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Affinity Photo Beta (1.5.0 - RC5)

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Status: Release Candidate

Purpose: Fixes / Improvements

Requirements: Purchased Affinity Photo

Mac App Store: Not Submitted

 

Download: 1.5 RC5

 

Hi everyone,
 
We are wrapping up here - RC5 is likely to be the final beta before Photo 1.5 goes to GM later this week. We’d like to take this chance to once again offer our sincere thanks to everyone who has helped us with this release :)
 
If your feature / improvement / bug fix hasn’t made it into 1.5, don’t worry - 1.6 will be a much shorter run and will focus on performance, stability and completeness only (ie. no headline new features) - kinda like the OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard release by Apple, from days gone by.. More about that later..

 

Fixes / Improvements:

 

- Fixed numerous cosmetic issues with the Media Browser.
- Fixed loading OnOne TIFF files.
- Fixed undo / redo issues in equirectangular, perspective projection tools.
- Fixed 32bit PSD files containing masks.
- Fixed popovers flickering on close.
- Fixed Outer Shadow effect bug.
- Fixed FFT denoise panel [ ] keys.
- Fixed layers tab not updating properly when switching to / from separated mode.
- Fixed “bing” sound when using the zoom key combo.
- Fixed Clarity in 32bit mode.
 
- Touch Bar improvements.
- Develop improvements.
- Focus merge tweaks.
- Media browser can now preview .afphoto, .afdesign files.
 
- Localisations, including some layout tweaks.
- Updated help.
 
Affinity Photo Team  :ph34r: :ph34r:
 
 
Here's a recap of the new features in Photo 1.5, along with beta versions of the (excellent, in my opinion) tutorial videos which will accompany the features...
 
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.
 
Video tutorials:
 
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.
 
Video tutorials:
 
New 32bit RGB Editing Mode
 
Photo now offers a full compositing / editing environment for 32bit unbounded images.
 
Video tutorials:
 
32bit Develop
 
Photo can now Develop RAW files directly into a 32bit document - so all highlights / shadows are preserved and recoverable at any time.
 
Video tutorials:
 
OCIO (OpenColorIO) Support
 
Photo now support end-to-end OCIO colour workflows.
 
Video tutorials:
 
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.
 
Video tutorials:
 
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.
 
Video tutorials:
 
Macros
 
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.
 
Video tutorials:
 
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.
 
Video tutorials:
 
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.
 
Video tutorials:
  
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.
 
Video tutorials:
  
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.
 
Video tutorials:
 
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.
 
Video tutorials:
 
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.
 
Video tutorials:
 
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.
 
Video tutorials:
  
“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.
 
Video tutorials:
 
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!
 
Video tutorials:
 
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.
 
Download: 1.5 RC5

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PLEASE!!! Update the RAW support for Panasonic LUMIX GX80/85 or give an option to use the Apple RAW profiles. They are unusable with this tint (Affinity Photo 1.5 RC5)! You would need to convert the RAW files in another app to be able to edit them in Affinity Photo.

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Hey Andy,

 

I still cannot navigate between open files with the keyboard. 

Am I doing something wrong?

Shouldn't it be CMD-` ?

 

I have taken a look at the keyboard shortcuts, but I cannot locate something relevant.

BTW, the ability to search/filter the keyboard shortcuts is a must.


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PLEASE!!! Update the RAW support for Panasonic LUMIX GX80/85 or give an option to use the Apple RAW profiles. They are unusable with this tint (Affinity Photo 1.5 RC5)! What use is Affinity Photo 1.5 if I have to convert my RAW files in another app to TIFF and then to edit them in Affinity Photo?

 

Have you tried to use the Apple RAW Engine? You need to set this up from the assistant (the "servant" icon to the right of the snapping controls). I think this button only appears in the Photo Persona.

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Have you tried to use the Apple RAW Engine? You need to set this up from the assistant (the "servant" icon to the right of the snapping controls). I think this button only appears in the Photo Persona.

Thank you for the tip! That actually worked. Depending on the camera however, I have to adjust the settings every time (would be great to "store" and link profiles to a camera). OK, but better than not working at all :) This workaround should become very prominent in the FAQ's. My guess is, that the GX80/85 is not the only one affected. RAW profiles seem to be a tricky issue.

 

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Can you add a little thing still that'd save a lot of time for 1.5?

