Serif releases Affinity Picture 2.5

Serif has launched Affinity Picture 2.5, the newest model of its image editing and digital painting software.

The replace – the primary since Serif was acquired by Canva in March – provides native help for ARM64 processors, together with the brand new Snapdragon X Elite and Snapdragon X Plus chips within the upcoming Copilot+ Home windows laptops.

Different modifications embody a brand new software for including QR codes to photographs, and enhancements to typography workflow, together with help for variable fonts.

The replace was launched alongside model 2.5 of Serif’s different Affinity merchandise, vector design software program Affinity Designer 2.5 and web page format software Affinity Publisher 2.5.

Native help for ARM64 processors, similar to these in Copilot+ Home windows laptops
Affinity Picture 2.5 introduces native help for ARM64 processors, such because the Snapdragon X Elite and Snapdragon X Plus chips within the upcoming Copilot+ laptops.

A brand new era of Home windows PCs based mostly on ARM processors, relatively than standard x86/x64 AMD and Intel CPUs, the Copilot+ merchandise are being promoted by Microsoft because the “quickest, most clever Home windows PCs ever constructed”.

The PCs – together with Microsoft’s personal new Floor Professional and Floor Laptop computer, and third-party laptops from Acer, ASUS, Dell, HP, Lenovo and Samsung – are focused at AI workloads, together with the generative AI toolsets in graphics software program.

The two.5 replace will permit Affinity Picture to carry out at its “full potential” on ARM64 units, enhancing interactivity throughout duties like portray and making use of filters, though Serif doesn’t put a determine on the velocity enhance from operating natively, versus utilizing Home windows 11’s new Prism emulation engine.

ARM64 processors are additionally supported natively in Adobe’s Photoshop and Lightroom, and Microsoft’s launch occasion confirmed DaVinci Resolve Studio operating on a Copilot+ PC.

New QR code software generates QR codes inside pictures
Different new options in Affinity Picture 2.5 embody the QR code software.

It generates QR codes that may be added to photographs, with the choice to launch web sites, social media or emails when the codes are scanned.

The codes can then be manipulated like every other picture layer: the video above reveals a perspective rework being utilized to 1 with out affecting its performance.

Enhancements to typography workflows
The two.5 launch additionally improves typography workflows, with the outdated Typography pop-up turning into a full interface panel, and visible affirmation when rescaling textual content frames.

Affinity Picture additionally now helps variable fonts, making it potential to regulate properties like measurement, weight, width and slant repeatedly, relatively than having to pick mounted values.

Value and availability
Affinity Picture 2.5 is out there for Home windows 10+, macOS 10.15+ and iPadOS 15.0+. The replace is free to registered customers of model 2.x.

New perpetual licences of the desktop version price $69.99; the iPad version prices $18.49. A Common License, which incorporates all the Affinity apps, prices $164.99.

Read an overview of the new features in Affinity Photo on the product website

Read a full list of new features in all the Affinity 2.5 updates in the online release notes

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