Serif Affinity Photo 2 (Download)

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Serif Affinity Photo 2 (Download)
Key Features
  • Photo Editing and Raw Image Processing
  • Non-Destructive, Layer-Based Editing
  • Retouching Tools and Live Filter Layers
  • Dedicated Brush Engine and Library
A flexible tool for handling a wealth of photo editing tasks, Affinity Photo 2 from Serif is a versatile post-production application offering non-destructive editing capabilities along with a rich tool-set. Utilizing a layer-based workflow, unlimited layers can be used in a non-destructive manner for making complex composites, stitched panoramas, and for creatively enhancing images with Live Filter Layers. Raw file processing is also possible, with full 16-bit color support and a host of development tools for fine-tuning raw images. Adobe Photoshop and HEIF file types are also supported, along with the ability to import .abr brushes into the expansive and customizable brush library. Also supported is HDR and focus stacking compositing for extending both your tonal range and depth of field. Additionally, Affinity Photo's enhanced processing capabilities make it suitable for working with ultra-high-resolution images and multi-layered files with fast, fluent performance and editing speeds.
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Serif Affinity Photo Overview

A flexible tool for handling a wealth of photo editing tasks, Affinity Photo 2 from Serif is a versatile post-production application offering non-destructive editing capabilities along with a rich tool-set. Utilizing a layer-based workflow, unlimited layers can be used in a non-destructive manner for making complex composites, stitched panoramas, and for creatively enhancing images with Live Filter Layers. Raw file processing is also possible, with full 16-bit color support and a host of development tools for fine-tuning raw images. Adobe Photoshop and HEIF file types are also supported, along with the ability to import .abr brushes into the expansive and customizable brush library. Also supported is HDR and focus stacking compositing for extending both your tonal range and depth of field. Additionally, Affinity Photo's enhanced processing capabilities make it suitable for working with ultra-high-resolution images and multi-layered files with fast, fluent performance and editing speeds.

