Mesh Warp, Distort and Perspective | Affinity Photo iPad

With the Affinity Photo app on your iPad, you can easily warp and distort your images using various filters and features. Generally, Warping and distorting allows you to correct or change the perspective in your image. They can also be used to retouch your images and to create dramatic effects.

Certainly, let’s look at the differences between the Mesh Warp, Perspective, and other distortion filters in Affinity Photo iPad. We’ll also delve into how Perspective Projection works for an effective photo editing experience.

In this guide, we will show you how to use these filters to create amazing effects!

How to Mesh Warp

Mesh warping is a filter that allows you to twist and turn your image to create all kinds of interesting effects. However, Mesh Warp works by creating a grid of points on your image, which you can move around to change the shape of the image. You can use Mesh Warp to alter your photo by moving the grid’s lines, nodes, and patches. Mesh Warping can be limited to particular area of your image and the distortion can be minute as well as substantial.

Mesh Warp, Distort and Perspective | Affinity Photo iPad

This is how you can warp an image in Affinity Photo for iPad:

  • To use the Mesh Warp filter, firstly, you need to select the layer. Then tap on the Filter Studio icon in the Affinity Photo toolbar.
  • This will open up a list of all the available filters. Scroll down and tap on Mesh Warp.
  • On the Mesh Warp screen, you will see a grid of points overlaid on your image. Repeat this step to create the number of lines you require as per your requirement.

Just in case something goes wrong or you go out of the track, tap on the Reset option displayed on the Context toolbar.

Mesh Warp is great for creating fun distorted images and it is handy for more practical purposes such as retouching portraits.

Mesh Warp is a bit like using your hands to twist and turn an image. Certainly, you can grab it and push it around to create all kinds of interesting effects according to your needs.

How to distort using the Liquify Persona in Affinity Photo for iPad

The Liquify persona allows you to push, pull, rotate, swell, or shrink any area of an image. The Liquify persona comes in handy for all kinds of purposes such as correcting perspective, making people look thinner, and adding special effects to your photos. Also, this persona is equipped with various tools and a studio dedicated solely to warping.

To use the Liquify persona,

  • Tap on the Personas icon in the Affinity Photo toolbar and choose Liquify from the list of available personas.
  • This will open up the Liquify workspace. In this workspace, you will see a number of tools you can use to manipulate your image. Select a tool or multiple tools from the toolbar.
  • You can adjust your brush settings from the context toolbar.

After that, move your finger around, drag or tap on the image, and observe the changes depending on your movement.

Liquify tools are divided into three categories as follows:

  1. Direct- You can affect the image by painting over picture pixels with these effects. The tools consist of Push Forward, Push Left, Twirl, Pinch, Punch, and Turbulence tools.
  2. Indirect- These tools adjust the mesh.
  3. Masking- The Freeze and Thaw Tools are handy to freeze or thaw masked spaces.

That’s all there is to it! You’ve now learned how to use Affinity Photo’s Liquify persona to distort your images.

Perspective correction using the Perspective Filter

The perspective filter is one of the best features that Affinity Photo has to offer. Generally, it allows you to easily correct perspective distortions in your photos.

The Perspective filter can be used to:

  • correct perspective distortions in photographs.
  • alter the focal point of an image.

Also, let’s check out how you can apply this filter.

Mesh Warp, Distort and Perspective | Affinity Photo iPad

To use the Perspective filter,

  • Choose Perspective from the Filters Studio.
  • You may add dual perspective planes if desired. Select ‘Dual Plane’ from the Planes pop-up menu for two opposing albeit independent viewpoint angles.
  • Set the mode in which the grid will operate using the Source/Destination option. The image is presented from a perspective. You can size, position and shape the grid without affecting the picture. You can eventually apply perspective to the picture by returning to the ‘Destination’ option and dragging the handles. This is an optional feature in editing the perspective.
  • Drag the corner handle of the grid.
  • To apply the filter, tap the check box.

The Perspective filter has two main settings:

  1. Single Plane- A single plane is utilized to move stuff in one plan. This is beneficial for correcting perspective mistakes and fixing the image stretched and cropped to a single canvas.
  2. Dual Plane- You may move objects in two planes with a Two-Plane tool. This is beneficial for altering to transform the picture where the anchor points are stretched.

The Perspective filter is great for correcting photos taken from an angle, such as shots of buildings. It’s also useful for fitting images into shapes, such as when you’re creating a collage.

Now that you know how to use the Perspective filter, go out and start experimenting with it! See what kinds of interesting effects you can create.

Distortion filters

These are other distortion filters available in Affinity Photo for iPad apart from the aforementioned Mesh Warp filter and Perspective filter:

Mesh Warp, Distort and Perspective | Affinity Photo iPad- Distortion Filters
  • Affine- Percentages alter the moving, scaling, or rotation of images.
  • Apply Image- Binds images together.
  • Deform- The image can be from one or more anchor point locations.
  • Displace- The displacement map distort the picture.
  • Equations- Apply a mathematical transform filter to the image
  • Lens Correction- Select a camera model and lens profile to correct distortion of various sorts.
  • Lens Distortion- Fix barrel and pincushion lens distortions using this filter.
  • Liquify- This filter is applies liquify distortions to the whole picture or specific areas of it.
  • Mirror- One or more mirrors supply reflection.
  • Pinch / Punch- Squeezes the picture area or bulges it.
  • Pixelate- Colour blocks display uncertain portions of the image.
  • Polar to Rectangular- Distorts by converting polar X/Y to rectilinear form.
  • Rectangular to Polar- Distorts by converting rectilinear X/Y to polar form.
  • Ripple- Creates a liquid-like movement.
  • Shear- Apply a horizontal or vertical shear to an image.
  • Sphere- A convex or concave sphere distortion is generated.
  • Twirl- The effect is a clockwise or anti-clockwise twirl.

Perspective Projection in Affinity Photo for iPad

Perspective Projection is a feature that works quickly and efficiently to correct perspective faults in your photographs. These can be edited by projecting perspective planes to flat 2D representations.

To use Perspective projection:

  • From the Commands menu, choose Projections and tap on Perspective Projection.
  • The picture is divided into smaller units, and a perspective plane is applied to cover the image. The four corner nodes can be dragged to align the plane with a specific area of the image.
  • Select any tool, adjustment, or filter to project the plane to a flat 2D canvas automatically.
  • Make your changes as required.
  • From the Commands Menu, again tap on Projections and select Perspective Projection once you’ve finished with the selected perspective plane.

Helpful tips

How to add additional perspective planes

  • Select Add Plane from the context toolbar while in Edit Live Projection mode.
  • Repaint the second plane with its corner nodes.
  • Tapping anywhere on plains to select them.

How to remove perspective planes

  • Tap on a plane to select it in the Edit Live Projection mode.
  • Choose Remove Plane from the context toolbar.


That’s all there is to know about distorting images in Affinity Photo iPad! In conclusion, you’ve now learned how to use the Mesh Warp, Perspective, and other distortion filters in Affinity Photo for iPad. You should be familiar with Perspective Projection and its uses. With these features, warping and distorting on your iPad has never been easier! Experiment and have fun!

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