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 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.
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:
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.
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.
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.
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!
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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.
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:
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.
Today is a very big day!
Affinity has now become officially cross-platform with the launch of Affinity Designer for Windows. It was our trail-blazing first app, and since being launched on Mac the response we have had to it has been unbelievable. It’s consistently been the top paid-for design app on Mac since launch, we’ve won a coveted Apple Design Award and there have been thousands of 5-star customer reviews on the Mac App Store.
For many designers, Affinity Designer has become their go-to app for everything from creating concept art, print projects, logos and icons to UI design, web graphics and mock-ups. And because Affinity Designer on Windows matches the Mac version feature-for-feature, PC users can now experience the same thrilling speed, incredible tools and supreme accuracy which has given Affinity Designer that formidable reputation.
Affinity Designer for Windows
To celebrate the launch of Affinity Designer for Windows we are making it available with a 20% discount for a limited time. As an extra bonus at the moment you will also get a FREE kit containing lots of essential elements for UI and web design.
Affinity Designer in the press
We’re proud of the amazing reviews of Affinity Designer in the press. Check out some of what they’ve been saying…
If you haven’t been fortunate enough to use Affinity Designer, let me sing its praises for you: it’s lightweight, feature-packed, and offers nearly everything Adobe’s Illustrator does (and a few things it doesn’t).
Need to know more?
The Next Web
Not since the invention of vector graphics themselves have I seen anything quite so useful to designers.
The success of Affinity Designer has been meteoric – the app has shaken up the graphic design software industry.
Great UI, buttery smooth software and jaw-dropping price.
We’ve been wondering when a serious challenger would appear, and Serif has thrown down the gauntlet in fine style.
Experienced digital designers, illustrators and artists will feel instantly at home with Affinity Designer’s powerful selection of essential tools. Here’s just some of what you can expect:
- A complete vector and pixel editing toolset
- 10 million+ percent zoom
- Non-destructive effects and adjustment layers
- RGB, CMYK, LAB, Pantone and ICC colour management
- Advanced typography, including text styles and text-on-a-path
- Effortless PSD, SVG, EPS, PNG and PDF/X handling
- Unlimited artboards with device pre-sets
- Super smooth gradients and colour control
- Standard and retina resolution pixel preview
- Unlimited and saveable undo history
- Incredibly powerful export capabilities
- Symbols, including multiple versions and nested symbols
- Constraints for pseudo-responsive design
- Grids, guides and advanced snapping including pixel alignment
- Fully customisable shortcuts.
Of course you can get more information on our Affinity Designer webpage, or why not check out our overview video below…
We want to use this opportunity to thank everyone who has helped us during the beta period, it means a great deal to us. It’s worth saying that while today we launch the full version we never stop working on the app and will continue to make the app better and better with free updates in future – so keep your feedback and requests coming! More than anything we really hope you enjoy using Affinity Designer, whether on Mac or Windows, and look forward to seeing the work you create.
We’re finding it hard to believe that Affinity Photo is now a year old … for a toddler, it’s certainly taken some giant steps!
It feels like no time at all since we were nervously launching Affinity Photo into the Mac App Store, anxiously waiting to see whether anybody would be interested in our image editing app…
Since then, we’re proud that our bouncing baby has won all kinds of awards. Affinity Photo was selected by Apple as their Best App of 2015 and has been the #1 selling photography app on the Mac App Store.
What’s more, we’ve received fantastic feedback from the professional photography community.
Of course it’s been a 12-month period where we’ve never rested on our laurels; pushing out four updates to Affinity Photo already, including hundreds of improvements and some big new features (all free to customers who’ve bought the app).
We are celebrating with 20% off!
One of the ways we are celebrating is by giving those of you who haven’t purchased Affinity Photo yet the chance to get it with a 20% discount for the next two weeks.
That means until July 21st 2016, Affinity Photo will be available at the fantastic price of £29.99 / $39.99 / €39.99 from the Mac App Store. Don’t forget that’s the only price you pay – there’s no subscription and free updates.
