April 7, 2021

Photopea 5.1 – open Affinity files and make Artboards!

A new release of Photopea is here! It has 105 058 lines of code. Play with it at the main site.

New features

  • Support for Affinity Photo files
  • A new Artboard tool
  • Support for Bitmap fonts
  • Warp Transform is 30x faster
  • Improved interface for small screens (phones)
  • Large sampled brushes work faster
  • Many bugs fixed

Affinity Photo files (.afphoto)

Affinity Photo is a popular image editor. The authors created their own image format with the extension .afphoto, which is not compatible with any other image editor. There is no way to open .afphoto files, other than buying the Affinity Photo software.

Starting today, you can open Affinity Photo files in Photopea. All properties are preserved, such as raster and vector layers, text layers, folders, smart objects with optional adjustments (smart filters), etc.

Artboard Tool

Artboards are special folders of layers. Each artboard has a rectangular area, a "window", and only the content inside that window is displayed. It looks like working with multiple documents inside one document (as the graphics is located in several rectangles, instead of one big rectangle).

Starting today, you can create new artboards, modify them, or remove them. As Photopea is built around the PSD format, working with Artboards is very similar to Adobe Photoshop. When you open a PDF file, its pages are converted into artboards automatically. Similarly, you can create multiple artboards manually, to export a multi-page PDF file.

Faster Warp tool

We came up with a new method for rendering the Warp transform. Now, the experience is much smoother, even for large images.