up. Then I'm going to go to the end of my curve, and I'm going to pull up because I want that curve to go down. Okay, so the great thing about working and a director format is that everything can be scaled up or down and edited without really losing the quality of your drawing. Um, so I'm going to de select it by clicking the X symbol. Okay, so there have three lines. I'm going to show you how to change the stroke and the colors, so I'm going to use them. The move tool to select, um, first, my, um, pencil tool curve. And you can always change the brush that you used for it. So I could go to the brush section, and I could change it toe one of the paint brushes, or if I started with a paintbrush. But I didn't like the one that I used. I could go in and change it to a different type of fresh. So you can do that with any line that you draw in. Affinity designer in the vector persona. Okay, um, let me show you. Also, while I'm at it, show you how to draw a straight line with the pencil. All you would do is put a an anchor point and then another one, and that just that does a straight line. Okay, so now let's say that I want to change the colors. And while I have my stroke selected, then this disc up at the top is, um, it always here to change the stroke color and the fill color. So for the stroke color, I'm gonna, um, gonna change it to a lighter color so you can see that what I'm talking about there there is one circle that is filled in, and one that's not the one that's not is Thea what changes your stroke color And the one that solid changes the field color. So, for example, there, um, and the color wheels pretty straightforward. You just drag around to the color that you want and then within the triangle to the different shades of that color. Okay, um, before we move on to the next section, I want to show you also the layers studio. So here you can see every individual object that you've created all of the curbs and you can group items together so I could tap on one. And then, with a two finger tap, I tapped the bottom most one that I would like to group together. So then it selects everything in between, and then you can pinch it together. But when it's that small, it can be a little difficult, so you can just tap on the group symbol up at the top. The advantage of having everything group together is that now you can move them all, um, together. But if let's say you do want to change something independently, you can still do that either by double tapping it or, ah, you can go into the layer studio and just select a single curve out of your group. So you don't have to worry that once you've grouped together, then you don't you can't edit it. You can still go back and do that. Okay, so now that we've gone through all that in the next lesson, I'll show you how to use the, um, the shapes and how to edit your shapes. 3. Shape Tools: Okay, so we're going to clear a canvas so we can start on our shapes. I'll just select everything and click on the garbage can down there in the corner. Your shapes air here with that square is if you top on the little arrow, it will show you the different types of shapes that you can do. We'll start off with a rectangle. There's a few custom is ations that you can make, um, with the corners. So down here, you'll notice, um, this little box that has some options for you. For a corner type, you can click round and it rounds off your corners straight round in verse and cut out. With each of these, you'll notice there's, Ah, a little orange node. And if we drag that, usually there's a line that indicates which direction you can drag it in. Then it'd just all the corners the same way. I would say, First straight, you can also do the same thing. Okay, so, um, that's the rectangle. I'll go ahead and delete that. Okay. For our ellipse tool, we'll start dragging our circle out. If you put a finger down, it turns it into a perfect circle, and it anchors it from the top left hand side. If you put two fingers down, you can reposition and then continue to work on it. If you put three fingers down, it angers the center of the circle, and if you put four fingers down, then it's still anchored. But you can change the shape, the proportion to make it into an oval. You'll notice if you don't change to one of the selection tools than you'll just continue to draw shapes out. Okay, and then I'll show you one more. Let's say the star. Okay, we draw star out the same thing. We can make it proportionate by holding down a finger and lotus in this one. We have three orange nodes so we can change the depth of those. Ah, I don't know what you'd call them. Little parts of stick out. You can change the curve of it, and you can turn it into, ah, curve top as well. So it looks a little bit more like flower petals. Okay, and then you can change the number of pedals or star points that there are by sliding left and might where it says points. Okay, than the inner radius changes the depth of each one of those points. So, um, play around with all of the different shapes. It's a lot of fun. And then in the next lesson, we'll talk about adding text to curves or shapes. 