Bleach bypass effect in Affinity Photo

How to apply a bleach bypass effect in Affinity Photo

Learn how to apply a bleach bypass effect in Affinity Photo to boost contrast, accentuate texture and to subtly desaturate your images. The technique works well for all types of photography, and by controlling the overall strength the result can vary dramatically.

The bleach bypass effect desaturates images, boosts contrast and accentuates texture. The technique comes from the days of film and was used mostly in moviemaking but could also be applied to transparency film for stills photography. It was achieved during transparency film processing the bleach stage was missed out, or bypassed. So here’s how to apply a bleach bypass effect in Affinity Photo.

How to apply a bleach bypass effect in Affinity Photo

Bleach bypass before & after

The left half of the image is the original, while the right half shows the beach bypass effect at 100%.

How to apply a bleach bypass effect in Affinity Photo


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