By Serif Labs (Serif (Europe) Ltd.)
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12/04/2017 | Version : 1.5.2 | Size : 327.9 MB
Stability and bug fixes
05/01/2017 | Version : 1.5.1 | Size : 327.9 MB
• Added support for the new MacBook Pro's Touch Bar
• Focus Merge enables you to generate a detailed composite image from a number of images focused at differing lengths
• HDR Merge lets you create a deep, unbounded 32-bit image from a number of exposure bracketed source images
• Tone Mapping Persona for both HDR and LDR images
• Macros enable you to record actions, save them, then play them back later. You can also store them in a handy gallery
• Batch Processing for queueing up and processing large number of files
• Live Projections allows you to edit an image in different spatial domains including “Equirectangular” (360 pano) and perspective
• Improved RAW develop persona
• Text Styles
• Halftone Filter supporting monochrome, colour, circular and line halftones
• Equations Distortion filter allows users to create custom spatial filters
• Dust & Scratches Filter
• “Edit in Affinity Photo” Photos extension
• New Colour Picker Tool
• New Clone Sources panel for the Clone / Healing brush - it even works across multiple documents
• Multi-Monitor Colour Profile Support
32Bit per channel colour
• New 32bit RGB Editing Mode
• Photo now offers a full compositing / editing environment for 32bit unbounded images.
• Photo can now Develop RAW files directly into a 32bit document - so all highlights / shadows are preserved and recoverable at any time.
• Photo now supports end-to-end OCIO colour workflows.
Addition File Formats
• OpenEXR including multi-layer EXR files with control over alpha association and pre-multiplication.
• HDR (Radiance, RGBE)
• 32bit TIFF Import / Export
• Layered TIFF Interop
• Direct PSD Write-Back
• Over 70 new RAW cameras are supported
• The Improved Pixel Tool adds the ability to constrain the direction of painting and control erasing mode
• New “Accumulation” Brush Dynamics to offer Opacity Jitter.
• Added New Marquee Modes (Polygonal, Magnetic) to the freehand selection tool
• Improved Metadata Mining for RAW / JPEG / etc.
• Improved Export Persona
• Improved Apply Image including the new ability use equations in the filter to control how channels are transferred
• Improved Select Sampled Colour Filter
• Improved Vectorscope
• Improved Photoshop Plugin Support
• Adjustment Performance Improvements
• Snapping improvements - candidate-free snapping, gaps-and-spans (Alt key in Move Tool), so much more!
02/10/2016 | Version : 1.4.3 | Size : 271.7 MB
Optimised for macOS Sierra
** Apple Mac App of The Year 2015 **
Affinity Photo redefines the boundaries for professional photo editing software on the Mac. With a meticulous focus on workflow it offers sophisticated tools for enhancing, editing and retouching your images in an incredibly intuitive interface with all the power and performance you need.
Engineered for Professionals
• Open, edit and save Photoshop® PSD files
• RGB, CMYK, Greyscale and LAB colour spaces
• End-to-end CMYK workflow with ICC colour management
• Full 16 and 32-bit per channel editing
• Work with all standard formats like PNG, TIFF, JPG, GIF, SVG, EPS, EXR, HDR and PDF
• Panning and zooming is always live at 60fps with live previews, live tools and real-time editing
• Open and edit massive images without compromising performance or running out of memory
• Full support for unlimited layers, layer groups, adjustment layers, filter layers and masks
• Resize layers without any loss of quality. Lock, hide, duplicate and merge layers easily
• Edit live filters, adjustments, effects, blend modes and masks non-destructively
• Undo history can be saved with the document so you can always undo your changes
• Task-focused workspaces for developing, post-processing, liquify and export
• Work in windowed, full screen, or separated modes with fully customisable toolbars and drag and drop panels
• Comprehensive vector drawing and text editing tools
• Advanced snapping system with pixel perfect alignment when required
• Export @1x, @2x, @3x from layers, slices or whole documents – continuously as you work!
