1.7 A major update for Affinity Photo & Designer

1.7 A major update for Affinity Photo & Designer

Biggest-ever Affinity updates

 Speed, power and extensive new features, GPU compute acceleration, HDR monitor support and a new memory management system ensure the Affinity suite continues to be at the cutting edge of modern creative software. The 1.7 versions of Affinity Designer and Affinity Photo have both been launched simultaneously on Mac, Windows and iPad

Affinity Designer and Photo today receive their biggest ever updates, adding market­leading performance improvements, best­ever usability and an extensive list of new features. The latest versions underline Serif’s commitment to pushing the limits of performance that users can expect from their hardware. It’s the same approach that made Affinity apps the first fully­featured creative desktop apps to make the leap to iPad. 

Today’s v1.7 upgrades mean Mac users can now enjoy end­to­end Metal compute acceleration to take full advantage of  the  Mac’s discrete GPU, making all raster layer and brush operations up to 10 times faster than ever before. Additionally, the apps now support multiple GPUs—whether internal or with external units connected— multiplying the performance gains further.

Affinity Photo and Affinity Designer are now fully optimised for multiple GPUs, including external eGPUs. Serif Managing Director Ashley Hewson says: “It’s really important that we are leading the way in exploiting the latest technologies available to us and our customers. GPU compute acceleration is something we have worked tirelessly on for the last couple of years as it is certainly the future in achieving phenomenal speeds, even when working on massive, deep­colour projects. We’re pleased to say that for Affinity customers on Mac the future is now here.”

Serif is working on hardware acceleration for its Windows version too, although that will be delivered in a future update. But that hasn’t stopped them achieving big performance increases—today’s updates introduce a rewritten memory management system resulting in 3x or 4x speed improvements across many tasks on Windows machines.

  • Dial and Pen support for Microsoft Surface devices has also been significantly upgraded, giving users new ways to interact with the apps.
  • Dial and Pen support has been improved substantially on Surface devices
  • And in a market­first for photo editing and graphic design apps, Affinity Photo and Designer now come with full support for the latest HDR / EDR monitors. This allows photographers to see new levels of the detail captured in RAW files, while designers can push colour intensity in graphics far further than was possible before.
  • “Using Affinity Photo with an HDR monitor offers a simply stunning experience,” says Ashley Hewson. “It’s amazing the detail and  dynamic range the latest SLR cameras capture when shooting in RAW, and Affinity Photo now offers the opportunity to actually see all that depth while editing on an HDR monitor.

 “But this isn’t just for high­end photography. As more and more graphic content is being consumed on HDR displays, it will start to become important that designers are using an app which can both work in a 32bit colour space and render the results on an HDR monitor. Affinity Designer is the first professional graphic design application to do both.”

  •  Support for HDR & EDR displays has been added, including support for the new Apple Pro Display XDR
  • Users of Affinity on iPad aren’t left out either. There are further performance optimisations and a refreshed, compact UI which both gives more real estate for working, but also to allow for the ultimate experience on the new 7.9­inch screen iPad mini.

 “The new iPad mini is an incredible device, especially now it supports Apple Pencil,” says Ashley Hewson. “It’s pretty cool that you can work on high­end photo compositions or full design projects with thousands of objects on such a small device”

 As well as these device specific improvements, there are plenty of new features and improvements which have been added ­ all of them available on the Mac, Windows and iPad versions from today.

 

Affinity Photo

 

  • Much improved RAW processing engine offering significantly faster loading of files, a new demosaicing algorithm, more effective noise reduction, hot pixel removal and wide colour space
  • Rewritten brush engine adding all­new multi­brushes, a symmetry mode (up to 32­way) and on­the­fly nozzle rotation with shortcut
  • Batch processing is improved, a new assets panel is available for quick drag and drop of commonly used elements, and the layers panel has had a complete

 

Anity Designer

 

  • New isometric controls allowing you to work directly on any isometric plane ­ or fit existing elements to a plane with a single
  • Vector shapes can now possess an unlimited number of strokes and fills, with complete freedom to interleave different attributes and control how they are blended together. Arrowheads have been added to the stroke panel too.
  • Improvements to almost all vector tools, including lasso selection of nodes, the pencil tool adding a sculpt mode, a new point transform tool as well as huge improvements to guides, grids and

 “This update isn’t only about the big new features and performance gains—we’ve also made literally thousands of little tweaks and improvements to both apps based on all the feedback we get from our customers every day. It’s a lot of these little enhancements which add up to mean both Affinity Photo and Affinity Designer are more productive than ever before.”

 

 

Get it Now!

The new 1.7 versions of both Anity Photo and Anity Designer are available now with a 20% discount ($39.99 desktop, $15.99 iPad) with no subscription. Existing users can download the updated versions free.

Fujifilm announces the GFX 100

Fujifilm announces the GFX 100

Preserve for the Future

The GFX, FUJIFILM’s mirrorless digital camera system, has achieved the highest level of image quality in the world of professional photography. The system continues its evolution… 

The GFX100 uses a large format CMOS sensor with over 100 million pixels which makes this the highest class resolution mirrorless digital camera ever produced. The GFX100, is the coming together of FUJIFILM’s unique blend of imaging and optical technologies and heralds the future of photography for the years to come.  

Body

Despite featuring a sensor which is 1.7 times larger than a 35mm full frame sensor, the GFX100’s body is equivalent to that of a flagship 35mm full frame DSLR camera in terms of dimensions (156.2mm (W) x 163.6mm (H) x 102.9mm (D), measuring 48.9mm at the thinnest part) and weight (approx. 1400g including two batteries, memory card and EVF).

 

 Sensor / Processor / Mount

The new sensor, specifically developed for this camera, measures approx. 55mm diagonally and boasts an effective pixel count of approx. 102 million. When combined with the fourth generation “X­ Processor 4” processor, it delivers the world’s highest level of image quality with exceptional color reproduction unique to FUJIFILM and the ultra sharp “FUJINON GF lenses.”

 Stabilization

Generally speaking, the higher the pixel count an image sensor has, the higher the likelihood of camera shake. To avoid this threat to image quality, FUJIFILM has designed an IBIS system specifically for the new 102MP large format sensor which gives up to 5.5 stops** of image stabilization.

 inder / Monitor

The GFX100 inherits GFX 50S’s popular detachable EVF system that can be adjusted to various angles when using the EVF Tilting Adapter EVF­TL1. The world’s highest class resolution 5.76 million dot OEL panel has been used to develop the GFX100 high definition EVF unit. The viewfinder has a magnification of 0.86x and contains five optical glass elements including aspherical elements and has been specifically designed for the 102MP sensor, which requires extreme focusing accuracy.

