Advanced shape tools
Affinity Designer Use Affinity Designer’s Boolean and brush tools to add extra detail
Use Affinity Designer’s Boolean and brush tools to add extra detail to your illustrations
In the third part of this series we’ll bring our fish scene to life by adding various details, such as a fish leaping out of the water in an attempt to take a bit of the bait, which we thought would be rather fun to make an apple! A fish tank isn’t a fish tank without a few little ornaments, so we’ll add an iMac to ours. The eagle-eyed amongst you will notice that we coloured ours Bondi Blue, which is the colour of the original iMac – which, incidentally, is 17 years old this August!
In the process of creating the iMac you’ll learn about Designer’s Boolean operations, and apply several of them when adding the bait. After this, you’ll have the skills to customise the image further. Did you add a shark last time? Then why not use the Boolean tools to create a surfboard that the shark has taken a bite out of!
We’ll also revisit brushes to help you, err, brush up on your skills. Designer has some very good built-in brushes, which we’ll use, though you can create your own too. Designer supports a large number of image types, including JPEG, PNG, GIF and TIFF. As with the Booleans, you can experiment with them to really make your fish tank illustration unique. There’s even a brush for making chain that’s perfect for adding an anchor! James Robinson
Designer’s Boolean operations and brushes give you the skills to customise the image further
You’ll use Boolean tools to add ornaments to the tank and a fishing line with a famous logo as the bait.