Affinity Photo 101: Master The Develop Persona

Get the best from your raw images with Affinity Photo's powerful raw processing tools
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  • Lectures 40
  • Length 2 hours
  • Skill Level Beginner Level
  • Languages English
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Published 11/2015 English

Course Description


  • Want to improve your photos but feel intimidated by the complexity of photo editing software like Affinity Photo, Photoshop & Lightroom?
  • Upgraded to a DSLR and want to do more than just click on filters?
  • Want to learn how to use Affinity Photo but didn’t know where to start or what the tools do?

In this introductory course to Affinity Photo we’ll take you from absolute photo editing beginner to savvy Affinity Photo user!

You’ll learn the fundamentals of Affinity Photo's Develop Persona — from navigating the interface, personas and the canvas; to bringing out the best in your raw images using:

  • basic image adjustments like exposure, contrast, clarity, saturation, vibrance, shadows and highlights;
  • cleanup tools like noise reduction, chromatic aberration and defringe, red-eye removal and blemish removal;
  • tonal adjustment and toning tools like curves, black and white, and split toning.

Don’t know what all those words mean? Then this is the course for you!


This course is designed for anyone just starting out with editing images in professional editing software:

We’ve made the course so it is simple to follow. This course will guide you through through the powerful image-editing tools available in Affinity photo, and you’ll see how we can use each of them to enhance our photos.

Along the way you’ll also learn best practices and potential gotchas, so it’s easy for you to enhance your photos, instead of struggling with options and feeling confused about why things don’t work.

You’ll learn how to:

  1. Navigate the Affinity Photo interface: personas, toolbars, panels, and the canvas.
  2. Work with images, including resizing, cropping, etc.
  3. Use the Develop Persona to get the best from your raw images.
  4. Learn fundamental image editing concepts such as: non-destructive editing, tonal distribution with the histogram, clipping, resizing and resampling, DPI, and more.



We have updates planned for this course, and if there is major content added we likely will increase the price too. But if you buy now you will lock in the current price, and any additional content or updates will be included free.

We're also always listening to what you need so once you sign up you'll get access to a student-only e-mail address where you contact us for help, or to show us the great work you've done!


Affinity Photo Tips and Udemy want to make sure you only get what's useful to you, so there's a 30-Day Money Back Guarantee on any courses you purchase.


What are the requirements?

  • A Mac with Affinity Photo installed (trial or full version)
  • Basic computer skills on a Mac
  • Recommended: Your own images to practice with, preferably raw format

What am I going to get from this course?

  • Get the best out of your camera's raw images using Affinity Photo's Develop Persona
  • Understand and use basic image adjustments like Exposure, Contrast, Vibrance, etc.
  • Make advanced tonal adjustments using Black & White and Split Toning
  • Deal with image issues like noise, distortion, chromatic aberration and red-eye
  • Learn basic concepts in photo editing and retouching

Who is the target audience?

  • You're starting out with professional photo editing software, like Affinity Photo or Photoshop
  • You just got your first DSLR and want to get the best out of your images
  • You want to learn the tools and techniques to have more control and create awesome images

What you get with this course?

Not for you? No problem.
30 day money back guarantee.

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Lifetime access.

Learn on the go.
Desktop, iOS and Android.

Get rewarded.
Certificate of completion.


Section 1: Introduction

Welcome to Affinity Photo 101, what to expect, and how to get the most from the course.

Don't forget to check out the list of resources below!

Section 2: The Interface

In this lecture we'll learn about the major parts of the Affinity Photo interface: the Tools on the left, the Toolbar and Tool options along the top, as well as the various Panels on the right.


Now we're learn to work with the canvas: that's the area in the middle of the app where we'll be working with our image. We'll learn how to zoom in and out of our image, and move it around in the window so that we can work with our image.

We'll cover tools such as the Zoom Tool and View Tool, as well as how to use the various keyboard shortcuts. Practice those shortcuts so you can become a true Affinity Photo ninja!

Quiz: The Interface
9 questions
Section 3: Working With Images & The Canvas

When editing our images, we always want to crop the image in a way that looks the more pleasing and complementary to our subject. Learn how to use the Crop Tool to trim your image to various popular dimensions, or to a specific pixel size that you require.


Resizing your image is something you'll probably need to do often so you can optimise your image for various uses like viewing on your mobile phone, on screen, and also for printing.

Learn about the different Resampling modes and which ones are the best to use in most situations.


Confused by what DPI does? In this lecture we'll talk about what DPI is, and when it is relevant.

Here's the good news: you will not have to worry about it if you're only viewing your image on screens. :)


We can also resize our canvas!

What's the canvas? Well, if you imagine that your image is lying on an imaginary blank canvas, then resizing the canvas will not change the pixel size of the image, but will instead change the size of the canvas it is lying on.

This is useful if you want to increase the canvas size so you can drop in another image. But remember that if you change the canvas size to one that is *smaller* than your image, then your image will get cropped off as well!

Image & Canvas Resizing Quiz
6 questions
Practice: Crop and Resize
Section 4: Develop Persona: Basic Tab

Let's find out what raw images are, why photographers love to work with them, and what the downsides are!


Learn how Exposure and White Balance affect our raw image. These two controls are the most basic and are probably the two that you want to work with first when developing your raw images.


Not fond of the White Balance slider? Find it hard to get the right balance?