 Colors / Image setting

The combination of the newly developed image sensor and the fourth generation “X‐Processor 4” processing engine means the camera also supports “16‐bit RAW” mode, requested by many professional photographers. The GFX100 also supports 16‐bit TIFF in camera file conversion. The ultra high 100MP+ resolution and rich color and tonal reproduction found in our FILM SIMULATION modes, significantly boosts photo data’s post processing tolerance, meeting the diverse needs of professional photographers.

 Movie recording

The combination of the new image sensor with high speed readout and the high performance fourth generation “X‐Processor 4” engine has given the camera the ability to record 4K30P video (10bit 4:2:2 externally and 10bit 4:2:0 internally), a world’s first amongst large‐ format consumer mirrorless digital cameras carrying a sensor bigger than the 35mm format.

 Focusing / Continuous shooting

The GFX100 is the first model in the GFX System that uses our phase detection AF algorithm, adopted from the fourth generation X Series cameras (X‐T3 and X‐T30), and which is praised for its precision and speed. The algorithm makes full use of 3.76 million phase detection pixels, placed across the entire sensor, to set a new standard in AF speed and precision for large format cameras performing the standard “Single Point” AF as well as “Zone” and “Wide Tracking” AF. The effect is particularly noticeable when using prime lenses with a heavy set of focus lens elements, achieving speed improvement of up to 210% over the conventional contrast AF system.

 Various functions

The GFX100 can accommodate two NP‐T125 batteries, extending the number of frames per charge to approx. 800 when the rear LCD is used. The camera can also be powered and charged through the USB‐ C connection. Connecting an external battery that supports USB Power Delivery enables even longer continuous shooting and simultaneous charging of the two batteries in the camera.

 Accessories / Workflow

Similarly to previous GFX models, the GFX100 is compatible with “Tether Shooting Plug‐in PRO for Adobe® Photoshop® Lightroom®” and “Capture One Pro FUJIFILM” for RAW processing and tethered shooting to accommodate the workflow of any professional photographers.

 Notes

 * Diagonal length of the 43.8mm x 32.9mm sensor is approx.

** Pitch/yaw shake With GF63mmF2.8 R WR lens mounted.

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We are pleased to announce the 50 shortlisted images of OpenWalls Arles, which respond to the award’s theme: Home & Away. The images have been selected by our international panel of judges, which include Genevieve Fussell, (The New Yorker), Vignes Balasingam (OBSCURA Festival) and Julia de Bierre (Galerie Huit Arles). See the full list of judges here.

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ON1 Photo RAW 2019.5 – The Lightroom Alternative is Bigger & Better Than Ever

 ON1, announces that ON1 Photo RAW 2019.5, a free update to ON1 Photo RAW 2019, is coming in mid-May. ON1 continues rolling out valuable features in ON1 Photo RAW at breakneck speed making it one of the bestalternative to the Adobe® Photography Plan subscription. ON1 Photo RAW is currently the only solution to utilize AI-powered algorithms to transfer and display Lightroom edited photos in Photo RAW. The transferred photos and settings remain non-destructive and re-editable inside ON1 Photo RAW, so photographers do not lose years of work from Lightroom. For photographers not interested in making a switch, ON1 Photo RAW 2019.5 is also a world-class plug-in for Lightroom and Photoshop making it a compelling tool for any photography workflow. The latest version, ON1 Photo RAW 2019.5, will include powerful new features to increase productivity, additional organizing benefits, a ton of feature and performance enhancements, and new camera support.  

New Features in Version 2019.5

  • Dual Mode  Easily undock the Browse Module from the Edit Module, use a second display, or make sales or client presentations on a projector or TV. The dual mode will allow photographers to customize how they want to work when browsing and editing photos.  
  • Edit History — A full edit history will be added when working on photos. Each editing step will be viewable, along with the ability to roll-back and compare adjustments. Photographers can also revert to the beginning of the editing session.
  • Settings Applied Info — Photographers will be able to quickly view which modules, tools, and filters are applied to a photo. This non-linear approach will also allow photographers to double-click on a setting and jump straight to it for further adjustments.
  • Selective Sync — Enhanced granularity in which settings to apply when syncing your settings (or pasting and saving a preset) will be added. For example, photographers will be able to drill down and only apply a white balance adjustment. The ability to sync cropping, retouching and brush strokes between photos will also be included.
  • Hierarchical Keywords — The master keyword list will now support nesting keywords inside of other keywords. Nested keywords will allow photographers to organize keywords as they see fit. Importing a list of nested keywords from other apps like Adobe Lightroom® will also be supported.
  • Apple® Photos® Extension Enhancements — Integration with Apple Photos now supports the full raw data, improving adjustments to tone and color. It also supports re-editable non-destructive editing and more native ON1 Photo RAW features like layers, crop, and text.
  • First Launch Experience — If it is your first time using ON1 Photo RAW, there will be new walkthroughs to help you learn the basics. This will give photographers a running start and directs them where to learn more.
  • Tool Tips — Tool tip animations will be added to improve the usability and shorten the learning curve for each tool.

ON1 has been working diligently on improving performance in many specific areas that include zooming, panning, brushing, and exporting to make the entire editing process more fluid and fun. VP Product, Dan Harlacher states “The latest update gives us a significant boost in quality, performance, and an abundance of new features and enhancements. The ON1 community drove a lot of this via their contributions to the Photo RAW Project.”