 

When painting in a mask layer, temporarily switch to full black (bg) and full white (fg) in the colour picker? Right now it stays colour and you're painting in the mask layer / layer mask with the greyscale equivalent of the foreground colour.

 

Will test for the 32f white flashing later tonight/tomorrow.

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32f to 16iBit output bug still present. It's noticeably less but it's still there.

 

Also tested in easy steps without export.

  1. Flatten layer stack
  2. Transform to 16-Bit

White breakup happens immediately no output file needed.

 

What seems to cause it is another 32f layer (cg, placed and rasterised) set to Soft Light (at 80%). Once I disable that, no white breakup. 

The layer is masked and with RC5 I now get black dots in 32f mode where the mask tapers off. ONLY in Soft Light. just went through the other blending modes, they seem fine.

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Can you add a little thing still that'd save a lot of time for 1.5?

 

When painting in a mask layer, temporarily switch to full black (bg) and full white (fg) in the colour picker? Right now it stays colour and you're painting in the mask layer / layer mask with the greyscale equivalent of the foreground colour.

 

Will test for the 32f white flashing later tonight/tomorrow.

I am with it.. this is really important.. 

 

a short cut key.. like. default  =  D is used in PS to bring white in FG and Black in BG is really missing. being habitual with PS for more than 15 years... sometimes it difficult to change habits with new rules.. (but I don't see any for this feature)

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Please make panels with flexible widths.. they are fixed .. if i'm working for a 64 x 64 pixel icon.. the navigator always shows a bigger view .. blurry view.. If panel width can be flexible, we can reduce the panel's width to get appropriate preview size. 

 

Also most of the time time .. these panels overlays half of the screen.. 

6.25% tool bar

21% on left panels..

21% on the right panel..

 

46% of workable canvas...

 

it's hard to keep moving panels here and there.. 

 

please make all panels "autocollapse able" please please please... 

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I am with it.. this is really important.. 

 

a short cut key.. like. default  =  D is used in PS to bring white in FG and Black in BG is really missing. being habitual with PS for more than 15 years... sometimes it difficult to change habits with new rules.. (but I don't see any for this feature)

It's not a problem  ;)

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Drag and Drop missing into the Panorama, Stack and HDR Merge boxes...

 

Please keep workflow as easy as AP already is.

 

I can not understand why there is no D&D here...  :blink: May be I just don't get it... :rolleyes:

 

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Many thanks in advance! 


Roland Rick

Roland Rick Photography
Pipobike Mountainbike Guide and Driving Instructor

iMac 27 5K Retina (Late 2013), MBP 15" Retina (Something 2013), MBP13" Retina (Early 2015)

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The new Nikkor lens

  AF-S NIKKOR 70–200 MM 1:2,8E FL ED VR

is not recognised.

 

It displays only lens id "Unknown (A4 48 5C 80 24 24 CF 4E)"

 

Cheers, Roland


Roland Rick

Roland Rick Photography
Pipobike Mountainbike Guide and Driving Instructor

iMac 27 5K Retina (Late 2013), MBP 15" Retina (Something 2013), MBP13" Retina (Early 2015)

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Can you add a little thing still that'd save a lot of time for 1.5?

 

When painting in a mask layer, temporarily switch to full black (bg) and full white (fg) in the colour picker? Right now it stays colour and you're painting in the mask layer / layer mask with the greyscale equivalent of the foreground colour.

 

Will test for the 32f white flashing later tonight/tomorrow.

 

I asked for this some time ago as well. In the meantime, just in case you weren't aware of it, there is a keyboard shortcut Alt b that sets the colours to black and white.

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1.6 will be a much shorter run and will focus on performance, stability and completeness only
 

Excellent. There's lots of tiny improvements possible that would simply make AP quicker and easier. Doubtless we will all be coming forward with our own favourite candidates!  ;)

 

Thanks for the terrific work everyone.

 

David Mac

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I am with it.. this is really important.. 

 

a short cut key.. like. default  =  D is used in PS to bring white in FG and Black in BG is really missing. being habitual with PS for more than 15 years... sometimes it difficult to change habits with new rules.. (but I don't see any for this feature)

There is. It's just not documented (I think). Alt b should do the trick!!  :)

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There is. It's just not documented (I think). Alt b should do the trick!!  :)

 

 

Alt+b does nothing but produce an error sound. Had to set the shortcut manually.

