iPad App of the Year ‘Affinity Photo’ Updated With RAW Improvements and Limited-Time Free Add-On Brush Packs

Affinity Photo, which Apple named
the iPad App of the Year for 2017
, was today
with a suite of “more powerful professional
features,” according to developer Serif. To celebrate the new
update, users can also download three add-on brush and filter
packs for free starting today.

Specifically, version 1.6.7 of Affinity Photo lets users shoot
direct in RAW or HDR video from within the iPad app, and
introduces upgrades for RAW processing so that the clarity of
RAW images has improved. There’s direct integration from the
iOS Files app, enhancements to Drag and Drop, the ability to
add personalized fonts, and much more, which you can glimpse in
the Version History on the iOS
App Store

We’ve listed a few updates below:

– Save overwrites back to the same location, without needing to
create a copy
– A new ‘Solo Layer View’ mode, allowing you to isolate
individual layers instantly
– A new ‘Show Touches’ option to create more detailed screen
captures – great for users who create tutorials
– Added ‘Average blur” filter from desktop
– Brand new shadows / highlights algorithm in Develop
– Brand new clarity algorithm in Develop
– New “Solo” layer option in layer properties panel
– New preferences option to show touches – good for screen
– Enhanced angle / tilt support for Apple Pencil
– Snapping candidates can be selected by hovering over them
whilst in a drag

Starting today and lasting for the next two weeks
(expiring March 8), Serif is also offering a trio of packs for
free, available for Affinity Photo owners to download on the web.
These include the Luminance Brush Pack (normally $9.99) with 13
light effect brushes, the Retouch Brush Pack ($9.99) with 20
retouch brushes, and Live Filters Macro Pack (already free) with
28 “non-destructive” live filter layers.

The base Affinity Photo for iPad app costs $19.99 on the iOS
App Store [Direct
] and is compatible with the 9.7-inch, 10.5-inch, and
12.9-inch iPad Pro, iPad Air 2, and iPad from 2017. For users
with an iPad Pro, Serif notes that the app has been optimized
for use with the Apple Pencil.

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