Digital Art – Getting (Re)started…

After recently downloading and playing around with Affinity Designer, a vector drawing package by the generous people at Serif, I guess I just got hooked, making Affinity Designer a definite purchase and recommendation for graphic artists and illustrators.

The following is just some of the artwork examples I created using either, or both, Affinity Designer and Affinity Photo.

Now, what you’ll find about using both programs is that they play quite nicely together. Allowing you to easily copy and paste you vector drawn work from Affinity Designer, into Affinity Photo.

You can then use Affinity Photo for creating more organic tonal images as shown in the example below:

Disk Space

There is one thing to watch out for though, and that is how hungry for disk space these applications can be. So, getting hold of an external hard drive, at least a few terabytes worth, might be a good idea.

Speaking of external hard-drives, and therefore equipment. Most digital artists and illustrators use pen tablets and other tools that help make the drawing or painting process a more natural experience.

However, if you do not have the luxury of such tools and you at least have a decent desktop, or laptop, you can always use your mouse.

Painting with a Brick

Yes, I know, it is kind of like painting with a brick, and a little redundant, but with some practice and patience you can get there. Think of it as an initiation towards perfecting your skills and knowledge using the software.

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How I Built A Famous Web App In Only A Few Hours.

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If you subscribe you’ll be added to my list of creators and solopreneurs, and will be amongst the first to know about other updates on creativity related tools and resource.

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Design-It-Yourself – Social Media Content Creation Tool

Another useful piece of software you may find interesting, is Easil.

Easil is a new, well intended online content creation software that provides team and individual users access to 1000s of social media templates for creating many of the different social media formats, such as for Facebook ads, Pinterest or Instagram stories.

What’s more, you can upload and selectively share your brand assets, including logo, fonts, colours, images and other graphics and brand elements with your team members.

Photo-Illustration App for Mac

Photo-Illustration with Luminar 4

One of the things I really like about the Photo-editing app, Luminar, is how simple it is to use, both as a standalone app or as a plugin extension. The interface is pretty minimalistic and doesn’t take too long in becoming familiar with.

This is especially useful if, like the majority of creators, you perform most of your editing or retouching tasks using Adobe Photoshop. For me, Luminar is like the digital music mastering tool you might use in order to polish the final production of a track.

London E1.

Providing your Mac is up-to-date and sufficiently endowed, Luminar works fine for most cases. You can learn more at Software Folder.

Presently, I have been using Luminar for Mac OS as a standalone app. And have yet to explore the layers feature. However, with the aid of Affinity Photo or Adobe Photoshop, I think I’d be more inclined to perform most of the more manipulative and tricky tasks in either of these two programs.

What do you use in your photo-editing workflow and for finalising your artwork pieces?

Photo Editor for Creators:

From St.Lucia with Love…

Old Sugar Mill, Victoria, Saint Lucia. 
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#photography#travelphotography#stlucia#sightseeing#graphics

Create that “Look” for your projects...

Photo-Artist will just love what you can do with the Luminar 4 app. Easily create photographic styles, or rather, Looks, from your settings. This is a great way of maintaining consistency across a range of photos.

What I really like though, is how you can achieve a near to “illustration” or stylised painterly appearance. And what’s even more beautiful, is how you can save, package, and share your settings as Looks (presets).


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Nikon D80 Travel Photos

Photos Taken With A Nikon D80. But I Have My Eyes Set On A Nikon D850.

They Say That The Best Camera Is The One (Phone) You Have On You. But Is That Always Ideal? I Don’t Know – What Do You Think?

The Pitons, Soufriere, Saint Lucia.

If you happen to travel to the Caribbean Island of S.Lucia and looking for picturesque landmarks to take photos. The Pitons is a very obvious option, so you can just imagine how many photos have been taken of this popular piece of evidence of the earths majestic beauty.

Sugar Cane Mill, Victoria, Saint Lucia.

