Affinity Photo for iPad: How To Remove A Background From An Image

Affinity Photo is only $19.99 (currently) in the App Store:

This is a quick tip on how to remove a background from an image in Affinity Photo for the iPad. This relatively easy to do; but, please keep in mind that some images/photos will be a tad more difficult, and require a bit more work to get the background removed completely. I may do a more in-depth tutorial on how to remove the background from a more detailed photo at a later date. For now, this is just a basic tutorial on how to remove a background from a simple image, with a nice dark black outline!

iPad Pro Smart Cover (10.5")

iPad Pro (10.5”) Smart Cover from Apple

I decided to grab a Smart Cover for my iPad Pro today, I have always had a Smart Cover for every iPad I have owned, starting with the iPad 2, and I have always liked them!

This is a simple cover that will help protect your iPad from scratches, it will not protect it from drops, in most cases —no pun intended. You can pick up a Smart Cover on Amazon, or in an Apple Store. There are 7 colors to choose from: Mist Blue, Pollen, Flamingo, White, Pink Sand, Midnight Blue, and Charcoal Gray (which is what I bought).

“This beautiful Smart Cover protects your iPad Pro screen. Open it and your iPad Pro wakes up. Close it and it goes to sleep. Available in a variety of colors that match your other Apple accessories.”

Buy a Smart Cover on Amazon: ($49.99)

ProCase Sleeve for iPad Pro

ProCase Sleeve for 10.5" iPad Pro, on sale starting at $10.99:

My iPad Pro Amazon Haul Video:

As I said in my Apple Leather Sleeve video, there are plenty of cheap options for a sleeve for the iPad Pro, this ProCase sleeve is a perfect example of that. It will protect your iPad in the same manner you will pay a small fraction of the price!

Take my word for it, this sleeve is worth every bit of the $12 or so you will pay for it! Free shipping with Amazon Prime too!

Case Specs:

  • Internal dimension: 10.24" x 6.89". Compatible with 9 - 10.1 Inch tablet: 9.7" Apple iPad Pro (also fit with Smart Keyboard), iPad Pro 10.5 Inch, iPad Air 2, iPad Air and Galaxy Tab S2 9.7" tablet.
  • Premium quality felt exterior and flannel interior provide great protection against dust, scratches and bumps
  • Slim fit yet practical, light weight yet durable; Velcro secures the closure, keeps tablet tightly in place
  • One large front pocket and two back pockets for documents, cellphone, keys and small devices
  • Built-in an elastic pen holder inside the main compartment for Apple pencil or stylus pen

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Smart Keyboard vs Magic Keyboard and MacBook Pro Keyboard (size comparison)

This video is to show the size differences between the Smart Keyboard for the 10.5" iPad Pro vs. the Apple Magic Keyboard and the keyboard on my 15" MacBook Pro.

I feel the Smart Keyboard is still too small to use for anything long form. It is fine for Twitter, but, for any serious writing, I will probably connect my Apple Magic Keyboard to my iPad Pro and type on that. Of course, this is my personal opinion, so results may vary!

Buy the Smart Keyboard for the 10.5" iPad Pro:

How To Change Text Color In Affinity Photo On The iPad

It is not obvious how to change the text color in Affinity Photo, I really wish the developers would move the color wheel to the text selection panel, or at least link to it from there. The way they have hidden the color wheel is not very intuitive!

Buy Affinity Photo for iPad:

Will the iPad Pro w/ Smart Keyboard fit inside the Leather Sleeve?

Yes, the 10.5" iPad Pro with Smart Keyboard will fit inside the Leather Sleeve. It is snug and it will stretch the leather, so be careful, that Leather Sleeve is expensive.

Buy the Smart Keyboard:

Buy Leather Sleeve on Amazon:
Buy Leather Sleeve from Apple:

Leather Sleeve for iPad Pro (from Apple)

(In the video I said the Leather Sleeve comes in 3 colors, it comes in 4: Brown, Taupe, Black, Navy Blue.)

I like the sleeve, I don't mind paying the price as I know it is a quality leather product. I am not saying it is worth $129, I am saying that I don't mind paying $129 for the Leather Sleeve!

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Affinity Photo for iPad

Affinity Photo is only $19.99 in the App Store:

Affinity Photo is hands down the best photo editing application on the iPad, or any mobile device for that matter. No other mobile app comes as close to a desktop experience as Affinity Photo!

Luminar Neptune - The new Accent AI Filter with Quick & Easy Workspace

Macphun has released a massive update to Luminar, which they are calling Neptune. The main feature of this update is called the Accent AI Filter, and what this filter does is it takes a photo and analyzes different areas of the image; such as the dark and light areas of the image, the structure, colors, and other parameters. The Accent AI Filter will automatically make adjustments to intelligently fine-tune what the image needs to create a stunning photo. Thus, making the work of the non-professional and professionals alike easier with a much more simplified user-interface. The best part is the Accent AI Filter is that it only requires a single slider; slide from the left to the right on the Accent AI Filter and choose the desired amount of the effect and the Accent AI Filter will do the rest.

