Digital Planner Rings - Affinity Designer
This is a great tutorial for those learning how to use Affinity Designer. You will learn the following.
- Create and save custom preset
- Set Designer to work in whole pixels
- Draw, edit and transform vector curves and shapes
- Organize your design assets in the Layers panel
Your digital planner will need two types of binder rings. With the closed view, you will only see the cover graphic. So, you will need binder rings with only one hole. If your planner has a two-page spread, you will also want to use binder rings with two holes (see screenshot). Let’s create the two hole ring.
- Open Affinity Designer
- Click the New Document button at the bottom of the Welcome screen, to start a new document with the following settings (see screenshot).
- Click the Plus icon at the top of the dialog.
- You will get a new untitled preset thumbnail in the My Presets list (see screenshot).
- Right-click on the thumbnail and choose Rename Preset.
- Name your new preset Digi Planner Ring and click OK (see screenshot).
- Go back to the Layout panel and click Create to open the new Artboard in to Designer.
- From the Toolbar, click the Snapping icon (Magnet), click the arrow to the right of the icon to open the menu and set the following options. Keep the other default settings (see screenshot).
- From the Affinity Designer menu, click Preferences - User Interface. In the Decimal Places for Unit Types section, set the Pixels and Points to zero (see screenshot).
- Now, go back to the workspace and rename the default Artboard to Planner Ring.
- Use the Rounded Rectangle tool to draw a rectangle to fill most of the Canvas. Leave just enough space for the holes (see screenshot).
- In the Layers panel, rename this layer to Ring.
- In the Transform panel, click on the upper left corner of the Anchor Point Selector. Set the Width to 240 pixels, Height to 48 pixels, X to 16 pixels and Y to 20 pixels (see screenshot).
- Select the Move tool and the Ring layer. From the Context Toolbar, set the Corner to Rounded and the Radius to 50% (see screenshot).
- Right-click on the shape with the Node tool and choose Convert to Curves (see screenshot).
- With the Node tool, click on the center point on the top and bottom paths. You will have two new blue Nodes (see screenshot).
- With the Shift key selected, click both of these center Nodes with the Node tool. Drag the Nodes upward (see screenshot).
- Select the top center Node and click the Smooth icon in the Context Toolbar. You will see the control handles attached to that Node. Drag both handles outward horizontally to create a smooth curve on the top path. Repeat this on the bottom path (see screenshot).
Page Preset: Custom
Page Width: 272 pixels
Page Height: 88 pixels
Document Units: Pixels
Create Artboard - Checked
Actual Size Zoom: iPad (Retina)
Color Format: RGB/8
Color Profile: sRGB IEC61966-2.1
Transparent Background - Checked
Let's save this as a custom preset.
Let's turn on snapping and set up Designer to work in whole pixels.
Enable Snapping - checked
Preset: UI Design
Move By Whole Pixels - checked
Let’s make the ring’s right and left edges more rounded.
Now we will add two Nodes to the top and bottom edges and give the ring a slight upward curve.
You will see the surrounding box turn to Nodes on the sides of the shape. But we need some nodes in the center.
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