Affinity Photo Perspective Tool and Filters: A Complete Guide

Affinity Photo offers various tools and filters for changing the perspective in an image. Affinity Photo’s Perspective Tool modifies the shape of objects in a photograph skewed by incorrect camera placement or lens distortion. The Perspective Filter and the Perspective Live Filter Layer allows you to correct the perspective in an image or to create a completely new perspective for creative purposes.

What are Affinity Photo’s Perspective tools and filters?

Affinity Photo has four Perspective features you can make use of:

  • The Perspective Tool
  • Perspective Filter
  • Perspective Live Filter Layer
  • Perspective Projection

What are they used for?

They can be used for two main purposes:

  • To correct perspective distortions in photographs
  • To change the focal point of a photograph

Next, let’s take a more in-depth look at the Perspective Tool, Perspective Filter, Perspective Live Filter and Perspective Projection in the following sections!

Perspective Tool in Affinity Photo

Perspective Tool skews objects in a photo in order to modify the perspective of the image. It can also be used to change the focal point of a photograph.

Following are the two options in The Perspective Tool:

  1. Single Plane- Single Plane moves objects in one plane. This is useful for correcting perspective distortions caused by incorrect camera placement or lens distortion.
  2. Dual Plane- Dual Plane moves objects in two planes. This is useful for changing the focal point of a photograph.

How to Use the Perspective Tool in Affinity Photo

To use the Perspective Tool,

  • Select the Perspective Tool from the Tools panel.
  • From the pop-up dialog, select the Mode as Source or Destination.
  • Then, click and drag the corner handles of the objects to modify them as per our requirement.

The Following represents the Perspective Tool’s options and settings that appear in the dialog box:

  • Planes- Here we can select the number of planes on which we want to move the objects.
  • Mode- There are two modes available in Perspective Tool i.e. Source and Destination. In Source Mode, it helps to set two points in the middle at the correct position. In Destination Mode, we click and drag on an empty space to move all the objects towards that space.
  • Show Grid- Checking this option displays a grid on the image. This is useful for aligning objects.
  • Autoclip- Specifies whether or not the image should be modified beyond the confines of the perspective grid points. If disabled, the image will appear to be continuous; if enabled, the image will have visible seams where the perspective tool has been used that may be retouched. It is available in Dual Mode.
  • Before/After- Toggles between the original image and the image with the Perspective Tool applied.

Perspective filter in Affinity Photo

The Perspective Filter allows you to modify the perspective lines in order to correct the image’s perspective or simply to transform the viewpoint of your photograph.

The Perspective Filter is found in Filters Menu > Distort > Perspective. Remember to duplicate your layer before applying this filter because it works destructively.

Affinity Photo Perspective Tool and Filters: A Complete Guide

Single Plane Option

Once the Single Plane Option is applied, a grid will appear over your image—this is known as the control mesh. Affinity Photo automatically generates a mesh based on the layer’s content. You can add control handles to this grid by clicking on the image.

To move a control handle Single Plane Option,

  • Simply click and drag it.
  • As you do so, you will see the distortion of your image change in real time.
  • To remove a control point, hold Alt (Windows)/Option (Mac) and click on it.

Extreme distortion using the single plane option

You may produce weird distortions and extreme distortions with the single plane option by using Extreme distortion.

To use Extreme distortion using the single plane option,

  • Make a selection of the area that you want to distort.
  • Apply distortion effects in the same way as you did previously.
  • Select the control point in the Warp grid’s top left corner.
  • Drag close to the bottom right corner, but keep in mind that if all you have is stretched pixels from the edge.
  • Return and repeat. This time, select the control point in the top right corner. Repeat distortion again.
  • Select return when you are ready changing the perspective.

Dual plane and distorting both planes

This is a fascinating feature as it allows you to move an object or layer on both the X and Y-axis. It also provides some great options for creating various distortions.

To use the Perspective Filter with Dual Plane Mode,

  • To use dual-plane mode, go to the filter’s panel and change it to the dual plane.
  • Move up, down, left, or right to the control points in the center.
  • To complete the task, distort at the control points on both ends of the grid.
  • Select Return. You can produce all sorts of unusual modifications, such as a mirror effect with an image, by manipulating your photo in unique ways.

Mirror effect (dual) in Affinity Photo

The mirror effect is handy to flip one side of the image.

To use the mirror effect,

  • Apply the effect- Dual plane.
  • To the left, control points are selected.
  • Select the lower-left control point and drag it above the top left control point.
  • To the right of that, move the previous top left location down below the prior bottom left location. Drag the left points off the screen to the LEFT.
  • Move the center points to place the ‘mirror’ in order to create various variations of this twist. You may repeat the result indefinitely to produce more extreme effects.

Perspective Live filter Layer in Affinity Photo

The Perspective Live Filter Layer works almost like the Perspective Filer. It allows to implement perspective corrections in a non-destructive manner. Modifications can be easily undone or totally eliminated just as when you apply an adjustment layer.

It is found in the Layer menu > New Live Filter Layer > Distort > Perspective.

Affinity Photo Perspective Tool and Filters: A Complete Guide

To use the Perspective Live Filter Layer,

  • First, select the layer you wish to distort.
  • Then go to the Layer menu > New Live Filter Layer > Distort > Perspective.
  • Select the type of Plane and the Mode and adjust other settings from the filter dialog.
  • Click and drag on the corner handles until you achieve the desired result.

That’s all there is to it! You now know how to apply an Affinity Photo’s Perspective Live Filter Layer. Let’s take a look at Perspective Projection next.

Perspective Projection in Affinity Photo

Perspective Projection allows you to project the current layer onto a plane in perspective. You may apply text, brush strokes, filters, as well as other effects in 2D to the project without having to manually modify the content’s perspective. Once you complete, the projection is removed to manually manipulate the content to maintain the perspective.

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To use Perspective Projection,

  • First, create a new layer in your Affinity Photo project.
  • Then go to the Layer menu > Live Projection > Perspective Projection.
  • In the Perspective Projection settings panel, select the type of projection you want to use from the drop-down menu.
  • Change the Perspective Projection’s angle, scale, and position by dragging the nodes.
  • Apply any adjustment, filter, or tool to automatically project the plane to a flat 2D canvas
  • When you finish editing, click on the Move Tool and select Edit Live Projection from the context toolbar.

That’s all there is to it!


Now you know how to use Affinity Photo’s Perspective Tool, Perspective Filters as well as Perspective Projection. Try out what we’ve learned in this blog post to see what kinds of effects you can create and how you can change the perspective in your images. This concludes our Affinity Photo tutorial on how to use Perspective Tools and Filters.

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