Studio Workshops  –  Live and Interactive via ZOOM
•  20-21 April 2024 (AEST)  9.30am to 1.00pm
•  16-17 November 2024 (AEDT)  9.30am to 1.00pm

This workshop can also be time-shifted for anyone unable to attend on the days it is presented, or time zone is too offset to comfortably attend in real time.

This introductory-intermediate workshop explores Affinity Photo as a compelling alternative to Adobe Photoshop. Whether you are adding an advanced compositing application (layers, masks, blending modes, transformations) to an existing workflow or just wanting to ‘get away’ from Photoshop’s confusing inconsistencies and vast contradictory literature, Affinity Photo’s more enlightened, functional and accurate manner is worthy of serious consideration.  It also incorporates advanced Focus, Panoramic and HDR stacking with sophisticated Tone Mapping and a complete 32-bit workflow that supports RGB, HSV, HSL, LAB, CMYK and Greyscale colour models in a fully layer based interface.  And it has perpetual and affordable licensing on MacOS, Windows and iOS (iPad) platforms. Specific topics that have been covered in this workshop include:

Becoming Friends with Affinity Photo
• Do I need Affinity Photo?
• Where does Affinity Photo fit into my workflow?
• Affinity Photo vs Adobe Photoshop – what is gained, what is lost?
• Personas: Navigating Affinity Photo without losing your way
• Integration with other applications

Reasoning with Affinity Photo
• Canvas – Image Layers – Pixel Layers – Alpha Layers – Vector Layers
• Pixel Layers – Selections and Adjustments
• Alpha Layers – Masking and Transparency
• Channels – Composite & Active, Spare Channels & Channel Operations
• Colour Management and Exporting Images

Processing Affinity Photo
• Develop Persona: RAW processing and input camera profiles
• Photo Persona: Adjustment Layers and Live Filter Layers
• Photo Persona: Colour Models – Editing Hue, Saturation and Brightness
• Photo Persona: Exposure Stacking, Focus Stacking, Composition Stacking
• Liquify Persona: Creative Distortion

Editing Affinity Photo
• The famous five colour and density correction fundamentals
• Global Adjustments: Sliders, Curves, Blending Modes
• Local Adjustments: Selections, Masks, Nodes
• Masks: Copying to another Layer
• Masks: Applying to Grouped Adjustments

Compositing Affinity Photo
• Curves: Grey versus RGB versus K versus Ranges (0 -1)
• Blend Ranges: Interactive Masking
• Substituting Luminosity and Blending Curves
• Luminosity Masking, Hue Masking, Saturation Masking
• Working with LUTs

Refining Affinity Photo
• Stacking Images vs Placing Images (Compositing)
• Move Tool: Perspective Enhancements, Stretching, and Filling
• Sharpening: USM, High Pass, Clarity – Blending and Enhancing
• Cloning and Spotting: In Painting Brush, Healing, Batching
• Macros and Presets (Adjustments)

Our video conferencing and remote desktop software allow us to intimately and comprehensively investigate Affinity Photo and how it might contribute to our own workflows.  For Affinity Photo just doesn’t replicate traditional Photoshop processes but profoundly updates and improves upon them.  And while what can be done is impressively refined, what can be imagined and created is profoundly redefined, especially when integrated with histories and theories of visual art that contextualise our expanded aesthetic outcomes.  Affinity Photo is therefore a remarkably important contribution to not only our creative practice, but also the history of digital imaging in the visual arts.

The workshop is supported by a resource rich website with detailed course notes, macros, and videos.

Venue: Interactive Broadcast from Les Walkling’s Studio, Melbourne
Duration: 7+ hours from 9.30am – 1.00pm Saturday & Sunday (AEST/AEDT)
Support: Extensive notes, videos, test forms and workshop HD video recordings
Class Size: Average class size of 6
Cost: AUS $330 including GST per person
More Information: See FAQ (Education)
Bookings: Email

Updated 06 December 2023