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  1. This is a short tutorial for Affinity Photo that shows you the steps for creating a frosted glass effect. The finished effect created in Affinity Photo can be used and edited in Affinity Designer. 1. Deselect all layers. 2. Click the "Live Filters" icon in the Layers panel, and choose Gaussian Blur from the list. Move the slider so that the effect is visible. 3. Create a shape, it must be filled with color, it can be vector or raster. This shape will be the silhouette of the frosted glass. 4. In the Layers panel, drag the "shape" layer onto the "Gaussian Blur" layer icon so that a small vertical bar appears on the layer icon. Thus, the shape will limit the effect, i.e. the shape will be a mask for the blur effect. Tip: For the effect to work properly on the artboard in Affinity Designer, the artboard must have a background as a vector or raster non-transparent layer, or just apply color to the artboard. Also, the "Preserve Alpha" option must be enabled in the blur effect settings. Example files: Blur.afdesign Blur_Artboard.afdesign Video tutorial: Blur.mp4 -
  2. This is the time of year that Amaryllis (aka Hippeastrum) bulbs burst into flower. This is the second flower from one bulb. The first has rather gone over and the third is not quite open. I photographed this full face using 13 images in a stack, focusing on the tip of the stigma and progressively down into the throat of the flower. I found that using the jpegs resulted in the white parts of the petals being rather blown out, so I used the original raw (awr) files. Using the merge, I cropped it, then duplicated it and made a selection of the flower itself and deleted it. I then inverted the selection and applied a Layer > New Live Filter > Blur > Gaussian Blur with Preserve Alpha selected. Restoring the flower from the bottom layer gave the finished image. John
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