Additional Enhancements in Version 2019.5

  • Layers Enhancements — Create a new canvas of any size or change the size of the existing canvas.
  • Text Tool Enhancements — Add a background color to a text box and control its opacity. Easily control the character and line spacing. New options also will allow photographers to duplicate and change the order of text boxes and automatically insert text from a photo’s metadata.
  • Performance Improvements — Zooming, panning, and brushing are now much faster. A new preview quality option can help increase performance on lower-end and integrated video cards as well. Export is now up to 10x faster when resizing or exporting a photo or photos already edited.
  • Local Adjustments — The Local Adjustments tools will be faster to brush and adjust.
  • Windows High-DPI — Support for high-dpi displays on Windows will be dramatically improved. The scaling of the fonts and controls will work much better, especially on 4k displays and laptops.
  • Keywording — Keywords will be easier to search, add, delete, and modify. Also, keywords are now case sensitive.
  • Soft Proofing in Resize — The soft-proofing feature will also be available in ON1 Resize (Genuine Fractals®).
  • Drag and Drop from Film Strip — Drag and drop photos from the film strip to add them as new layers.
  • Increased Thumbnail Size Range — The range of thumbnail size will be increased, so photographers can go all the way up to two giant thumbnails or down to tiny thumbnails to survey an entire folder.
  • Default Photo Location — Now control the default photo location in Browse. This is where ON1 Photo RAW will look to find photos instead of the Pictures folder.
  • Preview the Resize Algorithm — When using the Genuine Fractals algorithm, photographers will be able to preview the resulting quality at 100% zoom to more accurately adjust the options and sharpening.
  • Persistent Crop Preset State — The crop tool settings will be persistent and remembered across photos.
  • Search by Adjustments Added — Search for photos based on specific adjustments applied such as cropped, retouched, etc.
  • Update to Lightroom Migration  The Lightroom Migration tool will now migrate the pick and reject flags.
  • Added for Support New Cameras and Lenses
  • Many other under-the-hood bug fixes and performance improvements.

Price and Availability

ON1 Photo RAW 2019.5 will be available in mid-May and is a free update for owners of ON1 Photo RAW 2019. Previous owners will also receive discounted upgrade pricing from ON1 versions prior to 2019. For more information and pricing, visit www.on1.com. A 30-day free trial of ON1 Photo RAW 2019 is also available for download from the ON1 website.

A single purchase of ON1 Photo RAW 2019 includes both macOS and Windows installers, the standalone version, the plug-ins for Lightroom and Photoshop, and can be used on up to five computers. It comes with a 30-day money-back guarantee, world-class customer support based in Portland, Oregon USA, hundreds of free video tutorials, and free ON1 Loyalty Rewards every month.

What’s Ahead for ON1

ON1 continues to work on expanding their existing application into a complete photography workflow ecosystem. Several internal projects will be introduced to the market within the year. These include solutions for photographers using mobile devices in their workflow, localization of the application and website into multiple languages, incorporating more AI-powered features to streamline browsing and editing as well as improved printing and publishing. Additional features and functionality for customers who are shooting video as part of their photography process are also coming.  

“The next year will be the biggest in our company history. A lot of these internal projects we’ve been working on will finally get introduced to the market. There is a lot to be excited about for our customers and our industry, and it all starts with Photo RAW 2019.5,” says Craig Keudell, ON1 President & CEO.

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Sony lance le RXO II

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Sony lance le RX0 II, l’appareil photo ultra-compact premium le plus petit et le plus léger au monde

“La puissance du RX 100 dans un boîtier ultra compact et robuste ! Parfait pour les prises de vues dans des conditions extrêmes »

 Guillaume Ruchon (@guiruch), Créateur de contenus vidéo et photo & Ambassadeur Sony

 Les spécifications.

  • Capteur d’image de type 1.0 empilé de 15,3 mégapixels offrant une superbe qualité d’image dans un[i] boîtier ultra-compact résistant et étanche[ii]
  • Objectif grand angle fixe ZEISS® Tessar T* 24 mm[iii] F4 intégré
  • Réalisation de vidéos avec enregistrement interne en 4K[iv] et nouvelles solutions de stabilisation d’image
  • Fonctionnalités avancées pour la photographie, dont obturateur anti-distorsion allant jusqu’à 1/32 000 s et rafale jusqu’à 16 images/s[v]
  • Scènes de prise de vue diversifiées grâce à l’écran à cristaux liquides étanche inclinable à 180 degrés et au zoom numérique Clear Image
  • Idéal pour les selfies : reproduction des couleurs améliorée, nouveau mode « Effet peau lisse”et mise au point automatique sur l’œil avancée
  • Entrée microphone et grip de prise de vue (VCT-SGR1) offrant une solution fonctionnelle idéale pour les vlogs
  • Solution multi-appareils pour des créations vidéo originales depuis différents points de vue

Sony présente aujourd’hui un nouveau modèle exceptionnel qui vient s’ajouter à sa célèbre gamme d’appareils photo compacts[vi]: le RX0 II (modèle DSC-RX0M2), l’appareil photo compact premium le plus petit et le plus léger au monde. S’appuyant sur la résistance à l’eau/la poussièreii, aux chocs[vii] et à l’écrasement,[viii] ainsi qu’au format ultra-compact du RX0 original, ce nouveau modèle intègre des fonctionnalités supplémentaires telles que l’enregistrement 4K interne, un écran LCD inclinable à 180 degrés vers le haut et à 90 degrés vers le bas qui fonctionne même sous l’eau[ix], ii et de nouvelles solutions de stabilisation d’image pour l’enregistrement vidéo. 

Le RX0 II intègre en son cœur un capteur d’image empilé CMOS Exmor RS™ de type 1.0 de 15,3 mégapixelsi et un moteur de traitement de l’image BIONZ X™ avancé qui permet une reproduction des couleurs améliorée[x] avec notamment de superbes tonalités de peau. Ce concentré de puissance a été optimisé pour offrir des performances ultra-rapides et une qualité d’image saisissante pour la photographie comme pour la réalisation de films, avec une plage étendue de sensibilité allant de 80[xi] à 12 800 ISO. L’objectif grand angle fixe F4.0 ZEISS® Tessar T* 24 mmiii possède une distance de mise au point minimale réduite à 20 cm, ce qui en fait l’objectif idéal pour les selfies ou les photos de petits objets. 

 

Un appareil photo pour toutes les circonstances

Le RX0 II permet une utilisation en toute tranquillité et peut être emmené partout. Avec ses petites dimensions de 59 mm x 40,5 mm x 35 mm[xii] et son poids plume de 132 g,[xiii] le RX0 II se glisse facilement dans une poche et est prêt à affronter tous les éléments. L’appareil est étancheii jusqu’à 10 mètres de profondeur, et résiste à la poussièreii, aux chocsvii jusqu’à 2 mètres et à l’écrasementviii jusqu’à 200 kgf.

