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In this tutorial, we will learn how to create a hologram effect in Affinity Photo.
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First, go to File > Open and select the image of the walkway.
Second, go to the Layers Panel. Click on the Adjustment icon and select the Curves adjustment. Take the right point and drag it down.
Now, go to File > Open and select the ninja image.
Grab the Selection Brush Tool from the Tools Panel. In the Context Toolbar. Set the Mode to Add. Then, check the Snap to Edges box. Take the brush and select the woman.
Once you’ve selected the woman, go to the Context Toolbar and hit Refine. Set the Output to New Layer and click Apply.
Next, copy the new layer that was created, and paste it onto the walkway image.
Go to the Transform Panel and click the Lock Aspect Ratio. Then, resize the image.
Press CTRL and click on the ninja layer in the Layers Panel. Next, go to the Select menu and click Invert Pixel Selection.
Next, go to Blur > Gaussian Blur. Set the Radius to 1 px and hit Apply. After that, press CTRL + D to deselect the selection. Or go to the Select menu and click Deselect.
With the ninja image still select, press CTRL + J two times to make two duplicates of the image.
In the Layers Panel, label the original ninja layer Motion Blur. Next, name the first duplicate Luminosity. Then, name the second duplicate Glow.
Turn the Glow and Luminosity layers off. Then, select the Motion Blur layer and set its Blend Mode to Linear Light.
With the Motion Blur layer selected, go to Filters > Blur > Motion Blur. Set the Radius to 40 px and leave the Rotation to 0 degrees. Then, hit Apply.
Now, turn the Glow layer back on. Set the Opacity of this layer to 30%.
Click on the fx (Layers Effect) icon. Select the Inner Glow effect. Set the Blend Mode to Color Dodge, Opacity to 30%, and the Color to white.
Next, click the Outer Glow effect. Go to the Color and select the RGB Hex Sliders. Enter the following hex code #0080F9. Then, set the Blend Mode to Color Dodge, Opacity to 100%, Radius to 50 px, and the Intensity to 50%.
Now, turn on the Luminosity layer in the Layers Panel. Then, change the Blend Mode of this layer to Luminosity.
Next, click the Add Pixel Layer icon in the Layers Panel. Go to the Swatches Panel and select the Black 50% color. The hex code for this color is #808080.
With the new layer still selected, go to the Edit menu and select Fill with Primary Color.
Select the filled layer. Then, go to the Filters menu. Click on Colors and select Halftone. Set the Screen to Line, Cell Size to 5, and the Contrast to 40. Hit Apply. This is the scan lines for the hologram effect in Affinity Photo.
Now, resize this layer by dragging the bottom center part to the middle. Then, press CTRL + J to duplicate this layer. Or right click on it and select Duplicate. Hold Shift and drag the duplicated layer down to the bottom half of the image.
After that go to the Layers Panel. Turn off the ninja layers and the curves background layers.
Next, select the two line layers. Right click on the layers and select Merge Visible. Now, delete the original lined layers, and turn the other layers back on.
In the Layers Panel, drag the line layer inside of the Glow layer.
Select the Glow, Luminosity, and the Motion Blur layers in the Layers Panel. Press CTRL + G to group the layers together.
With the group still selected, press CTRL + J to duplicate the group. Label the original group 1 and the duplicated layer 2.
Now, select the second group layer. Click the fx on the Glow layer and go to Inner Glow. Go to Color and set it to #00EFFF. Then, set the Opacity to 100%, Radius to 30 px, and leave the Intensity at 50%.
Next, go to the Outer Glow effect. Select the Color and change it to the follow color #6087FF. Set the Opacity to 80%.
In the Layers Panel, drag the second group below the first layer. Then, decrease the Opacity of the group to 75%.
After that, select the first and second group layers. Next, press CTRL + G to put these groups into one big group.
Now, click the Adjustment icon and select the HSL adjustment. Click the Blue Channel. Then, go to the Hue Shift and set it to 52 degrees. Set the Saturation Shift to 5%.
Next, grab the Paint Brush Tool from the Tools Panel. Go to the Swatches Panel and enter the following hex code #32999A. Take the brush and draw over the feet area. Then, drag this pixel layer below the ninja group layer in the Layers Panel.
With the colored layer still selected, go to the Filters menu. Then, select Blur > Gaussian Blur. Set the Radius to 50 px. After that, set the Blend Mode of this layer to Screen, and lower the Opacity to 70%.
In the Layers Panel, label the pixel layer Ground Glow.
Now, go to the Layers Panel. Click on the Add Pixel Layer to add another new pixel layer.
Grab the Paint Brush Tool again from the Tools Panel.
Congratulations! You now know how to create a hologram effect in Affinity Photo. For more tutorials, check out this article on how to create a 1980s retrowave graphic in Affinity Photo.