Add a great backdrop
Apply Affinity Designer’s powerful, real-time blend modes
Apply Affinity Designer’s blend modes
In this penultimate instalment of our series, we’ll finish off our fish tank scene and learning a few time-saving tricks that will also help you to keep some uniformity when you need it most. Once we’ve created a table for our fish tank to sit on, we’ll learn how to use Designer’s blend modes. Unlike a lot of other apps, these update the image as you move the pointer over each one, so you can see the exact results of the effect in real time! We’ll also be ‘painting’ the background wall. As with a lot of things we’ve talked about in this series you can experiment and create your own colour scheme, but we opted for a nice green-to-taupe gradient.
We’ll also learn about Affinity Designer’s Export persona, which has everything you’ll need to export for the web. You can slice your image into smaller sections, and export in formats such as JPG, PNG, SVG, PDF and ESP. You can export for print use too, of course. Designer being a vector drawing app, you won’t lose any quality when you
Unlike in many apps, Designer’s blend modes are previewed in real time as you move over them
export. This is something that Designer really makes use of and allows you to export in three different resolutions – standard, twice the resolution and three times, which is great for Retina displays! James Robinson
We’ll be creating the background and learning about different export options in this part.