Zoom blur filter for Affinity Photo tutorial

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By Andrew Buckle, Updated : 2021

** Youtube video tutorial on the zoom blur in Affinity Photo for all kinds of amazing blurring effects **

Zoom blur filter for Affinity Photo is a powerful blurring effect tool, use with other filters, fade the zoom blur, repeat, use in different color channels and more

zoom blur filter in affinity photo tutorial

1. Where is the Zoom blur

The zoom blur filter can be found in Affinity Photo's blur category (filter menu).

zoom blur filter menu

2. Zoom blur in Affinity Photo options

The zoom blur has a small number of options such as setting the center of the zoom. all very useful) especially considering how responsive Affinity Photo is (it is a super fast application)

zoom blur panel

Filters menu and the Blur and the Zoom blur. Set focus or origin point and set radius. Click Apply

3. Zoom blur and re-apply

Apply the Zoom blur multiple times via the repeat feature. Apply the Zoom Blur multiple times via the Blur menu. Vary the settings for each. Record via Macro panel. The only trouble with the repeat is that you can't change the settings so the origin of the effect is always in exactly the same position each and every time.

zoom blur fade effect

4. Zoom blur filter and fade

The filter effect can be applied but you can add a post-effect touch, fade it. Fade the zoom via the layer menu and fade command. You can change the fade or opacity of the effect but you can also change the blend for the effect. The zoom might be pretty good in normal blending mode, it might even better in darken but you may find true magic with the vivid light setting.

multiple re-applies of the zoom effect applied to the same origin point in Affinity Photo

5. Zoom blur and noise

You can create all kinds of color streaks using a combination of adding noise via the add noise filter and the zoom effect. Re-apply the noise effect multiple times and then add the zoom. You can also then use the powerful adjustment layers to re-color and more.

adding curves adjustment layer on top of the effect in Affinity Photo

6. Zoom blur filter and shapes

Zoom blur filter uses layers. Shape layers are vector designs perfect for the zoom effect. As shapes can be anything: stars, circles, cloud shapes, abstract art, and more. Use the zoom blur to increase the size of the layer. Use it to add additional transparency to the art. You can change the origin for the effect, you can increase the radius to beyond 100px. Create multiple shapes, blur them all using different settings. Combine them using blending modes. The effect can be modified further by using deform filter, mirror filter, etc. Add color into the shape mix as well. A perfect cocktail.

blurring effect applied to vector shapes in Affinity Photo

The design above was created using two stars and the blurring effect.

** Youtube video tutorial on using the zoom blur with the Affinity Photo vector shapes such as stars, circles etc **