Blur in Affinity Photo iPad | Tips & Tricks!

How to Blur in Affinity Photo iPad

Do you want to learn how to blur in Affinity Photo iPad? In this blog post, we will discuss the different ways that you can blur images using Affinity Photo on your iPad. We will cover Blur Filters, Blur Live Filters and the Blur Brush Tool. We will also show you how to blur a background and create a motion blur effect. Let’s get started!

What is Blurring in Affinity Photo iPad?

Blurring is the process of making an image less sharp. It is useful to create a variety of effects, from softening an image to creating a shallow depth of field. Blurring is handy for removing distractions from an image or to draw attention to a particular area and it is a common technique in photo editing.

There are several ways that you can blur images in Affinity Photo for iPad. We will cover the following methods:

  • Blur Filters
  • Blur Live Filters
  • Blur Brush Tool
  • How to blur a background
  • Motion Blur

At the end of article, you will know how to blur in Affinity Photo for iPad like a pro!

So, let’s start up with Blur Filters.

Blur Filter in Affinity Photo iPad

Blur Filters are destructive Filters that can be applied to an image. This means that these filters will permanently change the pixels in the image. Duplicating the layer before applying filters is always a good idea. If you’re not happy with the results, you can always go back to the original image

Blur filters are ideal for when you want to quickly blur an entire image. To apply a Blur Filter, select the layer that you want to apply the filter to and tap on the “Filters” icon in the toolbar on the right side of your screen.

Next, tap on “Blurs” from the list of available filters. Below is a list of all the Blur Filters available:

  1. Average- Uses the average colour of your photo.
  2. Bilateral Blur- Blurs while keeping a high level of contrast.
  3. Box Blur- Blurs generate a box.
  4. Depth Of Field Blur- Tilt-shift or elliptical blur gradients used to simulate a wide range of lens effects.
  5. Diffuse Glow- Blurs with a mild glow.
  6. Field Blur- This effect is obtained by blurring a photograph to add focal points to a picture.
  7. Gaussian Blur- For noise reduction, apply this smoothing blur.
  8. Lens Blur- Simulates the blurring effect caused by wide aperture lens usage.
  9. Maximum Blur- Enhances highlights and reduces shadows.
  10. Median Blur- While it mainly affects color regions, blurs are visible.
  11. Minimum Blur- This filter darkens Highlights and Shadows.
  12. Motion Blur- Simulates movement in a targeted direction.
  13. Radial Blur- This creates a circular blur that is similar to a Motion Blur.
  14. Zoom Blur- To mimic the effect of zooming-in movement, blurs are handy.
How to Blur in Affinity Photo iPad- Blur filter

Once you pick a filter, you will see a preview of the Blur Filter applied to your image. You can adjust the amount of blur by tapping the settings and dragging the sliders left or right.

When you are happy with the results, tap on the “Apply” button.

That’s it! You have successfully applied the Blur Filter to your image.

Now let’s take a look at how to apply Blur Live Filters.

Blur Live Filter

Blur Live Filters are non-destructive filters that can be applied to an image. They create a variety of blurring effects, from softening an image to creating a shallow depth of field also for sharpening, noise and distortion. Blur Live Filters blur an entire photo in a matter of seconds.

To use the Blur Live Filter,

  • Click on the Filters Studio to view all filters available.
  • Switch on ‘Add Live Filters’ at the top of the Filters Studio to see all the live filters available.
  • Tap the preferred live filter to apply it to the current layer.

There are 12 distinct Blur Live Filters available in Affinity Photo for iPad. They are as follows:

  1. Bilateral Blur
  2. Box Blur
  3. Depth Of Field Blur
  4. Diffuse Glow
  5. Field Blur
  6. Gaussian Blur
  7. Lens Blur
  8. Maximum Blur
  9. Median Blur
  10. Minimum Blur
  11. Motion Blur
  12. Radial Blur

It is important to note that Live Filters are equipped with a pre-built mask. You can easily apply the filter selectively by painting over the live filter layer using the Paint Brush Tool. Remember,Black conceals while White reveals.

