How to Add Adjustments in Affinity Photo for iPad

How to Add Adjustments in Affinity Photo for iPad

In this tutorial, we will show you how to add adjustments in Affinity Photo for iPad. We will cover Tonal Adjustments, Colour adjustments, and Other Adjustments. We will also learn how these adjustments can be applied to your photos together with some examples.

Let’s get started!

What are Adjustment Layers?

Adjustment Layers in Affinity Photo for iPad allow you to make non-destructive changes and improvements to your photo. Adjustment Layers sit on top of your image ands therefore they do not permanently change the pixels in your photo. This means that you can always go back and adjust your Adjustment Layer settings, or even delete the Adjustment Layer altogether.

It is very easy to apply Adjustment Layers in Affinity Photo for iPad. Let’s check out the different types of Adjustment layers Affinity Photo iPad offers!

Different types of Adjustment Layers

There are three different types of Adjustment Layers in Affinity Photo iPad, each with its own function. These consist of:

  1. Tonal Adjustments
  2. Colour Adjustments
  3. Other Adjustments

Notably, each category has various sub-adjustment layers used for different purposes. In a few minutes, we’ll go through each layer in detail.

First, let’s get started with Tonal Adjustments.

Tonal Adjustments

Tonal adjustments are changes that you make to the brightness, lightness as well as to the contrast of your photo. The Affinity Photo for iPad has five main Tonal adjustments which include Brightness and Contrast, Levels, Curves, Exposure and Shadows/Highlights.

Sub Adjustment layers

Let’s have a look at each of these Tonal adjustment Layers:

  1. Brightness and Contrast– As the name suggests, this layer allows you to change the overall brightness and contrast of your photo.
  2. Levels– The Levels layer is a more advanced way to adjust the brightness and contrast of your photo. It gives you more control over specific areas of your photo such as black, white and gamma points.
  3. Curves– The Curves layer allows you to make very precise adjustments to the brightness and contrast of your photo using the graph.
  4. Exposure– The Exposure layer allows you to change the overall exposure of your photo by adjusting the lost details with regard to highlights and shadows.
  5. Shadows/Highlights– The Shadows and Highlights layer allows you to specifically target the shadows and highlights in your photo. This is useful for adjusting the tones in photos with very dark and light areas.

Now that we’ve gone through the different types of Tonal Adjustments, let’s move on to Colour Adjustments.

Colour Adjustments

Colour Adjustments are used to change the overall colour of your photo, or specific colours in your photo. The Affinity Photo for iPad has thirteen main Colour Adjustments which include HSL, Lens Filter, OCIO, Recolour, Threshold, Vibrance, White Balance, Black and White, Split Toning, Colour Balance, Selective Colour, Channel Mixer as well as Gradient Map.

Sub Adjustment layers under the Colour Adjustment

Following are the sub adjustment layers under the Colour Adjustment:

  1. HSL– This allows you to change the overall hue, saturation and the luminosity of the pixels in your photo.
  2. Lens Filter– The Lens Filter layer allows you to add a coloured or tint filter over your photo.
  3. OCIO– The OCIO layer allows you to change the source and destination colour profiles of your photo.
  4. Recolor– The Recolor layer allows you to change the overall colour or tint of your photo by monochrome.
  5. Threshold– The Threshold layer allows you to change your photo to black and white by setting a threshold level.
  6. Vibrance– The Vibrance layer allows you to adjust the intensity of your photo without affecting skin tones.
  7. White Balance– The White Balance layer allows you to adjust the temperature of your photo. This is useful for photos that are either too warm or too cool.
  8. Black and White– The Black and White layer allows you to convert your photo to black and white. You can also adjust the intensity of the black and white effect.
  9. Split Toning– The Split Toning layer allows you to add a colour tint to your photo. This is useful for giving your photo a certain mood or feel.
  10. Colour Balance– The Colour Balance layer allows you to adjust the overall colour balance of your photo. This is useful for photos that have an imbalance of colours to set a tonal range.
  11. Selective Colour– The Selective Colour layer allows you to specifically target certain colours in your photo and adjust their intensity. This is useful for photos that have one or two colours that are too dominant.
  12. Channel Mixer– The Channel Mixer layer allows you to mix the different channels in your photo by adjusting the RGB. This is useful for photos that have a colour cast.
  13. Gradient Map– The Gradient Map layer allows you to map the colours in your photo to a gradient. This is useful for giving your photo a certain look or feel.

