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Blend two two variations of the same image in order to control background blur


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I have two variants of the same photo; the first image is of a Barred Owl against an extremely cluttered back ground.  In the second image, I masked the owl and applied a heavy application of Gaussian blur to the background resulting in a sharp owl against a very blurred background. My goal is to merge the two images and blend them, in order to adjust the amount of blur in the final image.  I used to be able to accomplish this in CS6, however I cannot make it happen in Affinity Photo (1.6.7) 

 

Is there an Affinity Photo tutorial that describes a method to accomplish my goal?

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If the two variants started out as exactly the same photo, one with Gaussian blur applied to the background and one without, you can simply paste the sharp version as a new layer on top of the blurred version and then reduce its opacity until the desired amount of the blurred version shows through. For a variable effect over different parts of the image you would obviously need to do some masking.

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Affinity Designer/Photo/Publisher for Windows 1.9.2 • Windows 10 Home (4th gen Core i3 CPU)
Affinity Photo for iPad 1.9.2 • Designer for iPad 1.9.2 • iPadOS 14.4.2 (iPad Air 2)

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Been there, done that! Is your method substantially different from what I suggested?

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Affinity Designer/Photo/Publisher for Windows 1.9.2 • Windows 10 Home (4th gen Core i3 CPU)
Affinity Photo for iPad 1.9.2 • Designer for iPad 1.9.2 • iPadOS 14.4.2 (iPad Air 2)

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