Paint Splatter Effect – Affinity Photo Tutorial

Today we’re going to take this woman and
apply the paint splatter effect. Hello and welcome to an Affinity
Revolution tutorial. Today we’ll be learning how to use the paint splatter
effect. This effect will work on any photo, but if you’d like to follow along
with me I’ve included a download link in the description for the image I’ll be
using. The first thing we’re going to do is select our Rectangle Tool, which is
this blue box, and then drag a rectangle over our image. Now we’re going to take
this rectangle and drag it underneath our background image. Now we’re going to
add a new pixel layer by pressing on this button down here, and then drag our
pixel layer to the top of the layer stack. We’re now going to begin painting
on our new pixel layer. To begin painting we need to select our brush tool, which
is this tool over here, or you can press the letter B (B for brush) and then we’re
going to come to the top right and select brushes. From here we’re going to
change it from basic to texture. You can select any of these textures that you
like, but I like Grunge 5. From here it’s as simple as painting wherever you
want the paint splatter effect to be applied. So I’ll click and drag, painting
on her face a little bit, and then drag and paint around the rest of her body. Maybe I’ll paint some out here, and over here, and
here. This is where you can really get your creative juices pumping, and paint
wherever you want, whatever you think looks good for your image. But for this
video I’ll keep it brief and finish my painting there. Now we just need to take
our background image and drag it underneath are painted pixel layer. Now we’re going to come to our
Adjustments (this circle) and then select Black and White. You can change these
sliders however you want. I think I’m going to make my reds and yellows a
little bit darker. Okay, that looks great to me. I will
exit out of that, and now we just need to come click on our rectangle layer and
press Command+J, J for jump, and this will duplicate our rectangle. With this new
one we’re going to drag it to the top of our layer stack and then apply a
gradient to it. We can do this by coming to our Gradient Tool (this colorful
circle) and then clicking and dragging a line across our rectangle. This has
applied a white to grey gradient, which is pretty boring, so let’s make it a
little more colorful, which we can do by clicking on this box and then clicking
on the color box and choosing whatever color you want. I’m going to make mine
purple. Then select this gray circle and press on its color box and then
change this to whatever color you want. I’m going to make this one, hmmm… maybe a green.That looks pretty good. When you’re satisfied with your color, just
press on this box again and it will remove the window. All we need to do
is come change the blend mode from Normal to Overlay. Perfect, that is
looking great! As a finishing touch we’re going to come to our Adjustments
and apply a Brightness and Contrast adjustment layer. I’m going to make mine
a little bit darker and a little more contrasted, and then exit out of that. I
think that gives the image a nice pop. And with that we are done! Enjoy your new paint splatter effect. I hope you enjoyed today’s tutorial, be
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next Affinity Revolution tutorial.


  • Michael Wall

    Thank you, this is so helpful?

  • Jimi Wexler

    Of all the tutorials I've seen on affinity, this is by far the best! Keep up the good work!

  • Matthew Obee

    That's great, thanks

  • unknown man

    This is GREAT !

  • Caroline Paige

    Brilliant. Thanks for taking your time to explain. Really chuffed, thanks

  • Alberto Ciceri

    wow thx you really gave me a very good perspective about this app. At the beggining when i purchesd the app and i tried it i thought i wasted my money but it turns out, thx to you that this app is great! thx Affinity Revolution 😉

  • Flavio Ferraz

    It seems that the betha version for windows has some differences, but I followed your tutorial and I could do an amazing job! Thanks a lot!

  • Sai Nikhil

    WOW !! I love this video this is just awesome.
    i would like to see more of your editing videos.
    i learned to edit with affinity in 3 daysn with your editing tutorial.
    Thanks a lot!

  • Airborne Works

    nice thanks!!

  • Jesse MacDonough

    This is so cool, yet so simple to do! Thank you for the tutorial.

  • Daniel Sima

    I can't thank you enough for what you do keep it up brother we great work ?

  • linda1541

    I would love to see a tutorial of this on the iPad. I just the app for my iPad.

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  • Thomas Tessier

    Had everything working until the "Command J", does nothing for me in Windows 10 if I hit CTRL J, it just adds another rectangle box. Is "Command J" a command for Macs? What is the equivalent for Windows?

  • Jordan

    When i go to click overlay it doesnt change like yours does? how do i fix it

  • Ben G

    great video, and cool technique! But I have a question. What is exactly happening when you drag the pixel layer under the painted layer? Did it create a mask of some sort?

  • Malachi Clark

    I don't know what is wrong, but my pixel layer is not working. If I "paint" on the layer, nothing shows up. But I am able to paint directly onto the background image.

  • Silvia

    I can’t figure out why following the same steps on Photo iPad does not shield same results. Right before I get to adding the B&H adjustment is already different, all I see is my painting but not the woman. When I checked similar tutorial for iPad, the steps are different. Shouldn’t it be the same ?

  • Michael Huddlestone

    Great Tutorial except when I am doing the gradient overlay, it doesn't come through in my image. I followed the exact same steps with the same picture used in this Tutorial and it works perfectly yet when I follow the exact same steps the gradient colour doesn't come through
    Any ideas why?

  • adepto_verity

    So simple and very effective! Thank you for sharing 🙂

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  • Seb Julien

    I just don't understand why this guy doesn't have more subscribers than this. If my teachers when I was younger would all been teaching like him I would be a genius today. He is concise, logical, clear and simple, I can't stop watching his videos. I will probably subscribe to his online course

  • Stanislav Zolotarev

    Very niceeee

  • squigglewacks

    This is awesome, but I'm having a hard time making the background an alpha. When I get rid of the white rectangle it makes the background a gradient.

  • David Loftus

    how do I get rid of dust spots in my sky?

  • Ajuda Eu

    Verey good man 🙂



  • David Joy

    This does not work for me,when I grab the painted layer under the pixel layer all I see is the paint and no image

  • Kim Dinh

    Wow! Again this was such an easy and creative tutorial! How do you even come up with those ideas? 🙂
    Thanks for sharing this!


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