 

« Lors de la conception du RX0 d’origine, l’objectif était de réaliser un appareil photo dont le format et les capacités techniques favorisent de nouvelles formes d’expression créative », indique Yann Salmon Legagneur, Directeur marketing de la division Imagerie Numérique chez Sony Europe. « Nous nous sommes appuyés sur ce modèle pour créer le nouveau RX0 II, auquel nous avons ajouté des fonctionnalités qui, selon nous, en font le partenaire idéal pour voyager dans toute sorte d’environnement, offrant d’excellentes performances photo et vidéo en toutes circonstances pour les vlogs ou les photos. »

 

Bien plus que des vidéos

Le RX0 II permet des enregistrements vidéo internes 4K 30piv avec lecture totale et sans perte de pixels, capturant environ 1,7 fois plus de données que ne l’exige la vidéo 4K. Ce suréchantillonnage permet de réduire le moiré et les tremblements, pour des vidéos 4K fluides haute qualité avec une profondeur et un niveau de détail remarquables. À l’aide des applications mobiles récemment introduites Sony « Imaging Edge™ », il est possible de transférer cette vidéo vers un smartphone[xiv], puis de la modifier et de la partager en toute simplicité sur les réseaux sociaux.

 Le RX0 II est équipé d’une stabilisation électronique intégrée[xv] qui garantit des vidéos stables, même sans trépied. Pour aller encore plus loin, il est possible d’exporter la vidéo vers un smartphone ou une tablette à l’aide du module « Movie Edit »,[xvi] qui traite les informations supplémentaires enregistrées pendant le tournage pour produire une vidéo aussi fluide qu’avec un support pivotant.[xvii] « Intelligent Framing », nouvelle fonctionnalité accessible via le module « Mobile Edit » de Sony, permet de conserver le sujet au centre de l’image et de corriger la distorsion de l’image lors du montage final. Le format d’image peut alors être défini en fonction du support sur lequel la vidéo sera partagée.

D’autres fonctionnalités vidéo sont présentes dans le RX0 II, comme le super ralenti, avec un enregistrement jusqu’à 1 000 images/s[xviii], une sortie HDMI 4K non compressée et un enregistrement vidéo proxy simultané. Les utilisateurs peuvent exploiter les fonctions Profils d’image, S-Log2 et Time Code / Bits utilisateur pour garantir un résultat final qui retranscrit fidèlement leur vision créative.

Photographie de précision

Outre ses capacités vidéo, le RX0 II fait preuve d’une grande polyvalence, puisqu’il intègre aussi de nombreuses fonctionnalités photo. Il intègre notamment un obturateur anti-distorsion allant jusqu’à 1/32 000 s et offre une rafale jusqu’à 16 images/sv pour saisir ces moments d’émotion fugaces que l’on peut lire furtivement sur le visage du sujet. Mise à jour depuis le RX0 d’origine, la reproduction des couleurs a été améliorée afin de reproduire les tons vifs et naturels de la peau, tandis que le mode « Effet peau lisse » peut, si besoin, être appliqué pour masquer les petites rides et imperfections. L’appareil photo est par ailleurs doté de fonctions de notation et de protection et permet d’afficher en groupe photos en rafale.

 La mise au point automatique sur l’œil Eye AF de Sony, très appréciée des portraitistes du monde entier, a également été mise à jour sur le RX0 II. La vitesse, la précision et le fonctionnement de la mise au point automatique sur l’oeil ont été améliorés afin de réaliser de superbes portraits encore plus facilement : il suffit d’enfoncer le déclencheur à mi-course pour verrouiller la mise au point sur l’œil du sujet. L’utilisateur peut sélectionner l’œil ciblé (gauche / droit / auto) dans le menu ou l’attribuer à un bouton personnalisé afin de se concentrer sur la composition.

L’appareil photo permet en outre de réaliser des prises de vue par intervalle, qui peuvent ensuite être modifiées à l’aide du « Viewer » de l’application de bureau « Imaging Edge » de Sony pour les transformer en de magnifiques vidéos Time-lapse[xix].

Options multi-appareils

L’application « Imaging Edge Mobile » de Sony permet de contrôler jusqu’à cinq appareils photo RX0 II sans fil,[xx][xxi] et les utilisateurs pourront contrôler entre 6 et 50 appareils via un routeur (prévu pour l’été 2019). Le RX0 II est également compatible avec le boîtier de commande pour appareil photo CCB-WD1,[xxii] qui permet de connecter et contrôler jusqu’à 100 appareils dans une configuration multi-appareils filaire. Ces solutions multi-appareils offrent de toutes nouvelles possibilités de photographie et expressions vidéo créatives depuis n’importe quel point de vue.

Prix et disponibilité

Le kit RX0 II avec la fixation et la poignée de prise de vue VCT-SGR1 sera disponible en Europe en mai 2019, au prix de 800 € environ.

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AirMagic the new AI based Drone Photography software

Skylum announced AirMagic, the world’s first fully automated AI-powered enhancer for Mac & PC, created for drone and aerial photography.

 

While drones let us shoot incredible images from previously unreachable places, the photos themselves often lack quality, making for a lot of manual post-processing work to fix issues like haze, low or extreme contrast, lack of sharpness, undersaturation and chromatic aberration. This tedious editing process requires time, special knowledge and expensive software. With AirMagic, these problems are a thing of the past. AirMagic was created to automatically resolve issues inherent to aerial photography. It lets photographers process their images without major involvement — all you need to do is drop all your aerial photos into the app, and AirMagic takes care of the rest to make each photo look its best. 

AirMagic works by first detecting the drone camera used to produce an image, and analyzing its lens and color profile. From there, it makes automatic lens corrections and other camera-specific optimizations. AirMagic uses smart algorithms and Artificial Intelligence to evaluate each photograph, applying modifications such as color reveal, haze removal, sky enhancement and other finely-tuned adjustments to make each photo look just as it was intended. 

AirMagic supports batch processing, enabling photographers to improve multiple photos at a time. Depending on the size of photos and the power of your computer, it can process up to 4 GB of photos simultaneously. Based upon the same clear interface and simplicity of use that earned another Skylum product, Photolemur, the 2018 Red Dot Award, photographers now have access to a quick, one-click interface available in AirMagic. It allows photographers to put a unique spin on images with five different creative Styles to choose from. The software supports all popular image formats, including RAW files, and can also be used as a plugin for both Photoshop and Lightroom. 

Besides consumer use by enthusiasts, another important mission for aerial photography is in the field of public safety and even agriculture, enabling emergency personnel using drones to “see” further into disaster areas or companies to better visualize their crops or equipment. By improving the quality of any aerial image, AirMagic can provide additional fidelity and resolution for critical images. 

“We see our mission in creating easy-to-use yet powerful solutions for those who take photos. As experts in photo editing and AI technologies, we’ve created a unique, automated photo editing tool for aerial and drone photography. While drones are used by hobbyist and professional photographers alike, they’re also in growing usage in various fields ranging from safety and real estate to industrial and agricultural. I believe AirMagic will completely change the landscape for how aerial images are processed,” said  Alex Tsepko, CEO of Skylum.