4. Artistic Text Tool: Okay, so now we'll talk about the artistic text. I'm going to just draw curve and ah, shape. It's all just doing the lips. Okay, then I will tap on the text tool down there. Well, first I want to do the curb salt select occur. Then I'll tap the text tool. And if I tap right on the curve, then my text will appear in that curved shape and of the stroke for the curve itself disappears. Sold to say hi. I'm Andrea. Okay, there's a little green arrow and a little orange one. So the green one dictates where the beginning of your text starts on that curve and the orange one dictates word ends. And if I were to drag this this way than my lettering, that would be passed. That orange flips over to the opposite side of the curve just like that, Okay. And then the green one drags your texts on the curve. If you wanted to change fonts, then you tap. Ah, actually, you select it with the move tool. If you're any other one, still, then it it will only alter the text. That's that you type in after that. But if you're selected with the move tool, then it will customize your text. That's that's already there. So if I click where this a is, that's where my fonts are. So I can change to a different front. I can change the size of my father. And there's also, um, a lot of customization you can do as faras the spacing of your letters. For example, the positioning. We can scale the text horizontally, vertically. Um, the spacing between the letters. And if you have more than one line, you can also adjust the space between the lines in the paragraph, Um, section. Okay, so that's that when you'll see that the stroke line is gone. Okay, so I'm going to now select the lips, and I'm going to add text right on the Ellipse. Okay, so I'll just put my name again. Andrea Lyles. Okay, so I can, um even though the stroke of the the shape itself is gone, I still have the ability to change the shape of it, and that will change the shape of the of the text. Okay. If I want to move, decide, I want to move my text around after I've adjusted the shape. I would just click back on that box, and it'll bring my green and orange arrows back up. And I could just drag things around, okay? And the same applies with changing your fun, your font style. Um, and you can change the color of your text again. You'd have tohave have it selected with the move tool and then dis changer color. You do it with the with the Phil, Not with the stroke. Okay, so that's that in the last section, we're going to combine a lot of what we've learned, and, um, make a seamless pattern. 5. Creating a Surface Pattern Design Using Shapes Part 1: Okay, so now we're going to put together everything we learned. We're going to create a new document in pixels. I'm going to make it 1500 by 1500 at 300 d. P. I and I'm going to create an art board. Um, at this point, I'm not too concerned with the exact dimensions. Because since I'm working in a vector format, um, our artwork won't lose quality if we exported a different size later on. So I'm just gonna click, OK, this looks a little different than what we've been working with. This allows you to create, um, multiple documents on the same page. I'm going to come up here and go down to art boards and drag another one right next to it. Using the transform studio. I'm going to make it the same size as the other one. Okay, 1500 by 1500. And we're going to be working on art board one and then seeing the pattern develop on art board too. So we have to decide on a background color and fill our background on our board one. So we do that with the rectangle tool, just drag out a rectangle and I'm going to make it the same Size is my art board. And make sure it's zero on X and zero on why my stroke with is set zero. So I don't have to worry about there being a different color border on here. Then we need to add this to, um, are symbols. So that's this little wheel right here on the side. We'll go up to the top and click add symbol from selection. Okay, then I'm going to zoom out, have my move tool, um, select the rectangle or square. In this case, I'm going to put two fingers down. I'm going to drag it over, and I'm going to resize it. I'll distracted so that it fills 1/4 of this second art board. Um, my Magnetics has turned on, so it snaps into place, put two fingers down, duplicated again, and keep duplicating until I have a square in each corner. Okay, I'm gonna click on the original one. I'm going to go to my layer studio and it selected. I'm just going to lock it so that I don't accidentally move it well on moving other things around, I'll collapse art board too. Um since I won't be needing that for any of my work. Okay, So now we'll go ahead and start working with our shapes. I'm going to create flowers using different shaped tools. I'm going to start with the cog tool, so I'll drive one out, put a finger down so that, um, the proportions are even, and you'll notice all the little orange thoughts that allows you to manipulate the different lines. I'm going to start off with this one right here By dragging it to the right and just closing off the bottom. I'm going to drag this one down, Teoh, for the depths of my pedals, the top I'm going to close