Blur Brush Tool

The Blur Brush Tool can be used to selectively blur areas of an image. It is a tool dedicated to blurring hard edges within an image and the more you paint over a particular area, the more blurred it will become.

How to Blur in Affinity Photo iPad- Blur brush tool

The following Blur Brush Tool options are available in the context toolbar:

  • Width- This is where you can adjust the brush stroke size.
  • Opacity- The opacity of a paintbrush refers to how see-through it is.
  • Flow- The amount of time for the brush effect to be applied (1% is very sluggish, whereas 100% is quick).
  • Hardness- The softer the brush is, the more difficult it is to tell when you’re applying too much pressure. As the percentage decreases, the brush appears softer.
  • More- To access advanced brush settings, open the Brushes dialog by tapping on it.
  • Force Pressure- If you’re using a pressure-sensitive gadget, use the button to change brush size with pressure. Brushed defaults are overridden by this.
  • Symmetry- The Lines setting specifies how many times the brush stroke is repeated around a number of axes when the Lines value is greater than zero. The centre axis point may be dragged to adjust it.
  • Mirror- Brush strokes are mirrored along the X and Y axes during the symmetry is turned on.
  • Lines- To repeat a brush stroke, use the Number of axes around which the stroke will be repeated option with symmetry turned on.
  • Locked- When enabled, this option prevents the symmetry line re positioned.

Now that you know how to use the Blur Brush Tool, let’s take a look at how to blur a background.

Blurring a background

One way to make a scene stand out in Affinity Photo for iPad is to blur the background.

Here’s how you can blur a background:

Tap the Selections Persona to reveal the selection tool set.

With the Blur Brush Tool, tap on the Selection Brush Tool icon in the toolbar to select a portion of the image and drag along the desired region to select the areas.

One of the most common uses for the Blur Brush Tool is to blur out a background. This can be useful for creating a shallow depth of field effect or for isolating a subject in the foreground.

The Add option isuseful to add areas to select and subtract option to remove areas from selection.

Further refine the edges for a perfect selection.

Set the option to map in order to separate the foreground detail from the background. Then, continue the selection. After you complete, click Apply.

To invert the selection on background, tap on the commands button on the top toolbar and tap invert selection.

To blur the selection tap on Filters icon and select Gaussian blur but make sure live filter is on.

You can also increase the blur by dragging the radius.

Next, to view the layers, tap on the Layers Studio. Go to the paint brush tool and set the color to white to paint over the areas you want to.

To remove unintentionally painted areas you need to paint black. Next, set the color to black and start painting to those areas as well.

Applying a Motion Blur filter in Affinity Photo iPad

Here is an example of how you can add a filter in Affinity Photo iPad. In this section, we will show you how to apply a Motion Blur filter to a layer.

To apply the Motion Blur filter:

Initially duplicate the layer, hold the finger on the screen and tap on duplicate.

Next, you need to add a zoom blur. So, go to the Filter studio and then choose Blurs. You need to know for what direction the picture is moving forward.

If you’re taking a straight road, for example, and you’ll be moving forward, tap on the end of the road and reduce the radius.

From the Layers, click on the “+” to add a mask layer. Once completed, with it tap on the paint brush tool and select the color black. You can have the hardness to 0 to get more feathered edges. Paint over the end of the road to remove it.

And that’s it! You’ve successfully added motion blur to your image using Affinity Photo iPad.


In this tutorial, we covered Blurring in Affinity Photo for iPad. We’ve looked at the Blur Filter, Blur Live Filter, Blur Brush Tool, and how to blur a background. Finally, we learnt how to apply a motion blur filter to an image. Affinity Photo iPad is a great tool for blurring images and I hope you’ll give it a try.

Did you find this Affinity Photo iPad tutorial helpful? Let us know in the comments below! Happy photo editing!

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