Serif has updated its image editing software Affinity Photo with ‘a huge performance boost’ to make it faster to use and more capable with large files. The step to v1.6 also brings a new light-colored user interface option.

Additional feature enhancements include a stroke stabilization mode for brushes and pencils, as well as better support for its Photoshop plug-in. Here's a full list of the new features you'll find in Affinity Photo 1.6:

  • New light user interface option
  • New stroke stabiliser for all pencil and brush tools
  • New "Edit In" integration with Apple Photos
  • Metal 2 accelerated view optimised for macOS High Sierra
  • Improved view pan/zoom performance and
  • Improved performance with large documents
  • New font chooser dropdown with recents, used fonts and favourites
  • New Glyph browser
  • Align to key items
  • Text frame vertical alignment options
  • Fit frame to text
  • Custom brush wet edges
  • Outlier stacking mode
  • Improved Photoshop Plugin support
  • Improved Live Filters performance
  • Many PDF export improvements including vector export of multi-stop gradients
  • Numerous bug fixes and other improvements

Additionally, the update gives new and existing users what the company describes as 'bonus content' worth around £120, including:

  • Dirk Wüstenhagen Fine Art Texture Collection: 99 beautifully crafted, high-resolution textures
  • Uplift Epic Skies Overlay: A versatile collection of 50 striking cloud overlays
  • Macro Pack: A stunning set of image styles, light leaks and distortions

Affinity Photo costs £49 / $50 / €55 and can be downloaded directly from the Affinity website.

Press Release

Affinity 1.6 updates and free bonus content available now

We are thrilled to announce that both Affinity Photo and Affinity Designer have just received a fantastic new update. And to celebrate for the next two weeks we are giving away a huge bundle of creative content free with every purchase!

Our apps continue to push the boundaries of professional creative software and this latest update raises the bar once again with a huge performance boost making them faster, smoother and more powerful than ever.

We’ve added valuable new features including a light UI mode, brush stabilisation and tons of useful performance improvements and enhancements. For more details check out our brand-new product pages and the 1.6 feature video below, all created using artwork submitted by our very talented users.

Affinity apps are all about enabling you to work faster – whether it’s a quick design draft or photo edit, or a painstaking, complex document involving hundreds of layers or stacked images.

Our apps are already a trusted part of the workflow for creative professionals around the world. The latest versions build on those proven capabilities to deliver lightning speed, pinpoint accuracy and incredible processing power like never before.
Along-side the v1.6 update you will also receive:

Affinity Photo bonus content worth around £105

  • Dirk Wüstenhagen Fine Art Texture Collection - 99 beautifully crafted, high-resolution textures
  • Uplift Epic Skies Overlay - A versatile collection of 50 striking cloud overlays
  • Macro Pack - A stunning set of image styles, light leaks and distortions

Affinity Designer bonus content worth around £60

  • Frankentoon Texturizer Pro Brush Pack - Over 70 brushes created exclusively for Affinity Designer
  • Tom Chalky Handcrafted Fonts & Textures – A huge bundle of stylish fonts and over 80 textures
  • Grade UI Kit – More than 1000 fully-customisable elements, icons, panels and buttons

If you already own Affinity Photo or Affinity Designer this update is completely free, and to thank you for your support we’ve also made the free content available to existing users until 16 November when the special offer ends.

Mac customers can download the update right now from the Mac App Store and Windows customers will be prompted to update the next time they open their app. Once installed a link to the free content will appear on the app welcome screen (go to Help and select Welcome if it does not appear at start up).

If you don’t own them yet now is the perfect time to buy. The apps are available priced at £48.99 / $49.99 / 54,99€ each, which we think is great value for money ? the free content alone would cost more than the app, if bought separately. And remember there’s no subscription and future updates like this one are also included in the price!

It’s also worth noting our free trials have now been reset, so if you downloaded a trial in the early days and would like to see how far our apps have come, you can now download the trial from our website for a second time.