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Affinity Photo 1.5 Released | Bevy Of New Features & Windows Compatibility

By Bing Putney on December 9th 2016

Adobe Photoshop has reigned for decades as the professional standard in photo editing, and has been largely uncontested for much of that time. However, last year saw a new player emerge in Affinity Photo, and today they’ve released their biggest update yet. Version 1.5 includes compatibility with Windows, and an impressive array of new features and abilities.


When Affinity first launched in 2015, its chief claim was a faster experience thanks to being a brand new system, designed for modern computer architecture, as opposed to Photoshop which, as Affinity would tell you, is built on a foundation of old code. Affinity offers a sleek, if not completely original, interface, with all of the docked panels and menus you may be accustomed to, albeit with different names in some cases.

The new features include HDR merge, which can automatically align and merge any type of photo files, including raw, and output 32 bit images. It also has added support for Macros, which you may be familiar with as Photoshop actions, to help automate your most commonly used processes. You can pair that ability with batch processing, to quickly power through an entire folder of files.



Another helpful new feature is focus stacking, which will be music to the ears of macro photographers. Additionally, tone mapping has been added, making it easier to precisely control the contrast in HDR images. It’s also able to edit 360° photos, and read and write .psd files.

Perhaps the best news? The Price. While normally $50, It’s being offered at a discount for a limited time. You can get the full featured program for only $40, with no subscription. Anyone who already owns Affinity Photo can upgrade to the newest version for free.

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Affinity Photo 1.5 is here, for macOS AND WINDOWS! from MacAffinity on Vimeo.

For more information, or to purchase a copy, check out the Affinity Photo website.

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Bing is a professional portrait and on-set still photographer who lives in Los Angeles, and frequently travels the world to explore new and interesting cultures and pastries.

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Q&A Discussions

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  1. renee z

    They edited a lot of landscape, macro. I’m curious if that software is a good option to replace photoshop cs6 for portrait?

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    • Kishore Sawh

      Hi Renee, I shoot mostly portraits and I’m a rather adept Photoshop user. Speaking as such, I can say Affinity (which I’m testing), is surprisingly good, if you can unlearn PS behavior. It’s certainly not yet as complete, but I say that knowing full well it could be soon enough, and that for the average person, you could do just fine with it.

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  2. Mark Tayag

    I am currently tied with the Adobe CC (photoshop & lightroom).. Affinity seems great but I am looking more for a lightroom replacement.. any idea?

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    • Kishore Sawh

      IF you’re looking for a replacement, I would have to suggest Capture One Pro. I use both, but Capture One, especially with Media Pro SE for culling, is great. But it is more expensive.

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  3. Allan Zeiba

    I really want to change to Affinity Photo, but just can’t, I don’t have a problem with the subscription model from Adobe but I do have a big problem with they support and the DRM they use. Also I recently made the jump to Capture One, so this will mean cutting all Adobe from my life, but Photoshop is better in almost every way that Affinity Photo for me, from simple stuff like changing the size of a brush to the way that the channels are display or how you save the photo in other formats. Photoshop still is king for what I do, but If I didn’t need it for work I will change it in the blink of an eye and I’m sure that in a year all the problem will be gone, so hopfully next year

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    • Kishore Sawh

      Hey Allan. I’ve been playing with/using Affinity Photo now for some time, and as a rather proficient Photoshop user, I agree that Photoshop as King of the pixel-bending and overall transformative apps has not been usurped. That said, remember Affinity is still somewhat in its infancy and I can’t deny that once you get through the learning curve (thinking differently than Photoshop and not expecting it to be just the same) the gap between the two is going to be negligible for many many people. Two years from now, for the Photo retoucher and not someone who uses Photoshop for all the other myriad of things it does, Affinity Photo I fully expect to be at par, or very close.

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  4. Traci Warren

    That price!!! Thanks for the great informational article.

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