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At Campfire, we use Affinity Designer and Affinity Designer over Illustrator and Photoshop.


This is due to a number of reasons such as price, how they deal with clipping masks, gradients and grain, Primitives, The Ability to use photoshop style effects and tools within Designer (there version of illustrator) with the use of Adjustment layers and Persons, Brushes and much much more. (I can go in more details about this design in a separate post)


Tho, for now, let’s talk about some of my favourite and most use recourses to use with Both Affinity Designer and Affinity Photo.


Note: Some of these recourses are paid and free. None of this content is sponsored. The resources listed below we use at campfire.

1: Brushes



A list of some of the main brushes I use within Affinity Designer and Photo, this list is a mix of Raster brushes (the ones you find within Photoshop) and some vector Busters.


Tip: If you’re moving from Photoshop to Affinity most if not all brushes from Photoshop will work in Both Designer and Photo.


Vector


Marker Brushes: http://bit.ly/2JX9njo 


Comic Book: http://bit.ly/2ESDioJ 


Texture Pain brush: http://bit.ly/2IdHqAs 


Raster (bitmap brushes)


Frankentoon - Texturizer Pro 1.6: http://bit.ly/2WuyW2c (also have some vector brushes)

Frankentoon - Nomad 2 Brush Pack: http://bit.ly/2MpvbGj (also have some vector brushes)


Frankentoon - Concept Master Vol.1: Nature: http://bit.ly/2WGlbN5 (also have some vector brushes)


Comic Basic set: http://bit.ly/2KpsD8y 

 

Blend Brushes: http://bit.ly/2IwSAkj 


Daub brushes: http://bit.ly/2WuGYYV 



2:  Icons


After some pre-made icons for your next project to save time, such as social media icons or other. Then check the below links for some great sites.


Tip: If you find your self commonly using some icons over and over again, such as social media icons, create assets out of them in Affinity so you can easily access them in any project. You can learn how to create assets here: http://bit.ly/316iVxS 


Flaticon: http://bit.ly/2QPdY7V 


Iconfinder: http://bit.ly/2XmpcDn 


Icons8: http://bit.ly/2XqTYLj 


The Noun Project: http://bit.ly/2K01863 

 

Graphic Burger: http://bit.ly/2QM9EGH 


3: Free vector recourses


Outside of icons, there are some other vector assets you can use, here are some links to some vector assets site.


Uplabs: http://bit.ly/2Wc3S28 


Free Vector: http://bit.ly/2Wp4ExB 

Graphic Burger: http://bit.ly/2QM9EGH 



Vecteezy: http://bit.ly/2WiQSI9 


Freepik: http://bit.ly/2Wnmj8R 


4: Stock Photos


When it comes to images you may not have the time or budget to take custom images for the project so here are some sites to download some stock photos.


Pexels: http://bit.ly/2WqGtig 


Pixabay: http://bit.ly/2Wp4IgP 


Unsplash http://bit.ly/2WnjVPF 


5: Mockups


Show off your designs in style with a mockup, this helps to showcase to a client, or to show your work on your portfolio. Here are some great sites to download mockups.


Tip: With use in Designer and Photo most mockups will not work off that bat since most of them use Photoshop smart objects so some tweaking will be needed.


Mockupword: http://bit.ly/2WnmwsF 


GraphicFuel: http://bit.ly/2Wnnd5f 


Unblast: http://bit.ly/2WpL2cO 


Pixeden: http://bit.ly/2Wp8oz3 


Creative Market: http://bit.ly/2WluUZI 


6: Effects and overlays


To help add some magic to your design, effects and image overlay effects such as lens flares and dust and help give a pop to your image.


Lens flare: http://bit.ly/2Wpyke3 


Dust & Dirt: http://bit.ly/2Wc77Xm 


Dust & Dirt 2: http://bit.ly/2Wc7bGA 


Halftone: http://bit.ly/2WexKuD 


VHS Effect: http://bit.ly/2WhxF9q 


Wood & Link: http://bit.ly/2WenLFC


7: Fonts


Sick of your computers default fonts, let’s change that with some custom fonts.


Font Squirrel: http://bit.ly/2WlSXYx 


My Font: http://bit.ly/2WrvGnZ 


Font Fabric: http://bit.ly/2WpiJeB 


Creative Market: http://bit.ly/2WpiJv7 


Font Shop: http://bit.ly/2WoQ3lF 


Graphiccriver: http://bit.ly/2WmvJla 


8: Colour


Suck at picking colours well check out these colour recourses and swatches to help you pick the perfect colour.

 

Mega Swatch Pack: http://bit.ly/2WpLaZQ 


Colour template creator: http://bit.ly/2Wb6z3P 


Gradients 1 (works together with the above link): http://bit.ly/2WbqIa9 


Colours: http://bit.ly/2WeXAi9 


Colour Hunt: http://bit.ly/2Wb6zAR 


Adobe Color: https://adobe.ly/2WbqY97 


9: Books:


Sometimes reading a good book can help, here are some amazing books about both Affinity Designer and Photo.


Affinity Photo Workbook: http://bit.ly/2Wbr2FT 


Affinity Designer Workbook: http://bit.ly/2WuEk5r 


The Decision Book: 50 Models for Strategic Thinking: https://amzn.to/2WmIHiA 


The Brand Gap: https://amzn.to/2WebaSX 


Zag: https://amzn.to/2WgVQ82 


Creative Strategy and the Business of Design: https://amzn.to/2WoQX1Q 


Art of the Book: https://amzn.to/2WoQZ9Y 


Graphic Design Visionaries: https://amzn.to/2Wp95IF 


Jost Hochuli: Detail In Typography: https://amzn.to/2WneEaP 


10: Online videos


Or maybe books are not your thing, so here are some online videos to help you learn.


Franken Toon TV: http://bit.ly/2WlkSrw 


The Futur: http://bit.ly/2WmIOL2 


The Futur Academy :  http://bit.ly/2Wp7mTD 


Learn Affinity Photo (Desktop):  http://bit.ly/2FuL60f


Learn Affinity Photo (iPad): http://bit.ly/2WuCrFS 


Learn Affinity Designer (Desktop): http://bit.ly/2L9sKFP


Learn Affinity Designer (iPad): http://bit.ly/2WnfqEL 


11: Other free stuff:


Advanced Illustration Vol.2 for Affinity Designer: http://bit.ly/2WnfvZ5 

http://bit.ly/2Wf83tR


Toonlab: http://bit.ly/2Wf83tR 


iOS icon assets: http://bit.ly/2Wl9Anf 


Bjango App Icon Templates: http://bit.ly/2Wp9oDj 


Drafttable: http://bit.ly/2Aq5ieQ 


I hope you got some great Affinity recourses out of this post. Have I missed any you love? Let us know over on twitter @madebycampfire


Over the next couple of weeks, I will be talking about how to marketing your business and position it in the market.


Till then I hope you all have a great day.