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Hi there,

I have 3 branding colors (1 main accent, one near white and one near black).
In my video editor I found an option to set a different color for the light and the dark tone independently.
So I set 2 of my colors, set the saturation and the intensity each to 50% - voila, loved the result.

Now I want to do the same to my photos for branding reasons.
So I tried all the options I could find (including the colorize function with the 2 sepia presets) but didn't get really close.
How can I do this in Affinity Photo?

Thanky ou for your help,

PS: My exact colors are

  • vintage white: #FCF9F2 / 252 249 242 (instead of plain white)
  • beige: #DEB887  /  222 184 135
  • dark brown (instead of plain black): #35211D / 53 33 29.


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A further suggestion - convert the image to greyscale, adjust brightness and contrast to give a 'punchy' black and white image, convert back to RGB, then apply a Gradient Map.

Don't use the "Lighter Colour" and "Darker Colour" blend modes. Use a single Gradient Map, with the blend mode set to Normal, with your darker colour set to the left-hand end and your lighter colour set to the right-hand end.

I've attached an .afphoto file with the history saved and using your two colours - hope it's close to what you want.



ADD: To explain a little further - the Gradient Map adjustment maps the left-hand blob (your brown) to the darkest (black) pixels in the original, and the right-hand blob (your beige) maps to the lightest (white) pixels. Pixels with intermediate tones (greys) map to the intermediate tones in the gradient map. That's why I would suggest converting to greyscale and adjusting brightness and contrast - the more contrast in the original, the better the sepia-toned image will appear. If there are no blacks in your original, there will be no dark browns in the sepia-toned version. Likewise with whites.



Edited by h_d
Added a bit of explanation.

Affinity Photo 2.0.3,  Affinity Designer 2.0.3, Affinity Publisher 2.0.3, Mac OSX 13, 2018 MacBook Pro 15" Intel.

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@David in Яuislip @Dan C @h_d  Thanks again to everybody! I had to fiddle with the opacity in the Gradient Map, now I am really satisfied with the result! 🙂

Final question: Where can I fine tune the saturation? I didn't find that knob / option.



Affinity Gradient Map with 3 points, 50% Opacity


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