 

 Pricing 

Mixed-computer households can share the same product key for Mac and PC which can be activated on 2 devices.

  • Standard pricing: $39/€39 for all new users
  • Limited offer: March 7-20 $39/€39 & bonuses ($145.99 value)

Bonuses:

  • Drone photography eBook by Skylum;
  • ‘Shoot Professional Photos With Any Drone’ video course;
  • AirMagic Premium Style;
  • Lume Cube lightning Kit for Drone ($40 discount);
  • Following its release, AirMagic will also be available for purchase at retailers such as B&H Photo and Amazon.com.

To learn more, visit www.skylum.com/airmagic.

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Siena Photography Awards 2018

Siena Photography Awards 2018

Siena International Photo Awards 2018 Winners Announced 
An image by Bangladeshi photographer K M Asad wins the title of “Photo of the Year

Selected from more than 48,000 of entries, an image of a young refugee -­‐ a traumatized Rohingya girl -­‐ is the overall winner of the 2018 Siena International Photo Awards (SIPA) contest. The photo, titled “Battle Victim”, was shot by documentary photographer K M Asad 

K M Asad / Siena International Photo Awards “Photographer of the Year 2018” The Bangladeshi photographer beat entrants from 156 countries to scoop the title of SIPAContest Photographer of the Year 2018. K M Asad captured this moment of a Rohingya refugee girl in the Thankhali refugee camp in Teknaf, Cox’s Bazar. She looks on at newly arrived refugees who fled to Bangladesh from Myanmar. The photo was shot on September 6, 2017: “Asmat Ara looks clearly traumatized after the recent violence which took place in Myanmar. The previous night she had entered with her family at Tenkhali Rohingya refugee camp from Kumar Khali, Myanmar Rohingya state,” K M Azad said in a recent interview.  According to the UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, more than 520.000 Rohingya refugees have fled from Myanmarsince August 25th, 2017, most of them trying to cross the border to reach Bangladesh. Tariq Zaidi, a freelance photographer based out of London, UK, represented by Zuma Press (USA) and Getty Images (UK), won the prestigious title of “Best Author 2018,” thanks to his powerful stories from Congo, North Corea, Brazil and Sudan.

in Travel & Adventures, Zac Lowry’s striking image shows a man running through a checkpoint carrying his injured son in West Mosul, Iraq. British documentary photographer David Chancellor came in first in Storyboard with an impressive series, documenting how, in Africa, trophy hunting is a big draw for rich tourists who are able to pay big money to kill animals for sport. His work examines mankind’s commodification of wildlife. Francisco Negroni, Chile, placed first in the Nature category for flashes of lightning that lacerate the sky while the glow from molten lava lights up the billowing smoke. The Wildlife category was won by Amos Nachoum, Israel, for a shocking image which shows a leopard seal getting into a lagoon just before he catches a penguin by its feet, dragging it into the open water. Klaus Lenzen, Germany, placed first in the General Color category with a picture taken in summer 2017 during a triathlon competition in the Duesseldorf Media Harbour; Sina Falker, Germany, placed first in “Splash of Colors,” the Special category for 2018, with a photo taken early in the morning before sunrise, where boats meet at the colorful Lok Baintan Floating Market in Indonesia; and Marcel van Balken, the Netherlands, placed first in the Monochrome category for a photo which highlights the modern architecture of Arnhem Central Station in the Netherlands. The People & Portrait category was won by David Nam Lip Lee, Malaysia, with a stunning image of a child of the Suri tribe in Ethiopia standing among traditional metal handcraftsFyodor Savintsev, Russia, won Architecture with a picture of some Russian dachas near the city of Arkhangelsk, just after an intense snowfall. The Spanish photographer Ajuriaguerra Saiz Pedro Luis came in first in the Sport category for an amazing image catching a pole vaulter’s reflection as he made his final jump.

The Under 20 prize went to Chinese photographer, Yinzhi Pan, for his beautifully detailed shot of a young fisherman captured at Inle Lake, Shan Plateau, Myanmar.

 

The winning photographers in categories are:

  • General Color winner: Klaus Lenzen, Germany
  • Monochrome winner: Marcel van Balken, The Netherlands
  • Travel winner: Zach Lowry, USA
  • People & Portrait winner: David Nam Lip Lee, Malaysia  
  • Nature winner: Francisco Negroni, Chile
  • Wildlife winner: Amos Nachoum, Israel
  • Architecture winner: Fyodor Savintsev, Russia
  • Sport winner: Ajuriaguerra Saiz Pedro Luis, Spain
  • “Splash of Colors” winner (special theme 2018) : Sina Falker, Germany 2nd -­‐ Anurag 
  • Storytelling winner: David Chancellor, United Kingdom
  • Under 20 winner: Yinzhi Pan, China
  • Olympus Pangea Prize: Emily Garthwaite, United Kingdom The Olympus Pangea Prize aims to recognize the photographer who entered the Siena International Photo Awards with the best image taken using a mirrorless camera.

 

Kid With Hand Crafts. David Nam Lip Lee

Colors of Joy. Noor Ahmed Gelal

Migration.  Khalid Alsabt

The Ramnami Lady. Debdatta Chakraborty

Mt. Bromo.  Riksa Dewantara

Horizontal bar on the tricycle. Weiguo Hu

Holy Rain with Golden Blessing. David Nam Lip Lee

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DxO Photolab 2 is coming with lots of improvements.

DxO PhotoLab 2: comprehensive and uncompromising

After incorporating and enhancing U Point local adjustment technology, DxO PhotoLab 2, which follows on from DxO OpticsPro, has improved its exclusive DxO ClearView tool, added a new image management system (DxO PhotoLibrary), and now supports DCP color profiles.

 

DxO, one of the world’s most innovative consumer imaging companies, has announced the release of DxO PhotoLab 2, a major update of its RAW processing software for Mac and PC, recently awarded the 2018 TIPA Award for Best Imaging Software. DxO PhotoLab 2 introduces ClearView Plus, the latest version of the software’s incredibly effective haze removal and local contrast improvement tool, as well as DxO PhotoLibrary, a brand-new image and data management feature that lets users search, select, sort, and display images. DxO PhotoLab 2 also supports DCP color profiles, which maintains consistent color renderings across the industry’s main programs. 

