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Does anyone know how to get this effect with Affinity?

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Welcome to the Serif Affinity Forums, David. :)

Depending on your starting point, you may find that the ‘Posterize’ function is all you need. Please upload your original image if you would like more detailed help.


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11 hours ago, Medical Officer Bones said:

It is drawn, either digitally or on paper (or a combination).

Agreed, that is what I think I'm seeing too, particularly when looking at the textured washes in the background and the purple shirt when combined with the thick outlines and the pencil-shading on the mask.

More specialized digital artwork programs such as Corel Painter have features that are much more suitable to a task like this than is a photo manipulation program such as Affinity Photo (tracing paper, surface textures, natural media brushes, etc.), but even then this would be much more of a manual effort rather than an automatic effect of some sort.

The "next best" thing might be a carefully tailored "comic book" type filter; there are a few in Filter Forge that might be able to give you something useful if you spend some time playing with it, but I don't think you will find something to match that "effect" quite exactly without putting in some manual effort.

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You might get some success using this macro, which I've linked below. It is called "Graphic Novel Effect" and creates a treatment similar to the image you posted. As an example, I downloaded a photo (from Unsplash), desaturated it by 85%, and applied the Graphic Novel macro. I tweaked the settings a bit, but here's the result:

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