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In this tutorial, you’ll learn how to create a levitation effect in Affinity Photo. Before you begin the levitation effect in Affinity Photo tutorial, go to the following links and download the images used in the tutorial.
First, go to File > Open and select the image of the woman you downloaded. Click the Lock icon in the Layers Panel to unlock the image.
Next, grab the Selection Brush Tool. Take the brush and make a selection of the woman. Press the ] key to increase the size of the brush and the [ key to decrease the size of the brush. If you select an area that you didn’t want to select, press the Alt key and go back over the area to deselect it.
Once you’ve made the selection, hit the Refine button in the Context Toolbar. When the Refine Selection menu box appears, go to the Output Section. Select New layer with mask. Then, hit Apply. Turn the original image off.
Now, go to File > Open and select the landscape image you downloaded. Then, go back to the image of the woman. Copy the woman and paste her onto the landscape image.
Grab the Move Tool. Next, go to the Transform Panel and click on the Lock Aspect Ratio. Take the Move Tool, resize the woman, and place her where you see her on the screen.
With the woman layer selected, press CTRL + J to duplicate the layer. Turn the original image off.
In the Layers Panel, click the Adjustments icon and select the Curves Adjustments. Make sure this layer is inside of the duplicated layer. Now, click and add a point in the center and drag it up some.
Select the original image and turn it on in the Layers Panel. With the image still selected, right-click and select Transform > Flip Vertical. After that, hold the Shift key. Then, drag this layer down to the area you see on the screen.
With the original image still selected, go to the Filters menu. Select Blur > Gaussian Blur. Set the Radius to 45 px.
Next, go to the Layers Panel. Set the Blend Mode of the reflected blurred layer to Subtract. Then, lower the Opacity to 65%.
After that, go to the Layers Panel again. Click the Add Pixel Layer to add a new layer.
Now, go to the Color Panel. Double-click on the Fill color to bring up the Color Picker. Enter the following hex code #7E8BF3.
Next, set the Blend Mode of this layer to Overlay and lower the Opacity to 40%.
Click the Adjustments icon in the Layers Panel. Select the Recolor Adjustment. Set the Hue to 35 degrees, Saturation to 72%, and Lightness to -10%.
Congratulations, this tutorial is complete! You now know how to create a levitation effect in Affinity Photo.
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