If you’re looking to take your Affinity Photo iPad skills to the next level, you need to start using filters! In the meantime, Filters can add an amazing amount of depth and character to your photos, and they’re a great way to experiment with different looks.
In general, in this blog we’ll show you how to use filters, about different types of filters and filter settings in Affinity Photo on your iPad to create stunning results. So Let’s get started!
What are Filters in Affinity Photo in iPad?
Filters are special effects that you can apply to your photos to change the way they look. Explicitly Affinity Photo iPad comes with a wide variety of built-in filters that you can use to add all sorts of different looks to your photos.
Filters especially allows to enhance the Affinity Photo iPad experience by adding different looks to photos. They are considered as helpful for editors because it allows them to explore different Affinity Photo for iPad looks for their project to choose the perfect outlook.
You can access the filters from the Layers Studio by tapping the “Filters” icon (it looks like a funnel). Once you’ve selected the Filters icon, you’ll see a list of all the different filters that are available in Affinity Photo for iPad.
There are two ways to apply filters in Affinity Photo iPad. We will have a look at them in the section named “How do you apply filters in Affinity Photo on iPad?” in detail.
The following basic settings may be changed from the context toolbar of the filter:
- Split- When the Split option is selected, a dividing line appears over the document to provide a before and after preview when tapped. Mirroring the image for both before and after previews may be done by tapping again. The comparison may be removed by tapping a third time.
- Apply- The changes are applied once you tap the apply option.
- Cancel- Any changes are not applied once you tap the Cancel option.
That’s all! Now that you know about filters and the different settings used in Affinity Photo on your iPad for amazing results.
Now that you know the basics of using filters, let’s take a closer look at the different types of filters available in Affinity Photo iPad.
What are the different types of filters in Affinity Photo iPad?
There are various types of filters in Affinity Photo for iPad. The filters are split into the following main categories as follows:
These are only a few examples, because Affinity Photo for iPad has many other types of filters! Furthermore to see the full list of available filters, simply tap on the “Filters” icon in the Layers Studio.
Let’s have a look at each of these filter categories in more detail. Firstly let’s checkout the Sharpen filter.
Sharpen Filter in Affinity Photo iPad
The Sharpen filter in Affinity Photo for iPad is used to make your photos look sharper. This filter allows you to increase the contrast of adjacent pixels, thus making the image appear sharper and refined.
To apply the Sharpen filter, simply select it from the list of available filters and then adjust the Amount slider to control how much sharpening you want to apply.
Following mentions the four sub-filters of Sharpen Filter:
- Frequency Separation
- High Pass
- Unsharp Mask
All the above filters come as regular filters (destructive) and also Live filters (non‑destructive), with the exception of the Frequency Separation filter. Each of the above filters are used for their unique purposes.
Let’s move on to the next filter category: Blur filter.
Blur filters make your photos look softer and more dreamy. The blur filter is helpful for Affinity Photo iPad when the photo looks a bit too sharpened.
To apply a blurring effect, choose the blur filter from the filters list and then adjust the amount slider to control the amount of blurring.
Blur Filter has fourteen different sub-filters:
- Gaussian Blur
- Motion Blur
- Radial Blur
- Zoom Blur
- Bilateral Blur
- Box Blur
- Depth of field Blur
- Diffuse glow
- Field Blur
- Lens Blur
- Maximum Blur
- Medium Blur
- Minimum Blur
The Average and Zoom Blur are the only two blur filters which do not come as Live Filters too. All of these blur filters have distinct blurring effects. You can learn in-depth about Blur Filter in our tutorial: How to Blur in Affinity Photo iPad
Now, let’s check out the Colors filters.
Colors Filter in Affinity Photo iPad
As their name suggests, the Colors filters are used to transform the colors in your photos. Colors filter are used to either enhance or to correct color cast.
To apply it, choose it from the list of available filters and then play with the Amount slider to adjust the tones and hues of the image.
Color Filter has twenty four filters as follows:
- Auto Colour
- Auto Contrast
- Auto Levels
- Auto White Balance
- Detect Edges
- Detect Horizontal Edges
- Detect Vertical Edges
- Divide by Alpha
- Erase White Paper
- Haze Removal
- Multiply by Alpha
- Procedural Texture
- Remove Black Matte
- Remove White Matter
The Defringe, Halftone, Lighting, Procedural Texture, Shadows/Highlights, Vignette and Voronoi filters are offered as destructive filters only. Experiment with each of these colors filters to see which ones give you the results that you are looking for.
Now that we’ve learned about the Colors filter, let’s move on to Distortion filters.
Distortion filters are used to change the shape of your photos by twisting and altering.
Applying a distortion filter is very easy. This is done by selecting it from the list of available filters.
Distortion Filter has eighteen filters as follows:
- Apply Image
- Lens Correction
- Lens Distortion
- Mesh Warp
- Polar to rectangular
- Rectangular to Polar
All the above filters are regular filters (destructive), while only few are Live filter (non‑destructive) namely Displace, Lens Distortion, Perspective, Pinch/Punch, Ripple, Sphere and Twirl.
The next filter category that we will look at is the Noise filters.
Noise Filter in Affinity Photo iPad
Noise filters are used to add or remove noise from your photos. It is useful for Affinity Photo iPad when the photo looks a bit too noisy or you wish to add some noise to your image.
To apply a noise filter, simply select it from the list of available filters.
Noise Filter has seven filters as follows:
- Add Noise
- Dust & Scratches
- Noise Reduction
- Perlin Noise
From the above filters, only Add Noise, Diffuse, Dust & Scratches and Noise Reduction come as Live filters.
Now that we’ve covered what filters are and some of the different types that are available, let’s take a look at how they can be applied in Affinity Photo iPad.
How do you apply filters in Affinity Photo for iPad?
There are two ways to apply filters in Affinity Photo iPad:
- You can either apply them to the entire photo as a single layer.
- You can create a new layer and apply the filter to just that layer.
We recommend experimenting with both methods to see what works best for you.
To apply a filter in Affinity Photo iPad:
- Go to the Layers Studio and select a layer if you had duplicated a layer or you can continue with the same layer if you prefer
- Go to Filters Studio and select a desired filter as per your requirement
- If a filter dialog appears, keep going with the following steps:
- In the Settings dialog, change the settings as needed.
- Tap Apply.
That’s it! You’ve now successfully applied a filter to your photo.
You can also use popular types of filters to enhance your photos.
We hope you enjoyed this Affinity Photo for iPad tutorial on how to use filters. As you can see, there are a wide variety of built-in filters that you can use to achieve different looks. Experiment with different types of filters and see what works best for you.