Affinity Photo brings professional photo editing to iPad

Affinity Photo for iPad is here – the first fully-featured, truly professional photo editing tool to arrive on Apple’s tablet.

The app was unveiled today during an exclusive presentation segment at Apple’s keynote event in San Jose, California.

Affinity Photo is already the choice of thousands of professional photographers, retouchers and editors around the world. Now Affinity Photo for iPad redefines photo editing once again – to create an ultra-fast, powerful and immersive experience at home, in the studio or on the move.

Developed from the same foundations as Affinity Photo’s award-winning desktop version, the new app is tailored to harness the explosive power of the iPad’s hardware and touch capabilities.

Compatible with iPad Air 2, iPad 2017, iPad Pro 9.7-inch, 10.5-inch and 12.9-inch, it’s priced at an introductory discount of more than 30 per cent – £19.99 / $19.99 / 21,99E from the App Store.

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Attention to every detail has been at the heart of the approach to developing the iPad version of Affinity Photo, as Ashley Hewson, Managing Director of Affinity Photo developer Serif, explains.

“Each tool, panel and control has been completely reimagined to optimise for touch – either with fingertip or Apple Pencil,” says Hewson.

“All rendering, adjustments and filter effects have been fully hardware-accelerated. The result is a genuinely unique new way to interact with your images and your iPad, with performance you’ll find hard to believe.”

Affinity Photo for iPad draws its heritage from the award-winning Mac version; renowned for its sophisticated tools for enhancing, editing and retouching images in an incredibly intuitive interface.

Since its launch, Affinity Photo has received thousands of 5-star customer ratings, incredible reviews, and was chosen by Apple as the Best Mac App of 2015.

Professional features never seen before on iPad include:

Optimised for iPad capabilities: Multi-touch UI, Metal accelerated, intuitive Apple Pencil support andfull iCloud drive integration.
Complete retouching tools: Including dodge, burn, clone, blemish, patch and red eye tools. You’ll also find an incredibly accurate inpainting brush along with full frequency separation capability.

Non-destructive adjustments: Correct and enhance images with Levels, Curves, Black and White, White Balance, HSL, Shadows and Highlights and over a dozen other adjustments that are previewed instantly and can be edited any time. Adjust, readjust, and drag and drop onto any layer, group, mask, or in any place in a stack to control how they’re applied.

Super accurate selections: Critical whether cutting out objects, creating masks or selectively applying adjustments. Affinity Photo’s selection refinement algorithm is one of the most advanced available, making selections—even down to individual strands of hair—easier than ever before.
Comprehensive Liquify Workspace: Push your images around with your fingertips or use brushes like turbulence, pinch, punch and twirl in a dedicated liquify persona. Alongside a real-time mesh warp tool, it’s perfect to reshape, sculpt and deform photos.

Real time effects: Affinity Photo comes with a huge range of high-end filters including lighting, blurs, distortions, tilt-shift, shadows, glows and many more. Full control is given over every aspect of a filter’s properties with incredibly precise controls—all the while seeing a real-time live preview of the result. Best of all, filters can be applied as live layers, enabling you to edit, erase away, or mask effects after they have been applied.

Comprehensive RAW editing: Develop camera RAW files in a dedicated built-in workspace with all the processing adjustments and corrections you need.

Unsurpassed file compatibility: Unrivalled PSD support plus all the standards including PNG, JPG, TIFF, EPS, PDF, and SVG.

Work in any colour space: RGB, CMYK, LAB, Greyscale. End-to-end CMYK workflow with ICC colour management, and 32-bit per channel editing.

HDR Merge with tone mapping: Allows you to merge multiple exposure brackets together into a single unbounded 32-bit image, with full tone mapping control for incredibly dramatic results.

Whether you’re working on iOS, Windows or Mac, the back-end engine of Affinity Photo is the same. This means 100% perfect file compatibility, including shared undo history.

Affinity Photo for iPad delivers so much more than pure photo editing.

As well as being able to handle unlimited layers, there’s a full library of adjustment layers, layer effects and live filter layers to choose from. Text tools with full advanced typography options, and vector drawing tools are available too, while all layers can be grouped, clipped, masked or blended together to enable the creation of specular compositions.

After the introductory offer, Affinity Photo for iPad will be priced £28.99 / $29.99 / 32,99E (local currency fluctuations may apply). For more information go to

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  1. Wish these people would get in gear and finish their suite by releasing Affinity Publisher for Mac. Heck, in 2015 Beta was supposed to be out by 2016 and in 2017, there is scuttlebutt that it could be in 2018!

    What’s the deal Affinity?!?

  2. Got it. It is killer. I’m eager to spend a lot more time with it. I think Affinity Photo and Pixelmator will render obsolete just about every other photo app I have. Both apps and their Mac companions really provide fabulous cross-platform capabilities. And somewhat unrelated, but nonethess I’m really looking forward to using iOS 11 on my iPad Pro.

  3. Got it. Looks real good so far, intuitive and fast. One thing, from anyone, how do I delete an image from the program. Can’t seem to figure it out, perhaps a brain stun. Search for delete in help returns nothing.

    1. When you open the app you can see your thumbnails. At the bottom right of the thumbnail there should be three horizontal lines where it shows your color space and resolution. Tap on the three-line icon and you’ll see options to delete or rename.

  4. It is fantastic on the original iPad Pro. We downloaded it last night and with the pencil it makes an incredible photo editing experience. Several steps above Pixelmator on the iPad.

    Byebye adobe….

  5. There is a lot of chatter about the application not working on some iPad Air devices. They should publish the model numbers it WILL work on. Looks like some folks misinterpreted the compatibility wording. Looks like a fantastic product.

  6. Great job Affinity! Now, please bring Designer to the iPad! If there was a an Illustrator or CDraw replacement for iPad, Pad use would explode! However, I can find no vector drawing, creating programs for the iPad (if anyone knows of a decent one, please let me know. Thnx.).

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