Affinity Photo for Tattooists
Why is affinity photo a better digital tool for tattooists?
Despite lacking a few features that might be crucial to some photographers and designers. Affinity Photo is perfect for Tattooists & more than capable of taking over the majority of your editing needs...
3 Main Benefits
Affinity Photo is a low one-time payment
You can get Affinity Photo from the Mac App Store / Microsoft Store in Windows 10, or you can download it directly from Serif’s website for a one-time price of £48.99.
If you also want the iPad version of Affinity Photo is costs you £19.99.
Photoshop is subscription-based
A Photoshop subscription comes with Lightroom at a monthly price of £9.98, which is the cheapest option. If you just want Photoshop as a Creative Cloud subscription the price changes to £19.97.
In the 2020 version of Photoshop, the iPad version is included in the monthly subscription.
As you can see the price difference is quite huge.
A Big Saving
By comparison, if you were to buy both Affinity Photo for Mac + iPad you would look at a total price of £68.98. I bought Affinity Photo from version 1.5, and three years later, I haven’t been asked to pay for any upgrades.
One year of subscription to Adobe’s Creative Cloud Photography plan would be approx. £120. Two years of subscription would be £240 and three years would be £360.
Over three years’ time, you would pay roughly £290 for the extra features in Photoshop plus Lightroom.
But they’re not necessarily features I need as a tattooist. So why pay for stuff I may never use?
Built for iPad...
Undo history saves with image...
Affinity Saves undo history even after closing. It saves the undo history with the image. This means that you can revert to any undo stages no matter where in the editing process you are.
Affinity Photo for Tattooists
Affinity Photo For Tattooists
So, who is this primer for?
New to it?
setting up affinity for the first time
you have your Undo Limit, which maxes out at a crazy 2,000 undos. I recommend keeping it around 25-50 for the sake of performance.
- Next up, how often you’d like things to Autosave. I find autosave incredibly useful because for some unknown reason I forget to save stuff on my ipad all the time! I guess the lack of ‘Apple-S’ just throws me off…
set your Language and your Default Save Location. I highly recommend Dropbox. If you want to know why, check out this video. But at this moment in time you can’t set the default location to Dropbox. You can select ‘On My iPad, Icloud, or Google OneDrive. Hopefully Dropbox will be available in future.
, I simply save to my iPad and then move the file to my Dropbox. Then I ‘open from cloud’ to work on it. Its an extra couple of steps but it gives me back the benefits of my existing workflow.
- In Interface, you will find your Background Gray Level. I personally find that a darker background allows me to focus on the artwork. Set it however you prefer it.
- And finally, you will also find Left Handed Mode. I am left handed but for this tutorial I’ll be using the interface in right handed mode for your benefit.
Creating A Document
Create a whole New Document, which will bring up your typical options of Size, Color, and some document presets.
You can also import New From Clipboard or From Photos saved to your iPad.
You can also select my preferred option Open From Cloud.
Cloud Workflow Example
I create a new document and name it with the clients name.
I save it to the iPad
Then I move it from my iPad to my ‘tattoos’ folder in my dropbox
This folder is organised by year/weekNumbers/clientName
Then I go back to Affinity and ‘Open from Cloud’
Document setup and target resolution
- Create a new document to bring up the options
I set my document size to A3 (297 x 420mm) This allows me to create the artwork a little bigger than I’ll need it and to use a blank body part to layout my artwork on. I think this just helps me get a better idea of how it will fit.It also means that should I ever need to print the artwork larger (on a banner for instance) it will look a bit better when I scale it up.
Next I select 300dpi as the resolution. It is very important that the resolution of the document matches the resolution of the target device. The target device in this case is either the printer in your studio or your brother stencil machine. Both of these devices print 300dpi. If you set your resolution lower than 300dpi your artwork will print blurred and it’ll make a terrible stencil.
Finally I select RGB/8 – Adobe RGB(1998) for the colour space. If you work in Black and Grey select Grey/8 – GreyD50.
How to Zoom in Affinity Photo
How to move in Affinity Photo
How to Rotate in Affinity Photo
How to Redo and Undo in Affinity Photo
How to Duplicate, Delete, Cut, and Copy in Affinity Photo
How to Create a New Layer in Affinity Photo
How to Re-Order and Group Layers in Affinity Photo
How to Group Layers in Affinity Photo
How to Duplicate in Affinity Photo
How to Move Layers in Affinity Photo
How to Resize Layers in Affinity Photo
How to Rotate Layers in Affinity Photo
How to Adjust Layer Settings in Affinity Photo
How to Change Layer Modes in Affinity Photo
How to Add Adjustment Layers in Affinity Photo
How to Add Filters in Affinity Photo
Where to Find Brush Categories in Affinity Photo
Where to Find Brush Settings in Affinity Photo
How to Import Brushes in Affinity Photo
More Brush Settings in Affinity Photo
SELECTIONS & MASKS
Smart selection Tool
Freehand Selection Tool
Flood Selection Tool
Color Select Tool