Paint effects in Affinity Photo

Sometimes you see these great effects that you want to use too. Often it turns out to be an action for Photoshop. Too bad, those 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.


Blown by the News

In this example you can clearly see how I started from the original colors of the photo. This is not so much a fashion photo but it shows nicely the working method I used. I wanted to have an explosive effect here dis I used splashes that I could make with a brush for watercolor. The splatters are in a separate layer and each time I used the pipette to pick up a color from the original and used it in the splatters. This makes everything stay together nicely in terms of color. Now to the fashion photo.

Original Photo

Above you see the original photo. That will sit on the base layer but I’m also duplicating it to a layer above that so I don’t have to touch the original. In the layer above that will be the layer I’m going to paint in. You can see the total layer structure in the image below. The top 3 layers are my signature.

Layers, the layer to paint is selected

As mentioned, the paint layer is the layer where we are going to indulge in painting. Again I use the pipette to choose a color from the original and I prefer to paint with brushes with a high texture. What I want softer I smear later anyway so that the color is softer.

Zachte brush

I practically never choose from the standard brushes because they have too little structure. You can also search for brushes on the internet. Photshop brushes fit perfectly in Affinity Photo. Brusheezy then, for example, is one of those websites packed with wonderful brushes you can use for this. I haven’t used them yet, but the Dispersion Brushes also look very promissing.

To get a bird’s eye view of how I work, I made a video of it, an English and a Dutch version. Then quickly get to work yourself.


Beautiful results can also be achieved with the Clonestamp. The photo below is an example of that. You can then achieve quick results and you basically don’t have to work with layers.

Working with the clone stamp
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