Get your FREE Concept Tools PRO brushes from DAUB®
This FREE raster brush set, containing 16 brushes created for concept artwork, has been created especially to celebrate Affinity Photo’s first birthday by Paolo Limoncello from DAUB®.
You can also use this brush set in Affinity Designer too – follow the link below to get your set today and then read on for instructions on how to get them into Affinity.
How to import the DAUB® Concept Tools Pro brush set
To use these brushes in Affinity Photo and/or Affinity Designer, simply download them using the link above and follow these instructions:
- Drag the DAUB_DAUB Concept Tools PRO.afbrushes to Affinity Photo or Affinity Designer.
- Use the Import Brushes… function found in the Brushes Panel in either Affinity Photo or Affinity Designer.
Important note: If you are using the Affinity Designer for Windows beta, this is currently the only way to import brushes.
You will see this dialog box when your brushes are successfully installed:
Important note: If you import these brushes into Affinity Designer, they will only be available in the Pixel Persona.
We hope you enjoy them and would love to see what you create with these brushes in the usual places!
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It’s been the most asked question on our Facebook page and Twitter feed ever since we launched Affinity 18 months ago… when is Affinity coming to Windows?
Well, we’re excited to say that as of today you can download the free public beta of Affinity Designer for your PC!
After registering, you’ll receive a link which allows you to download the beta program onto your PC (you’ll need to be running 64 bit Windows 7 and above).
Here’s a short video showing the capabilities of Affinity Designer for Windows…
It’s important to remember the Windows beta version is far from the finished article and at this stage it might not work perfectly. So at the same time, we’ll send you more information about how you can help us fine-tune the program further during the beta period – a crucial part of the process.
Of course we understand that being part of a beta trial isn’t for everyone, and some people would rather wait for the finished product to go on sale. But we really hope that you’ll choose to sign up to be part of the trial.
And make sure you follow us on Twitter and like us on Facebook to stay right up to date with our latest news.
The team at Affinity are delighted that Affinity Photo has won an amazing award, Best Imaging Software in 2016, as recognised by TIPA, the Technical Image Press Association.
This puts Affinity Photo ahead of strong rivals across the entire industry, beyond the Mac App Store and even beyond the Mac platform! Thank you to the judges at TIPA for recognising Affinity Photo’s professional tool set, affordable price, and live editing capabilities, with “Raw file format editing, numerous colour space options, compatibility with the most common file formats, and live previews”.
A TIPA Awards endorsement is a high accolade for any photo and imaging product, with the TIPA group spanning the globe and comprised of technically adept members of the photography press. Editors from the TIPA member magazines met for their General Assembly on 1st April in San Francisco, USA to vote for the best photo and imaging products launched by the industry in the last 12 months, and we’re over the moon to have been chosen amongst other industry greats.
Get a 10-day free trial of Affinity Photo, and follow us on Twitter or Like us on Facebook to stay up to date with our latest news!
Team Affinity headed to The Photography Show between 19th and 22nd March, the biggest show of its kind in the UK. With over 30,000 professional photographers and enthusiasts attending over 4 days it was the ideal place to showcase Affinity Photo.
Our bustling stand with live demos and looping videos outside
We joined huge names like Canon, Nikon, Sony and many others, with hundreds of workshops and masterclasses from pros throughout the show and ‘super stage’ speakers including the one and only David Bailey, wildlife guru Chris Packham, fashion photographer Lara Jade and street photographer Bruce Gilden. We were privileged to meet and chat with thousands of people, including some existing Affinity customers—thank you for being part of the community! The team delivered captivating demos to huge groups that spilled into the aisles, with Affinity Photo proving to be a real star of the show for those just discovering it for the first time.
A visitor-magnet; the team’s Apple Design Award
We were really warmed by people turning up saying “I’ve been told I really have to see this!” and our one-on-ones with real photos and real-world editing techniques were the easy way to greet those visitors and show that the app really does live up to its App of the Year, 5-star reputation.
