Sometimes you see those great effects that you want to use. It often turns out to be an action for Photoshop. Too bad they don't work in Affinity Photo. But is it always necessary to use effects? Here I give an example of effects made entirely with brushes.

Example of the results

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In this example you can clearly see how I assumed the original colors of the photo. This is not so much a fashion photo but it does nicely reflect the method I used. I wanted to have an explosive effect here, so I used splashes that I could make with a watercolor brush. The splatters are in a separate layer and each time I picked up a color from the original with the pipette and used it in the splatters. This means that everything continues to match nicely in terms of color. Now to the fashion photo.

Original photo

Above you see the original photo. It will be on the base layer but I also duplicate it to a layer above so that I don't have to touch the original. In the layer above that will be the layer in which I am going to paint. You can see the total layers build-up in the image below. The top 3 layers are my signature.

Layers, the layer to paint is selected

As said, the paint layer is the layer in which we will enjoy painting. Again I use the eyedropper to pick a color from the original and I prefer to paint with high texture brushes. I will spread what I want softer later so that the color becomes softer.

Zachte brush

I practically never choose from the standard brushes because they have too little structure. You can also search the internet for brushes. Photshop brushes fit perfectly in Affinity Photo. Brusheezy is such a website packed with beautiful brushes that you can use for this. I haven't used them yet, but the Dispersion Brushes also look promising to achieve an effect quickly.

To see how I work in a nutshell, I made a video of it, an English and a Dutch version. Then quickly get started yourself.

English Version

Dutch version

Good results can also be achieved with the Clonestamp. The photo below is an example of this. You can then achieve results quickly and in principle you do not have to work with layers.

Work with the clone stamp

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