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Affinity Designer Workbook now on discount!

We have some great news for all our Affinity Designer users out there! Until Friday, 18 August the price of the official Workbook will be discounted by 40%, making it just £22.99 / 26.99€ / $29.99 (+ shipping and handling) – exclusively on our Affinity store.

Affinity Designer Workbook

Bound in a hardcover, and printed across 448 full colour pages, the Workbook contains a wealth of stylishly illustrated instructions, guides and expert tips to help you make the most of Affinity Designer’s huge feature set and vast design capabilities.

You’ll learn from the experts with some fantastic projects created just for the Workbook by top artists and designers including Paolo Limoncelli, a leading UX designer and illustrator from Italy. His contribution, The Whittler, teaches valuable raster and vector techniques, plus how to create unique brushes using Affinity Designer.

Other guest illustrators include Romain Trystram, Kevin House and our own Creative Director Neil Ladkin. You’ll gain a rare insight into each designer’s workflow, from concept to finished product, and with links to download all the sample files you can easily follow along with each amazing project.

The Workbook also includes a huge reference of every tool and panel, plus a detailed core skills section for brushing up on fundamental design techniques. And, to help boost your productivity we’ve also included four keyboard shortcut cheats sheets in the back of the book which you can pull out and keep aside for easy reference!

Affinity Designer Workbook

The Workbook has received some great reviews from both Affinity Designer users and the press − it’s currently rated 4.5/5 at goodreads.com and 4.3/5 at Amazon UK, while Creative Bloq have said:

‘Once readers reach the end of the book, they’ll have a wealth of technical knowledge under their belts and prove that they can combine their vector graphics skills to create fully rounded design projects such as product and packaging designs, posters, and press-ready documents. With clear explanations and an even clearer layout, the Affinity Designer Work Book looks set to make the already popular software even more accessible.’

The discount must end Friday, 18 August, so order now to get the Affinity Designer Workbook for £22.99 / 26.99€ / $29.99 (+ shipping and handling). Click here to view the list of countries we ship to.

Show us what you’ve got!

We’re almost ready to launch the version 1.6 updates of Affinity Photo and Designer – and we’re asking for your help!

To support all the marketing we do – web pages, videos, social media posts or in-app samples – it’s great to have photos and artwork which our users have created to show off the capability of our apps. So, we wanted to reach out to you to ask if you have any fantastic work you would be happy for us to use in this way. You’d be in great company – in the past we have used work from the likes of Romain Trystram, Ben the Illustrator, Paolo Limoncelli, Man-Tsun and Bang Photography to name a few.

In addition to forming part of the publicity campaign to promote the possibilities of our apps to new users, you’ll receive a fee of US$300 to license each piece we use.

Share your work with us

For our Affinity Photo marketing we mostly need incredible photos of any subject matter: landscapes, model shots, nature, architecture, weddings, sports, automotive, etc. Also, we’d love to see any work which uses focus stacking, HDR, panorama stitching, 360 images or full multi-layered compositions.

For Affinity Designer we need any work created in the app – illustrations, web / app mock ups, icons, logos, print projects, paintings, etc.

To get an idea of what we have used before, check out our website (affinity.serif.com) or the latest product videos:

If you have created anything you think might be suitable, and as long as you are the copyright owner and hold all the rights to license the work to us, then please get in touch. You can send your photos or designs to consider to affinityart@serif.com.

A flattened PNG or JPG (or a link if you have a gallery on Behance, etc.) is fine at this stage, though if you’re successful we’ll ultimately need the full res image or Affinity file. Please keep your initial submission down to a maximum of five files but let us know if have more. The closing date for submissions is 25th August 2017.

If you have any questions then please don’t hesitate to ask us on affinityart@serif.com.

We’re really looking forward to checking out your work!

Affinity Photo brings professional photo editing to iPad

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Affinity Photo for iPad – the first fully-featured, truly professional photo editing tool to arrive on Apple’s tablet – is now on sale.

We were proud to be able to launch it during the keynote at Apple’s WWDC in San Jose on 5 June – the highlight of Apple’s global product launch calendar.

If you saw that, or if you use Affinity Photo already, you’ll understand why it’s the choice of thousands of professional photographers, retouchers and editors around the world.

We think Affinity Photo for iPad redefines photo editing once again, by bringing almost all the features in the Mac version to your iPad, so you can take all that photo editing power with you wherever you go.

