Lens Distortion filter in Affinity Photo Tutorial

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By Andrew Buckle, Updated : 2022


A quick tutorial on the lens distortions filter for Affinity Photo and how to use and apply



1. Where is the lens distortion filter in Affinity Photo

The lens distortion filter for Affinity Photo can be found in the distort sub-menu (which can be found in the filter menu). You can also find the lens distortion filter in the layer menu and live filter layer section for distortion.


2. Basic use of the Lens Distortion filter

Go to the Filters and Distort and then to the Lens distortion filter and then Set distortion and click the Apply


The lens distortion filter is great for correcting lines by applying subtle settings. You can also apply larger values to really distort the image in both directions, you can you can set the value positive or negative and the default is 0.


You can also interactively change the origin point for the filter.


3. Re-apply the lens distortion filter

The lens distortion filter can be used multiple times and combined in 1000s of ways with the other filters that come with the powerful graphics application, Affinity Photo. Apply it multiple times with the same setting via the repeat at the top of the filters menu. You can also go to the distort category and re-apply it with a new setting and new origin point.


4. Use the effect with channels

You can use the lens distortion filter with channels so you can apply different values for the red channel as well as the green etc

5. Use with layers

You can also use the lens distortion filter on layers.

6. Use distortion effect with macros and library

You can record the settings and play it back via the macro panel

7. Fade effect

You can fade the results of the filter effect via the fade command found in the layer menu and add in a blending mode as well such as applying the effect as a darken or difference or pin light etc

8. Selections

You can also use it with selections, so add the filter effect to one selection and add a different filter effect to another selection to create an interesting distorted design

9. Live filter layers

You can also use the lens distortion via the non destructive effects in the live filter layers in the layer menu. Select the layer and then apply the live filter effect and set the origin point as well as distortion setting (-100% to 100%) as well as adding in blending mode such as darken and lighten and difference etc and set the opacity. You can also merge it with the current layer. You can also select no layers and apply the live filter layer and all the layers below will be modified by the distortion. You can then move the live filter layer to a lower layer so all layers above will not be affected. Te effect can be used with shapes, text as well as images and also with pattern layers


10. Use with filters in pattern layers

You can apply the lens distortion to warp the image and then turn that design into a pattern layer via the layer menu and new pattern layer from selection. You can then apply the same effect to the layer. You can also rasterize the layer via the layer menu and then apply the effect to that layer.


11. Use with shapes

You can use the effect with shapes, to distort them in all kinds of ways. The end result does depend, of course, on the shape

12. Use with text

Text can be distorted as well using the lens distortion filter