Old School Film Hack

Affinity Photo Update


The view from Kobayashi Beach
Ennis, Montana (October 2016)
Zeiss Ikon ZM + Zeiss Biogon 21/4.5 ZM
Ilford Pan F Plus + T-MAX RS (stock) 4 minutes

This image was a good Affinity Photo learning experience for me; I messed up the post-processing of it twice — losing everything I had done to the image (hours of work) each time.  The biggest take away?  Within Affinity Photo, go to File => Save History With Document => Yes.


I’m so accustomed to Lightroom saving the entire post-processing history, that it never occurred to me that this would not be the default setting within Affinity Photo.  Lesson learned.

UPDATE: This is not a global setting.  If you want to save the post-processing history of all your images, you have to set it each and every time!

8 thoughts on “Affinity Photo Update

    1. Mitch Zeissler Post author

      You’re welcome, Frank. Just to be clear, what I’m describing is not “regularly saving the file”.

      Regularly saving the file doesn’t preserve the change history; without checking the box that specifies the action to do so, the change history is lost for each image once the file is closed or when exiting from the application… there is no recovery. If you want to remove some of the steps or go back to a certain point, the change history box must be checked so the data is saved with the image file.

      Also to be clear, changes are not made to source image file; instead, they are made to an “image_name.afphoto” file that is created by Affinity Photo. Again, why they don’t include the change history by default is beyond me.

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