Zoom blur filter for Affinity Photo tutorial

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By Andrew Buckle, Updated : 2022



Zoom blur filter for Affinity Photo is a powerful blurring effect tool, how to use with other filters, fade the zoom blur, repeat, use in different color channels in Affinity Photo and more


1. Where

It can be found in the filter menu and the blur category


2. options

It has a small number of options such as setting the center of the zoom. all very useful) especially considering how responsive Affinity Photo is (it is a super fast application)


Filters menu and the Blur and the Zoom blur. Set focus or origin point and set radius. Click Apply

3. re-apply

Apply the effect multiple times via the repeat feature. Apply the Zoom Blur multiple times via the Blur menu. Vary the settings for each. Record via Macro panel. The only trouble with the repeat is that you can't change the settings so the origin of the effect is always in exactly the same position each and every time.


4. fade

The filter effect can be applied but you can add a post-effect touch, fade it. Fade the zoom via the layer menu and fade command. You can change the fade or opacity of the effect but you can also change the blend for the effect. The zoom might be pretty good in normal blending mode, it might even better in darken but you may find true magic with the vivid light setting.


5. noise

You can create all kinds of color streaks using a combination of adding noise via the add noise filter and the zoom effect. Re-apply the noise effect multiple times and then add the zoom. You can also then use the powerful adjustment layers to re-color and more.


6. shapes

Zoom blur filter uses layers. Shape layers are vector designs perfect for the zoom effect. As shapes can be anything: stars, circles, cloud shapes, abstract art, and more. Use the zoom blur to increase the size of the layer. Use it to add additional transparency to the art. You can change the origin for the effect, you can increase the radius to beyond 100px. Create multiple shapes, blur them all using different settings. Combine them using blending modes. The effect can be modified further by using deform filter, mirror filter, etc. Add color into the shape mix as well. A perfect cocktail.


The design above was created using two stars and the blurring effect.