New Features in V2
Photo Editing Essentials
  • Non-destructive development of linked/embedded raw images
  • Layer states to experiment with design options and versions (for desktop only)
  • Non-destructive Live Mesh Warp filter
  • Perspective transforms: tool and filter have rotate and flip options
  • Normals adjustment for editing normal maps from material and texturing workflows
  • Drag-and-drop bitmap fill creation with intelligent scaling
  • Pixel grid displays when zoomed in beyond certain level
General UI
  • Redeveloped UI, tool, and button icons
  • New monochromatic iconography via Preferences (user interface)
  • High-contrast UI settings
  • Drag document tabs to new windows (Mac)
  • Restyled Studio panels via the Window menu (for desktop only)
  • Redesigned Export dialog offers "always on" export preview
  • Command controller for improved modifier-driven workflow (iPad)
  • Quick Menu for context-sensitive access to commands (iPad)
  • Compact Mode for Layers and Brushes Studios (iPad)
New Document Dialog Redesign
  • Easier preset management plus preset previews and favorites
  • In-dialog access to new document presets, templates, samples, and your account details
  • Recent documents (grid or list) are searchable and support pinning (for desktop only)
  • "Always on" Document summary panel (for desktop only)
Non-Destructive Professional Masking
  • Non-destructive compound masks for combining multiple mask layers using Boolean operations (Add, Subtract, Intersect, Xor)
  • Create non-destructive Live masks based on targeted hue ranges, luminosity ranges, or frequency (band-pass)
  • Group contents remain editable when part of a mask
All New Layers Panel
  • Much clearer drop zones for masking, clipping, and reordering
  • Parent bar to easily collapse parent items and drop layers above/below current parent group
  • Unlimited levels of cropping/masking layers
  • Identify layer types by icon (curves, shapes, text, pixel, mask, adjustment)
  • Hide/show all other layers
  • Copy layer effects (FX) from one layer to another
  • Hover-over lock icon toggle (for desktop only)
  • Drag-down Visibility icon to turn on/off multiple selected layers
  • Rasterize selected layers simultaneously
  • Merge selected layers via right-click (for desktop only)
  • Empty group created from single object
  • Collapse parent layer/group from its child
Raster Brush Improvements
  • Improved raster brush quality and accuracy
  • Distance controller changes brush characteristics with stroke length
  • Brush tip interpolation for improved tip quality
  • Switch to a crosshair cursor on all brush tools using caps lock
  • Wet edges on more brush tools
  • Recently used brushes can be seen and reselected for each raster layer
  • Paint Brush Tool has its own B keyboard key shortcut
  • Brushes panel can display brushes as either nozzle thumbnails or strokes
Content Link
  • All Affinity apps on a device can now share brushes, styles, assets, application palettes, and more
  • Avoids unnecessary exporting/importing of content between apps on the same device
  • Migration of custom 1.x content on upgrade (for desktop only)
  • Link custom content to share with other apps
Import/Export/Packaging
  • WebP file import and export
  • JPEG XL file import and export
  • HIF file import (HDR 10-bit PQ encoded) produced by newer Canon cameras
  • Drag/drop stock photos for new document (for desktop only)
  • PDF export will export hidden Affinity vector layers that have child layers as invisible layers
Selections
  • Select Next/Previous Layer, and select Top/Bottom/Parent Layer via the Select menu (for desktop only)
  • Select by group or layer content
  • Disable auto-selection with Move Tool
  • Freehand Selection Tool (Polygonal and Magnetic) automatically pans if you drag beyond document bounds
Placing Content
  • Resource Manager for controlling placed image and document resources (iPad)
  • Repeating objects in a grid
  • Autoflow of multiple images and multi-page PDFs
  • Layer visibility override for placed files (PDF/DWG/DXF) allows turning off layers you don't need
  • Place linked Web images using their URLs via CTRL + drag-and-drop (for desktop only)
  • Dropbox API integration to retain placed resource linkage across multiple devices
Miscellaneous
  • Import Affinity and Adobe Swatch Exchange (.ase) palettes (iPad)
  • Force scale of stroke width, layer effect radii, corner radii, and text frame content on object resize
  • Displace filter offers Sobel (Affinity) and red/green offset (Photoshop) load methods
  • Support for additional spare channels in TIFFs
  • Fill Opacity for 'special 8' blend modes
  • Redeveloped Boolean operations and compounds
  • Change stroke width with "[" and "]" keys; shift key increases/decreases by an absolute amount
  • HSL Color Wheel has box wheel type and offers recent colors and hex code readout/input
  • Multiple shadow, outline, and overlay layer effects per layer
  • Create pattern layers from any raster layer content (including image layers)
  • Easier Quick Masking of pixel selections in Channels panel
  • Isolation (Solo) mode offers better group control
  • Transform attribute for linked layers
  • One-step undo/redo of complex assistant actions
  • Updated lens correction database
  • Paste Style support for copied text selections
  • Editable Exif data
  • Preference to limit initial zoom to a maximum of 100%
Other Features
Performance and Power
  • Enhanced processing capabilities afford impressively fast performance to suit editing high-resolution files over 100MP as well as working with an infinite number of layers.
  • Smooth panning and zoom actions are rendered at up to 60 fps.
  • In addition to standard file types, HEIF files, 12- and 16-bit CMYK TIFF files, and Adobe's PSD and PSB file types are also supported.
  • End-to-end 32-bit workflow is ideal for HDR editing as well as textures, renders, and other exports from 3D software.
  • Batch processing helps to expedite repetitive edits or tasks when working with large groups of images.
  • Supports OpenEXR and radiance HDR files, importing OpenColorIO configuration files, and HDR/EDR monitor types.
  • Full compatibility with both Mac and Windows operating systems, as well as iOS support for editing on an iPad.
  • Support for pen, dial, and touchscreen interfaces.
Refined Adjustments and Retouching
  • Images can be enhanced using a suite of tools, including levels, curves, black and white, white balance, hue/saturation/luminance, and shadows and highlights, as well as several other non-destructive adjustment functions.
  • Skin can be retouched and smoothed using a dedicated frequency separation function.
  • Dedicated dodging, burning, cloning, patching, and blemish removal tools.
  • Integrated liquify workspace for sculpting and modifying image elements.
  • Unique inpainting brush easily removes unwanted objects.
Live Filter Layers and Compositing Tools
  • Creative effects, like blurs, lighting looks, distortion, and perspective corrections, can be applied as non-destructive live filter layers, allowing you to erase away from them, mask them, reorder them in the layer stack, or adjust parameters at any time.
  • Live filter layers can be applied to single-layer images or to multiple layers, stacked images.
  • Maintains full-resolution preview at all times for greater editing accuracy.
  • Unlimited layer support for making advanced and complex image compositions.
  • Layers can be grouped, clipped, masked, and blended together for refined control over effects.
  • Vector and text tools can be used to add additional graphics and type to photographs.
Raw File Development
  • Support for raw files is available, along with the ability to edit up to 16-bit files end-to-end to maintain full color and tonal fidelity.
  • Dedicate lens corrections can be used to reduce unwanted vignetting, distortions, and aberrations.
  • Simple adjustment over exposure, black point, white balance, and other image settings.
  • Histogram feature for easily determining highlight, shadow, and mid-tone clipping.
  • Exif data can be viewed and edited.
  • Advanced noise reduction and hot pixel removal tools.
Brushes
  • Dedicated brush engine offers smooth, fluid, and natural painting performance.
  • Expansive library of brushes along with the ability to create custom brushes or install .abr brush files.
  • Sub Brushes allows combining multiple brushes for use in a single stroke.
  • Full support is available for Wacom and other graphics tablets as well as Apple Pencil when working on an iPad.
Photo Stitching and Selections
  • Built-in stitching algorithm helps to automatically align images and correct perspective distortion in order to produce clean, accurately composited panoramas.
  • Helping to make a clean composition, selection brush, magic wand, lasso, and marquee tools can be used for cutting out objects, creating masks, and selective applying adjustments.
  • Selections can be refined for greater accuracy using paint and pen tools.
HDR Image Editing
  • Dedicated HDR algorithm automatically composites multiple images to produce a winder tonal range using either the full bit-depth of the image or by working with advanced tone mapping controls.
  • Unlimited source images can be used in order to achieve the desired HDR effect.
  • Raw files can be used to produce single image "composites."
  • Alignment and perspective correction tools help achieve accurate results.
  • Additional Focus Merge tool can be used for focus stacking techniques, and benefits macro applications by producing a greater depth of field than possible with a single exposure.

