With Affinity Photo updates being free until we reach version 2.0, it is great to stay updated with the latest features and bug fixes in Affinity Photo.
In this article, we focus on what each Affinity Photo update brings to the table for photographers. We don’t cover all tiny aspects but only those that make a difference to you as a photographer. As additional Affinity Photo updates are released, we will add the most important features here. If you have any comments or points to make about the updates, feel free to write them in the comments below and share them with other users.
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Affinity Photo 1.9 Update:
This Affinity Photo update focuses on new features and performance improvements. Furthermore, to encourage the users to register their apps, Affinity offers free content that can be downloaded directly from the app.
Affinity Photo 1.9 New features
- Affinity Photo’s SerifLabs RAW engine is now available for iPad too. This means you can process RAW files on a desktop or iPad with the same performance in noise reduction, lens correction, and cropping flexibility.
- The list of supported RAW formats was updated to support the latest camera models (e.g. Apple ProRAW (iPhone12)).
- Provides Windows GPU hardware acceleration for Windows 10 with a Direct3D feature level 12.0 capable card
- Astrophotography: Supports FITS and RAW files, improved signal-to-noise ratio for stacking multiple exposures, dedicated remove background filter, dedicated astrophotography persona.
- You can now do non-destructive liquify operations using the new Live Liquify filter, which uses Liquify Persona but works with all layers instead of a single-pixel layer.
- A new divide blend mode was added. It allows you to correct color casts, enhance infrared imagery, and improve live filters.
- Blend modes now work on mask filters, adjustments, and live filters.
- Two new types of layers were added: linked layers (for editing multiple layers at once) and pattern layers (for creating patterns from a fixed size bitmap layer)
- Some filters (blurring, sharpening, distortion, and noise) now work on mask layers too
- You can now use brush tools, dodge, and burn on mask layers to have more control over the masking process
- You can now isolate, duplicate, and edit spare channels
- Provides node control for Curve adjustment with X and Y readout values for each node of the graph
- Elliptical Marquee Tool now draws from center
- Any pixel selection now transforms into an image brush and any mask pixel selection transforms into an intensity brush
- You can now save workspace setups and switch between them
- Now, Affinity Photo allows you to create text on a path, similar to Affinity Designer and Publisher features
- Also similar to Affinity Publisher, Affinity Photo allows linked images and provides a brand new resource manager
- Provides in-app registration and access to your Affinity account for downloading content
- Provides easy access to assets
- Over 130 free overlays for rain, fog, snow, and rainbow are available for registered users
Affinity Photo 1.8.4 Update:
The main focus of this Affinity Photo update is small fixes and small tweaks to improve performance and stability.
Affinity Photo 1.8.4 Fixes & improvements
- Better support for Sigma Camera files (X3F)
- Redo is no longer a step behind when using the Develop Persona
- You can now import PSD files with extended blend modes
- Fixed occasional crashes when loading RAW files
- Mask thumbnails now use black instead of transparent colors. It should make the mask thumbnails clearer.
- Affinity Photo no longer crashes when making selections (under specific circumstances)
- Macros: Allowing saving a document with history to be recorded as a macro
- Fixed various graphic tablet input issues like flickering brush, and problems with the color editor
- Improved layers panel: It now shows folders as icons and with an option to show these folders as “small.” Dragging behavior is also improved.
- Minor CR3 files support tweaks + added Canon EOS-1D Mark III to the list of known cameras
- Fixed specific RAW files appearing too dark
- Layer blend modes now allow scrolling with arrow keys.
- Fixes to the Develop Persona, including avoiding rotating or adding guides were darkening the image.
- Fixed gradients not changing when Global Colour is modified
- The Red Eye Removal Tool no longer crashes in Develop Mode.
- You will also no longer see units from the Crop Tools ratio option.
- Numerous other smaller fixes and improvements.
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Affinity Photo 1.8 Update:
Serif’s 1.8 upgrade of Affinity Photo was a bigger one and included several great improvements.
One of them was to support importing PSD smart objects, as embedded documents, even on the iPad version of Affinity Photo. This allows you to edit layers within smart objects.
Affinity 1.8 also included much-improved plugin support, including support for Nik Collection plugins from DXO. Also, manual override of lens correction in the Develop mode deserves mentioning from this update.
Further improvements are improved metadata handling. With 1.8 of Affinity Photo you are able to edit image metadata in the metadata panel, including the IPTC standard for copyright and other information. You can also batch process entire folders of photos and tag them with copyright info, and other info.
With Affinity Photo 1.8 came support for Canon’s CR3 RAW format.
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