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Trying to do the same thing in Designer and Photo.

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I’ve created a simple composite in Designer on my iPad. A photo of a person wearing glasses. I selected the lens part of the glasses with the pen tool, and have inserted new images to replace the lenses by doing a ‘insert behind’. Simple.

I can’t figure out how to do this in Photo. I can do the selection with the pen tool, and even convert it to a selection on a new layer if that’s what I need to do, but then what?

Although the Designer version is fine, I was hoping the app that’s supposed to be a competitor to Photoshop would be more cut out to do this.

Im sure I’m missing something, but can’t figure it out. 

Thanks for any tips/help. I’m still very new to these apps.




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9 hours ago, Dave_bass5 said:

I can’t figure out how to do this in Photo.

Simple method. Load both photos. (Open and place). Make selection shape on first image (mine is pretty rough, just wanted to show method, but you could refine the selection before outputting). Select reflected image, the second (pixel) layer. Selection shape now relates to selected image. Duplicate selection. Place copied layer above initial image layer. Hide unwanted reflected image layer. Note selections work on pixel layers in photo. So you may need to Rasterize the image. You can play with blend mode too to get a nice reflected effect.


IPad Pro 10.5/512GB   lpadOS 14.4 Apple Pencil (1st gen), Affinity Photo,  Affinity Photo beta1.9, Affinity Design 1.9.3, Affinity Designer beta 1.9.20, still waiting for Publisher for iPad

Download Help files:

Affinity Photo 1.9.2-help.pdf Affinity_Designer_Help_File_1.9.1.zip

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Thanks again, as always very helpful. You can also just create a mask from the selection without needing to duplicate and rasterise the layer. 

The only issue I would have with this method is It’s harder to move the second (top) image around within the selection. I can see how to move the whole selection, and can see how to move just the selection area around the image, so I can reposition it in within the selection, but I then have to move the whole thing back in to pace. With Designer I can scroll the top image around inside the selection without the selection moving if that makes sense. 

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