off. And then this middle one, I'm going to drag out. So it kind of curbs my pedals, okay. And then we can also make the center bigger or smaller as well, going to go to the color studio. And I'm going to fill this with a blue. Okay, I like that blue. And I think I do want there to be a little bit of an outline. So I'm going to go to my stroke with and said that toe one. Okay, so that's that I can use my move tool and just drag it over. If it's not appearing on the second art board, that means we need to go to our layer studio and drag it down into our symbol. Okay, so I'm going to then make another shape. I'm going to use the cloud tool. I'm going to drive out a cloud one finger down. And first I'm going to decrease the amount of pedals. By going down here where it says bubbles, you can just drag that down. Um, I think eight will be good. And then this one just has one little orange node that you can pull down to increase the depths of your pedals. So I'm happy with that. And we're going to re color this one with a yellow, okay? And I'm going to add a center using my ellipse tool. It'll just drag that out, one finger down. Let me move it. It automatically snaps to the center, and I'm gonna fill the center with a pink. I think I like. Okay. So we can look at our art board to and see that everything is repeating. Um well, over there, I don't want these two shapes to move independently. So I'm going to go to my layer studio, make sure they're both selected and group them. So now if I move them, they both move together, Okay? And lastly, I'm going to make another big flower with the tear tool, so I'm going to drag a pedal out, and that looks pretty good. I'm going to go up here and click Duplicate. Actually, let me undo that. I want to make sure it selected with the move tool before I duplicate, and then I can drag it out and rotate IQ on, make sure they're together at center. So no, since I duplicated that one rather than copy and paste. If I continue to click duplicate, it will continue to move that shape around in the same manner that I that I did the 1st 1 so you might have to play around with it a little bit. Tried a couple times, Um, because the the pedals may not always line up exactly at the end. I'll just kind of close that one up a little bit, and I'm going to use my Ellipse tool to drag to drag a circle out for the centre and I'm gonna fill it with the yellow And this one. Let's see, that looks about center. It won't snap exactly into place. Well, unless I grew, please. First we drag that down. Okay, there we go. And I'm going to group it with those pedals so that I have another flower that will move together. I'm going to duplicate this one into each one of the corners. I'm going to drag that right into that corner, make sure it's, um, centered on it. I'm going to go up here quick duplicate to placate that one right into that corner. I can actually just put two fingers down, move it into this corner, okay? And then drag another one down into this corner. Okay? Okay. So one of them's a little bit off. If you have trouble selecting something, you can always go to your layer studio. Okay? So I accidentally Yeah, I created to there. I'll just delete one, and I will move that one right into the corner, see if that solve their problem. Yes, it did. Okay. And then again, I don't want each one of those flowers to move independently, so I will select the top one used two fingers, the top on the bottom one and pinch them together. And that way, if I need to move them, my pattern doesn't get disrupted. Okay? I'm going to create, um, a couple of little filler flowers using the cloud tool again. So I'm just gonna drag a little cloud out, and I'm going to decrease the number of pedals down to, like, five. Make the pedals a little deeper. Okay? I'm gonna use two fingers, Teoh Hope and we undo that. Make sure it's selected with the move tool, and then put two fingers down. Get out to duplicate it. When to change the color of that one. Too pink for two fingers down. Duplicated again. Minute. Change that one to blue. And then down here with the add to selection, I can select all three of them. Okay, I see what the problem is. Why it's not letting me select things. It's because I have the whole symbol walked. I don't want that. I want to unlock that. What I want to lock is just the rectangle. Okay? Now I should be able to select things. Yes. So I'm going to click. Add to selection like all three of those two fingers down and drag them out. Yes, and I'm going to take a little time to, um, reposition these and then I'll come back and show you had to add the text. 6. Creating a Surface Pattern Design Using Shapes Part 2: Okay, so now we're going to add some text. So we'll do that by drawing a curve with our pen tool him and a de select that I can just click on the X there, and I'm going to dry the curve out. Okay. If I want to, it just might curve a little bit. I can click on the node tool, and I can move the nodes or drag the handles to change the shape of the curve. Okay, Once I'm happy with it, then I can click on the text tool. And if I zoom in, if I click right on the curve, then it will, um, allow me to