In today’s tutorial, we will create a pop out effect in Affinity Photo. This effect creates an illusion where a person or an object is popping out of a photo.
Before you start, go to the following links and download the images.
In Affinity Photo, go to File > Open and select the image of the man on a skateboard.
Next, grab the Selection Brush tool from the Tools Panel. Make sure you’re in the Add mode and that the Snap to Edges is checked.
Now, take the Selection Brush and select all of the man and the skateboard. Next, switch to the Subtract mode if you need to (if you happen to select more than just the man and the skateboard).
Select Refine in the Context toolbar. Set the Output in the Refine Selection box to New Layer. Then, hit Apply.
In the Layers Panel, name this new layer Man.
Go to File > Open and select the TV image (this should open in another tab).
On the TV image tab, grab the Rectangle tool from the Tools Panel. Draw a rectangle that covers the TV screen.
Go to the Context toolbar and set the Corner to Rounded. Set the Corner percentage to 3%.
With the rectangle selected, go to the Color Panel and turn the white and black colors off.
Go back to the image with the man. In the Layers panel, turn the Man layer off and turn the Background layer on. Select the lock icon that’s on the Background layer to unlock it.
Grab the Inpainting Brush Tool from the Tools Panel. Make sure you have the Background layer selected.
Now, take the brush and select the man and the skateboard. Keep selecting the man and the skateboard until they’ve been removed from the image.
Right-click on the background image and select Copy. Go to the TV image. In the Layers Panel, select the rectangle. Go to the Toolbar and select Insert Inside the Selection.
With the rectangle still selected, right-click on the TV screen and select Paste to paste the background image inside of the rectangle.
Make sure the Background image is selected and arrange the image inside of the rectangle as you see below.
Switch back to the tab with the man image. In the Layers Panel, right-click on the Man layer and select Copy.
Go back to the TV image. Right-click on the image and select Paste.
In the Layers Panel, make sure that the Man layer is on top and that you turn the layer back on. Arrange the man the way you see him in the picture.
In the Layers Panel, select the Man layer. Go to the Layers Effect in the Layers Panel.
Select the Outer Shadow effect and set it to the following properties. Opacity = 50% , Radius = 15 px , Offset = 14 px , and Intensity = 25%.
Congratulations! The pop out effect in Affinity Photo tutorial is complete! If you liked this tutorial, check out some more Affinity Photo tutorials.