Ripple filter in Affinity Photo Tutorial

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By Andrew Buckle, Updated : 2021

How to use the ripple filter in Affinity Photo to distort images in many unique ways.

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1. Where is the ripple filter in Affinity Photo

The ripple filter in Affinity Photo can be found in the distort sub-menu of the graphics application (which can be found in the filters menu). It can also be found in the layer menu in the live filter layers (non destructive effect(

2. Basic use of the ripple

Filters and Distort and then Ripple filter and Set origin or focus point and Set intensity and click Apply. The ripple origin can be manipulated interactively across the screen.

3. Use in Publisher and Designer

The ripple filter in Affinity Photo can also be used in designer and publisher if you have those as well, though you still need Affinity Photo.

4. Selections

You can use the ripple filter combined with selections so you can create a quick selection and then apply the effect to that selection only. You can set the focus or origin point within the image as well as outside of the image as well as outside any selection

5. Channels

You can also use the ripple filter with channels so you can go to the channels panel and select the red channel and then apply the filter to that and then you can go to the green channel and apply the filter again but to a different origin point as well as different intensity.

6. Multiple layers

You can also use the filter to multiple layers. You can also use it with shapes as well as text. You can use any of the shapes that come with Affinity Photo such as the cloud tool as well as the rectangle and ellipse and many other tools.

7. Use with text

You can use the tool with any text as well so if you create paragraph text or artistic text then you can use it with that as well.

8. Combine the ripple filter with other filters

You can also combine the ripple filter in Affinity Photo with other filters and also record them using the macro feature.

9. Live filter layers

You can also use the non destructive ripple filter via the layer menu and live filter layers and distort and ripple. The ripple effect can then be modified at any point and applied to any number of layers or all the layers below the effect. The ripple effect can also use the blending mode as well as the opacity for the effect as well.

10. Fade the ripple effect

You can also use the ripple filter effect with the layer menu fade which means you can modify the strength of the Affinity Photo ripple to create subtle ripples as well as more intense ones as well as a ripple with a different blend to the current layer.

11. Use the ripple with the pattern layer

You can use the pattern layer feature via the layer menu from any selection such as a shape as well as an image and the image can be one modified using the ripple. To get the best effect, I would suggest that you select the mirror feature in the top left. You can then also continue to use the filter with the layer and you can also rasterize the lkayer and create amazing distortions with that as well