Serif today announced the awaited-update to Affinity Photo, version 1.5, which brings a huge list of updates that makes the platform even more powerful. Even better? It’s available on both Mac and PC, costs only $40, and requires no subscription.


Without charging a subscription we promised we would deliver free updates to version 1, and this one is huge. From big new fundamental features such as macros, to other improvements like direct PSD write-back, we’ve listened to all the feedback we have received and worked round the clock to get them in.

Oh, and it’s now available on Windows too.


There are an absolute ton of updates, all listed below:

  • Cross platform (Windows and macOS)
    Affinity Photo is now available on Windows as well as macOS with perfect file format compatibility.
  • Lens profiles
    Our RAW engine now includes profiles for thousands of lens & camera body combinations for automatic lens correction.
  • New color picker tool
    After thousands of requests for a dedicated tool outside of the colour tab, you’ve got it!
  • 32-bit editing
    32-bit unbounded images can be composited and edited along with full Radiance HDR and OpenEXR file support.
  • OpenColorIO support
    End-to-end OCIO color workflows are now supported, with the ability to move dynamically between color spaces.
  • File compatibility improvements
    Big improvements to both PDF and PSD import and export.
  • Macros
    Record any number of operations, save them and play them back later.
  • Improved metadata handling
    Our detection of RAW, JPEG, etc. metadata has been substantially upgraded.
  • Tone mapping persona
    Full tone mapping workspace for both HDR and LDR images with local contrast control for dramatic results.
  • 360° image editing
    Pan and zoom around 360° images, using the full suite of tools in Affinity Photo to edit them live.
  • New equations filter
    An incredibly powerful addition, this allows you to create custom spatial filters with unlimited flexibility.
  • Pixel art document resizing
    Two new resampling algorithms have been added to ensure more accurate resizing of pixel art documents.
  • Pixel tool improvements
    Various requested improvements to this tool including shift constrain and configurable cmd-drag behaviour.
  • All-new export options
    Huge upgrades to export persona offers unlimited flexibility for exporting multiple formats and resolutions for each slice.
  • Clone sources panel
    You can now store an unlimited number of global sources for the clone brush, even working across multiple documents.
  • OpenEXR import / export
    Comprehensive multichannel OpenEXR import / export with options like alpha pre-multiplication to cater for all workflows.
  • Accumulation brush dynamics
    New dynamic to allow brushes to be configured to build opacity.
  • Text styles
    Full text style support now added to link the styles of text objects together.
  • New marquee selection modes
    There are now 3 modes for the freehand selection tool – freehand, polygonal and magnetic.
  • Improved RAW processing
    Overhauled RAW engine for improved results out the box, along with over 70 new RAW camera formats supported.
  • Batch processing
    Process whole folders of images in the background while you continue your work.
  • New halftone filter
    A new super-slick halftone pattern filter has been added, including monochrome, colour, circular and line halftones.
  • Live perspective projection
    Work on perspective distorted areas of your image as if you were looking at it straight on.
  • HDR merge
    Merge multiple exposure brackets together into a single unbounded 32-bit image.
  • Direct PSD write-back
    If you are editing a PSD you can now configure Affinity Photo to directly write back to it when you save.
  • Improved vectorscope
    The vectorscope has been replaced by a vastly more appropriate YUV colour plane scope.
  • Touch Bar support
    Support for the new MacBook Pro Touch Bar, including shortcut keys and tool attribute sliders.
  • Improved plugin support
    Greatly improved support for plugins meaning the majority of third party plugins now work correctly.
  • ‘Edit in Affinity Photo’ Photos extension
    Now do a full round-trip from Photos to Affinity Photo and back again with this new extension (Mac OS 10.9+).
  • Focus merge
    Stack and merge multiple images together with different focal lengths for a large depth of field.
  • Dust & scratches filter
    A new filter to quickly remove small defects from areas of images.
  • Huge snapping improvements
    Massive improvements to snapping and auto-alignment, including candidate-free snapping and live gaps and spans.

These updates make a robust platform even more impressive. For a full breakdown and more details, head over to Affinity Photo.