Spherical Filter in Affinity Photo Tutorial

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By Andrew Buckle, Updated : 2021

How to use the powerful spherical filter in Affinity Photo to create amazing warps and distortions as well as spheres

** Youtube video tutorial on how to use the spherical filter in Affinity Photo as a filter as well as a live filter layer **

1. Where is the Spherical filter in Affinity Photo

The spherical filter can be found in the distort category of the filter menu and is a destructive filter to warp images as well as other resources in the application such as patterns and brushes and text and decorative font designs and more.

2. Settings on the spherical filter panel

Set intensity and Set radius and Set origin point and then apply

3. Fade the effect

You can fade the spherical effect (though it doesn't reduce the size of the sphere) via the layer menu and the fade command. The fade means you can change the opacity of the effect along with applying a blending mode to the effect such as difference, linear light, pin light, average, exclusion to create even more unique designs.

4. Repeat the Spherical filter effect

You can apply the effect once and you can apply it again and again and the spherical filter will then continue to apply the effect though at some point it will have just reached its limit and will not make any noticeable change.

5. Apply the spherical filter with the pattern layer

You can add the effect to an image and then go to the layer menu and create a pattern layer from selection and the effect will then be seen as a repeat pattern. It works best if you go to the mirror option at the top left and set that on. The pattern layer can have other effects added as well and can also be rasterized via the layer menu and rasterize command. If rasterized then the artwork can then be modified further via the spherical filter.

6. Live filter layer

The filter is a destructive effect though as with all filters, distortion or otherwise, you can undo the result via the history panel. You can also apply a non destructive effect to the underlying layer or the current active layer and the effect is the same as the filter but it also additional features that the spherical effect can be faded via the opacity as well as the blending can be modified to be darken or difference or pin light etc.