Udemy Course Review: Affinity Designer: The Complete Guide to Creating Vector Art

I just finished taking Affinity Designer course on Udemy. I gave it 5/5 stars. This is a great way to start with Serif’s Affinity Designer.

Affinity Designer from Serif

I was a big fan of Serif’s DrawPlus and PagePlus but all of these Plus software are “legacy” meaning they will not be making any new versions of those. I had no idea that for the past two years or so they were working on Affinity. I checked out their trailer of it (see below) and was completely blown away. I believe Affinity Designer will render Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator useless. (Not sure if “useless” is the word. Perhaps irrelevant.)

It only costs $49.99. It’s a one time fee. You get FREE updates for life! You’re not paying a subscription fee like you have to do with the Adobe software. With Adobe you’re paying $20/month for access to just one software. If you want access to all, I believe it’s $49.99/month. That’s the cost of Affinity Designer… to OWN it outright!

The Udemy Course

I purchased the course for only $10 while it was on sale, along with another class. Udemy often runs amazing $10 sales and they even apply to classes that cost $100+. I went through the entire course in two days, before I even purchased Affinity Designer, knowing that I would. The great thing about Udemy courses is, you buy it once and you can go back and watch the videos as many times as you want. So if I needed to check on something once I jumped into Affinity Designer, I could go back into the course and re-watch a video or even ask the instructor a question.

Pros & Cons

The only thing I think I would change about this course is (1) showing mouse clicks when using the pen tool (while making curved lines.) He talks it out but if somehow he could film his mouse clicks and show it along side the screen, that would be really useful. But this is always the tricky thing when learning vector graphics. Getting used to the pen tool and bezier curves. (2) Some of the lessons towards the end I think should have been the very first lessons. For example, how to set up your work flow, folders, etc. That should be discussed even before diving into the software. This is an important lesson for anyone working in graphics, having a cohesive filing system and how to save or archive your work file.

Twinkling H2Os watercolors + Making Videos & Other Thoughts

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2 packs for a total of 12 colors.
Well, I guess it’s not that bad. You can see some of the shimmer.
Note: see the holes? They’re air pockets. Also, note that my hands are freakishly small so isn’t the best scale to figure out how big/small a container is.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I don’t remember from where exactly, but bought these Luminarte Twinkling H2Os glittery/shimmery watercolor sets years ago and haven’t used them much until now. The colors are beautiful. The main problem is, I’m having a hard time photographing my paintings to show that they shimmer! It doesn’t show up in a scan or a still photo. I might have to make a video where I move my images this way and that way. I don’t have a good video camera. I’ve been wanting to. Maybe I can start making videos. Just random videos.

(Another issue with the paint is the disc of paint looks solid but I noticed a lot of them have hollow spaces inside, so you’re not actually getting as much as you think! Pretty sneaky, if you ask me!) But none of this is enough to turn me off from using these. I’d actually recommend them if you’re interested.

I don’t know that I would post them on Utube though. I mean, I love using Utube as a hub and it’ll be super easy to be found if you post your videos on there but there’s way too much negativity & pure stupidity on there. Also, videos are easy to steal if you post them on Utube. I think I’d rather post them here on my site and I’d have better control over it. It’s good to have your own website. Not a “site” hosted on a social media site like FB (page) or Utube (channel). I mean  sure you have to follow your host’s rules but my host seems reasonable. I’d think most are as long as you’re not doing anything illegal or running a hate site or something.

Many have noticed that FB shuts people down if they talk about certain things. Conspiratorial topics. I won’t be shut down. I’ll talk about whatever I want on my OWN website. Oh, and I am not on FB. I hate that site. I’m always being pulled to create a FB page for my business or I can only comment on something through a FB account. I think that’s a terrible idea. People just don’t act right on FB. It seems to bring out the absolute worst in people.

I enjoy a few specific niche social sites like IUOMA, which is hosted on Ning. I used to have a Ning site but they changed to an all pay model and I couldn’t afford it so I had to shut down my very active community. Oh well. It was good while it lasted.

On a happier note, check out my new unicorn mug. My mom got it for me at the Dollar Tree. It reminds me of the 70s.

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Unicorn Mug from Dollar Tree

My First Zazzle Purchase

Recently, I received the items I ordered through Zazzle. This is my first order from Zazzle. They’re from my own shop and I wanted to share some real-life, candid photos of the products so you know just what they look like!

Two all-over print totes:

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A melamine plate:

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Two mugs:

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My mom liked my mugs so much that I ordered her one too! Should be here shortly.

To shop these items, please scroll down and you should see little widgets that will send you straight to these products. I have many more designs on countless products and I’m uploading new items nearly everyday. Yes, as they say, I fell down the Zazzle rabbit hole!

Zazzle Black Free Shipping Program!

If you purchase multiple products from Zazzle even once, it will probably be CHEAPER for you to join the Zazzle Black program. It gives you FREE STANDARD SHIPPING on all Zazzle products for the low price of $9.95… per year! The reason it will pay for itself is that Zazzle products are printed all over the US, depending on what product you’re purchasing (the product base, not the actual design.)

For example: My shipping on these 5 items would have been $20… that’s double the cost of the Zazzle Black program! This is the total shipping cost of three separate shipments.

If you join, you’ll be given a 30-day free trial first.

Shop my designs

Tip: Leave Reviews – Get Coupons!

I’ve left reviews for everything I’ve received so far, and for every review I’ve left, I’ve received a coupon! So please, leave reviews once you receive your items and you will most likely receive a coupon for each review you leave! Don’t forget to take pictures to attach to your reviews.

Also, if you go to Zazzle, check the top of the site. I think they always have some kind of coupon you can use on your purchase.