Learn how to apply the Orton Effect in Affinity Photo to achieve the best effect possible as well as smaller file sizes. By combining the Layers created for the effect into a single Layer file sizes can remain small when saving images as TIFFs or in other formats that support Layers. But most importantly, this approach avoids crushing shadow detail to maintain the most natural effect possible.
The Orton Effect works well for all sorts of images, but it’s mostly used in landscape photography to enhance the sense of atmosphere in the scene. By combining blurred and sharp Layers, the Orton Effect adds a slightly blurred quality to images while maintaining perfect sharpness.
How to apply the Orton Effect in Affinity Photo
Orton Effect before & after images
In this image you can see the before on the left and the effect at 75% on the right. In normal situations it’s best to apply the Orton Effect between 20-35% depending on the image, but here it has been set higher to make it easier to see the before and after.
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