How to use Snapshots in Affinity Photo tutorial

How to use snapshots in Affinity Photo to be able to return to an earlier point in your history tutorial

how to use snapshots in Affinity Photo

Basics of the snapshots in Affinity Photo

Many apps have a similar feature, it is always useful to return to an earlier point.


The Affinity Photo app does have a neat and super fast history panel but if you have a history panel full of commands all indicating add pixel or gaussian blur or transform it is actually quite hard to find exactly the correct point to return to, the snapshot feature makes it a whole lot easier.


The key menu is document and 'add' and 'restore'


Add snapshots

add affinity photo snapshotSo you have added a number of layers and effects as well as adjustments and type and at that point you wish to save a current state / history state.


Go to the add command in the document menu (saving it to the AP document format) and then give it a name though the default text is perfectly reasonable giving the current time etc as well as day.


When you save the document, that added state is added to the document as well so if you close down the app etc and return to the document at a later time, it is still there.



affinity photo add snapshot radial blurHow to restore, well that is the next menu command in the document menu.


If you have used the add command multiple times or just once, you will see an entry in the restore menu with the time and date stamp or whatever text you added to the add.


It is as simple as selecting one of those and all the various layers etc will be restored as before.


Layer from snapshot

This is a very useful feature. If you have any history states stored then you can go to the layer menu and select the new layer from snapshot command and you will see a pixel layer appear that shows exactly what was displayed on the screen.


snapshot affinity photo layersIt does not restore the actual layers (that is the restore command) but it does generate a pixel screen dump and that layer can then be manipulated in exactly the same way as any other pixel layer which can have opacity added as well as using blending modes or adding effects to the screen layer as well as effects added to the snapshot layer so a radial blur snapshot can then have a new radial blur added to the layer.


Snapshots panel in Affinity Photo

There is also a snapshot panel and that can be accessed via the studio menu (view menu) and the snapshot includes


1) restore snapshot


2) add snapshot


3) Delete snapshot


4) The snapshots generated


5) New document from snapshot


Weirdly, the snapshot panel does not include the create a layer from the snapshot.



Find out more about Affinity Photo via our other tutorials on that great product such as

1) how to use the powerful Affinity Photo's deform filter tool

2) How to use the clarity filter in Affinity Photo

3) How to use the custom blur filter for amazing blurred effects tutorial

4) How to use the Affinity Photo Bilateral filter for horizontal and vertical and sharpening

5) how to use and install Affinity Photo extensions in Apple Photo on the mac

6) how to use the equations filter editor in Affinity Photo and some example equations

7) how to use transformations / Affine filter in Affinity Photo

8) How to import ABR Photoshop brushes into Affinity Photo


Other resources

You can find many resources on the site perfect for Affinity Photo such as heart and valentine and romance fonts and lace and symmetrical intricate brushes and letter alphabetical type brushes


Youtube Video tutorial

You can find out more about the add / restore snapshots etc [Youtube]