How to use Snapshots in Affinity Photo tutorial

Learn how to use snapshots in Affinity Photo to be able to return to an earlier point in your history tutorial. Affinity Photo snapshot feature captures the current image in Affinity Photo.

Snapshots in Affinity Photo

how to use snapshots in Affinity Photo tutorial
  1. Start Affinity Photo

  2. Open document

  3. Document menu

  4. Add snapshot

  5. Restore by using restore snapshot

You can create multiple snapshots in Affinity Photo. The captured snapshots can then be restored as well as used to create new layers in Affinity Photo. The snapshot feature is a useful feature to blend the past and current artwork in Affinity Photo. The snapshots can be blended. The snapshots can be modified by effects and adjustments. This tutorial shows you how to add / capture Via the document menu) a snapshot from an Affinity Photo document. It also shows you how to use them as a layer and how to delete the snapshots and how to restore the snapshots in Affinity Photo. A very quick and useful feature of the application on the PC and MAC. It can also be a useful record / history log of all your work in Affinity Photo

Setup / basics of the snapshots in Affinity Photo

Many apps have a similar snapshot / capture feature, it is always useful to return to an earlier point (a super undo feature). 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'

How to save the current state of the image in Affinity Photo via "snapshots" - document menu

add affinity photo snapshot

So 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.

  1. Document menu

  2. Add snapshot

  3. Enter name or leave as is

  4. OK


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

How to restore the snapshot in Affinity Photo via the document menu

affinity photo add snapshot radial blur

How 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.

  1. Document menu

  2. Restore

  3. Select snapshot

How to create a layer from a snapshot via the layer menu

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.


It 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.


  1. Layer menu

  2. New layer from snapshot

  3. Select the snapshot


You will now see a new layer appear with the image as it was at the time of the snapshot in Affinity Photo

How to access the snapshots in Affinity Photo via the snapshots panel such as restore and delete and add

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.

Other Tutorials for Affinity Photo

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


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