What you will learn:

This class, Affinity Designer 8 – Detailed Decoration of Floral Pattern and Background, is the 2nd in a 3-part series to show you all the ins-and-outs of creating pattern collections in Affinity Designer software (8th in order of all DeloresArt AD classes). We created the basis of the pattern in the last class and in this one, we will embellish the pattern with all sorts of little details. I will teach you many simple Affinity Designer techniques that you can apply to so many projects. You know I always throw in plenty of tips and. By the end of the class, you will have a complete hero pattern for the collection we are creating, complete with décor of the motifs. 

I take you step-by-step through the whole process of researching what other artists do and then recreating the adornments we see. I focus on the work of Helen Dardik, one of my favorites. There is so much to be learned about Affinity Designer in the process. We will work with strokes and stroke profiles to create many of our looks. I will also show you how to use the fill tool with patterns we create on the spot from a single motif! So many techniques… so little time! You will be blown away by how the use of simple techniques can really enhance your pattern. 

Finally, I show you two mockups I have created for your use. These are Procreate mockups, so you will use the same techniques I showed you to export the swatch and use it in Procreate. As a bonus, you can use a coupon code to get the mock-ups I created for FREE!

In this class I’ll walk you through:

  • my step-by-step method for adjusting strokes and adding interesting profiles
  • creating single motif quick pattern fills
  • color and design considerations and blend modes to add the patterns
  • how to add areas of shadow or highlights to the patterns or the base motifs
  • creating dashed or dotted lines

My guidance will guide you through the challenges that come up. I demonstrate every step of the process. This class will benefit anyone trying to up their skills and improve their patterns.

The key concepts I will include:

  • working with strokes and stroke profiles
  • how to make simple patterns with single motifs
  • how to recolor and adjust patterns within patterns

Learning another Affinity Designer skill is an asset and an advantage for any designer in our profession and are a benefit for you to learn. Creating patterns that are a step up from ordinary gives you a jump-start!

Concepts covered:

Concepts covered include but are not limited to the Affinity Designer Asset Studio, sourcing textures, creating vector textures, Affinity Designer Vector Persona, layering, alignment options, line profile adjustments, dotted and dashed lines in Affinity Designer, Affinity Designer Transform Studio, Affinity Designer canvas settings, importing and applying textures, Affinity Designer composites, Affinity Designer Color Studio, Affinity Designer Transform Studio, layering, clipping masks, shapes, color swatches and importing colors, texture bitmap fills, and much more.

You will get the bonus of…

·      62 minutes of direction from an instructor who has been in graphic design business and education for over 40 years

·      knowledge of multiple ways to solve each design challenge

·      a free mockup on which you can show your beautiful patterns

Project Description

With today’s project, set your objective on improving the look of your pattern. Use all the techniques mentioned so you will get the hang of using the techniques. Follow all the instructions in the lessons to work your way through the project. Once you have tried the techniques, take the time to really work on the projects over a couple of weeks.

Once complete, try using it on a mock-up and navigate to the community by hitting the community icon (double word balloon) at lower right to post your project and share with your classmates. 

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