• Record and Play macros for ultimate productivity
Professional image processing
• Open RAW and other images in a dedicated pre-processing workspace
• Adjust exposure, blackpoint, clarity, vibrance, white balance, shadows, highlights and much more
• Recover detail thought to be lost by editing in an unbounded linear color space
• Advanced lens corrections including chromatic aberration, defringe, vignette and best-in-class noise reduction
• Paint areas or use fully customisable gradients to mask adjustments
• View histograms, blown highlights, shadows and tones as well as detailed EXIF information
• Focus Merge, HDR Merge and Tone mapping for advanced image processing
Quality retouching and correction tools
• Intuitive selection brush and refinement makes selections simple, even down to strands of hair
• Instantly remove unwanted objects with an incredibly advanced Inpainting brush
• Dodge, burn, clone, patch, blemish and red eye tools
• Smooth and retouch skin with built-in frequency separation
• Apply high quality single-plane and dual-plane perspective correction as well as fully customisable mesh warps - all in real time
• Dedicated Liquify persona gives freehand control over warps, twirls, pinch, punch and turbulence
Advanced brush engine
• Huge library of painting, drawing, textures and professional DAUB brushes included
• Create custom brushes and nozzles with full control over advanced dynamics
• Full support for Wacom and other graphics tablets, including pressure, tilt and shortcut buttons
• Real-time preview of your nozzle – see what you are about to paint or erase before you do it
Fast, customisable effects
• Massive collection of effects available, including blurs, distortions, tilt-shift, shadows, glows, lighting and many more
• Swipe-able split or mirrored screen always available for before and after views
• Choose to apply effects non-destructively with live effect layers, enabling you to erase away or mask effects after they have been applied
Built for Mac
• Takes full advantage of the latest macOS technologies including OpenGL, Grand Central Dispatch and Core Graphics
• Full support for MacBook Pro's Touch Bar and Force Touch trackpad
• Fully optimised for 64-bit and multi-core processors
• Supports regular, retina and multi-monitor set ups – including the latest 5k iMac
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: Top Grossing Mac Applications [Photography]
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Comments and Ratings for Affinity Photo
As Photoshop, or better. And see the price! (1.5.1)
5/5 By ernesto180
I have used Photoshop since version 2.0 (yes, that long!). I now have in my Mac version CS5 (loaded onto the hard drive from the DVDs).
I downloaded Affinity Photo, and have found it excellent. It does everything Photoshop CS5 does, I mean everything. And if you know Photoshop, you have to learn practically nothing new, most commands are sited and work as you expect them to. This is not a cheap (derogatory sense) replacement for Photoshop, with limited capabilities: it is Photoshop, but at an incredible low price. I was starting to worry that, at some stage when CS5 was declared “defunct” by Adobe, I would have to start “renting” Photoshop from Adobe. Now I won’t have to do that, I have Affinity Photo in my hard drive, always available (even when I have no Internet connection…).
Suberb replacement for PHOTOSHOP (1.5.1)
5/5 By Paysdegalles
Having used Photoshop since it first came out on floppy discs, I thought that there was nothing that would match it. However with the advent of “subscription only” with the creative suite, it was time to find a substitute.
Affinity is a very worthy replacement, seeming to do everything that I used to do in Photoshop. The layer handling seems a lot better in fact. The support seems to be really good with lots of well produced video tutorials, which make any transition easier.
As far as the price is concerned, at £29.99 it’s a “no brainer” Downloading from the App Store means that it can be installed on several Macs as long as they use the same Apple ID.
So far, no complaints at all, and I’m sure that when I get used to the commands structure, the fork flow speed will equal that of the previous software.
