Nyenna

Hey everyone,

Sorry that it has been this long but I have kept myself busy ;)

Recently my dear Photoshop subscription ran out and I transitioned into using Affinity Designer instead.
Affinity Designer has a Spine-friendly export so I made a tutorial about that!


~added subtitles to make it more accessible~

I'm also open to future tutorial suggestions, so let me know if you have something specific in mind!

I guess this belongs here in the showcase, right? :)
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badlogic

Super cool! Thanks a ton for making this! How do you like Affinity Designer compared to Photoshop? I've heard a lot of very good things about it.
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Nyenna

badlogic wrote:Super cool! Thanks a ton for making this! How do you like Affinity Designer compared to Photoshop? I've heard a lot of very good things about it.
No problem, I thought a select few could find it useful since it's not that out there that there's a custom export for Spine (which is super mega awesome by the way, I did not expect it!)

~ my thoughts on designer are much more than I expected so sorry for the long post! ~

I'm still getting used to Affinity Designer, it's definitely different (used Photoshop for.. ~12 years?) but what I've grown to love is the non-destructive way everything works + the persona's are pretty cool too! The vector tools feel pretty natural compared to Photoshop's. I've only really experimented with vectors this far but there are some pretty cool pixel brushes for painting! It's not the same as Kyle T. Webster's entire brush library but still good (I use Frankentoon's). I also can't exactly replicate/translate the painting style I had in Photoshop (smudging for mixing) into Designer so that's a small bummer but there might be a different approach to it which I haven't found yet! Still experimenting a bunch :)! I couldn't find many people painting in designer on youtube so I took a leap of faith. Perhaps I could fill that tutorial market too lol?

Affinity feels pretty smooth and fast to use and the interface works really nicely (I heard this is a love/hate kind of situation? I personally love it, especially the persona's). I love that you can sort swatches and brushes into groups. There is a vector and a pixel persona and it won't show the brushes which don't work for that mode so that's pretty cool too. And as far as it goes for vector tools.. you can entirely customize the lines by using a custom made graph!
Like this (right side):

Schermopname (7).png

So it gives you a lot of control over the line variation (not sure if this is something Illustrator does.. haven't used illustrator to that extent).

It's honestly worth so much more than it's current price and it is a mix between Photoshop and Illustrator. Would definitely recommend if someone's looking for a more affordable solution. The only thing it really misses, and this is for me personally, is animation tools. (I used to animate in Photoshop).

There is both Affinity Designer and Affinity Photo, Photo focuses more on the photo editing part from photoshop and designer on everything else (mostly Illustrator/vector) (but you still have adjustment layers and layer FX!)

Alright, tl;dr: I love Designer.
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badlogic

Hah, thanks for the review! I should check it out as a Photoshop alternative.
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scruff_mcgee

I had no idea there was a Spine json export built into Affinity Designer. Thanks so much for posting this tutorial!
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Nyenna

scruff_mcgee wrote:I had no idea there was a Spine json export built into Affinity Designer. Thanks so much for posting this tutorial!
That's why I make these things for ;) You're welcome, glad I could help!
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Xelnath

Picking this up now...
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BROY

Great tutorial Nyenna!...and the puns just made it better!
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Nyenna

BROY wrote:Great tutorial Nyenna!...and the puns just made it better!
Thank you so much! I was slightly scared people wouldn't appreciate puns in a tutorial but I'm glad someone does!
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Masterio

I am looking for an alternative to PS and I will try affinity ;) Thanks for tutorial.
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foriero

Does Affinity support command line script invoking? I remember it was not possible a year ago.
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imtomgamedev

I am considering swapping over from photoshop to Affinity designer, do spine tags work in designer as they do photoshop script?
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