How to use zoom blur filter in Affinity Photo tutorial

The zoom blur filter can be found in Affinity Photo's blur category (filter menu). The zoom blur has a small number of options such as setting the center of the zoom Very useful) especially considering how responsive Affinity Photo is (it is a super fast application)

Zoom blur filter in Affinity Photo

zoom blur filter in affinity photo tutorial
  1. Filters menu

  2. Blur

  3. Zoom blur

  4. Set focus or origin point

  5. Set radius

  6. Apply

Zoom blur filter can be applied multiple times

zoom blur filter multiple applications

You don't have to apply the zoom blur filter only once (of course, you can just apply it only one). It can be applied in the center of the image (that is the default) and it can also be applied in any other position in the image. It can also be applied outside of the image. You can apply the zoom blur in Affinity Photo with different settings with different center positions

  1. Filters menu

  2. Blur category

  3. Zoom blur

  4. Set focus of origin or center point (off the image on the left)

  5. Set radius to a low value

  6. Apply

  7. Filters / Blur / Zoom blur

  8. Choose a different focus point (off the image on the right)

  9. Set radius perhaps a little higher

All kinds of combinations of radius and origin point can be added and you can always combine the zoom blur with other effects in Affinity Photo

Zoom blur is a destructive filter effect so use on a duplicated layer

affinity blur zoom blur and elephant and layer duplicate destructive

The zoom blur in Affinity Photo is a destructive effect, the only way back from it is the history panel or restoring the original image. A quick solution is to duplicate the original image and then apply the zoom blur. Another advantage of this is that you can then use layer masks as well as layer effects and blending modes and opacity etc to blend with the original image

  1. Layer menu

  2. Duplicate

  3. Filters

  4. Blur

  5. Zoom blur

  6. Set focus center and radius

  7. Go to the layers panel

  8. Change blending mode

  9. Change opacity as required

If you wish to now remove the zoom blur layer then you can simply click the remove layer button at the bottom of the layers panel

 

You can also set the blending mode for the layer first and then use the zoom blur in Affinity Photo

Zoom blur and masks and layers in Affinity Photo to highlight areas for zoom etc

zoom blur and layer mask in Affinity Photo

If you are using the zoom blur on a layer, the layer can be masked to remove some of the zoom blur. Paint on the mask using black or gray etc

  1. Layer menu

  2. Duplicate

  3. Select duplicate layer

  4. Layer menu

  5. New mask layer

  6. Click on the mask thumbnail

  7. Select paint brush tool

  8. Set to black

  9. Paint over the area in the layer you want to mask

  10. Select the duplicate layer in the layers panel

  11. Filter / blur / zoom blur

  12. Apply

Any number of combinations of layer masks and layers and blending modes and zoom blurs can be applied

Other resources

1. teeth font shapes for Affinity Photo, Affinity Designer etc

Other tutorials

1. Radial blur in Affinity Photo tutorial

 

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