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Students’ Favourite Affinity Designer Tutorials

At the end of this semester I asked the Communications Technology students to share which Affinity Designer tutorials were their favourites and why.

Following are their responses.

Creamsicle Vector

This was one of the tutorials that I found on my own, and I really enjoyed it. It was a fun tutorial that involved using a lot of basic tools in different ways to create a fun illustration.

Some of the skills used were masking, subtracting, changing stroke size, and changing fill opacity.

Retro Tutorial

I enjoyed this tutorial as it involved a little bit of everything and taught me about reflections and node tools. It also got me to experiment with different tools and techniques.

I also learned the importance of grouping as it becomes very messy when there are 20 different lines and none were labeled.

Cute Rooster

I enjoyed this tutorial because the end result turned out good and the instructions weren’t complicated. The tutorial also allowed you to customize your rooster to fit the theme that you want, not just Chinese New Year.

This tutorial taught me how to make advanced shapes using the pen tool. It also taught me why I need to group my layers together.

Flat Design Castle

This tutorial was one that I found. I liked it because of it’s symmetry and simple style. I liked it because it allowed freedom but also wasn’t very vague in it’s instructions, it struck a good balance between the two.

Some of the skills learned were Duplication of vectors and how to make things look like they have value.

Volkswagen Van

Image result for Affinity Designer - Drawing a van

I really liked and enjoyed this tutorial for a couple of reasons. One, it was a super fun tutorial to follow and complete. Two, it really challenged you at some points. Three, it was a fun tutorial to follow and I had a great time doing it!

Also, I learned new techniques for the program which were very cool for me.

How to Create Patterns

I really liked this tutorial because it was very easy to follow. It was very clear and concise. It also looks really cool and complicated to make when in reality it was very simple. From this tutorial I needed a lot of patience, there was lots of little lines and very exact spacing measurements I needed to follow.

Python Trace

The video does a very good job on explaining on how to do the tracing but after showing you how to do one part of the snake it skips forward to coloring.

This Tutorial is very enjoyable but very tedious because there is a lot of repeating work but the enjoyable stuff is that you can customize the colors and stripes however you want and the finished project that comes out looks really nice.

Captain America Shield

I enjoyed this tutorial because it used a wide variety of skills and showed off the many parts of Affinity Designer while showing you a tangible way to use all of them.

Some skills I used include using different types of layers and how to use the pixel persona in Affinity Designer.

Festive Christmas Fireplace

I liked this tutorial because it was the most interesting out of all the tutorials and it didn’t take that long to make and it helped that the program was so good and it made is way easier and learning how to use it and fix my mistakes.

For those that don’t know about Affinity Designer, it’s what I’ve started using in class as an alternative to Adobe Illustrator. I just can’t substantiate paying Adobe’s ridiculous subscription fees when there is a fantastic and just as capable alternative available for a one-time fee of just $50 US.

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Addressing the Big Ideas (TGJ2O)

Respond to the following questions (copy and paste them onto your page):

  1. What are the three projects that you created that you are most proud of? Why are you proud of these projects?
  2.  Can you name at least six fundamental skills that you used to create those projects?
  3.  How did you use project management techniques to plan and develop any of your projects?
  4.  What interpersonal and/or communication skills did you use in in class when working with others?
  5.  How did the design process factor in when creating any of your projects? Name at least two examples where you had to go backward in the process at some point, and explain why.
  6. How can we adapt our use of communications technology devices or processes to reduce their harmful effects on the environment?
  7. What are at least three social effects and/or issues arising from the use of communications media technologies?
  8. How can the use of communications technology be used to enhance cultural and/or social diversity in society.
  9. What are at least two careers related to communications technology? What are the academic and/or practical work requirements for these careers?


When mentioning specific projects in any of the above replies, include links to the project pages.


Insert a jpeg export (1024 px) onto this page.


Credit: Sammi C.
Credit: Maddy P
Credit: Cheryl D
Credit: Karli B

Repair Portrait

Insert a jpeg export (1024 px) of your repaired portrait onto this page as well as the original image.

Set the captions as “Repaired” and “Original”.

Provide a credit link to the where the original image came from.


Insert a jpeg export (1024 px) onto this page as well as the source image from the Pareeerica flickr account (with a link to the page) for the “Inspiration” picture. [2.5 marks]

Set the captions as “My Work” and “Original”. [0.5 marks]

Provide credit links to the where you got the assets from, along with a quick descriptor of the asset (e.g., cloud, dragon, model). Note that the links should go to the specific pages where the material was sourced from. [1 mark]

Artist Profile

Change the permission of your Artist Profile slideshow to “anyone with the link can view”.

Insert your slideshow into your ePortfolio onto a page named “Artist Profile”. Size accordingly.

Light & Shadow

Embed the Light & Shadow video.

Write a short paragraph about what the video is about.

Include the inspiration reflection you submitted.

Proper spelling and grammar counts….always!

Career Cruising

Create a section called “Career Matchmaker Results (Top 10 careers)”. Under this, list your top 10 Career Matchmaker results from Career Cruising, listed in order, in a neatly formatted (bulleted) list.  (Redo the career matchmaker, even if you have done it this year. Be sure to answer ALL questions.)

An example is shown below:

Career Matchmaker Results (Top 10 careers)

  1. Automobile Assembler
  2. Electronics Engineering Tech
  3. Electrical Engineering Tech
  4. Web Developer
  5. Office Machine Repairer
  6. Gunsmith
  7. Furniture Finisher
  8. Locksmith
  9. Cable Installer and Repairer
  10. Production Woodworker

Next, create a section called “My Top Career Choice”. Under this heading, enter “Career”, followed by the name of your top career choice, ideally taken from the above list, as well as the other details listed below. Example:

My Top Career Choice

  • Automobile Assembler
  • Automobile assemblers install pre-fabricated parts and components to make new vehicles.
Earning $ Range
  • $15 – $35 per hour
Level of Education
  • High School
Core Tasks
  • Work at assigned stations on automotive assembly lines
  • Attach a specific part, such as the bumper, as automobile frames move down the line
  • Often climb into the frames and use power tools to bolt or screw the part in place
  • Ensure the part is properly secured and functional, and move on to the next frame
Attributes and Abilities
  • Work well with your hands
  • Mechanically inclined
  • Communication skills
  • Physically fit
  • Work for companies that manufacture cars, trucks, vans, motorcycles, or other kinds of automobiles
  • Most work a regular 40-hour week, though overtime is sometimes required
  • Some work evenings and weekends
  • Work indoors in large factories that are clean but noisy, and can be hot in summer
  • The work involves a lot of repetitive tasks