The following two courses from Udemy will help you to master Affinity Photo. Affinity Photo is a raster editing software that was created in 2015 by Serif Labs. It is an inexpensive but powerful alternative to Adobe’s Photoshop. In addition, Affinity Photo is compatible with Adobe’s PSD file format. This means that you can open Photoshop files in Affinity Photo. As with Affinity Designer, Serif Labs also created a workbook for Affinity Photo. It shows you how to work the software, and it shows you what you can create with the software.
These courses can help you whether or not you have the Affinity Photo workbook. Also, these courses can help you if you’re looking for extra knowledge in using Affinity Photo.
Jeremy Hazel is a professional graphic designer and owner of 7th Seasons Studio. Phil Ebiner is an online instructor who has courses on things ranging from photography, marketing, and video. He’s the owner of an online business called Video School Online where you can find his courses.
In Jeremy’s and Phil’s course Affinity Photo: A Beginner’s Guide to Photo Compositing, you’ll learn how to create photo composites. A photo composite is a design technique that involves taking elements from a variety of pictures (usually from images that are similar, but they don’t have to be) and putting them together (using photo editing software) to create a new picture. The elements that form the new picture gives the illusion that they were all from the same image.
Within this course, some of the composites you’ll create are a landscape composite (which consists of four different images), a rose growing out of concrete, a black and white composition, and more. Also, throughout the course, there are composition challenges that you complete where you use the knowledge you’ve gained in the course to create a composite of your own. For example, one of the challenges is for a song lyric where you take a lyric from a song and visually show what that lyric means to you. The song I used was Sade’s The Big Unknown. The lyric I chose says “I feel I’m falling in the big unknown.” You can see the composite I created for the lyric below.
In addition to learning how to create photo composites, you’ll learn how to use the Affinity Photo software. You’ll learn how to use adjustment layers such as color, lighting, and curves to unify the colors in your images. Moreover, Jeremy Hazel shows you how to work with live filter layers. Some of those layers are Noise layer (makes grainy effects and rain effects), Clarity layer, Blur layer, and Vignette layer (darkens a photo from the corners of the frame).
Furthermore, you’ll learn how to use the liquify persona and the develop persona. In the liquify persona, you can distort images by rotating, pushing, pulling or reflecting an area of an image to retouch an image. These movements also allow you to add warp effects to an image. In the develop persona, you can edit RAW images (images that have not been processed). Then, you would add your other editing adjustments in the Photo persona.
Simon Foster has been a designer for over twenty-five years working with clients from all over the world. In addition, Simon has been a teacher, and he ran a design business. In Simon’s course Affinity Photo: Beginner to Pro via Reference and Workflow, you’ll learn how to develop and enhance photos using the Affinity Photo software. Also, you will learn about different workflows you can use to enhance your photos. Simon divides the course into two main sections: the workflow section and the reference section. Within the workflow section, there are lessons on developing images from a RAW file (which are images that have not been processed), developing landscape images, and developing portraits.
In the reference section, Simon teaches you about the tools inside of Affinity Photo, and he shows you when and why you should use the different tools. With these videos, you’ll learn everything from opening and saving files, layers, adjustment layers, filters, live filters, dodge and burn tools, liquify persona, tone mapping persona, and so much more.
After completing these courses, you will know how to master Affinity Photo. In addition, you will know how to use the tools in Affinity Photo and why you’re using them. Additionally, you will walk away with the knowledge of how to create composite photos (which is an in-demand skill). Moreover, you will know how to professionally edit your photos.
If you like these courses on how to master Affinity Photo, then check out this article on courses to help you master Affinity Designer.