Make Your Design Burst

This video is a screen capture that I recorded while making a burst-ray pattern in Affinity Designer. It only took a few minutes, but it shows some of things that Affinity Designer is good for. I created a variety of shapes, and used the Control-J feature to repeat steps. I also manipulated text and used the gradient feature for both …

It’s Christmas Season

Actually, today is cyber Monday. I’m a bit disappointed that there wasn’t anything compelling that I “needed” to buy, but it gave me a chance to create some designs for Amazon Merch, instead: NoeL Tshirt NoeL Popsocket NoeL Sweatshirt The calligraphy “L” int this one reminds me of Laverne’s embroidered sweaters. Some of you will be old enough to remember …

Finding Inspiration from an Operating System

Unix is probably not something that gets most creative people overly excited, but today I finally got around to making a design that has been floating around in my head for a while. Given that unix has been around for a while, a retro- design was in order. It’s a mix of plain, script, and stamp fonts, but they’re in …

Five Lessons Learned from my experience with Society6

I’ve had some time to reflect on my recent experience with Society6. As I mentioned in a separate post, Society6 permanently suspended my account without warning for what they perceived as IP infringement. I had made a design that I considered parody, but that they apparently considered unacceptable. I acknowledge that it’s their right to run their business the way …

New Freebies Page!

Check out our new page for FREE digital assets. This is where we will provide a collection of assets that video creators can use for transitions, backgrounds, etc. To kick things off, we’ve added a HD version (720p and 1080p) of SMPTE image bars to simulate the old calibration bars that were used for broadcast TV. These could be used …

Still Life created in Affinity Designer

This shows a “still life” of three basic geometric shapes, created to look 3D. All work is created purely within Affinity Designer. This is just a demo of the basic techniques. It could use some tweaking to be more realistic, but might not be as fun to watch.

Calibrating Your Monitor’s Brightness

In order for you to see the most image detail while web ‘surfing,’ you need to make sure that your monitor is adjusted correctly. If the brightness is off, you may not be able to see important details in the images. This is a handy way to check the brightness setting of your monitor. In the above image, there are …