Finally, let’s review the Other Adjustments available in Affinity Photo iPad.

Other Adjustments

Other Adjustments are used to modify the appearance or feel of your photo in various ways. This is utilized for corrective, creative, as well as for proofing purposes. The Affinity Photo for iPad has four main Other Adjustments which includes LUT, Invert, Posterise and Soft Proof.

Sub Adjustment layers under the Other Adjustment

These sub adjustment layers derives under the Other Adjustment displayed as following:

  1. LUT– The LUT layer allows you to apply a defined matrix to your photo. This is useful for changing the overall look or feel of your photo.
  2. Invert– The Invert layer allows you to invert the colours of your photo. This is useful for creating a negative effect.
  3. Posterise– The Posterize layer allows you to reduce the number of colours in your photo. This is useful for giving your photo a certain look or feel.
  4. Soft Proof– The Soft Proof layer allows you to preview how your photo will look when printed with a specific printer and paper. This is useful for ensuring that your photo will print as expected.

Next let’s move on to some common adjustments used which comes in handy while using Affinity Photo iPad.

Common adjustments

In the majority of time, only minor changes are required. The most Common adjustments include the brightness and contrast, levels, curves, exposure, vibrance, as well as white balance.

There are a number of common modifications that can fix frequent problems and help you obtain the greatest results when editing your photographs. However, Affinity Photo for iPad has a comprehensive set of tools covering all the basics.

Likewise the next time you’re editing a photo on your Affinity Photo for iPad, try out some of these Adjustments to see how they can help you achieve the perfect result.

Furthermore, next let’s look through some Affinity Photo iPad tutorials that show you how to use these Adjustments.

How to apply them from the Adjustments Studio

Now that we’ve gone through the different types of Adjustments, let’s move on to how we can apply them. Applying Adjustments is easy with Affinity Photo for iPad. Simply select the layer you want to apply the Adjustment to and then select the required Adjustment from the Adjustments Studio on the right-side of your screen.

Let’s go through the following tutorials that explain how to apply Adjustments in Affinity Photo for iPad:

  1. How to Add Brightness and Contrast Adjustments in Affinity Photo for iPad
  2. How to Add Levels Adjustments in Affinity Photo for iPad
  3. How to Add Black and White Adjustments in Affinity Photo for iPad
  4. How to Add HSL Adjustments in Affinity Photo for iPad
  5. How to Add Shadows and Highlights Adjustment in Affinity Photo for iPad

Once you’ve gone through these tutorials, you should have a good understanding of how to apply Adjustments in Affinity Photo for iPad.

How to Add a Brightness and Contrast Adjustments in Affinity Photo for iPad

In this example, we’ll apply Brightness Adjustment to our photo.

To begin with, select the Adjustment Studio by tapping on the icon representing a square filled with three dots. You can see many adjustments appear.

Next, we’ll select the Adjustment from the Adjustments Studio. In this case, it’s Brightness/Contrast.

How to Add Brightness/Contrast Adjustments in Affinity Photo for iPad

Options to Adjust the Brightness and Contrast Adjustment

A bar with some options appears at the bottom of the scree. This lets you adjust the Brightness and Contrast Adjustment,

  • Brightness– The Lightness/Darknness control adjusts the lightness/darkness of the image. Drag the slider to the left to make things darker, or drag it to the right to make them brighter.
  • Contrast– The Contrast slider, sometimes called Tone Compression, adjusts the tonal range of the image. Drag to the left to decrease contrast between dark and light areas and drag to the right to increase it.
  • Linear– By default, the adjustment modifies pixels according to their initial lightness value. When this option is enabled, the effect is more obvious.

How to Add a Levels Adjustments in Affinity Photo for iPad

To apply a Levels Adjustment to our photo, we have to select it from the Adjustment Studio.

