Cloud tool for Affinity Photo tutorial

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By Andrew Buckle, Updated : 2021

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How to use the cloud tool in Affinity Photo, this is a tutorial showing some of the features of the powerful cloud tool.



1. Where is the cloud tool in Affinity Photo

The cloud tool can be found in the tools panel alomg with the other vector tools such as the square star tool etc. If it is not there, you may need to go to the customization command in the view menu and update your tools panel with all the tools such as the cloud tool.

2. Basic use of the cloud tool

The cloud tool in Affinity Photo is used to create a shape layer. You can add it to any size, rotate, shear etc and also you can modify interactively via the control handle to change the radius. The same setting can be controlled also via the top bar along with the number of bubbles generated by the tool. by default the number of bubbles is 12. You can set the bubbles to well over 100 and more to create truly intense designs randing from bubbled designs to star burst designs and more.

3. Layers and the cloud tool

The cloud tool shapes can be duplicated and re-sized and combined in multiple ways and you can also use the layer menu and geometry to subtract the front shape etc.


You can create the shape layer cloud design multiple times in many different sizes and angles and bubbles and radius settings. If you have more than one of the shapes selected and you are using the cloud tool then you can also the sliders and the values will be updated for all the selected shapes.

4. Adding effects to the cloud design

You can add effects to the cloud shapes via the filter menu as well as the layer menu and live filter layers but in both cases the design will be converted to pixels and will no longer be a vector shape.

5. Pattern layer and the cloud tool

You can also use the cloud tool designs with features such as the pattern from selection found in the layer menu. You will have to convert the design to a pixel via the layer menu and rasterized before you can use the pattern feature. Once it is a pattern layer, works even better if you go to the top left and select the mirror option to generate a seamless tile design.

6. Fill color etc of the cloud design

You can set the fill for the shape generated by the cloud tool in Affinity Photo to a solid color or a swatch as well as a gradients and also to a bitmap pattern via the top bar while selecting the cloud tool. You can also add a stroke as well as a dashed stroke as well as a more variable width stroke via the pressure settings.