How do I create dreamlike portraits in Affinity Photo, and what kind of lights do GVM take good-looking portraits

Transform portrait images into bold polygonal patterns with macros in Affinity Photo

Some image effects take just a few seconds to create, but often those that require more work are more valuable. In this project, we will learn how to transform portraits into a series of striking geometric shapes.
Unfortunately, we can’t just run filters on images; We must create each individual polygon shape. However, this makes the overall impression completely unique, rather than the generic look you often see when using filters.
Each triangle of the face and hair here had to be drawn by hand, which took time and patience. Thankfully, we have a way to speed up the process.
Macros are a handy Affinity Photo feature that allows us to record a set of tasks (much like actions in Photoshop CC). This means that we can make a macro for a repetitive edit sequence and then apply that sequence again with a single click. We first made a triangle with the pen tool, then blurred the area and added an internal glow effect. Every step we take is recorded in the macro. Once done, we can use the pen Tool to move the triangle to a different position and then click Play on the macro to repeat the sequence.
Covering your face can take an hour, but it’s a good focus task that can be easily accomplished while watching TV or listening to a podcast, and the Angle result is worth the effort.

01 Make a triangle

Open the portrait and grab the pen tool. Click four times to make a triangle on the cheek. Go to the fill box in the options and select any color you want to fill. Double-click on the layer name and name it “Pen shape”. Go to Window > Studio > Macro and click the Record button.

02 Fuzzy Area

Hold Cmd/Ctrl and click on the Shape layer to load the selection, then click on the background layer and press Cmd/Ctrl + J to copy the selection to the new layer. Go to Arrange > Move to the front and rename the layer to “Triangle”. Go to Filter > Blur > Average.

03 Complete macro recording

Click the FX button in the Layers panel and select Inner Glow. Set the blend mode to Multiply, select gray and set the opacity to 20%, radius to 5px, intensity to 0, and click OK. Press Cmd/Ctrl + D to deselect and click on the Pen Shape layer. Press the stop button in the macro panel.

04 Reposition the shape

Get the node tool from the toolbar. Click a point on the triangle and drag it to another location, then click the Play button in the macro panel to repeat the process to create the second triangle. Continue making triangles in this way to create a polygon effect.

05 Set up

Use macro and node tools to draw triangles to cover topics. Try to keep triangles in areas of similar color. Use larger triangles for smooth areas such as the cheeks and smaller triangles for details such as the eyes. Everyone should meet the person next to them on the corner.

06 finish it

Cover the whole theme and then make more shapes for the background. Once done, do it by enhancing color and contrast. Add HSL adjustments and increase saturation, then use brightness and/or contrast adjustments to increase contrast.

GVM lighting for good portrait photography

GVM-1500D is a powerful and practical RGB full-color photography light
Power up to 56W, can also install folding and diffuser,
Avoid excess light, make the light softer,
Custom control of fill light makes it easy to get the results you want.
Optional grille softbox also available
After installation, the light effect can be softened, gathered,
Aluminum alloy has a solid structure and efficient heat dissipation
Therefore, it can provide stable and consistent high output for a long time during the service life.
And GVM-1500D has a lightweight and portable design
The dimensions are 270x418x40 mm and the weight is only 1.55kg
Suitable for live broadcast/outdoor/studio photography etc.

Specifications

Lumen:27000lux/0.5m(1.64foot)
               11000lux/1m(3.28foot)

Power:75W

lamp beads:1128

Product Size:270*418*40mm

Product Weight: 1.55KG

Color temperature : 3200K~5600K

Reason to buy

  • Update Simulate Scene Modes
  • APP Intelligent Control System
  • RGB 1500D support master and Slave control mode
  • Two Power Supply Options

This is an excellent Cool LED video light,The GVM-520S LED video light with 520 LED beads can emit brighter light than other LED video lights with fewer LED beads, high CRI & TLCI 97+ can make the saturation of pictures look fuller and more beautiful, U-shaped bracket can support 360°rotation and the lifespan of GVM-520LS LED video light is 70000 hours.

Specifications

Lumen:18500lux/0.5m(1.64foot)
               4200lux/1m(3.28foot)

Power:30W

lamp beads:1128

Product Size:310x320x55mm

Product Weight: 1.87KG

Color temperature : 3200K~5600K

Reason to buy

  • Better Luminous Effect:the GVM-520S LED video light with 520 LED beads can emit brighter light than other LED video light with fewer LED beads, high CRI & TLCI 97+ can make the saturation of pictures look fuller and more beautiful, U-shaped bracket can support 360°rotation and the lifespan of GVM-520LS LED video light is 70000 hours.
  • Built-in LCD display: LCD panel shows brightness from 10% to 100% and color temperature from 3200K to 5600K readings which make the light look more natural, let you operate easily, and work more efficiently.
  • 4 memory buttons: GVM LED video light can collect and memorize four different groups of color temperature and brightness. If you want to use the same color temperature and brightness, you can use it to reduce your time.
  • One light controls multiple slave lights: you can control the brightness and color temperature of many slaves’ LED video lights through the master video light at the same time.