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Welcome to Affinity 1.9

The 1.9 versions of the whole Affinity suite are here!

Check out just some of the brand-new features and major improvements below, including a new contour tool and select same in Affinity Designer, package output, data merge and PDF passthrough in Affinity Publisher, and the ability to add non-destructive liquify layers, path text and linked layers in Affinity Photo.

All downloads come with a range of incredible free content when you register your app, including brushes, textures, overlays and templates. If you own the apps already, get the update today for free, otherwise head over to our homepage to learn more about our professional creative software.

Performance improvements

Expect big performance gains when working with large complex vector documents in all apps as well as much faster IDML import in Publisher.

Select same

Match attributes such as fill colour, stroke colour, stroke weight, transparency, blend mode or shape type by selecting all objects in your document. It’s a huge timesaver and great workflow improvement.

PDF passthrough (desktop only)

It’s now possible to flag your imported PDFs for PDF passthrough. This ensures that the file will be a perfect representation of the original PDF when exporting, regardless of whether you have the embedded fonts installed or not.

Windows GPU acceleration

We’ve made use of hardware acceleration on both the macOS and iPad versions of Affinity for some time (including being some of the first apps to optimise for the new Apple M1 chips). Now, Windows users can experience these large performance boosts too with up to 10x faster performance on pixel-based tasks like filter effects, adjustments and painting. Requires Windows 10 (April 2020 update or later) with a Direct3D feature level 12.0 capable card.

Package (desktop only)

Collate your document alongside all used image and font resources into a folder. This can then be easily transferred to another system to aid collaboration or for print production.

RAW improvements

We’ve now added the SerifLabs RAW engine to Affinity Photo for iPad to ensure consistency between how RAW files are developed on desktop and iPad. This allows for better noise reduction and manual lens corrections, and also gives you more cropping flexibility. We’ve also updated our library to support the latest cameras.

Contour tool

Effortlessly add a contour to any object or increase the width of single open curves with this powerful new tool. An easy way to create abstract shapes or an offset path — great for various architectural purposes or for making a logo or print file for a sticker.

Add live liquify layer

Liquify operations can now be done non-destructively or applied over the top of a load of layers rather than just on a single pixel layer.

Data merge

Easily integrate text and image links into your document by merging from an external data source (Text/CSV, JSON and Excel files are currently supported). Perfect for creating certificates, business cards, badges, tickets, form letters, envelopes and catalogues.

Add path text

You can now create text on a path in Affinity Photo, just like you can in Designer and Publisher. The path can be created from any line, curve or shape drawn using any of the line or shape tools and allows you to explore a whole range of diverse typographical designs.

Linked images and resource manager (desktop only)

You can now link resources in Designer and Photo just like you can in Publisher, opening up collaborative workflow possibilities and reducing document file sizes.

Select object

Organise layers more efficiently by selecting all objects of a certain type (all symbols, all pixel layers, any shapes without a stroke, etc) within your document to make editing them even easier.

Edit spare channels as layers

Previously, there wasn’t a direct way to edit the content of a spare channel, but now you can isolate, edit and duplicate spare channels with a simple click or touch.

Convert pixel layer to image node

Instead of remaining embedded within the document, any pixel layers you have in Affinity Publisher can now be converted to an image, which can also now be linked or packaged as a resource.

New divide blend mode

This new feature opens up creative and practical techniques like correcting colour casts, enhancing infrared imagery and augmenting live filters.

Content sync of store purchases

You now have the ability to link your apps with your Affinity account and download all of your content from the store directly to your apps. All purchased content will show up in your linked apps once you complete the download, ready for you to use even when you’re offline.

Flattened bitmap representation used for all PSD files

In addition to our already amazing PSD handling, when placing a PSD, Affinity Publisher now uses the flattened bitmap representation in the file rather than interpreting the file content itself. This will provide much better results without needing to have the correct fonts installed. You can still choose to edit the layers of the placed PSD should you wish.

Plus many other fixes and improvements…

Studio presets for the UI layout (desktop only)

Save your favourite workspace setups for different tasks and easily switch between them.

Path text improvements

Additional controls now make it possible to avoid flowing text onto both sides of a curve and to hide overflowing path text if desired.

Initial text baseline advance

Text frames now support an ‘Initial Advance’ property to help keep text aligned with other page elements and ensure a predictable, consistent layout.

Configurable bleed and margin guide colours (desktop only)

You can now change the colour of the bleed and margin guides in your documents.

Artboard conversion to spreads now optional

When opening an Affinity document with artboards in Publisher, it will no longer automatically prompt to convert to spreads. It will open as an artboard document, but you can convert at any time through the option in the pages panel.

