05 Feb Affinity Photo 1.9 released: Free update improves performance, adds astrophotography stacking, and more
Source: DP Review
Affinity has launched version 1.9 of its entire Affinity suite, including Affinity Photo. The free update adds many new features to Affinity Photo, including linked layers, astrophotography stacking, hardware acceleration on Windows and much more.
Across the entire Affinity suite, including Affinity Photo, users should expect performance improvements. On Windows, the gains will be most obvious thanks to new GPU acceleration. While prior versions of Affinity Photo for iPad and macOS already included hardware acceleration, including Apple M1 silicon support, Affinity Photo 1.9 marks the first time this feature makes its way to Windows. Affinity promises up to 10x faster performance when performing pixel-based tasks, such as adding filter effects, performing adjustments and painting. GPU acceleration on Windows requires Windows 10 (April 2020 update or later) with a Direct3D feature level 12.0 capable graphics card.
For astrophotography enthusiasts, you can stack deep sky astrophotography images in Affinity Photo 1.9. This includes FITs documents in addition to RAW images. When stacking, the software detects hot/cold pixels and can manually highlight column defects, resulting in a cleaner stacked result. Affinity also says, ‘There’s also a dedicated background removal filter—fantastic for removing difficult background gradients (light pollution, airglow, moon illumination, sensor defects) after tone stretching.’ There are a variety of astrophotography tutorials available on Affinity website as well.
Affinity Photo 1.9 includes new astrophotography stacking features. To see this feature in action, click here.
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