Creating a simple coffee stain in Affinity Designer
Affinity Designer Tutorial
This quick tutorial takes a simple coffee stain to showcase the power of the stroke pressure in Affinity Designer. A stroke’s thickness can be varied easily in Affinity Designer by altering the pressure graph in the stroke dropdown menu. A simple tapered stroke [where both ends would be pointy] can be taken to new levels by going wild on the pressure graph.
Main tools for the task
Let’s get started…
Let’s start with a circle and give it a gradient fill in a dark, warm brown.
Add a transparency gradient to it. Fading it towards the bottom.
Swap the fill and the stroke colour by clicking on the little arrow icon.
Set the stroke to a good size to form a ring.
Open the stroke panel by clicking on the stroke display and then open the pressure graph [by clicking on the graph display].
The default graph consists of two nodes on the left and right. Move them down and click in the centre to add another node and move it up to create a tapered stroke.
Add more nodes and create a wave shape.
The ring gets more deformed the more nodes and waves you add.
Go wild! By pulling nodes to the very bottom you get a break in the stroke and create gaps in the shape.
Add a little Gaussian blur and some circles to get closer to a real-life coffee stain.
Play around with the pressure, add more steps to the colour gradient or more gaps to the ring to create variations.
The pressure graph is a fun feature to play with. I frequently use it to create wood grain textures, waves, and ripples or plants and leaves. Give it a try! Enjoy!