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Photoshop rival set for powerful new update

2016 continues to be an amazing year for Affinity users. With Affinity Designer getting a powerful new upgrade (opens in new tab), as well as the overall Affinity software finally becoming available on Windows (opens in new tab), it appears that Affinity Photo (opens in new tab) is the latest feature to welcome some improvements.

Tipped for a release in the Mac App Store in early autumn, alongside a Windows version in free public beta around the same time, Affinity Photo v1.5 builds on its position as Apple's 'App of the Year 2015' with some powerful new features.

These upgrades include an advanced HDR merge that can produce full 32-bit linear colour space images, a new workspace for tone mapping, and focus stacking that will allow users to bring depth to multiple combined images.

Affinity Photo v1.5 also boasts batch processing, which creates a smoother, faster workflow. This is all capped off with macros to record and replay a set of commands, plus new ways to edit 360 degree images.

Like all other updates, v1.5 will be free to existing Affinity Photo users

Like all other updates, v1.5 will be free to existing Affinity Photo users

“This will be the fifth major update we’ve pushed out since the launch of Affinity Photo – all free of charge to people who’ve bought the app," says Ashley Hewson, Managing Director at the developer team, Serif.

“The success of Affinity Photo and the outstanding reviews we’ve had are proof that it delivers what creative professionals need – thrilling speed, sophisticated tools, pinpoint accuracy and painless compatibility, coupled with an attractive, modern look," Hewson adds.

Currently available with a 20% discount until July 21, Affinity Photo retails at £29.99/ $39.99/ €39.99. After that, it will revert back to its normal cost of £39.99/ $49.99/ €49.99. With no subscription to sign up to, the v1.5 update will also be free to existing customers.

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Dom Carter
Dom Carter

Dom Carter is a freelance writer who specialises in art and design. Formerly a staff writer for Creative Bloq, his work has also appeared on Creative Boom and in the pages of ImagineFX, Computer Arts, 3D World, and .net. He has been a D&AD New Blood judge, and has a particular interest in picture books.