U Point technology: The most powerful local adjustment tools on the market

DxO PhotoLab offers a complete RAW and JPEG processing solution based on optical corrections from mathematically established laboratory models, as well as such exclusive features as PRIME noise reduction technology and DxO Smart Lighting intelligent exposure optimization.To provide photographers with all the tools they need to make local corrections, DxO purchased and integrated Nik Software’s U Point technology into DxO PhotoLab. This exclusive technology, which millions of photographers enjoy, allows users to make complex selections in just a few clicks and apply local adjustments with Control Points, a unique system of equalizers and multiple correction tools. DxO PhotoLab is the only software to fully integrate U Point technology within a non-destructive RAW workflow. With this latest version, DxO PhotoLab 2 has become an even more comprehensive image editing solution. 

DxO ClearView Plus: Create show-stopping images

DxO PhotoLab’s exclusive DxO ClearView feature is a revolutionary tool that removes haze and enhances local contrast. The improved DxO ClearView Plus feature in DxO PhotoLab 2 lets users make even more dramatic adjustments without creating a halo around transitions between light and dark. The results are spectacular. In just one click, users can remove haze without creating an unnatural effect around objects, edges, details, or transitions. When combined with PRIME, an exclusive denoising tool, users can optimize the image’s dynamic range while still controlling noise. For an even greater degree of flexibility, DxO ClearView Plus can be applied to the entire image or just to specific areas using local adjustment tools. 

DxO PhotoLibrary: A comprehensive image production workflow

DxO PhotoLibrary offers new image search, selection, sorting, and display features. A dynamic text field tool makes searching simple. As the search term is being entered, DxO PhotoLab 2 suggests all relevant interpretations and any results that match the user’s personal database. Users can search for images using a number of criteria, including shooting parameters (aperture, shutter speed, ISO), file name and extension, the date the photo was taken, and the number of stars assigned to the photo. The search results are displayed in a brand-new movable and adjustable vignette grid. “With its automatic features and correction tools, DxO PhotoLab strives to help photographers express their artistic vision without compromising on image quality,” says Jean-Marc Alexia, VP Marketing and Product Strategy at DxO Labs. “With the addition of DxO PhotoLibrary, DxO PhotoLab 2 has now advanced to the next level, giving users complete control over the image product processfrom organizing photos to exporting them. By the end of the year, this new tool will incorporate additional search features, including keywords and many other criteria.” 

Support for DCP color profiles: New options for managing color in RAW images

DxO PhotoLab 2 now supports DCP color profiles; this means it can deliver color renderings that are compatible with and close to those of third-party photo editing programs like Adobe Lightroom and Adobe Camera RAW as well as camera color calibration solutions like X-Rite ColorChecker Passport Photo and DNG Profile Editor. 

Users do not need a subscription to use DxO PhotoLab 2. They can install the program on two computers with the DxO PhotoLab 2 ESSENTIAL Edition or on three computers with the DxO PhotoLab 2 ELITE Edition. Photographers who purchased a license for DxO OpticsPro or DxO PhotoLab 1 can get a discounted upgrade license for DxO PhotoLab by signing into their customer accounts at www.dxo.com. A fully-functional, one-month trial version of DxO PhotoLab 2 is available on the DxO website: http://www.dxo.com/us/photography/download.

Price & availability

The ESSENTIAL and ELITE editions of DxO PhotoLab 2 for PC and Mac can be downloaded now from the DxO website (shop.dxo.com) for an introductory price through November 18, 2018:

DxO PhotoLab 2 ESSENTIAL Edition :     99,99 €instead of 129 € DxO PhotoLab 2 ELITE Edition :           149,99 € instead of199 € 

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Skylum Software today released a free update to its award-winning Luminar photo editor and presented the AI Sky Enhancer filter. Developed in the company’s AI Lab, AI Sky Enhancer adds depth, definition, and detail to any sky almost instantly, with only a swipe of a slider. 

AI Sky Enhancer is a revolutionary new tool for automatically enhancing skies and making them beautiful without the need for masks and layers. This will save photographers an enormous amount of time in post-processing while allowing photographers of any skill level to achieve dramatic skies.  

Hundreds of thousands of photos incorporating varying degrees of tonal skies were used to train a deep neural network that powers the AI Sky Enhancer filter and allow Luminar to analyze each image and detect (and adjust) only the sky. The result is complete automated control of the sky. AI Sky Enhancer works with sunsets, blue skies, partly sunny skies, storm clouds, and virtually any other sky scene imaginable. 

“And while this update is great by itself, it’s just the beginning. Luminar now includes an innovative core neural processing engine that enables all Luminar users to harness the power of AI. This will give the Skylum team the possibility to introduce more smart and automated tools more frequently,” explains Dima Sytnik, CTO and co-founder of Skylum. “Expect more innovative AI-powered features in Luminar in the near future.”

 The new AI-powered filter comes ahead of Luminar 3 with Libraries, which will start being rolled out to Luminar owners on December 18. Skylum has made the unprecedented decision to include every new feature of Luminar — big and small — at no additional cost to current Luminar 2018 owners until late 2019. This will include Luminar 3 with Libraries, which will allow photographers to organize, browse, and edit images on the fly. Additionally, Luminar customers don’t have to pay an annual subscription fee. New and current users of Luminar will also receive a value-added promotional package including a three-month Pro Membership to ViewBug ($42 value), a two-month Pro Membership to KelbyOne ($40 value), a choice of any ebook from Rocky Nook ($40 value), the Awesome Landscapes Tutorial from Daniel Kordan ($80 value), and a $20 gift card toward the purchase of any Manfrotto/Gitzo product valued at $120 or more. 

Luminar is available to new customers for just $59/€59/£53. Current users of other Skylum software including Aurora HDR, Photolemur, and Skylum legacy products can purchase Luminar for the special price of $49/€49/£44.

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ON1 announces ON1 Photo Raw 2019

ON1 Photo RAW 2019, an all­ new photo editing experience and a major upgrade to ON1 Photo RAW, will be available this November.

ON1 Photo RAW 2019 will include an abundance of new features and technologies along with a streamlined workflow that is elegant, powerful, and easy to learn. Notable new features include a new non­destructive workflow for layers, auto­alignment of layers, focus stacking, a new portrait module, a new AI­powered masking tool, a new text tool, new digital asset management updates and more. ON1 Photo RAW 2019 will include the tools photographers need in a single well thought out photography workflow application.

Dan Harlacher, VP for Products at ON1 states, “ON1 Photo RAW 2019 will give photographers the features they use the most from the Lightroom® and Photoshop® worlds in a single application. This is what we mean by an all­new photo editing experience. We want to keep the photographer’s workflow fast and efficient.”

 ON1 Photo RAW 2019 will also include significant enhancements to the migration process for customers looking to switch from Lightroom®. Version 2019 will be one of the first solutions to utilize AI­powered algorithms to transfer and display Lightroom edited photos in ON1 Photo RAW 2019. The transferred settings will also remain non­destructive and be re­editable inside ON1 Photo RAW 2019. 

“A big hurdle for customers looking to adopt a new workflow is the fear of losing years and years of work. We want to remove that hurdle by giving them the ability to keep their edited photos and more importantly keep them in a non­destructive workflow when making the switch to Photo RAW,” says Craig Keudell, President of ON1.

The ON1 community continues to drive the development of ON1 Photo RAW based on what’s most important for their photo editing needs.  Every new feature and improvement made in version 2019 is a direct result of community input through the ON1 Photo RAW Project.

 

  • A New Workflow for Layers – ON1 Layers will no longer be a separate module. Instead, the power of layers will be accessible within the non­destructive workflow inside of Develop and Effects. This will allow for creating or editing multi­layered files, including raw files, and keep the non­destructive settings for each photo Customers will also be able to move, size, and mask each layer. More importantly, and a new concept, each layer has its non­destructive settings, all the way back to the original file. What’s most exciting is if you are working with raw files, powerful adjustments like exposure, highlights, shadows, and camera profiles can now be processed using the raw data in a layered photo workflow. All without having to change modules or applications.
  • New Lightroom Photo Settings Migration – New AI­powered algorithms will give customers the ability to transfer Lightroom edited photos, keep the non­destructive settings, and move them into ON1 Photo The updated Lightroom Migration Tool in

version 2019 will transfer almost every edit you can make in Lightroom including raw processing, crop, retouching, and local adjustments along with folders, photos, albums, and metadata.

  • New Focus Stacking – Automatically blend a series of photos at different focus distances to increase depth­of­field. It’s so fast, you can adjust the focus in real­time, just like changing the focus on your lenses. Think of it like HDR, but for focus instead of exposure.
  • New Auto­Align Layers – Easily combine multiple photos as layers, then automatically align them based on image content, making it easy to mask and blend them
  • New AI Masking Tool (coming in December) – This new tool, powered by AI, will allow customers to easily identify areas of your photo to create a selection or mask and the AI technology detects your subject matter and automatically creates a beautiful
  • New Portrait Module – The new Portrait module will automatically detect faces in your photo allowing you to easily retouch, smooth skin, brighten and sharpen eyes, and whiten
  • New Text Tool – The new text tool will be perfect for creating posters, adding your byline or adding editing annotations. Easily control font size, color, position, and more and then save a preset to add the same text overlay to a batch of photos
  • New Master Keyword List – Now you can see every keyword you use in a single, searchable list. You can quickly apply, clear, edit, or delete
  • Improved Local Adjustments – Local adjustments will be updated to use the raw processing data. This allows for more highlight and shadow details with more tonal range.
  • New Layered HDR Workflow – With the powerful new non­destructive live layers you can combine other photos, text or alternate exposures with your HDR photos. Use the powerful masking tools to combine multiple HDR renditions
  • New Filter Options in Effects ­ We have added dedicated film grain, curves, color adjustment filters to Effects. This lets you add film grain to color photos and make advanced, targeted color and tone adjustments faster. There’s even a new filter selector that allows you to search for filters, learn what they do and even view a sample before you add
  • New User Interface – The new user interface will have a fresh and modern feel. Overall contrast has been reduced to make photos stand out along with a new font to help increase readability. Updated, icons, tabs, and sliders will also take up less visual
  • New Cameras and Lenses – Added support for the latest cameras and

 

Price and Availability

ON1 Photo RAW 2019 is available to pre­order now at an introductory special of $99.99 for a limited time. Previous owners of any ON1 product can pre­order at a special introductory upgrade price of $79.99 for a limited time. ON1 Photo RAW 2019 is also available as part of an ON1 Plus Pro membership for a limited time for $129.99/year (Reg: $149.99/year). ON1 Plus Pro includes a perpetual license of ON1 Photo RAW along with in­depth post­processing and photography education from the industries best trainers such as Matt Kloskowski, Hudson Henry, Tamara Lackey and many more. All of it is easy to follow along and fun.  A 30­day free trial of ON1 Photo RAW 2019 will be available when the product officially arrives this November. A single purchase of ON1 Photo RAW 2019 includes both macOS and Windows installers and activation for up to five computers. It comes with a 30­day money­back guarantee, world­class customer support, hundreds of free video tutorials, and free ON1 Loyalty Rewards every month. 

What’s Ahead for ON1

ON1 Photo RAW 2019 will include several free updates over the next year with all­new photo organizing and editing features, AI­powered algorithms to enhance workflows, other feature refinements, as well as updates for cameras and lenses. The first free update will arrive soon after the initial release (in December) and include a new AI­powered tool for creating masks.  

Craig Keudell states, “You will see AI­powered technologies manifest into Photo RAW where it makes sense. We aren’t looking to use these technologies to take anything away from the creative process, but to enhance it and make it much more efficient.”

ON1 is also working on solving additional problems for customers who share files across multiple computers or work environments as well as those customers who are shooting video as part of their photography process. 

“As we peek into the not so distant future, we have much bigger plans at ON1. We will continue to be a transparent company when it comes to what we are building, but we are not quite ready to unveil what we have in store for the photography community just yet. Rest assured, ON1 is researching and building exciting new features and products to benefit all levels of photographers for years to come,” says Craig.

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Alien Skin Software Announces Exposure X4, Advanced RAW Photo Editor 

Exposure X4 includes improved highlight/shadow recovery – fully adjustable light effects – perspective and keystone correction – monitored folders for tethered shooting – smart collections – speed boosts 

Alien Skin Software announced the release of Exposure X4, the latest version of their award-winning RAW photo editor and organizer. Exposure is a non-destructive photo editor that enables photographers to create beautiful images and complete their full workflow. It is a subscription-free solution that is the choice of today’s most accomplished creative photographers.  Exposure continues to grow, with Exposure X4 giving photographers more creative control over their edits, and enabling them to achieve the very best quality possible from their RAW files,” said Alien Skin CEO Finley Lee. “It’s the fastest, most intuitive way for photographers to create beautiful images.”

