Live Filters | Affinity Photo for iPad

With live filters in Affinity Photo for iPad, you can blur, sharpen, distort, add noise and adjust the colors and lighting without altering the original image! This makes it easier than ever to get the perfect photo. Whether you’re a professional photographer or just someone who loves taking photos for fun, Affinity Photo is the perfect app for you.

In this blog post, we will look at how to apply live filters, the different live filters available, and what they are used for!

What are Live Filters in Affinity Photo for iPad?

Live filters are perfect for applying various filter effects to an image. It is handy to blur particular areas of an image, sharpen an area, distort a layer, reduce noise, and adjust the brightness and the tones of your image in real-time.

Live filters are applied non-destructively to the image and they can be re-edited anytime. This means that you do not have to undo your actions or make sure that the live filter is perfect once it is applied. The pixels on the layer will remain unchanged as the filter will be placed on a new separate layer.

This makes it easy to modify and also remove the filter if required, without having to worry about losing certain operations completed after the live filter is created. With live filter layers, you can choose the preferred blend mode, change the opacity and apply masks selectively, amongst other actions.

How to apply Live Filters in Affinity Photo iPad

Applying live filters in Affinity Photo iPad is very easy!

First, make sure that the layer you wish to apply the live filter layer to is selected.

Then, go to the Filters Studio by tapping the filters icon from the top bar.

Then, switch on the Add Live Filters option. This allows you to view all the filters which are available as live filter layers.

Simply select the live filter you want to use from the list of filters available, to apply it to the selected layer.

Then, adjust the strength of the filter by moving the slider to the left or right.

Once you’re happy with the results, tap on the “Apply” button to save the changes.

How to alter, merge or delete a Live filter in Affinity Photo iPad

You can easily alter, merge or delete a live filter in Affinity Photo iPad. Here’s how:

Switch to the Layers Studio and double-tap on the live filter that you want to modify.

The context toolbar is displayed at the bottom of the screen. Here, you can adjust the settings according to your requirements.

If you want to apply these modifications and merge the live filter layer with the layer below, simply tap on Merge in the contextual toolbar.

Tap on Delete in the contextual toolbar if you wish to remove the live filter layer.

Now, let’s move on to the various types of Live Filter Layers available in Affinity Photo iPad.

What are the different types of Live Filters in Affinity Photo iPad?

There are six main categories of live filters in Affinity Photo iPad:

  1. Blur
  2. Sharpen
  3. Distort
  4. Noise
  5. Colours
  6. Lighting

Each type of filter has its own unique set of sub-filters that you can adjust to get the perfect photo. Furthermore, all live filters have different settings which can be adjusted in the contextual toolbar as per your requirements.

First, let’s check out the Blur filter.

Blur Filter in Affinity Photo for iPad

Blur live filters are perfect for creating a soft, dreamy effect in your photos. They are mainly used to reduce the amount of detail in an image. With blur live filters, you can also create a shallow depth of field effect.

Live Filters | Affinity Photo for iPad: Blur

Many editors use them to draw attention to a particular area in an image or to make the overall image look more soft and gentle.

Blur Filter has twelve sub-filters 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

Each of the above blur filters has its own functions which can be used for various purposes. Experiment with the multiple blur filters available and choose the appropriate one as per your requirement. Notably, you can learn more about Blurring in detail in our tutorial: How to Blur in Affinity Photo iPad.

Now, let’s move on to the Sharpen filter.


The Sharpen filter is perfect for making your photos pop. It can be used to bring out details that might be lost in a photo or to make an image look more crisp and clear. It is helpful for making an image more defined and to fix blurry photos.

Live Filters | Affinity Photo for iPad: Sharpen

Listed below are the three sub filters of the Sharpen Live filter:

  • Clarity
  • High Pass
  • Unsharp Mask

These sharpen filters provide different sharpening effects such as bringing out details, enhancing the contrast, making an image look crisper, etc.

Let’s continue with the Distort filter.

Distort Filter in Affinity Photo for iPad

Distort Filters are ideal for changing the shape of an image by manipulating the pixels. They can be used to create interesting effects or simply to fix a photo that has been distorted.

Live Filters | Affinity Photo for iPad: Distortion

These are the seven sub filters of the Distort Live filter:

  1. Displace
  2. Lens Distortion
  3. Perspective
  4. Pinch/Punch
  5. Ripple
  6. Spherical
  7. Twirl

All these distort sub filters are used to create interesting effects. These consist of adding ripple-like patterns, correcting distorted photos, adding perspective and so on.

The Noise filter is next.


Noise Filters are used to add or remove noise from an image. You can also create a vintage look or control the amount of noise in a photo.

Live Filters | Affinity Photo for iPad: Noise

The following are four sub-filters of Noise Filter:

  1. Add Noise
  2. Diffuse
  3. Dust & Scratches
  4. Noise Reduction

These sub-filters allow you to add, change or reduce the amount of noise in your photo.

Let’s look at the Colour filter in the next section.

Colours Filter in Affinity Photo for iPad

Certainly, as the name suggests, Colours Filters allow you to adjust the colors in an image. They can be used to create a certain mood or look, as well as simply to enhance the colors in a photo.

Live Filters | Affinity Photo for iPad: Colours

Following are the three sub-filters of Colours Filter as follows:

  • Defringe
  • Halftone
  • Vignette

These are perfect for adding colors to images, adding colors to the mood, as well as simply enhancing the colors in a photo to make it look more vibrant.

Finally, let’s look at the Lighting filter.


With Lighting Filters, you can simulate the lighting in an image. These create a certain mood or look, as well as allow you to create various lighting effects from one or more sources of light.

Lighting Filter has two sub-filters as follows:

  1. Lighting
  2. Shadows / Highlights

With these two sub-filters, you are in complete control of the lighting, the contrasts, the shadows, and the highlights in your image.


In conclusion, Live filters allow you to add different effects to your photos quickly and easily. In this blog post, we looked at how live filters can be applied, modified, and deleted. Moreover, we delved into the different types of Live Filters available in Affinity Photo iPad. These consist of the Blur, Sharpen, Distort, Noise, Colours, and Lighting filters. We hope that you have found this blog post useful!

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