The word is out today that version 1.9 is available for the Affinity apps: Affinity Photo, Affinity Designer, and Affinity Publisher. And, wow, what an update! Along with strong enhancements to current tools, there are a number of exciting new features in all three apps.
I'll talk about a couple of my favorite new features here and cover the updates more in-depth over the next couple weeks. Note that I will be concerned with the Desktop versions of the software (what I use) in my articles, and not the iPad versions. Be sure to check out the links in this article for the news out now from Serif, the company behind Affinity.
Affinity Designer was the first of the Affinity apps that grabbed my attention a few years back, so I'll talk about this one first. If you head over to the Affinity Spotlight website, you can check out their list of top 5 features in version 1.9 here.
- Select Same and Select Object - this is just an incredible feature to have, especially if you are working with complex design and need to quickly locate certain pieces within it. Not only can you change properties of things selected in real-time, but it's generally just a great way to find things and keep your work organized!
- Contour Tool - An equally incredible new feature in version 1.9 is the powerful Contour tool, which you can use easily to add a contour to any object, or quickly adjust the width of open curves. But, that's not all. Shape creation is wonderful with this tool.
I'll admit I only recently started using Affinity Photo more fully, but it is an incredible photo editing app. While Serif points out their picks of the top five features of Affinity Photo 1.9 here, I find my favorites didn't make their top 5.
- Live Liquify - this incredible new feature allows you to perform liquify operations non-destructively using a filter, rather than changing a pixel layer itself. LOVE this!
- Divide Blend Mode - Absolutely wonderful feature to correct color casts, and do some really great adjustments to photos.
- Custom brushes from layer selections - now you can quickly take a selection from your work, make it a brush, and change its characteristics as you wish. I must note that this feature is also available in Affinity Designer 1.9 as well.
I have been using Affinity Publisher quite a bit lately for a couple projects I'm working on. It is a wonderfully intuitive desktop publishing app, and with full integration of Affinity Designer and Affinity Photo through what they call Studio Link (if you own all three apps), it is beautiful. You can read about the top 5 features at Affinity Spotlight here.
- Save as package - with this new option you can now package your document with all its related content (fonts, images, etc.) for sharing with collaborators, or to send off for printing.
- Configurable bleed and margin colors - though maybe a small feature, but surely a helpful one. With the ability to change the color of these guides, it is much easier to see over certain layouts and images for these old eyes.
This, again, is just a quick rundown of what I find exciting (so far) in the newly launched version 1.9 of the Affinity apps. I will go more in-depth in coming weeks, but you can check out more info at the links at the end of this article. If you have a favorite new feature, please share it in comments. Also, be sure to check out the upcoming Affinity Creative Sessions detailing the new features in 1.9 on the Affinity YouTube channel.
Nick C Sorbin (Nick Charles) is a former Managing Editor of 9 years for Renderosity's CG Industry News. By day, a mild-mannered Certified Pharmacy Technician working in both home infusion and a hospital ER, contrasting creative outlets as a digital artist, sculptor, musician, singer/songwriter, and Staff Writer for Renderosity Magazine. Read his articles