To simplify the user-interface, Luminar now as a new workspace called Quick & Awesome, which takes advantage of the new Accent AI Filter. This simplifies Luminar so that you don’t feel overwhelmed when you are editing you photos. You are presented with 3 filter options: Accent AI, Saturation/Vibrance, and Clarity. Of course, if you need a more advanced workspace, those options still exist inside of Luminar Neptune as well!

“The Accent AI Filter emerged as a ground-breaking way to make perfect images instantly, incorporating the power of dozens of filters into one convenient tool. This is something other photo software is missing; and what’s more important, it’s something that all photographers will greatly benefit from,”

I have been using Luminar Neptune for about two weeks now —with a review version of the application— and I can honestly say this is a terrific update to Luminar. Not only because Luminar now offers a simpler UI for novices; but, also because the Accent AI Filter actually works very well. You can take a photo and let the software do all the hard work, while you only need to make a few minor adjustments to ultimately turn your flat image into a spectacular photo!

Along with the new Quick & Awesome workspace and the Accent AI Filter, the Macphun team also added some more powerful features to Luminar, such as: plugin integration with Aurora HDR, a crop tool update that allows you to specify crop sizes, local history which allows you to have a separate provisioning history while in denoise, transform, and clone & stamp modes, along with several other feature updates highlighted below.

New feature highlights in Luminar Neptune:

● Accent AI filter – Uses artificial intelligence to create stunning images with a single slider movement, tapping into the power of dozens of filters.
● Quick & Awesome workspace – A workspace consisting of the Accent AI Filter, Saturation & Vibrance and Clarity filters. Perfect for achieving great results in a fun and easy way within seconds.
● Plug-in integration with Creative Kit and Aurora HDR 2017 – Seamlessly access favorite features from Macphun’s other photo editing tools.
● Brush, Gradient and Radial Gradient tools – Dramatically faster performance yields smoother selective editing.
● Vignette filter – Addition of Vignette Styles, Place Center and Pre- and Post-Crop modes delivers even more flexibility to this popular photo finishing tool.
● Memory management – Increased overall performance for large files and 5+ simultaneous open images.
● User Interface changes – Extensive improvements to in-app animation and mode transitions make for a more pleasing editing experience.
● Crop tool update – Ability to specify custom crop sizes bring the ultimate usefulness to cropping.
● Local history – Provision for reviewing separate history while in Transform, Denoise, Clone & Stamp modes helps optimize editing.

If you have not yet purchased Luminar, you can do so by visiting the Macphun website, or by following this affiliate link (which gives me some credit for pointing you in the right direction) and purchasing Luminar for only $60:

Videoshop for iPad and iPhone

Buy in the App Store for only $1.99:

If you are looking for a feature-packed mobile video editing application for your iPhone or iPad, then checkout Videoshop. I feel for the money, only $1.99, Videoshop is the best bang for the buck!

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Noble Monochromatic Preset Pack for Luminar

The Noble Monochromatic Preset Pack for Luminar is a $6.99 preset pack that features 9 filter/effects that can be applied to your photo inside of Luminar.

With this monochromatic preset pack, the ideal photos would be architecture or portrait, in my opinion; but, of course you can apply to any photo you feel is worthy of the effect. I do like the black/white look that the effects in this bundle offer. I enjoy applying these effects on aerial shots of buildings or architecture. Check my demo video above for an example of all the effects that are included in this preset pack.

“9 monochrome presets that will give you precise control of detail, shadows, highlights, and delicate tonality. Macphun Team collaborated with pro photographers to create this pack for perfect black & white photos.”

You can purchase the Noble Monochromatic Preset from the Macphun website:

Essentials Preset Pack for Luminar

The Essentials preset pack comes bundled with 13 high-quality presets for only $8.99.

“Over a dozen high-quality presets for instant detail enhancement, monochrome conversion, dreamy effect, outdoor photography and much more. This pack was developed by Macphun Team in collaboration with pro photographers, and works great with all types of images.”

The Essentials preset pack is probably my favorite of the preset bundles that I have installed on my machine. I think the effects look great out of the box. Most of the effects are ready to go, where I don’t have to make any additional adjustments other than maybe toning down the overall effect of whichever effect I chose to apply to my photo.

If you want to purchase the Essentials Preset Pack for Luminar, you can find the Preset bundle here:

If you would like to know more about Luminar, check my written and my video review of the Luminar:

Purchase Luminar (discounted bundle):

Review of the Insta Inspiration Preset Pack: