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Contour Text / Type Color Effect In Affinity Photo Tutorial Beginner's Guide

By Andrew Buckle, Video Tutorial Creator / Designer

Updated : 2021


How to add a contour stroke effect to text in Affinity Photo. Goto the artistic text tool and create some text / type for the document.


To create the contour text, go to the view menu and studio and then select the layers panel and the macros panel. Once you have those, first goto the macro panel and go to the top and click the record.


With the text selected go to the layers panel and go down to the bottom of the panel and click the fx button. This is being recorded and will be reproduced if you re-run the macro. The panel will display the 'outline' option on the left side, click that tixk box and then set the radius as well as the alignment (outside) and fill color of solid color and set the color. Click close


Goto the layer menu and rasterize and de-select the preserve layer fx box (this has to be repeated each and every time as you can only have one stroke per layer).


Repeat the previous step of clicking fx and set the color and radius etc and then go to the rasterize and de-select preserve and repeat and repeat as many times as you wish with different (or the same) radius settings though always remember to change the color so perhaps go red, green, blue, purple, yellow etc or perhaps use the swatches etc to add a more consistent color or perhaps go black, white, black, white, black etc


Once you have decided that you have created enough, goto the macro panel and stop the recording by clicking the button next to the recording button. You can also now save it to the library panel if you wish to re-use it in future or you can reset it in the macro to clear the macro.


You can now apply the macro to the selected text and you will end up with the same contour. You can also create some new text and then apply the macro to that.


Once you have your contour design, you can also then apply effects to it such as filters menu and deform or mirror or perhaps use the live filters layers to add different effects such as twirls etc. You can also then go to the layer menu and run the new pattern layer from selection.