write on that curve in the actual stroke line of the curve disappears and just the text will stay, so I'll type. I love flowers. Okay, that I need to make sure my move tool is selected so that I can change the front. So I'm gonna go to my front studio over here, and let's see, I broke that one, and then I can change the the size of it. That's a little too big about that. That looks pretty good. I think, um, if I go to positioning. I'm going to change the horizontal scale. I think I just want that drag out a little bit more. Okay. I can also decrease the vertical scale. All right, so I think we need to drag this down to our symbol. Okay. Oh, I see. So it's wanting to duplicate it at the same font size as it is over here. So if we want to fix that, we can. So, like the original one, and we'll go up here to the three little dots and we'll click on convert to curves. It changes it from text to basically like as if you outlined the text. Okay, so I'm going Teoh, duplicate that a couple of times and add it to different places. In my pattern, I might even change the size of that a little bit. Okay, So what I still have left to do is the items that are hanging over the canvas. They need to be duplicated on the opposite side. So I would click that little flower, duplicate it, And if I go to my transform studio, then I can move it on the X axis, which is horizontal. And I don't have to really do math. I can just, um, plug in plus 1500 because that's the width of my canvas. And then I would, um Let's see. Yep. Group those two together so they don't move independently than the I love flowers needs to be duplicated. I would subtract 1500 from that one, since it's going back that way, and I will group those two and then this one is hanging over the bottom so I can duplicate it and subtract 1500 on Why? Which would move it up. Okay. And then I can group those two. That one's touching the flour, little Seiken. Just move them, move it over a little bit. Let me look at what it looks like in the big picture. I think that I want to maybe make this one come over here. And I'm pretty happy with that. So you could continue to move things around, add things or delete them. Um, And if you wanted to change something that goes over the campus, you would have to delete one change the other, like maybe I want to change the angle of that. I think I like that more and then duplicated again okay, then I could group them together again. And that would be that. You could also use this method for things you would draw, like with the pen or pencil tool. Um, but this will get you started for now, and then we'll go a little bit more in depth in a future class. I almost forgot to show you how to export your document. So you want to make sure you go to your layer studio and that our board oneness selected. If it's not selected, it won't give you the option to at sport. An individual art board will go up here, go to export, and you'll see that right now it has the whole document selected. That's why the dimensions are all weird. But if we go down here, then we can select Art Board one. Okay, it's a little bit glitchy. Um, so if I were to change that, it would not change proportionately for some reason. So if you wanted to change the size of it, you could just de select that love, um, but and and put the size, let's say, let's I want to do 3000 by 3000 then I could do that and I can click, share and save it to my camera roll by clicking Save image. Or I could click OK and save it to, um, my iCloud. So if I just click, share and save image and cancel, I can close out of affinity designer. I could go to my photos and there's my tile. Please go ahead and upload the surface patterns you create using shapes with the techniques you learned in this class. I look forward to seeing what you create and thank you so much for watching. 7. Scaling the stroke for your repeating artboard: Okay, so I thought I'd add a little amendment to our repeating art board section. I'm going to zoom in a little bit so you can see the stroke with does not appear to be proportionate to the object in, um, in the repeating art board section, with the exception of the yellow flowers. So I'm going to show you how I accomplished that. And this is something that you can do after the fact my my tile is already done, but I can go into my layers studio, and I'm going to select everything with the exception of the text. So I'm going to, um, click on the top most object in the layer studio and then with two fingers, I'll select the bottom one, and it selects everything in between. And then I will go to my stroke studio. And there is a little drop down menu that says Advanced. So you can click on that and then we're going to toggle on scale with object, and you can see that everything all of the the strokes got scaled down in our repeating art board. So now everything looks as it should. Um, I didn't notice it when I was initially making this art board because the stroke was was so small. But if you're working with objects with a larger stroke with you would definitely notice it . So just that I would show you guys that I hope it helps out. All right, See you in the next class.