Affinity Photo: The Little Box of Tricks (

Learn the techniques the pros use to enhance your photos - restoring, recoloring, beauty retouching, art effects etc.

Created by: Simon Foster

Produced in 2022

What you will learn

  • Use Affinity Photo to enhance images in a variety of ways
  • Understand and use photo restoration techniques
  • Understand and use photo recoloring techniques
  • Understand and use beauty retouching techniques
  • Create artistic effects from photos

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Overall Score : 94 / 100

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Course Description

*Recently updated to cover the new features in Affinity Photo 1.7!*
If you know the basics of how an image editing program works but you wondered how the professionals get those slick effects you see around you, then this course is for you! A series of projects cover the spectrum of modern editing techniques - enhancing, retouching, restoring damaged photos, recoloring vintage photos, beauty techniques, artistic effects, emulate the look of famous photographers, get the designer look you see coming out of photography studios - the list goes on.
This course is aimed at people who know the basics (although the very basic need to know stuff is covered in a tutorial early on in the course.) The Little Box of Tricks takes a project based approach. Over 8.5 hours, 50 videos and over 25 projects take you through a kaleidoscope of technique. Resources are included when needed, and as well as telling you which buttons to press, I'll tell you why to do things a certain way, along with a few gotchas to watch out for.
You've chosen a good platform with Affinity Photo. Now let me give you some of my 25+ years experience as a designer. Learn pro techniques, Learn pro practices. Get the pro look.Who this course is for:
  • People who wish to use pro techniques to enhance their photos
  • People with at least a basic understanding of how an image editing program works

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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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I took Simons other courses on Affinity Photo and im still learning a lot more. Love this course

Teacher was very funny and engaging and kept it interesting.

Very good course i highly recommend this tutorials as there are lots of new ways to work on one single subject and will improve the general use of Affinity photo!Well done keep on your good work!I am delighted to have taken this course! Many thanks!!

I wont be doing much portrait editing but the techniques will be useful for other things.

Love the way the course is split in to sections making easy to find and revisit pasts when trying the techniques on my own images later

Some amazing tips here! I wish I had a picture of my face during "The best pencil effect in the world ever - part 2" (it is the best for sure, you'll not find it on Youtube - same thing for the amazing watercolor). I don't put 5 stars just because the beauty retouching is not very good for me (he's not Marcin Mikus - please don't use blur so much). But overall Simon is a great teacher, everything is well explained. Both his courses about Affinity Photo are the best you'll find on internet, by far.

Im always impressed with how Foster uses these Affinity tools. And it hasnt ever hurt me to relearn these techniques. Thank you!

Very good course! One of the very- very best features of it is the organization of the levels!

After taking Simon's fast track Affinity Photo course, I wanted to upgrade my skills with the software to match my abilities with Photoshop. This course did that and more. I feel really comfortable applying advanced techniques to my AP projects. Thanks, Simon!

Instructor needs to be more direct rather than making so many apparent guesses. I know that he is not guessing but this makes the instruction take soooooo very long and I nearly went to sleep.Just get to the point directly rather than going around and around and around. I tend to get confused. It becomes more complicated than it is.

Good overall and improved my understanding of AF. The details of photo restoration, etc. not too interesting for me. Too much stuff to do.Thanks.

I liked the projects he chose. The course covers a lot of useful material. Well planned to gradually build up skills. The instructor's explanations are very clear, the lessons are super fun and he is very helpful when answering questions.