Affinity Photo 1.5 is now available on Windows and Mac

The first full release of Affinity Photo for Windows is available today, as is version 1.5 of the Mac version (with both having identical features).

One of the biggest rivals to Adobe Photoshop, Serif’s Affinity Photo, has arrived for PC users. Following an open beta programme, Affinity Photo for Windows 1.5 has the same features as the Mac version – which was updated to version 1.5 today.

Affinity Photo is known for its high performance and speed.  The software offers comprehensive RAW editing, file compatibility, the ability to edit in real-time, and work in any colour space.

Affinity Photo 1.5 will be compatible with Affinity Designer 1.5, which rolled out last month along with a free web design kit. Affinity Designer is now available for Windows. Take a look at it’s new features.

Read on to hear about  features of version 1.5 of Affinity Photo – such as Advanced HDR merge, focus staking, batch processing and editing 360-degree images.

Advanced HDR merge 

The HDR merge will let users produce a full 32-bit linear colour space image. The final image will be made up from a series of photographs you’ve captured and then imported directly into Affinity Photo. The resulting image may be flat, but each pixel will be brought to life with the new tone mapping workspace.

Focus stacking

This new feature on version 1.5 will bring depth to multiple combined images. Similar to the HRD merge feature, focus stacking automatically sorts through a collection of images and stack the focus so your depth of field is just right.

Other version 1.5 features include batch processing, allowing for multiple photographs to be edited and the ability to edit 360-degree images like any other image.

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Users can correct and enhance images using Curves, as well as other colour adjustment layers such as Levels, Black and White, White Balance, HSL, Shadows and Highlights. 

These can be previewed and edited at any time. Adjust, readjust, ad drag and drop Curves onto any layer.


Affinity Photo has a range of filters to work with, including the crucial lighting filter. Users have full control over every aspect of an image's lighting properties, whilst seeing a real-time live preview of the result.

Filters can be applied as live layers, enabling users to edit, erase away or mask effects after they’ve been applied.

 Users can control the lighting percentage of ambience, shininess, distance, direction, texture and more.


The liquify persona gives a focused workspace to adjust, reshape, fix and deform photo subjects.

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 Whether you’re cutting out objects, creating masks or selectively applying adjustments, Affinity Photo claims to have an excellent selection refinement algorithm, even down to the individual strands of hair.