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I'm trying to get a blending effect I usually do in Pixelmator Pro ( attached sample ).

I cannot get the same effect in Affinity. Usually, it is just one step. Image and the overlay>lighten.

 

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@PippiL I've worked it out, I accidentally turned the background layer off in pixelmator which showed me why Affinity wasn't working as pixelmator does.

You need to have a white background, when you have a white background Affinity applies the lighten blend mode as pixelmator does, see image below.

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Showing how Pixelmator will display the same as Affinity without the white background.

Without White GB
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With White BG
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Yes, it totally makes sense. Good job. Never paid attention to this :)

The only thing is it seems like I don't have a white background to turn on?

Another thing to figure out.

 

 

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I assume you are using Affinity Photo,{ but you can do the same thing in Affinity Designer) if so you can use a fill layer (main menu at the top of the affinity app)  Layer > New Fill Layer  and fill with white and drag it to the bottom of the layer stack or simply create a rectangle filled with white and place it at the bottom of the layer stack.

You can make it easier by assigning a keystroke to create a new fill layer, I've assigned mine to SHIFT + CONTROL + F You can assign keystrokes in Preferences > Keyboard Shortcuts: see image below.

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