Ash showing off the future of photo editing
Serif’s Managing Director Ash Hewson headed up many of the live demos himself, alternating with James Ritson who makes most of our Affinity Photo tutorial videos. They showed the instant, real-time, live nature of the app, highlighting the sheer speed of tools, the accuracy of cutting subjects from backgrounds, the simplicity of live masking, live adjustments, live filters, the flexibility of our layer handling, and the incredible quality of inpainting, image stitching, stacks, and liquify.
Creative Director Neil Ladkin ran a live photo studio in one corner of the stand, kitted out with a camera, tripod, lights, miniature models, and a Mac hooked up to a big screen so everyone could see him weaving shots of everyday objects into stunning and highly polished works of art. With so many people eager to learn more, Neil ended up spending more time chatting with attendees than editing shots in his studio, and like him we all absolutely loved meeting and talking with so many enthusiastic and talented photographers, retouchers, hobbyists and journalists.
‘Lighthouse’ – one of Neil’s live model compositions done at The Photography Show in Affinity Photo
Monday 21st March saw the team joined by Head of Affinity Development Tony Brightman, lead Photo dev Andy Somerfield, lead Designer dev Matt Priestley, and lead Windows dev Mark Ingram. The devs spent time with photographers just like the rest of the team and Matt also had a surprise for us all—a preview of Affinity Designer on his iPad Pro with beautiful touch controls.
Exclusive sneak peeks of upcoming Affinity tech at the show!
After “I’ve been told I need to see this” the next thing we heard the most was “How do I buy this?”. The team weren’t taking orders for Affinity apps at the show, instead discussing how the apps work, giving demos, chatting about workflows, introducing the upcoming Windows version (with sign-ups for the beta open now at affinity.serif.com/windows), and pointing people towards the Mac App Store where Affinity Photo was on offer during the show. And that’s still a one-time price with no subscription.
We’re only a small team with limited budget and can’t attend as many shows as we would like to in as many countries as we would like, but we do hope to be at The Photography Show again in 2017—so tell your friends, we’d love to see you and thousands more photographers there, as well as give you a chance to try the latest apps and meet the team! Like or Follow us on Twitter or Facebook to stay up to date with our adventures
Thank you from Team Affinity!
Front L-R creative dir Neil, marketing mgr Kate, tech author James, sales mgr Nick, sales mgr Duncan.
Back L-R managing director Ash, marketing asst Umar; taking the pic product mgr Dale.
We’ve got some very exciting news to share today—we are going to be launching Affinity on Windows later in the year!
We have to be honest—we’ve been working on this for some time now, but because of the technical challenges involved we have been reluctant to commit to any definite schedule. However, development has gone a lot better than expected. We now have an Alpha build of Affinity Designer running on Windows which is very nearly feature complete—and we are expecting to be able to put that to a public beta in as little as 2-3 months time.
Should you run a Windows set up and want to be one of the first to check it out you can put your name down for the free beta now—it’s open to everyone.
Even if you are exclusively a Mac user we hope you agree this is a positive step. With the Windows versions basically being replicas of what we have done on Mac, including 100% file compatibility, it should improve adoption and file sharing ability for everyone in the future. And importantly we’ve done this with an entirely separate team of Windows developers so it’s not compromising progress of the Mac versions (as it happens we’ve got a couple of great updates to Affinity Designer and Affinity Photo for you in the works right now).
Head of Windows Development Mark Ingram using Designer on a Surface
Affinity Photo on Windows (still missing a couple of personas!)
We’ll be giving a peek at the Windows versions for the first time at this weekend’s Photography Show at the NEC here in the UK. We’d really like to see you if you’re there, but if not make sure you follow us on Facebook or Twitter as we’ll be sharing some footage of it over the weekend.
Obviously this is big news, and if you want to join the discussion about it the best place is on this forum thread, or on this Facebook post—if you have any questions or want to let us know what you think we’d love to hear from you.
All the best,
The Affinity Team