Vignette filter for Affinity Photo tutorial

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By Andrew Buckle, Updated : 2022


How to use the vignette filter in Affinity Photo, how to change



1. Where is vignette filter

You can find it in the filters menu and colors category (destructive effect) and you can find it in the layers panel (non destructive effect)


2. Options available for the effect

The panel allows you to modify the exposure and setting it to the minimum for a black edge and setting it to the maximum for a white edge. The hardness can also be modified, set to 100% for a sharp edge and set to 50% or 0% for a blurry edge. You can also modify the scale for the border and set it low enough and the entire image is covered by the design, set it high enough and the border will not be seen. You can also modify the shape, set to 100% for a perfect circle and set closer to zero for an ellipse. It should be noted that the color effect needs to be applied to a layer and it needs to be a layer filled with an image, it does not add a vignette to an empty layer so you cannot move the origin of the effect which is centered on the center of the document


3. Live filter layer

The effect can be applied to one layer or all the layers below. The live effect is non destructive and can be removed and modified at any point. You can also modify the blending mode of the effect such as creating an edge that is darkening or lightening the image. You can also move the color layer in the layers panel. You can also add adjustment layers on top of the color effect and then change the color of the border / edge effect.

4. Fade / repeats etc

You can also use the border effect with the fade command found in the layer menu and you can then change the opacity and blend of the applied border effect. If you don't want the effect to totally wipe out the edge of your image, the fade is an easy way to tone down the intensity of the effect.


You can also apply the effect multiple times by using the repeat option found at the top of the filters menu to intensify the border / edge effect such as making it solid black or solid white.


You can apply the effect to layers and that may require some modification of the scaling. It should be noted that the effect is still centered on the center of the document.


You can also use the effect with selections, any type of selection but the result works as if applied to the entire document but it is only generated inside the selection. You can also apply the edge effect to channels so instead of using the RGB, red channel etc can be used with the effect.


Th effect can also be used in conjunctions with shape layers (great for creating lunar moon effects) as well as text and also use in pattern layers. All kinds of amazing color effects can be created using this powerful filter with four great options but it is even works super well with other filters such as the deform filter and Gaussian blur filter and mirror filter and many others