Using Creative Fabrica Items in Affinity Programs
When it comes to using Creative Fabrica content in Affinity, Designer is the first app that is going to spring to mind but you can open and use a lot of Creative Fabrica content in Photo and Publisher too! Get comfy, pour a cup of coffee and read on to learn about what different files you can use in the Affinity apps and what you can do with them.
While Affinity Designer is the vector heavyweight of the Affinity Family, both Photo and Publisher can open and edit PDF, SVG, AI, and EPS files too. SVG files can be dropped onto the document and they will open as an embedded document or you can drop them on the context toolbar at the top and they will open as a new document, and you can copy and paste the item or items into an already open document.
So what can you do with them? In both Designer and Photo, you can create brushes from vector objects. In Designer, you have the ability to create vector brushes. I downloaded a small set of 5 SVG brush strokes from Creative Fabrica and as well as being able to create different types of brushes from them, I was able to edit each stroke to my heart’s content and create entirely new brushes to expand the set.
Because vector graphics are resolution independent, they can be scaled to your heart’s content and remain crisp and clear, a huge plus for POD. You can quickly put together different items to create your own unique POD designs and export them in lots of different formats to upload to whichever POD platform you are using.
PNG and JPEG files
There are lots and lots of PNG and JPEG files that can be used in any of the apps for many purposes, but any seamless tiling files in these formats can be opened in Affinity Photo and turned into a pattern layer. This is a special layer in Photo that fills your document with a repeated image. It’s easy to manipulate this layer using the selection tool and the handles that appear – you can squash scale, skew and rotate the pattern, and it’s easy to clip this layer into any shape or text or even a raster selection. Like vector files, PNG and JPEG files can be used in Affinity to create brushes and I have some tutorials planned that will use Creative Fabrica content to make some brushes and even some custom pattern layers.
What about Publisher?
I’ve been mentioning that all this content can be used in Publisher, as Publisher is a desktop publishing program there are some interesting things that Publisher can do with some Creative Fabrica content. Colouring pages and teaching materials that come in multi-page PDFs can be opened in Publisher, and if you have all three Affinity programs you can take advantage of something called Studio link which is really handy. Studio link is a way to very quickly edit your Publisher document in either of the other apps, so once you have a set of colouring pages open in Publisher, you click a button, and boom! You can edit in Photo or Designer. You can create your own digital colouring book by using this method to edit in Designer and colour the pages. I am planning a video tutorial on this in the near future.