Mirror filter in Affinity Photo Tutorial

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By Andrew Buckle, Updated : 2021

How to use the amazing symmetry creating mirror filter in Affinity Photo tutorial, use the mirror with selections, channels, layers and more.

** Youtube video tutorial on how to use the symmetry creating effects in the mirror filter in Affinity Photo - use with images and layers and more ** mirror filter panel and green mirrorered design in Affinity Photo

1. Where is the mirror filter in Affinity Photo

The mirror filter in Affinity Photo is found in the distort category (part of the filter menu). Probably my favorite Affinity Photo filter with excellent interactive effects and the results can be used once or multiple times with the mirror filter to create all kinds of amazing artworks. You can use the mirror filter with images and type along with other presets

mirror filter command menu

2. Basic use of Mirror Filter

It create beautiful radial / symmetry designs. By default, it displays a reflection but you can increase the number of mirrors used up to a maximum of 20. You can also change the input and output, revolving the input and output of the result which is super useful. You can also select interactively the origin of the mirror on the currently opened image.

mirror filter affinity photo

3. Re-apply the mirror filter

The mirror filter can be used once to create an amazing hi-impact design, you can also re-apply it over and over. It is one of those filters that multiple re-applies by using the repeat command is not that much use. You need to re-apply by going back to the mirror filter panel and then set the origin, mirrors and input and output and then apply the effect and the result of changing the origin each and every time can result in a magical image.

mirror filter re-apply in affinity

You can always set up a macro to do any of this via the view menu and studio and macros. Once you have it as a macro, the effect can be re-applied over and over to create all kinds of symmetry effects

mirror filter re-apply in affinity macro

4. Channels and Mirror filter

You can use the mirror filter in channels as well. Display the channels panel via the view menu and studio and select the red channel and then apply the mirror filter with a certain set of settings. Select the green channel and then apply the mirror filter with new settings and likewise with the blue channel.

mirror filter and channels

5. Fade

You can apply the effect to create all kinds of amazing radial designs and then after clicking apply you can always then fade the effect as well as add a blending mode such as darken, lighten, vivid light, pen light and others. The default is set to 50% but you can always change the fade opacity