Paolo Li­mon­celli

ImagineFX - - Art Tools Software - Paolo is an Ital­ian artist, il­lus­tra­tor and brush de­signer. He’s prob­a­bly used ev­ery art soft­ware ever pro­duced.

The artist and brush de­signer on his time with Affin­ity Photo so far

What’s Affin­ity Photo ap­peal?

Affin­ity Photo is solid enough for pro­fes­sional work, so I grad­u­ally started mov­ing some projects there. I still need Photoshop be­cause it’s the stan­dard. But hon­estly, li­cence costs are be­com­ing barely tol­er­a­ble.

How does the soft­ware fit into your work­flow?

I use Adobe, Affin­ity and Cel­sys apps. Learn­ing new tools and seek­ing new de­sign strate­gies help you to stay ahead of the game.

What do you like best about Affin­ity Photo?

Flex­i­bil­ity. No mat­ter whether your pro­ject is for dig­i­tal me­dia or print, vec­tor or pix­els, you can work di­rectly in 16-bit per chan­nel or CMYK flaw­lessly, even ex­port­ing vec­tors na­tively if needed.

And what do you like least?

Not all of its tools are top-notch yet. Some of them are still young in terms of op­tions. Right now, Affin­ity Photo is rough and rugged.

What’s ex­cit­ing in ver­sion 1.4?

Cus­tom ramps for brush dy­nam­ics: a very spe­cific fea­ture, but one that’s use­ful for il­lus­tra­tors. The re­sponse of jit­ters avail­able in dy­nam­ics is driven by a cus­tomis­able curve and this helps to pro­duce more us­able and ex­pres­sive brush strokes. You can shape your brush be­hav­iour, cut-off pres­sure lev­els, in­vert or lin­earise. A great con­trol over pres­sure/dy­nam­ics sen­si­tive devices that Photoshop doesn’t of­fer yet.

Would you rec­om­mend artists buy Affin­ity Photo and Affin­ity De­signer, or just one of them?

It de­pends on your work­ing habits. If you’re do­ing vec­tor il­lus­tra­tion, Affin­ity De­signer is the best choice. But the raster tools in Affin­ity Photo are far more com­plete. I’d say get both: no sub­scrip­tion, shared file for­mat and seam­less user ex­pe­ri­ence. And Serif’s de­vel­op­ers lis­ten to their cus­tomers.


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