Learn how to use the White Balance Tool to speed up your workfow.


Now's a great time to look at some panels that can help s do a better job in tweaking our images.

The Histogram and Clipping Overlays are essential for us to be able to get the best out of our raw images, and allow us to see image characteristics that are otherwise "invisible" to us.


Now let's look at other basic settings that help us to enhance the colour and the tonal balance in our image.

We'll look at the Shadows & Highlights Tools, which are indispensable for getting the right among of detail in those respective areas.

Contrast and Clarity are contrast-focused tools; which means they help us control the differences between the "light" and "darks" in our image.

Saturation and Vibrance, on the other hand, allow us to work with the intensity of colours in our image. Find out how they are different and when you should use each of them!

Develop Persona Quiz 1 - Basic Adjustments
8 questions
Practice: Basic Image Adjustments
Section 5: Develop Persona: Details Tab & Lens Tab

Noise Reduction does what it says — it removes both colour and luminance noise from our image. Find out the difference between the two and how to identify each type in your image. This is very useful especially for image that have been shot in low light using high ISO settings and/or long exposures. Watch out for too much noise reduction though!

Detail refinement (commonly called "sharpening") enhances the detail in our image so that it looks crisp and clear. Learn a quick and easy trick to get sharpening right quickly, especially if you're just starting out.


Learn how to use Distortion and Len Correction to work with distracting distortions and "unaligned" vertical or horizontal lines in your image. This might be caused by the lens used, or sometimes by the angle at which we shot the image.


Chromatic aberration is common especially among smaller cameras (which have smaller sensors), or cheaper lenses. Learn how to quickly remove these with the Chromatic Aberration tool in the Develop Persona.


This is similar to the Chromatic Aberration tool, but gives us finer control over the result.

Watch the video to also learn about some situations where it will NOT work so well.


Vignetting is the darkening of the edges of your image. They can be caused naturally by your lens, or can be added for artistic effect.

Learn how to work with both: correct for natural lens vignetting using the Remove Lens Vignette Tool, and learn how to use the Post-Crop Vignette Tool to *add* a vignette to your final cropped image.

Develop Persona Quiz 2 - Lens Correction & Details Tools
8 questions
Practice: Enhancing Your Photos
Section 6: Develop Persona: Tones Tab

Now we learn how to use more advances controls to tweak the tonal values in our image.

The Curves Tool is one of the most powerful tools we have for manipulating our image, but is extremely intuitive once you learn how it works. In this lecture we'll show you how.


Monochrome images (or "black and white images") are give a classy and artistic look. Here's how you can use the Develop Persona's built in Black & White Conversion Tool to convert your raw image directly to monochrome.

Learn how to use the powerful colour controls to adjust exactly how your image is converted!


Split Toning is a great way to introduce a "look" or "feel" to your images, by applying different colour tones to the highlight and shadow values in our image. It's useful as a way of reproducing "retro" looks, or simply just adding your own artistic interpretation to your image, by tweaking the tonal balance of the image. Powerful!


Now that you understand the individual tools, we'll have a look at how the 3 types of tonal tools "stack" and interact with each other. We'll show you which are applied FIRST so you'll know how adjusting one will affect the others.

Develop Persona Quiz 3 - Tonal Adjustments
5 questions
Practice: Tonal Magic
Section 7: Develop Persona: Overlays Tab & Other Tools

From tonal control in your image, we now learn how to control *where* your tweaks are applied in your image.

We'll show you how to use overlays to "paint' various adjustment only to certain parts of your image. Also look out for which tools you can use with overlays and which you can't.


We'll round out the Develop Persona by learning about 2 tools that will help you correct common image issues: the Red Eye Removal and Blemish Removal Tools! Remove scary-looking red-eye that appear when you shoot images with direct flash, and also unsightly blemishes and pimples.

We'll also have a quick look at the Crop Tool in the Develop Persona (because you already know this from the Photo Persona right? :)

Developer Persona Quiz 4 - Overlays & Correction Tools
5 questions
Practice: Red-Eye & Blemishes
Section 8: Saving & Exporting Images

We'll have a quick look at the Save and Save As options and how they work in Affinity Photo.

Look out for how saving in Affinity Photo works slightly differently than other apps: you can only save to .afphoto with the save option.


Learn how to quickly export your images to JPEG using the Export option in the File menu.

Section 9: Export Persona & Using Slices

Before we go into the details, let's have a quick look at the interface of the Export Persona.


Similar to the previous lecture on exporting a JPEG using the Export menu option, we'll do the same thing here, this time in the Export Persona. Look out for the differences!


Here we'll walk through the various options when exporting PNGs, and what they do.

Here we'll walk through the various options when exporting JPEGs, and what they do.
Here we'll walk through the various options when exporting TIFFs, and what they do.

Learn to work with Presets in the Export Persona to save your favourite settings for future use.


Slices are a powerful way to export multiple parts of your image at the same time. We'll learn how to do that in this lecture, including one gotcha that you should look out.


More types of slices?! Yup. Layer slices give us even more control over the slices that we can create! Learn how in this lecture.


The Export Persona is great for exporting multiple images at once, but you can also work with individual exports.

We'll also look at Continuous Export, which makes it easy for us to always have a ready copy of our output file while we edit our image!

8 questions

Quiz covering saving and exporting your images, and the Export Persona.

Practice: Save & Export Your Image

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