Affinity Photo: Modern Special Effects (

Create the most popular photo effects you can see today!

Created by: Simon Foster

Produced in 2022

What you will learn

  • Modern photographic special effects - done efficiently
  • In depth knowledge of some of the more advanced tools in Affinity Photo
  • The dos and don'ts of an efficient workflow

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Overall Score : 94 / 100

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Course Description

Have you ever looked at a special photo effect and thought 'I wish I knew how to do that...' Well, I'll show you how.
In a series of tutorials, I'll show you how to combine the various Affinity Photo tools to recreate the most popular photo effects you can see today, and maybe come up with your own signature look. I'll show you the right way to use the tools along with any potential problems and things to watch for when you create a series of stunning effects. But flexibility is key here, so I'll also show you several ways to adapt your new recipes to meet the needs of different images. I'll make recommendations about which images are suitable for which special effect, and I'll be giving you exercises to practice what you have learned.
I assume a basic knowledge of Affinity Photo. But, because we will be using some of the more professional grade tools, I provide some reference videos which isolate and explain how to use them.
But here's the especially nice bit. I often do these kind of courses because I love learning new things but also because I think it's important that I go through the same process you do when you learn from one of my courses. I find the single biggest problem is taking notes. It's the thing that slows me down, sometimes by a factor of 4 or 5.
So I've made the notes for you. You will find a 50 page .pdf waiting for you to download from Lecture 2. It contains extensive notes on the methods and processes I describe along with many screenshots. So much better than a load of scribbled notes that took you ages to write down...
It's so easy when you create an effect to get the feeling that the software is doing the talking for you. Well, we'll change that. I'll go into enough detail about how to use the tools and the right workflow to use that you will gain a deeper understanding of the entire process. You'll be creating stunning, flexible effects. You'll be making your photos shine!Who this course is for:
  • Students who have a basic knowledge of Affinity Photo
  • Anyone who wants to recreate many of the modern photographic special effects we see every day

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Instructor Details

Simon Foster

Simon Foster holds a degree in Educational Design from Manchester Metropolitan University, has been a designer for 25+ years, has run a successful design business for over 20, and was a teacher for 2 years. He has produced design work for clients from all over the world, including all the graphics for Rollercoaster Tycoon 1 and 2, various other games and apps, illustrating science books and providing design and illustration for clients ranging from doctors to top level business people, world class geneticists right through to local start up businesses.



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Having to do a few different things as my version of affinity is up to date so some things in tutorials don't work but still learning.

This was an exceptional experience for me. Watching the instructor working through the projects and explaining how, why, and what he was doing helped me to better understand the concepts involved.

Hard sometimes to follow but I am being successful and I understand Affinity Photo a lot more now.

The course presented some problems fpr me as I am partially color blind and several projects were heavily colorbased. However, the trick and techniques presented cover a wide range of things and it's overall a great class. The bigger issue was some of the commands are different in 1.7/

Very good. I believe that the course could be enhanced by the inclusion, at the beginning of lessons, of short explanations/definitions of the specific tools/processes that are to used in each lesson. For example: describing "Layer masking".

Very well presented. A little over my head, but I will keep trying the techniques and using the tools until I understand it better. Very glad I took the course, I will refer to things I learned here often. Thanks.

Another fantastic course full of great techniques clearly explained.Thank you Simon.

Some explanations were longer than necessary, but overall a very great and solid course.

As usual Simon gives a very good, well structured and informative course.

Using the curves for tonal adjustments was interesting. The dispersion effects are a little bit above my skill level. I get lost with layering and masking.

The content is really good but technical part is very bad. Moving lectures front and back is really painful. and most of the time goes in waiting in loading the lecture. For smooth flow, one should be able to download full lecture, in your app only, so that no one is able to copy the same.

Overall very happy with tutorials... explanations were up to the usual high standard...