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Affinity Photo's UK developers, Serif, recently released v1.7 of Affinity Photo, adding new features and a series of improvements. Find out more here.

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Created to work with speed and power on the latest computers, and already the winner of multiple awards, Affinity Photo is refreshingly free of the bloat that slows down your workflow.

In these days of rental software Affinity Photo also bucks the trend – it’s available for a one-off price, with no subscription, and regular updates are free too. You can currently get the software at a special price, saving you more than 50%, with an exclusive offer, especially for ePHOTOzine members. 

Affinity’s UK developers, Serif, recently release v1.7 of Affinity Photo, adding new features and a series of improvements. Here are 10 things you need to know…


1. Huge performance improvements

Working with massive complex documents is even smoother in 1.7 on both Windows, Mac and iPad. And for Mac and iPad users, Metal Compute acceleration means filters, adjustments, tools and other operations render faster than ever before.


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2. Focus on photography

Developed RAW engine - RAW handling in Affinity Photo has been vastly improved in 1.7. Features include faster loading, new demosaicing, more effective noise reduction, hot pixel removal and wide colour space development.

Lens correction enhancements - With Affinity Photo 1.7, you can now have more control over lens corrections with the ability to add manual lens profiles. Plus, you can correct lenses that do not communicate electronically with the camera (so no EXIF data) with the new Lens Correction filter (in Photo Persona).


3. Upgraded brush engine

Multi-brushes - The new multi-brush technology brought to Affinity Photo allows you to combine brushes, giving you a more interesting and less uniform brush stroke. Brushes with multiple nozzle textures have a choice of nozzle controllers/ramps for a more varied nozzle presentation.

Symmetry mode - Affinity Photo sees the introduction of brush symmetry (up to 32-way) and optional brush mirroring (up to 5-way reflections).


4. State-of-the-art filters

New filters - Live Radial Blur makes its first appearance in Affinity Photo 1.7, as does our brand new Voronoi filter.

Procedural texture filter - This one blows our mind a bit, but for some this will be a game-changing feature. In Affinity Photo 1.7 you can now write your own filter effects with user-controllable parameters.


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5. Revamped Adjustments

HSL, Selective Colour, Vibrance and White Balance adjustments have all been overhauled, giving you even more flexibility to tweak colour in your images.


6. Batch and macro improvements

Batch processing now supports scaling expressions (w, h and dpi) in the desktop versions of Affinity Photo.


7. Crop tool

The v1.7 update sees some great improvements to the Crop Tool. You've now got more comprehensive preset management and you can now resize and resample simultaneously.


8. Assets Panel

The Asset Panel has made its way into Affinity Photo, enabling you to store and re-use raster and vector content with ease. You also have the ability to import and export your assets with others, speeding up group workflows.


9. Supercharged layer organisation

You can now choose different size options for layer thumbnails, whether thumbnails are on a solid or checkerboard background and you can also use colour tag layers to keep things organised.


10. Alternate futures

Sounds like something from an Avengers movie, but this piece of wizardry means you can go back in your edit history to any point and try doing things differently - while keeping your old edits available. Create multiple branches for different outcomes and quickly switch between them.


And that's not all...

There are so many things to talk about with Affinity Photo 1.7 that we couldn't fit it in 10 things! It means we haven't talked about pen and dial support for Surface devices (pictured), HDR / EDR monitor support, how HEIF images can now be loaded with their depth maps, and how we’ve added support for 12-bit and 16-bit CMYK TIFF files, or how there’s a brilliant Affinity Photo Workbook to help you master the software….

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There’s also a vault of fantastic free video tutorials to help you get the most out of Affinity Photo, available at


Exclusive ePHOTOzine offer - More than 50% off Affinity Photo software!

Claim more than 50% off Affinity Photo for Mac or PC with this ePHOTOzine exclusive offer, courtesy of Affinity developers Serif. It means you can buy the award-winning photo editing software for £23.99, instead of the usual £48.99. There’s no subscription, and updates are free.

(Offer subject to standard Serif EULA and may be withdrawn at any time.)

To buy, click below – you’ll also need to set up an Affinity user account.


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