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Affinity Photo Customer Beta ( - GM Seed)

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Status: GM Seed

Purpose: Features, Improvements, Fixes

Requirements: Purchased Affinity Photo for iPad From App Store

App Store:  Submitted

Download link: Download



We are pleased to announce the immediate availability of the final build of Affinity Photo 1.9.0 for iPad.

If this is your first time using a customer beta of an Affinity app, it’s worth noting that the beta will install as a separate app - alongside your store version. They will not interfere with each other at all and you can continue to use the store version for critical work without worry.

This beta is significantly different from the 1.8.6 version available for purchase - we strongly recommend that you do not use this beta for real work as data could be lost and the files you save are not guaranteed to open in previous / future versions of Affinity Photo.


Thanks again for your continued support!


Affinity Photo Team  :ph34r:


Changes Since 1.8.6


- Added “Live Liquify” layers.
- Added linked layers.
- Added pattern layers.
- Added text-on-a-path support.
- Added the “Serif Labs” RAW engine to iPad.
- Added “Export Timelapse”.
- Added ability to create brushes from the current pixel selection with one click.
- Added a new “Divide” blend mode.
- Added noise reduction and tone mapping options into the HDR merge dialog.
- Added external display support for iPad (in the navigator panel, once the external display is connected).
- Added “Create from centre” for the elliptical marquee tool.
- Added a benchmarking option in preferences.
- Added an option to allow snapping to the bounds of the pixel selection.
- Added per-layer antialiasing controls in the advanced blending menu.
- Added curves adjustment to the tone mapping persona.
- Added export preview panel (for raster types) - updates live whenever you change an export parameter.
- Added JPEG-XR 101010 import support (useful for screen captures from Xbox, etc.)
- Added support for 12bit grayscale TIFF files.
- Added “Duplicate spare channel” to right click menu.
- Added native CR3 support to the Serif Labs RAW engine.
- Added support for Canon EOS R6.
- Added a registration page to the app - this allows users to login and download owned content from the Affinity store.

- Blend modes now work on “alpha only” layers (masks, adjustments, live filters, etc.).
- Gradient map adjustments now support global colours.
- Filter effects now work properly with global colours.
- You can now single click a spare channel in the Channels panel to edit it like a layer.
- The Curves adjustment now has numeric field controls for precise positioning.
- Adjustments no longer auto apply when expending a section of the adjustments panel.
- More filters now work on masks / adjustments / spare channels (Add Noise, Perlin Noise, etc.).
- LUT adjustments can be exported directly from the adjustments panel, and batch imported from files.
- Having a large number of LUT presets will no longer make application startup slow.
- Assistant options are now available from preferences (so there is no need to open a document to access them).

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Please can users of this beta look at the My Account feature (top right of the main toolbar) even if you have already done so recently in another beta, as we are still making last minute changes

We have added the ability to link your Affinity app to your Affinity account through a new app registration process. This will have the advantages of you being able to stream any content you have purchased (or received for free from the Affinity store) directly to all your apps without having to manually install them. This is of particular use to customers who have more than one of our apps, or run our apps on different devices and operating systems as all your content will automatically be available across all of them.

If you register the beta app you will initially receive a free brush kit (the luminance brush kit) for testing purposes. This might be a kit you already have, but if you don’t you will get it for free. Over the next few weeks this will be expanded to include all of the store content you may already own.


There have been lots of behind the scene improvements and more of the purchasable and (historical) free claimable content is being added. PLEASE report anything you find using "My Account" IN THAT THREAD

Patrick Connor
Serif Europe Ltd

"There is nothing noble in being superior to your fellow man. True nobility lies in being superior to your previous self."  W. L. Sheldon


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