The new version is tailored to harness the explosive power of the iPad’s hardware and touch capabilities, and is compatible with iPad Air 2, iPad 2017, iPad Pro 9.7-inch and 12.9-inch.

We expect this to be the biggest launch we’ve ever had and even better, Affinity Photo for iPad is priced at an introductory discount of more than 30 per cent in the App Store – so for now, you pay £19.99 / $19.99 / 21,99E.

Watch the video: https://vimeo.com/220098594

See more: https://affinity.serif.com/photo/ipad

Version 1.6 customer betas now available

Affinity Photo and Affinity Designer version 1.6 customer betas are now available for Mac and Windows users!

If you’re already a user of our apps, this is your chance to preview and test out some of the features we’re planning to add in the next major update.

Most significantly, this introduces the option for you to switch between a dark or light UI. This has been a much-requested addition, for reasons of accessibility as well as personal preference, so we’re really pleased to be able to introduce it.

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The betas are free to download and will run alongside your existing version of Affinity Photo or Affinity Designer. Please remember though that at present these are test versions which are being improved, so when you discover bugs we’d appreciate your help in identifying and fixing them.

To download, please go to the Affinity Beta Support Forum. and select your app and OS.

Free DAUB® brushes - new tools added!

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Our good friend Paolo Limoncelli has updated the set of free DAUB® brushes he created especially for Affinity Photo and Designer users.

Paolo says: “I’ve added four new tools, as well as improving the old ones to use the new Accumulation Jitter available in Affinity Photo and Designer that wasn’t available when I was first asked to design them.

“The new painting experience now perfectly matches concept artists’ expectations.”

Click here to download the free DAUB® Concept Tools Pro set.

For information on the original brush pack and instructions for importing the brushes, please click here.

Free trials now available for Windows users

Affinity Windows free trial now available

The response to the launch of Affinity Designer and Affinity Photo for Windows has been phenomenal, better than we ever could have predicted. That’s been matched by the positive feedback we’re getting from people who are making Affinity Photo or Affinity Designer — or both! — part of their everyday professional workflow.

Even though we offer a no-strings refund policy for 14 days, trial versions for Windows have been a popular request and we know there’s still a huge market out there of people who want a professional graphics or photo editor for a one-time cost with no expensive ongoing payments.

So we’re delighted to announce that free trials of Affinity Photo and Affinity Designer are now available for Windows users. This means you’ll be able to spend ten days getting to know the software before committing to purchase.

Affinity Designer, a professional vector graphics editor, was the winner of an Apple Design Award in 2015. Image editor Affinity Photo was named ‘Best Mac App’ 2015, and ‘Best Imaging Software’ 2016 by the Technical Image Press Association.

Both have received thousands of 5-star reviews from critics and professional users around the world.

Click here for the Affinity Designer trial (for macOS or Windows)

Click here for the Affinity Photo trial (for macOS or Windows)

The Windows versions match the Mac versions feature-for-feature and are available to purchase for a single payment of $49.99 / £48.99 / 49,99€, with no subscription and free updates.

Affinity Photo and Designer share the same file format on all platforms, meaning you can switch seamlessly between them both as individuals and in a professional environment, where colleagues work on different systems.

Affinity 1.6 versions to include light UI mode

Affinity Designer for Windows has launched

One of the most commonly requested features we have had for Affinity is the ability to switch to a light UI mode. Well, we’re excited to reveal today that this functionality will be included with both the Affinity Photo and Affinity Designer update to version 1.6.

The debate around whether light or dark UI is preferable in graphic design software is one which has existed for a very long time. Is dark better for photo editing? Is light better for layout design work? Can dark cause eye strain? Does it simply depend on the colour scheme of the image or design you are working on?

In the end of course it just comes down to personal preference, and in the 1.6 versions you will simply be able to switch between dark and light UI modes so the choice is yours.

Check out how Affinity Designer looks with a light UI:

Affinity Designer in light UI mode

Affinity Designer in light UI mode

Pixel persona in Affinity Designer light UI mode

Affinity Designer pixel persona in light UI mode

The option to toggle between dark and light UI will just be in preferences, and there is no need to restart to app as shown in the video below:

We expect the 1.6 versions of Affinity to launch around Easter, and it will be a free update to all existing owners. We will shortly be making the beta versions available too, follow us on Twitter or Facebook to get notified as soon as they are available.