Located in Victoria, St.Lucia, this old sugar cane mill tower overlooks the Caribbean Sea from where the Island of St.Vincent can also be seen in the distance. [tips and more photos]

Camera Phone Photography: https://softwarefolder.co.uk/camera-phone/

Photo Editing | Intelligent Sky Replacement

Landscape Photographers Dream?

One of the things I have been enjoying lately is the power and flexibility of Skylum Software. If you are not familiar with Skylum, then please allow me to introduce you.

Skylum, formerly Macphun, are a creative and innovative software business that provide Pro and hobbyist apps that are very easy to use and equally as powerful.

If you were to ask me who is it for? My answer would quite sincerely be anyone. And here is why.

To begin with, there is Photolemur, which is a drop-dead simple photo enhancer for all the family. Photolemur allows you to enhance your photo with no to very little manual editing.

Then you have the “Big Boys n Gals” software, in Luminar and Aurora HDR. Luminar comes in a few shades including; Luminar Flex, the plugin and extension for most users wanting instant gratification with the different Looks available as well as use with Adobe Photoshop and Lightroom.

And finally, there is Luminar ‘standalone,’ if I can call it that, especially as the current versions I have been using are all available as standalone as well as plugin/extension apps. The latest Luminar, version 4+ is super cool with the enhanced AI Sky Replacement feature.

The Plus for mac Users

It’s a joy how Luminar works with Photos for macOS. It kinda gives Photos for macOS more value. And especially with iCloud working in the background. Check out my related posts below for more.

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Speaking of ‘O’Possum…

…look what we found one sunny morning.

 

Possum or Opossum? I didn’t know there was a difference.

From what I can gather the Possum is an Australasian marsupial that claims the name ‘Possum’ due to its resemblance with the Opossum of the Americas.

And just like the Kangaroo, these creatures give birth and carry their young in pouches.

The Opossum is famously known for its coy tac-tic of playing dead when under threat. An Opossum under threat is known to play dead for more than 30 minutes.

 

So, what is it that prompted me to make this post about the Possum?

Well simply put, it was all due to the fact that just as when I was receiving news about another of Google’s algorithm refinements – of course nicknamed ‘Possum’, that I heard someone outside shout “Manicou” which translates Opossum.

How funny is that!

Luckily I managed to get a few photos of the unexpected visitor, before allowing it to escape somewhere a little further away from home (you can think whatever you like).

Anyway…shortly after returning to my desk, I happen to stumble on a YouTube video of Cleveland Brown being attacked by a…

You said it.

Brian

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Is It Really Worth Learning Code?

Learning Code Online

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Okay, so perhaps you’re a blogger, or maybe you have an ecommerce store which you have successfully built without any coding experience whatsoever.

– Hey, after all WordPress (and others), does make it all so much easier…

Or does it?

Have you ever stopped to wonder just how much more control you would have, with not just with the appearance of your WordPress website or blog, but also other features and functions such as integration with print-on-demand services, social media and other third party offerings, as well as enhancements to the way in which users interact with your content?

Pretty long question huh?

Intimidating as code may first seem, learning code, or working with code is really a matter of shortening a long question into meaningful instructions, identifying patterns and what they signify. Well in short…(okay, okay, in my idea of ‘in short’).

Anyway, of course you’ll need to know and understand the more ‘advanced basics’ (if i can call that – for the sake of not making coding sound really, really easy). In order to even begin to encroach the world of the programmer / engineer. You will need some form of training or formal studies.

Start coding yourself

However, you can largely get away by simple observation, trying things out and picking up tips from the numerous coding related sites available online. There are sites such as; w3schools.comtutorialspoint.com, and of course codex.wordpress.org.

I would make a guess though, that for most WordPress  ‘non code bloggers’ their first introduction to code would be through wanting to achieve one the following:

a) inserting code in your widgets sidebar

b) formatting items on a page, such as applying a specific colour, alignment of images and graphics…anything that is not readily doable within the WordPress default you are currently subjected to working with.

 Using WordPress, what was your first reason for applying code yourself?

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So, is it really worth learning code – What do you think?

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