If you’re new to photo editing or looking for a replacement to the ubiquitous Photoshop I would certainly recommend you try Affinity ( there’s a 10 day trial version on the web )
Simply amazing (1.5.1)
5/5 By ddda
If you’re looking for pro-editing softweare that matches Adobe Photoshop, this one is for you, but CHEAPER. In my humble opinion it is even better than overpriced Adobe CS. Thank you Serif, I’ve been your fan from the start.
Amazing features for the price (1.5.1)
5/5 By Familychoice
I have this and Designer for both Mac and PC. I’ve been using the Adobe alternatives for over 20 years professionally, and while Afiinity products don’t have an identical feature list - for the price the tools they do include is outstanding.
This does everything I could hope for, and shows you don’t have to compromise on features if you’re on a budget. It’s not perfect, but it’s good enough for me!
3/5 By clare1977!
I love Affinity Photo and just starting to get to grips with all the features, but since the new update I am now having problems loading Raw files. Takes ages or just gets stuck. And this evening ive had to force quit 3 times due to system not responding. Not happy eventually given up and now using photos. Please sort this apple as its now unusable.
just had to write a review (1.5.1)
5/5 By angus447
I just had to write a review as this solftware is a must have for photo manipulation. It is so well price and the support is amazing. Great bit of software from a company that takes there product seriously. They also have a set of fantastic tutorials to get one up and runing quickly.
5/5 By Alien5UK
We have been using Designer for a while and it became our main design tool for good reason. A few days ago I took a look at Photo to add to our tools and wow! Why did I wait so long!
We have been a Creative Suite customer for years and paid the price (over and over again). At £29.95, Photo costs less than software not 100th as good. I absolutely love the support videos, which are easy to follow and well made. The whole package is a joy to use. I’ve already done something I couldn’t do in CC and that’s on day 1.
Working in a media company, where we have a lot of software, I’ll have to say that Photo, along with Designer, is the best we use.
Use with Capture One Pro and Ditch Adobe!!!! (1.5.1)
5/5 By Shutterjack Mak
I’ve been using Adobe Photoshop since CS4 and this is the first product that can replace Photoshop for EVERYTHING I need do (I’m a photographer). It even does somethings better than Photoshop, for example: luminosity masks - Affinity Photo has advance layer blend options unavailble in Photoshop, such that one can precisely restrict any filter or layer to any range of luminosity with any kind of falloff.
The very last function, which kept me using Photoshop was its ability to autoalign layers and merge them using various algorithms to remove noise (for astrophotography) or moving objects e.g. people for landscapes or cityscapes. Affinity Photo now allows me to do this as well.
I’ve already been using Capture One Pro for photo management and RAW conversion since version 6 (it’s now 10), because I find it better than Lightroom. It’s more powerful, because it has layers built in, and you can create a layer mask based on colours in the image!!! Crucially, it’s RAW converter is the best on the market.
My conclusion is that Capture One Pro and Affinity Photo is easily good enough for professional photographers to ditch Adobe….and I have, as have my friends.
5/5 By Mattyboy9797
I have had Afinity Photo for a while now, and at first i was a bit apprehensive; as ididnt know whether it was going to be anywhere near as good as photoshop.
But after using it for even the first time, I found it easier to use than photoshop. For £39.99 this is the same quality if not better in my opinion, becasue it is easier to navigate around and understand, especially for beginners, it also contains virtually all of the same content as its competitor, who charge a ridiculous price for a subscribtion. I prefer Afinity Photo and I would never go back to photoshop, its just too expensive for pretty much the same thing. Dont waste money on photoshop, spend your money more worth while on this brilliant application.
I could have cried... (1.5.1)
5/5 By TummyShame
I’m fed up with being forced to use bloat-o-shop, their subscription model was my breaking point.
I was naturally concerned about Affinity Photo’s capabilities as I had already tried several failed replacements.
Affinity Photo: does the business, looks great, doesn’t confuse, takes up less space on my HDD, doesn’t come packaged with a load of unwanted junk, offers useful tutorials and helpful support, costs far less and isn’t robbing me monthly.