Serif Affinity Photo Specs

Delivery Format
Download
License Type
Standard: Perpetual License
System Compatibility/Requirements
Operating System: Windows/macOS/iOS  

Serif Affinity Photo Reviews

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What is it that is emailed? Why not simply ...

What is it that is emailed? Why not simply download the app, like most app providers?
Asked by: Vito
You will download Serif Affinity Photo 2 (Download) BH #SEAPMW. The registration codes will be emailed to you.
Answered by: Reuben
Date published: 2023-09-05

Are PSD projects able to be opened and ...

Are PSD projects able to be opened and manipulated including editing lavers?
Asked by: David
Yes they can but as Adobe adds features and options to layers the Affinity software development may get out of sync with the Adobe additions. You should get a trial version and test the .psd files you have.
Answered by: Bruce
Date published: 2021-02-09

Does this software replace the software that came ...

Does this software replace the software that came with the camera? Can I use it for an Olympus and a LUMIX?
Asked by: Jim
Yes, it is compatible.
Answered by: Sagi C
Date published: 2020-10-20

Can it be used on iPad Pro?

Can it be used on iPad Pro?
Asked by: Kelsie
System requirements for SW are generally listed on the vendor's website. For Serif, that's here: https://affinity.serif.com/en-us/photo/full-feature-list/ The supported hardware is clearly listed on that page.
Answered by: Gary
Date published: 2022-03-10

Does Affinity have "curves" adjustment like ...

Does Affinity have "curves" adjustment like Photoshop? (Not looking for "levels.")
Asked by: Patricia
The Serif Affinity Photo 2 (Download) BH #SEAPMW publisher does have a free trial that will allow you to test the feature set.
Answered by: Reuben
Date published: 2023-04-16

Can I install to two of my own computer use one ...

Can I install to two of my own computer use one same license? Or I have to buy two copy separately. They are all using Windows 10.
Asked by: Xiangchao
Yes you can as long both computers are running the same os
Answered by: Anonymous
Date published: 2020-02-26

Is it easy to use if it were Adobe Photoshop? ...

Is it easy to use if it were Adobe Photoshop? Does it have layers like Adobe Photoshop?
Asked by: C
Yes, many of Serif Affinity Photo 2's functions are similar to Adobe Phtoshop, including layers.
Answered by: Calvin M
Date published: 2023-03-24

Does Serif Affinity accommodate removal of ...

Does Serif Affinity accommodate removal of unwanted pieces of a photo? (such as an unwanted background item like an accidental photobomber or trash can, etc.)
Asked by: Randy
Yes, Unique inpainting brush easily removes unwanted objects.
Answered by: Sagi C
Date published: 2021-01-19
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