How to use affine filter in Affinity Photo tutorial

Tutorial on the Affine Filter in Affinity Photo

Affinity filter in Affinity Photo

how to use the affine filter in affinity photo
  1. Filters menu

  2. Distort

  3. Affine filter

  4. Rotation

  5. Scale X setting

  6. Scale Y setting

  7. Offset X

  8. Offset Y

  9. Extend mode (wrap etc)

  10. Apply


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The affine filter can be used once or multiple times to create amazing transforms of all kinds of images and type as well as resources as brushes etc.


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Location of tool : The tool can be found in the distort sub menu of distort (filter menu). There is no corresponding live filter for the tool.


Affine Filter Settings : mirrorThe key thing about the tool - it is for amazing transformations. You can use it for scaling and offset and rotation.


There a number of options such as "scale X" and "scale Y" and "offset X" "Offset Y" and "extend mode".


The extend mode works in the same way as in all the tools in the app in that it offers zero (generates result with transparency) and full (background) and repeat (single item) and wrap (actually repeats) and mirror (repeats but mirror).


You can now transform your images with all these features


offsetUse with layers : You can use the artwork as a background layer but if you can also use the artwork as a layer and use that with the tool.


If you use the tool with a layer then the zero extend mode is more useful as you can then see the lower layers.


If you use the other modes such as wrap then the layers can also be useful as the tool can create multiple repeat copies (set the scale x and scale y to 20% say). Use the blending modes such as difference or darken to combine those repeat copies with the original image


se the blending modes for the layer via the layer panel so a difference blending mode or lighten


Use with shape layers and type : You can also use the filter with a layer made of a shape (such as a star) as well as type or perhaps a placed image and that can also be duplicated and scaled and rotated etc on top of other images or layers. You can just create a star from the toolbar and then run the filter and set the scale to 20% etc and you will generate a number of copies of that vector design.


The same can be done with type so you can generate 100s of type design transformations


macrosRepeat applies : You can use the tool with other tools in the application.


You can also use the tool multiple times with different settings. Just go back to the filters menu and distort and re-apply the tool and set the angle and scale and offset to different values than the first application.


For example - fiirst apply, set the rotation angle to 45 and scale to 20% and then re-apply the filter but set the angle to 315 and scale to 50%. All kinds of weird transformations can be created


Macros - store the actions for future use : With the one of the latest releases, a new feature was added - macros (which involves two panels, macro and library and they can be found via the studio command). OK, bring up the macro panel and then click the record command (at the top of the panel) and then apply the filter with different settings or perhaps combine with other filters such as gaussian blur etc) and then click the stop recording. You can also then click the add to library (top of macro panel) and save it to the application for future use. You can modify the Affine settings via the little gear beside each filter recorded or just remove the filter. Click the run button at the top of the panel. Or go to the library panel and click the macro or use one of the others


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