Options to Adjust the Levels Adjustment

The options for this adjustment consist of the following:

  • Colour space– From the pop-up menu that appears after selecting a color mode from the first menu, choose one Grey, RGB, CMYK, LAB.
  • Channels– Select a single color channel to apply the change to, such as the layer’s alpha channel. The default option- Master affects all color channels except for the alpha channel. Choose from the second pop-up menu.
  • Black– Although the image is black, it may be adjusted according to the desired pixel range. To include pixels in the range (increasing shadows), drag to the right; to exclude pixels (decreasing shadows), drag to the left.
  • White– When you drag to the left, you’re including pixels in that range (which increases highlights) and dragging to the right, you’re excluding pixels (which reduces highlights).
  • Gamma– The midtone is the middle tone. The mid-tone controls how evenly distributed the image’s mid-tone pixels are. To redistribute pixels towards the black point, drag to the left; to distribute them towards the white point, drag to the right.
  • Output Black– If you want your image to be as pure black as possible, change the input range of pixels in the output that are regarded pure black. To include pixels in the range, drag to the right; to exclude pixels, drag to the left.
  • Output White– The Range parameter adjusts the threshold for determining pure white. Drag to the left to include pixels in the range (thus increasing highlights) and drag to the right to exclude pixels (thereby reducing highlights).

How to Add a Black and White Adjustments in Affinity Photo for iPad

Start by tapping the Black and White Adjustment from the Adjustment Studio.

How to Add Black and White Adjustments in Affinity Photo for iPad

Options to Adjust the Black and White Adjustment

This Adjustment offers these options:

  • The sliders modify the lightness value of the color areas in the image that you’ve designated. To darken parts of the specified color, drag the slider to the left; to brighten them, drag it to the right.
  • You may also drag on the canvas to select and modify a color tone. The most significant hue is determined by the initial pressure on the canvas; dragging left darkens regions of the discovered color, while dragging right brightens them. The corresponding slider will be updated.

How to Add an HSL Adjustments in Affinity Photo for iPad

An HSL adjustment is used to modify the Hue, Saturation, and Luminance of your photo.

To apply a HSL Adjustment, simply select it from the Adjustment Studio.

A label can be seen below targeting all colors at once or subset of colors. For example, you can target the colour red and slide down the saturation option to desaturate only the reds in the image.

Options to Adjust the HSL Adjustment

In the options bar, you can find the following options:

  • Ranges– You may edit all colors simultaneously with the first node (Master; multi-colored) or tap any of the other nodes to pick a particular color set (e.g., yellows). The color wheel enables you to limit the range of colors affected by a channel via four nodes when creating individual color sets.
  • Hue– The tint of pixels can be altered by this option. Drag the option to change the color palette.
  • Saturation– The Intensity of Colors slider adjusts the color intensity. Drag to the left to make colors less intense, and drag to the right to raise their intensity.
  • Luminance– To adjust the overall brightness, use this menu. To dim the display, drag to the left. To brighten it, drag to the right.
  • HSV– When Saturation Value is enabled, instead of Hue Saturation Lightness (HSL), it utilizes the hue saturation value (HSV) model. The two models have different parameters for the Saturation Shift and Luminosity Shift sliders.

How to Add a Shadows and Highlights Adjustment in Affinity Photo for iPad

Shadows and Highlights Adjustment is used to modify the shadows and highlights of your photo.

First select the Shadows and Highlights Adjustment from the Adjustment Studio.

Options to Adjust the Shadows and Highlights Adjustment

A bar with the following options appears at the bottom of the screen:

  • Shadows– This feature controls the lightness of image shadows. Drag the slider to the left to darken shadow regions, or drag it to the right to lighten them.
  • Highlights– This slider controls the lightness of image highlights. Drag the slider to the left to darken highlight regions, or drag it to the right to brighten them.

Now that we’ve gone through the different types of Adjustments and how to apply them, you should be able to experiment and pick out the best match for you.

Conclusion

In conclusion, we’ve gone through the different types of Affinity Photo iPad Adjustments and how to apply them. We talked about Adjustment Layers, Tonal Adjustments, Colour adjustments, Other Adjustments and provided a few examples to teach you how they work. We hope you found this post helpful and that you can use these Adjustments to enhance your photos. Thanks for reading!

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