It doesn't toggle back to the previous colour though, it's a one way train like in Photoshop.

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PSD Export bugs - I tried all three presets, and this happened in the last Beta as well...

 

1. AP crops layers at the document's bound, so when you try to move those extending layers back in Photoshop, you'll notice everything outside the document bounds is clipped.

 

2. AP does not export type layers to PSD. This happens when I open up a PSD with missing fonts. I don't touch those layers, yet when I go to export, AP deletes the from the layer stack. Ideally AP would not touch any data in the file I didn't modify, but I know it's not that simple on the back end...

 

3. The white balance adjustment doesn't translate as PS adjustment layer. The layer simply gets rasterized.

 

4. PSD smart object layers get rasterized on import; AP embedded images get rasterized... would be great if this was somehow preserved.

   a. Might this be a cause for issues 1 and 3 ?

   b. Can Smart Objects be translated to Embedded Documents on import and vice versa on export?

 

These fixes would help those of us trying to use AP instead of Photoshop while still being able to send clients master PSD files they can continue to use.

 

Thanks for your consideration and all you do!


2017 15" MacBook Pro 14,3 w/ Intel 4 Core i7 @ 2.8 GHz, 16 GB RAM, AMD 455 @ 2 GB, 512 GB SSD, macOS High Sierra

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Thank you for the tip! That actually worked. Depending on the camera however, I have to adjust the settings every time (would be great to "store" and link profiles to a camera). OK, but better than not working at all :) This workaround should become very prominent in the FAQ's. My guess is, that the GX80/85 is not the only one affected. RAW profiles seem to be a tricky issue.

I would suggest to delete the camera from the "Serif Labs RAW engine" compatibility list, to not cause any confusion. Ideally when opening in Affinity Photo the engine would then default to Apple RAW engine until a working Serif Labs profile is created. Would be a pity if we would miss such a profile as it potentially offers higher quality and corrections.

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Now that I looked into shortcuts more thanks to the comments here I found an interim solution to this. I set option+L, option+R to toggle studio left and studio right (the bigass panels) and put in the tools that I don't constantly need. That helps with painting as I still have my floating stuff and only that. Especially useful in full-screen.

 

It's OK but I still miss being able to collapse stuff.

 

 

Please make panels with flexible widths.. they are fixed .. if i'm working for a 64 x 64 pixel icon.. the navigator always shows a bigger view .. blurry view.. If panel width can be flexible, we can reduce the panel's width to get appropriate preview size. 

 

Also most of the time time .. these panels overlays half of the screen.. 

6.25% tool bar

21% on left panels..

21% on the right panel..

 

46% of workable canvas...

 

it's hard to keep moving panels here and there.. 

 

please make all panels "autocollapse able" please please please... 

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Now that I looked into shortcuts more thanks to the comments here I found an interim solution to this. I set option+L, option+R to toggle studio left and studio right (the bigass panels) and put in the tools that I don't constantly need. That helps with painting as I still have my floating stuff and only that. Especially useful in full-screen.

 

It's OK but I still miss being able to collapse stuff.

Well this can be some how better to put shortcuts.. 

 

but digital artists usually stick with spacebar mostly to move canvas around and use tablet pen/mouse to do the rest. a few keyboard shortcuts within left hand are OK but we are more habitual with a half of keyboard with left hand in blind typing only if F is focused... but... we all are missing these both feature

 

1. flexible width of panels ...

2. auto collapsible panels..

 

.. let's wait for the AD 1.6 ?? 

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First I have to say that I really like Affinity Photo and I am really getting very much used to it. I´m not into so much postproduction, rather I am shooting a lot of analog film, scanning them and then do a little dust removing.

What would be really nice when importing a file to Affinity, it should pop up as big as the screen, especially in separate mode. It´s kind of annoying do every picture manual.

A contact sheet option would also be great.

No previews of Affinity files, I assume, El Capitain can not read it..

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Alt+b does nothing but produce an error sound. Had to set the shortcut manually.

It doesn't toggle back to the previous colour though, it's a one way train like in Photoshop.

Now this is embarrassing. I can't remember if this is something I set myself or if it is built in. I though it was built in. :unsure:

 

Anyway the important thing is you have discovered that there is a shortcut that can be set. 

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