UPDATE April 2017: V1.6 updates will be slightly later than planned, rather than being released at Easter as we initially hoped. Please follow us on Twitter or Facebook to get notified as soon as they are available.

New keyboard cheat sheets available now

Affinity keyboard shortcut cheat sheets

Our latest keyboard cheat sheets are now available to download and print out. These include all the recent updates to both Affinity Photo and Affinity Designer v1.5, are available for both Mac and Windows and we’ve added versions for German keyboards too!

Of course Affinity apps allow you to fully customise all your shortcut keys should you wish. For that reason along with a PDF file with the default shortcuts, we have also included the .afdesign files (which, of course, you can open and edit in both Affinity Designer and Affinity Photo). This means if you want to create your own personalised cheat sheets, including any customised shortcuts you are using, you can.

All files are available from a zip file download. In there you will find a couple of folders, one for English versions (“Shortcuts_EN”) and one for German versions (“Shortcuts_DE”), and then within there the separate folders for Affinity Photo and Affinity Designer. Get them from the link below:

Affinity Photo now on Windows - and gets a huge 1.5 update

We’re really pleased to let you know that we have launched Affinity Photo 1.5. We’ve had this in development now for over six months, so it’s an absolutely huge update – without a doubt the biggest we have done yet.

Not only that, the launch of 1.5 coincides with Affinity Photo going on sale for Windows.

Focus merge in Affinity Photo 1.5

New features you can look forward to include HDR merge; Direct PSD write back; Macros; Tone mapping; Focus merge; Batch processing; New filters; 360 image editing; RAW improvements and much more.

See the new features

We think these announcements provide two genuine reasons to celebrate today for professionals who want a powerful, high-end image editor.

The launch of Affinity Photo for Windows means we’ve fulfilled our ambition to become a truly cross-platform presence, which was one of the core targets for us when we started developing Affinity apps, seven years ago.

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Almost all our back-end code was designed to work regardless of the operating system, which delivers 100% perfect file compatibility between the two platforms.

As always if you already own Affinity Photo this update is completely free, you can go download it now from the Mac App Store. As part of the update you can also claim a free pack of macros, you will get a link to that from the welcome screen in the app.

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If you don’t yet own Affinity Photo then it’s a great time to buy as we have just reduced the price by 20% to celebrate the launch of this fantastic update to only £29.99 / US$39.99 / €39.99.

This, along with the free macro pack, is only available for a limited time so don’t miss out!

Buy Affinity Photo

Affinity Designer adds Touch Bar support

MacBook Pro Touch Bar

You might have heard us highlighted by Apple during their keynote as one of the first developers to be including support for the new MacBook Pro Touch Bar. Well we’re pleased to say that this week our Touch Bar update to Affinity Designer (v1.5.3) has been made live.

On top of that we have also just made a new 10 day trial version available so if you have just got yourself a new MacBook Pro but don’t own Affinity Designer yet, you can test out our Touch Bar functionality for free!

While this is our first update for Touch Bar, we have made support very comprehensive. Pretty much every single tool and adjustment in the app has its own Touch Bar context menu.

MacBook Pro Touch Bar

Pen Tool options on Touch Bar

We think it’s a nice new development from Apple, which definitely adds to the experience of using Affinity Designer on MacBook Pro. Just a little thing like being able to control the intensity of an adjustment with a touch slider is nice, but the fact you can also do that with one hand while maintaining use of the track pad to pan and zoom is what really makes the difference.

Here’s a small selection of some of the Touch Bar menus you will now see using Affinity Designer on the new MacBook Pro:

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Gradient Map

MacBook Pro Touch Bar

Colour Picker

MacBook Pro Touch Bar

Recolour

MacBook Pro Touch Bar

Cog shape tool

MacBook Pro Touch Bar

Channel Mixer

Of course this is available as a free update if you already own Affinity Designer, but if you don’t then the new trial version which includes Touch Bar support is available here:

Of course this is our first go at including Touch Bar functionality. While it is comprehensive in terms of the tools which are supported we are sure over time there will be ways we can take further advantage of this feature. Of course we would love to hear feedback and ideas from any of you who start using Affinity with the new MacBook Pro.

One last thing – if you’re wondering, right now our Touch Bar support is only available in Affinity Designer. But we will be launching an update to Affinity Photo (1.5) to add it (and a huge amount of other new features) soon.

Thanks!

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