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Affinity Photo Customer Beta (1.5 - RC1)

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Status: Release Candidate

Purpose: Fixes

Requirements: Purchased Affinity Photo

Mac App Store: Not Submitted


Download: 1.5 RC1


We are pleased to announce that Affinity Photo 1.5 has transitioned into the "Release Candidate" phase. This late stage of the beta process is used to shake out any final bugs with the new features added to 1.5. Please find a brief list of the new features below:


Focus Merge Support
Focus merging allows you to generate a detailed composite image from a number of images focused at differing lengths. Use File -> New Focus Merge to get started.
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HDR Merge Support
HDR merging lets you create a deep, unbounded 32-bit image from a number of exposure bracketed source images. Use File -> New HDR Merge to get started.
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New 32bit RGB Editing Mode
Photo now offers a full compositing / editing environment for 32bit unbounded images.
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32bit Develop
Photo can now Develop RAW files directly into a 32bit document - so all highlights / shadows are preserved and recoverable at any time.
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OCIO (OpenColorIO) Support
Photo now support end-to-end OCIO colour workflows.
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Tone Mapping Persona
Full tone mapping Persona for both HDR and LDR images. This is obviously best used with an image merged by HDR merge - although you can use it on any image.
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OpenEXR / HDR (Radiance) / 32bit TIFF Import / Export
Photo can now import and export .hdr (Radiance, RGBE) and .exr (OpenEXR) images. It correctly deals with 0-alpha cases (as per the OpenEXR spec) and generally operates in linear space. It support multi-layer EXR files and offers control (through Preferences) over alpha association and premultiplication.
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Using the View -> Studio -> Macro and View -> Studio -> Library menu items, you can access new panels which will allow you to record actions, save them, then play them back later. You can also store them in a handy gallery.
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Batch Processing
Using File -> New Batch job, you can queue up processing on a large number of files. You can resize, convert format and apply any number of macros to each file. The batch processing happens in the background - so you can continue working whilst the jobs are processed.
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Live Projections
Photo 1.5 contains a new mechanism which allows you to edit an image in different spatial domains - we currently support the “Equirectangular” domain (360 pano - Ricoh Theta, etc.). You can use all tools when editing - and you can convert back once you have edited. This is especially useful for cleaning up stitching artefacts, or artefacts at the zenith / nadir of the image. Use the options in Layer -> Live Projection to get started.
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Improved Pixel Tool
The pixel tool is improved in 1.5 - you can hold shift when dragging to constrain the direction of painting (sorry we did not get this working sooner!). You can also select what happens when you hold Alt and drag - erase to transparent, erase to background colour, or erase to whatever the nominated snapshot / history location is (like in the Clone tool).
New “Pixel Art” Document Resizing
Photo now contains an alternative way to resize a document - using well known pixel-art resampling algorithms. If you work with pixel art and want to use this feature, it’s located under the Document menu.
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New “Accumulation” Brush Dynamics
Many users have asked for “Opacity Jitter”. For us, opacity is a constant thing and will remain constant. However, we have added a new property to brushes - “Accumulation” - which should allow you to get what you need :)
Text Styles
Affinity Photo now has the same Text Styles support as Designer - it’s all shared code so it should work right out of the box :)
New Marquee Modes (Polygonal, Magnetic)
Photo now has 3 modes for the freehand selection tool - Freehand, Polygonal and Magnetic.
Even more RAW cameras supported
Over 70 new RAW cameras are supported.
Improved Metadata Mining
Our detection of RAW / JPEG / etc. metadata has been upgraded and some serious bugs have been fixed.
Massive Improvements to Export Persona
Our Export Persona has seen huge upgrades in this cycle - you now have total control of exactly what resolution sets get exported. You can also use our handy batch export builders to quickly generate content for external consumption - ie. Xcode .assets - even Spline compatible metadata can be generated!
Layered TIFF Interop
Users have constantly asked us to support “Layered TIFF”. Layered TIFF is not a thing. TIFF with embedded data is a thing - and I’m happy to report that we now import embedded PSD / Affinity data and can write TIFF with embedded Affinity data.
Halftone Filter
We have a marvellous new halftone pattern filter in 1.5 - it can approximate monochrome, colour, circular and line halftones.
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Improved Apply Image Filter
Users can how use the current layer as the source for Apply Image - or drag any layer from the layers tab into the dialog to use that as thr source. We also offer handy equations in the filter to control how channels are transferred - in an arbitrary colour source.
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Improved Select Sampled Colour Filter
You can now select by intensity in the select sampled colour tool.
Equations Filter
A new Equations Distortion filter allows users to create custom spatial filters.
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Dust & Scratches Filter
Many user have asked us for a “Dust & Scratches” filter - so we have made one. It’s extremely useful for removing sporadic small defects in images. Please let us know if it works for you.
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“Edit in Affinity Photo” Photos extension
This is something which we didn’t think we could do - a Photos extension for Mac OS 10.9 and above which simply allows you to use the full Photo app to edit your images - and stores the changes you have made as a layered document.
New Colour Picker Tool
After literally thousands of requests, we have implemented a dedicated picker tool for colours.
New Clone Sources Panel
We now have a new studio panel which allows you to store up an unlimited number of global sources for the Clone / Healing brush - it even works across multiple documents.
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Direct PSD Write-Back
One of the most requested features - direct write-back to PSD. A number of 3rd party DAM applications will happily deal in PSD - but until now, Photo required you to File -> Export for PSD. No longer! You can now just hit File -> Save! You will need to turn this on - in File -> Preferences - please read the warning there carefully!
No Thumbnails Option
This is more a Designer feature, but I promised it some time ago so here it is - you can choose (in Preferences) not to write out a thumbnail with your documents. This has the advantage of making your documents use less space - but obviously you won’t get Finder thumbnails, etc.
Improved Vectorscope
Our old HSL vectorscope is no more - replaced by a vastly more appropriate Rec.709 YUV scope with an improved graticule :)
Improved Photoshop Plugin Support
We have found a significant bug with our plugin code - it has been fixed :) We are now finding the majority of plugins work properly.
Multi-monitor Colour Profile Support
Sorry it took so long to get this fixed - we now can profile different on different monitors.
Adjustment Performance Improvements
Found and fixed a simple issue which made changing adjustment parameters appear to be slow. Fixed.
This update also includes literally hundreds of fixes and small improvements, some of which are listed below:
- User control over two pass rendering on Retina devices.
- PSD import / export improvements.
- PDF import / export improvements.
- Snapping improvements - candidate-free snapping, gaps-and-spans (Alt key in Move Tool), so much more!
- Performance and stability improvements for macOS Sierra.
Thanks again for taking the time to use this beta!
Affinity Photo Team   :ph34r:
Download: 1.5 RC1
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Man you guys are production machines! You are rolling out some solid updates at an amazing speed! I applaud your hard work and efforts. I am looking forward to sinking my teeth into your latest version!