This release of Exposure X4 introduces significant new enhancements. Improved shadow and highlight recovery enable photographers to extract the maximum amount of detail from their RAW images, and faster photo processing times speed up their editing. Photographers now have complete control of the placement and rotation of Exposure’s high-quality light effects. This makes it possible to precisely place natural-looking effects like sun rays and light leaks in an image, enabling gorgeous new creative looks. The new transform tools enable photographers to easily correct tilted or skewed perspective, such as key stoning of buildings in architectural photography. The addition of monitored folders for tethered shooting is great news for studio photographers, who can now edit, cull, and share images from Exposure during a shoot. Smart collections make use of Exposure’s robust metadata handling to automatically populate collections based on camera metadata and criteria that photographers specify. Keywords, ratings, folder location, and shutter speed are among the metadata that Exposure can query to build a smart collection. This helps to automate the process of image organization, enabling photographers to focus on creative choices. Exposure’s already considerable speed gets a boost with several ways: file exports are now up to 60% faster, image rendering is up to 30% faster, and launch times have been reduced by a third.  

Exposure began in 2005 as a film simulation plug-in for Photoshop and was immediately embraced by digital photographers of all genres seeking to recapture the organic look of film. Over the years, Exposure became a legend among plug-ins and evolved into a standalone full-featured editing and organizing solution. Today, Exposure provides photographers with a complete selection of creative editing and retouching tools, including hundreds of customizable presets that encompass analog film and other styles. Outstanding RAW processing quality helps photographers achieve exceptional image quality in their edits. Exposure also includes advanced special effects that deliver striking looks like bokeh, vignette, and film grain. 

Exposure’s full-featured organizing tools – collections, keywords, virtual copies, and more – make it the ideal photo management solution. Its catalog-free approach provides photographers with a faster, more intuitive approach to their organizing work. Exposure also streamlines the photography workflow. Photographers browse directly to their photos, skipping the unnecessary step of importing into a catalog. This enables them to start culling, organizing, and editing their shoots without delay. An intuitive, highly customizable interface puts everything on screen, without the need to switch between browsing and editing modules. Refinements like multi-monitor support and a complete set of keyboard shortcuts enable efficient workflows. Photographers can also use Exposure as a creative editing plug-in with other editors such as Adobe Photoshop and Lightroom. No subscription is required. Today’s best photographers use Exposure to create beautiful images. Among them is the master photographer and educator Sue Bryce. “Exposure is every look I’ve ever wanted, all in one software product. It truly replicates every type of film you could possibly imagine, and helps me bring a painterly, Old Masters-feel to my images,” she said.

Additional enhancements include the following:

  • New print presets for standard paper sizes, making it easy to print photos directly from Exposure
  • A Lightroom migration tool that brings Lightroom organizational metadata such as keywords and ratings into Exposure, helping those who want to use existing photo libraries with Exposure
  • Ability to inspect RGB values at any position in a photo, for accurate color correction and color grading
  • Expanded workflow options for image copying and exporting
  • Support for additional cameras and lenses, including popular models from Fujifilm, Canon, Sigma, Sony, Nikon, and Olympus

 Pricing and Availability

Exposure X4 is available now from www.alienskin.com for $149. Upgrade pricing is available to owners of previous versions of Exposure for $99.  

Exposure X4 is also available in the Exposure X4 Bundle. This integrated collection bundles Exposure with Alien Skin’s award-winning Blow-Up and Snap Art tools to add high-quality upsizing and natural media special effects. It is available for $199. Owners of one or more of the current apps in the Exposure X3 Bundle can purchase for $119. A 30-day fully-featured free trial of Exposure is available. Visit www.alienskin.com/exposure to learn more and download the trial. 

Exposure X4 may be used as a standalone program or as a set of plug-ins. When used as a set of plug-ins, it requires one of the following host applications:         

  • Adobe Photoshop CS6 or Adobe Photoshop CC 2015 or newer
  • Adobe Lightroom 6 or Adobe Lightroom CC 2015 or newer

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Affinity Photo for iPad boasts more power and professional features than ever – and it’s available now with a 30 % discount.

Developer Serif is running the flash offer until midday BST on Tuesday (18 Sept) to celebrate the launch of a big update to Apple’s reigning iPad App of the Year. It means Affinity Photo for iPad is currently available for a one-off £13.99 / $13.99 / 14,99€ from the App Store (subject to regional currency variations).

Serif Managing Director, Ashley Hewson, says: “Reviewers and customers told us Affinity Photo for iPad was a truly revolutionary product when we launched on-stage during Apple’s WWDC keynote last year.

“For the first time, it gave photographers, artists, editors, and retouchers a full professional mobile workflow with all the features you’d expect, on the go.”

Version 1.6.9 of the app introduces:

  • massively-expanded support for touch gesture control
  • refined UI and much-improved brush management
  • a new Export persona, allowing instant export of multiple slices and layers
  • many performance and other improvements.
  • Undo/Redo gesture with two/three finger tap.
  • Export persona – a new workspace for exporting regions of your image as slices.
  • Added drag modifiers to studio icons for color, text, navigator, and history.
  • Added support for brush nozzle base texture mode.
  • Added canvas rotation control via Navigator Studio.
  • Added swipe gesture to swap primary and secondary colors on the Colour Studio
  • Context menu now uses a long-press release gesture to invoke.
  • Added two-finger hold gesture to resize a layer from its center.
  • During shape creation, a two-finger hold gesture will transform the layer.
  • On the Layers Studio, with a layer selected, a two-finger tap on another layer will select all layers in between.
  • On the Layers Studio, pinch inwards (either vertically or horizontally) to group selected layers. To ungroup, do the opposite and pinch out.
  • With the Move Tool active, a two-finger hold gesture on a layer plus a one finger drag duplicates the selected layer.
  • Easy access to merge and rasterize commands via Layer Studio icons.
  • Improved brush stroke lag and small stroke response.
  • Brushes remember previously used stroke settings.
  • Move any custom brush to any category.
  • Added support for on-screen keyboard trackpad mode.
  • Added Tab key to on-screen keyboard context bar.
  • Updated Persona icons.
  • Numerous other improvements and fixes.

“As we’ve talked to our users, witness the inspirational work they create and understood more about their workflows, it’s inspired us to keep pushing the boundaries of what’s possible on a mobile device.”Affinity Photo for iPad is available now without subscription from the App Store. Existing users can download the updated version free of charge at any time.

Hewson adds: “We broke new ground in being the first to bring a desktop-class professional photo editing tool to iPad and just this week we’ve reached a quarter of a million users.For more information go to https://affinity.serif.com/photo/ipad

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