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Painting with light: Xenon brushes

Illuminate your photos with the Xenon brushes created by our very own Neil Ladkin, creative director of Affinity and all-round creative superstar! This interstellar set of brushes are now available to purchase on the Affinity Store.

We’re certain you’ve seen Neil’s amazing photo compositions gracing our apps, now he’s letting us in on some of his design secrets! Specialising in digital art and photo manipulation, Neil’s brush packs will bring some extra magic and polish to your designs and are available to purchase in the Affinity Store.

Created with Xenon Galactic brushes.

What are the Xenon brushes?

Have you ever wanted to paint with light? Well, now you can with these raster brushes!

This Xenon brush bundle contains 30 stunning, fully optimised, high-resolution brushes that are perfect to add realistic looking lighting and dynamic luminescent effects to your images.

This pack’s versatility will have you creating out of this world, natural scenes in no time.

What’s included:

  • 10 Xenon Lens Flares (raster stamp brushes).
  • 10 Xenon Fusion raster brushes.
  • 10 Xenon Galactic raster brushes.

These raster brushes are compatible with Affinity Photo and Affinity Designer on both desktop and iPad. In Affinity Designer, these brushes will be accessible from the Pixel Persona only.

Examples of the Xenon Lens Flare brushes.
Examples of the Xenon Fusion brushes.
Examples of the Xenon Galactic brushes.

See the Xenon brushes in action

Creative Inspiration

The Xenon Lens Flare brushes allow you to add realistic looking lens flare effects to your photographs. Perfect for adding extra depth and illumination, with beautiful results.

The Xenon Fusion brushes let you create realistic looking neon, bokeh, light streaks and vivid light painting effects. Perfect for adding dynamic movement and modern lighting to your photography and mystic light to digital fantasy compositions.

The Xenon Galactic brushes make creating beautiful night skies as easy as a few simple brush strokes. Add stars, nebulae and glowing effects for an incredible level of realism that is pure magic.

Made using the Xenon Galactic brushes.

The Xenon brushes are fully optimised to be used together to add completely original and unbelievable lighting to your photographs and digital art.

Get your Xenon brushes today!

These amazing raster brushes are now available to buy from the Affinity Store.

This brush pack is compatible with Affinity Photo and Affinity Designer on both desktop and iPad. In Affinity Designer, these brushes will be accessible from the Pixel Persona only.


About the maker…

Neil is the creative director of Serif, and has been instrumental in both the concept and creation of the Affinity Apps. An all-round creative star, Neil is as at home in the director’s chair as he is getting his hands dirty creating digital art.

You can purchase the Xenon brushes by Neil in the Affinity Store.

Artist relations

Charlotte is an illustrator and arts lecturer who is passionate about the creative industries and is now part of our artist relations team. Her interests include mid 20th century inspired design, comic books, board games, movie memorabilia, baking cakes, feminism and yoga. She shares her 1960’s home with her graphic designer husband and her toddler son who likes to hide her iPad. Get in touch with Charlotte if you have work you have made in Affinity apps to share with us, or tag your work with #madeinaffinity in the usual places.

Credits & Footnotes

Artwork copyright of Neil Ladkin. Some images used from