iPad Surface Design in Affinity Designer: Vectors, Textures, Artboards, and Repeat Patterns Staff Pick

Liz Kohler Brown, artist | designer | teacher

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23 Lessons (2h 45m)
    • 1. Surface Design in Affinity Designer iPad App: Vectors, Textures, Artboards, and Repeat Patterns

      4:15
    • 2. Vector vs Raster

      2:46
    • 3. Gallery and Settings

      5:29
    • 4. Artboards and Color Palettes

      13:46
    • 5. Creating a Background

      4:02
    • 6. Drawing Tools

      4:07
    • 7. Pen and Pencil Tools

      8:38
    • 8. Brush Tool and Geometry

      8:25
    • 9. Creating a Master Document

      8:33
    • 10. Basic Repeat Elements

      6:29
    • 11. Building Your Repeat

      10:58
    • 12. Creating Textures from Photos (downloads password here)

      9:31
    • 13. Creating Raster Textures

      8:44
    • 14. Creating Vector Textures

      7:34
    • 15. Isolating a Shape

      7:44
    • 16. Vector Generation Options

      5:56
    • 17. Creating Assets

      8:21
    • 18. Placing Elements

      8:29
    • 19. Adjusting and Organizing

      6:49
    • 20. Half Drop Canvas

      2:42
    • 21. Combining Assets and Drawing

      7:51
    • 22. Half Drop Repeats

      6:58
    • 23. Bonus Video: Affinity to Illustrator

      6:46
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About This Class

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In this class you'll learn how to use Affinity Designer to create surface pattern designs on your iPad.  Affinity Designer is a powerful design program that combines a lot of the tools you see in programs like Photoshop and Illustrator into one app.

In this class, I’ll show you everything you need to start designing pixel perfect patterns in Affinity Designer, and share all of my vector assets with you as free downloads, so you can start designing patterns as soon as you get the app.

I’ll also share with you a set of 70 images of textures that you can turn into raster or vector texture patterns for your repeats.  We’ll talk about the differences between vector and raster images, so you can choose the file type that works best for your project.

I'll how you how to:

  • create color palettes
  • set up your document for live pattern previewing
  • create vector shapes using the pen, brush, and pencil tools
  • turn a photograph into a detailed vector
  • create a basic repeat pattern using vector shapes
  • adjust the colors, sizing and spacing using the live repeat preview
  • combine textures, hand drawn elements, and vectors made from photographs
  • create a half drop repeat with detailed vectors made from a photograph, combined with hand drawn vector elements

You can use the repeats you create in this class for things like print on demand sites like Spoonflower, Society 6, and Red Bubble, or you could create vector images for client work or art prints.  All you need to take this class is an iPad, and the Affinity Designer app.  I’ll be using an Apple Pencil, but you can use any stylus, or even your finger.

You can find the class downloads and resources here (the password is shown in video 12)

**Note: Affinity is compatible with iPad Air 2, iPad 2017, iPad 2018, iPad Pro 9.7-inch, 10.5-inch and 12.9-inch.