Placed scale for all placed files (desktop only)

You can now see and edit the scale percentage of any placed files in the context toolbar (previously only available for images). This allows you to reset the scaling to 100% and is especially helpful for architectural documents featuring detailed plans as well as for CAD PDFs or advertisements being supplied to a magazine in PDF or PSD format which need to be a specific size.

Curves numeric field controls (desktop only)

The curves adjustment now gives X and Y readout values for each node on the graph, allowing you to make incredibly precise numeric adjustments.

Snap to pixel selection bounds

It’s now possible to snap to pixel selection bounds, which is especially useful when working with floorplans and other similar documents.

Blend modes for mask layers

Dodge and burn on masks and use brush tools with blend modes. Gives you fine tonal control when masking.

PDF bookmarks

Bookmarks provide a listing of flagged content present within a PDF document and are a great tool to save digital readers time as it allows them to skip to certain parts of a document, such as an order form. They can now be added via the Anchor Panel or automatically generated from a Table of Contents.

Use filters on masks

You can now use a selection of destructive filters on mask layers, including blurring, sharpening, distortion and noise. Works on mask layers, adjustments, live filters, fill layers and spare channels.

External display support for iPad (iPad only)

When you connect your iPad to an external monitor, you can now configure your two displays separately to have one showing your document without the user interface, and the other showing your normal workspace. This allows you to zoom in and work in finer detail on one display, while viewing the final composition on the other.


New benchmarking option lets you run a series of vector and raster operations to measure the speed of your device. Separate CPU and GPU tests are performed, giving you a clearer idea of how they will both contribute to performance as you work.

Create brushes from current pixel selection

While working in Photo or in Designer’s Pixel Persona, you now have the ability to easily create your own custom brush in a matter of seconds from an element that’s already in your design. You can also select an area of a mask to convert into an intensity brush.

Elliptical marquee automatically creates from centre

When selecting circular objects in Photo or in Designer’s Pixel Persona, your drag will now start from the centre of the object for better accuracy. You can still choose to start the drag from the top left of the object if you wish.

Stacking improvements for astrophotography (desktop only)

Improve signal-to-noise ratio by stacking multiple exposures together to bring your astrophotography to life. FITS and RAW images supported.

Pattern layers

Add a fixed size bitmap layer that repeats across your entire document. These pattern layers can be painted on, masked, manipulated with filters and transformed non-destructively — all while you watch the resulting pattern come to life in real-time.

Linked layers

Edit layers simultaneously by linking them. You can even ‘unlink’ particular aspects of a layer so only certain edits are made across the board (for example, if you wanted a mask to share the same pixel content as another mask, but not the opacity settings).

Hierarchical control of antialiasing

Useful and powerful feature, especially for pixel artists and also for applications where the output must not be antialiased.

Free new content

All 1.9 downloads come with a range of incredible free content when you register your app — all you need is an Affinity account to utilise our brand-new content sync feature.

For desktop

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Affinity Publisher

Three professional, editable and print-ready templates (.aftemplate), including a cookbook template by Occy Design, Gradient magazine template by Luuqas Design and Brill photography portfolio by Flowless.

All supplied in both US letter and international A4 sizes with a commercial licence. Worth (US)$82 in total.

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Affinity Designer

Three texture packs from MiksKS, including 20 vector and raster ink stamp textures and 30 raster paint roller textures (supplied as .afassets and standalone PNGs), plus 20 black and white spray paint textures (in .afassets and JPG format) with 20 companion spray paint raster brushes.

All supplied with a commercial licence. Worth (US)$33 in total.

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Affinity Photo

Four overlay packs by Paper Farms, including 20 fog overlays, 60 snow overlays, 35 rainbow overlays and 20 rain overlays.

All supplied in .afassets and PNG format with a commercial licence. Worth (US)$35 in total.

For iPad

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Affinity Designer for iPad

Get the Memento pack by Pixelbuddha, comprised of 35 vector and raster brushes including scatter, noise, hatch and shadow (also work with pressure too), plus 12 accompanying textures (in .afassets, PNG and EPS format).

You’ll also get the Artista Affinity Designer brushes by Pixelbuddha — a set of 60 brushes comprised of pencil, dry brush, spray, pen and all their variations in both vector and raster format (.afbrushes), plus 10 textures in .afassets, PNG and EPS format.

All supplied with a commercial licence. Worth (US)$38 in total.

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Affinity Photo for iPad

Add grunge effects to your compositions with dust brushes and overlays from xresch (.afassets, .afbrushes and standalone JPG and PNG format), plus get over 100 light effect overlays by Paper Farms, including sun beams, bokeh, dust, radiant and sunny light (.afassets and standalone JPG and PNG format).

All supplied with a commercial licence. Worth (US)$36 in total.

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