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I'll stick in my two cents worth, too. You people ROCK! I've never seen such a dedicated, hard-working & talented group of programmers. The speed with which you add features and fix bugs is nothing short of phenomenal. Other software companies should not only be taking notes, certain ones should be shaking in their corporate boots :)

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Wow. Worked up a sweat just reading the change log. Excellent work. Can't wait to take it for a spin. 

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This would be really a great set of upgrade. Some of them are 'I'm familiar with, and others are new. 


I love macro-graphy and some time i do spend time in shooting macro photography and in post processing I process in  number of ways to get sharp results , photo stacking, using 3rd part tools to mask macro photographs and this Focus Merge Support  seems a super addition for me  :)


other than that... macros (actions) batch processing are again advance level of featurers.. Love it! 



I was looking if "Smart objects" like in Adobe photoshop could be a feature in Affinity but I think still such useful things are in cue. 


Please do consider following three things as requested features.. in new version.


1. Smart Objects like in Adobe PHotoshop.

2. Drag images/objects/layers from one canvas to another canvas with Affinity

3. customise layouts (designers, photographers, artists and customs)


Thank you "berry berry" much ;)

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Thank you guys so much.   This is great.


Just discovered a minor issue with font colour in keyboard mapping section of preferences in this release.  This seems to affect both Designer and Photo.  Please see attached file.





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The critical bug in panorama generation for groups of people (see my earlier comment on previous beta)  is still present in this release candidate. This is such an obvious problem that I'm concerned about it being carried over into the released product.  It essentially makes the panorama tool unusable at least when used with groups of people. I should mention again that panoramas are working perfectly in the present (1.4.3) release.  Below shows just one small detail of a large panorama most of which is correctly processed but there are a couple of other problem areas besides the obvious detail shown below. 


Correct in present 1.4.3 release





Release Candidate below



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Hi, Is there a direct feedback channel for the Affinity Photo 1.5 Beta I may have missed? If yes, please let me and others know.


What a great update!


So we are supposed to test before the final release. Just discovered an issue with RC1 and Panasonic GX80/85 RAW files. They appear to have a strong Magenta/Pinkish tint. Opened the same in Affinity Photo 1.4.3 and they look great. Nikon RAW (D750) however, seem not to be affected.





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me too:

My congratulations to all of you and your team! I have never, ever seen a software developed so much in co-operation with it's users. The result speaks for itself! 


Would there were more software developers think and act the way you do. 

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Andy, in the app's preferences, the type is displayed black (instead of white) in the Keyboard Shortcut pane...


Thanks again for taking the time to use this beta!

Affinity Photo Team   :ph34r:



ortcuts pane.

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Hey all, I have stealth-edited ( :ph34r:) Andy's initial post to include links to 32 video tutorials covering the new features. These videos are currently unlisted, and will become public when 1.5 is officially released. For now, though, I hope they help with understanding some of 1.5's new functionality, and I will of course continue to add more after 1.5's launch. Enjoy!

Product Expert (Affinity Photo) & Product Expert Team Leader

@JamesR_Affinity for tutorial sneak peeks and more

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Kudos for the 1.5 RC1 release and all the enhancements and new tools taking image editing to a new level. It spells more field work taking all those pictures and making the final magic with this wonderful tool!


I have one BIG complaint though! The RAW converter for Sigma dp Quattro series is flawed. I'm sorry to say this but it is unusable!


I developed a RAW file, didn't make but a few changes, exported it as tiff, imported it to Lightroom. There it looks exactly as unusable there as in this Beta release!


It is  a shame since probably every Sigma camera owner out there is looking for something else than Sigmas own sorry piece of RAW developing software.


If you need RAW files from Sigma dp 1 and dp 3 to test Affinity I'd be happy to make them downloadable.


Just send an email and I'll reply ASAP.



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