This model is one of four laser-cut boats which I will soon be cutting a batch of, ready to sell. Having recently tidied up the .svg file of this boat – a trawler – using Affinity Designer I thought it would be fun to see if I could add a livery of sorts. I have printed peel-off stickers before and used them for a helicopter, so I revised this set in Affinity Photo ready to print.
But why bother to do this then re-photograph the model when I can just add them virtually? And as I am learning this software this is a good opportunity to try a little perspective distortion. The livery is for my son’s lovely organic food shop, Field Fayre in Ross-on-Wye, England. I actually prefer the models without stickers but they are a selling point, I hope.
No difficulty at all using the distortion/perspective tool in Affinity Photo, accessed through the Filters and I felt it was easier than Photoshop. Now to check and tidy the three other boats .svg files, remove overlapping lines, unnecessary points and so on. If you use a vector drawing app you will know what I mean. No problems at all so far with Affinity Designer, just the usual learning curve but on the whole I find it well structured and logical. I did struggle to change line dimensions from points to millimetres – change the Document – but that’s all.