Adobe can kiss my sweet behind.
I’m so pleased with this software that I may well dream happy dreams of photo editing tonight for the first time in as long as I can remember…
A bit clunky at time but a HUGE powerhouse and worthy contender to you know who (1.5.1)
5/5 By Ne456yhfy
At only £29.99 this application is not skimping on anything. Thoroughly recommend to anyone who want an afffordable graphic editing software.
This version, 1.5, hsa had a huge amount of features added and bugs removed (and no doubt some added!) and whilst sometimes the interface is quirky this is a great step for such a good price.
Just now needs refinement.
A huge step up (1.5.0)
5/5 By mieky_h
Is there something you use in Photoshop that was missing from Affinity Photo? Serif Labs may have fixed that for you now.
This is such a great product. Still fast on modest hardware but with so many subtle evolutions over the competition (macros with exposable parameters!)
Superb App - just buy it !! (1.4.3)
5/5 By Polyzoan
This is a superb photo editing app. I am only a keen amateur but this app is so intuitive to use with an excellent UI. Thank you developers.
Very slow RAW conversion (1.4.3)
1/5 By EJW6
I am running this program on a mid 2012 MacBook Pro with a 2.6 GHz i7 processor: no slouch. Nevertheless, this program takes around 15 seconds to open a single RAW file from my Fuj X-M1, slightly quicker from my Sony A7. This may be accepable if one only has the occasional photograph to edit, but hopeless for large numbers. I tried opening multiple files and the computer simply locked up while the program slowly worked through them. I have tried the release candidate for version 1.5, but it is no better. For me this has been a dreadful waste of money ad a salutary reminder never to buy softare that does not have a trial version.
Just great (1.4.3)
5/5 By Zipzap44
I am a total novice to anything connected to photo editing, but with the help of the brilliant tutorials available on Affinity’s forums has made Affinity Photo the perfect choice for me. Yes if like me you are a novice it does seem very complicated but if you use the forums you soon get a grasp of the software.
You can even add the Affinity Extensions into Photos which is great.
Great Photoshop alternative (1.4.3)
5/5 By Royrevel
There is some learning curve, but once you're done, it's cheaper and just as good as P$. Some features are actually better.
For peeps who need P$ alternative for UX work, Sketch is better. However, for any pixel work Affinity is better because Sketch can't properly edit pixels (like delete one pixel from an image).
I use Affinity Photo for any image editing, such as editing sliced images for email/web and exporting them. If there's no pixel editing involved, I export straight from Sketch master and job's done.
By the way, I tried Gimp and found Affinity is way closer to P$ than Gimp. Each has unique features (that P$ miss) but Affinity is opened more on my machine than Gimp.
I haven't used Adobe software for more than half a year.
immediate reaction (1.4.3)
5/5 By greyowl909
This looks seriously interesting. 10 minutes in already loaded a few images and tweaked them to my satisfaction. Far far better UI than elements. Used PS at cs5 some time ago and Gimp since then but this looks like the real deal. Well worth my having a good go at it especially since the price is peanuts.
An exciting Photoshop alternative (1.4.3)
5/5 By chris2k09
Having used photoshop most of my career it is refreshing to finally see an affordable alternative which provides the most currently used features as well as full compatibility to create and edit psd files. There is still some more features which need to be added (for example save for web image previews so we can assess the quality of the image when choosing the optimisation setting) but it sounds like this is on the roadmap. Also it looks like there are many more features being worked according to their development forum which is great, especially as these will be added to the existing product at no extra cost (not like adobe which wants a subscription or waits for a new version to upgrade to…)
Keep up the good work guys, you’re nearly there.
5/5 By Jumbo5611
Having recently discovered this incredible and user friendly App, I am now chucking out all my other photo editing programmes. Including various Adobes, and some lovely little low priced apps that each did one or two things brilliantly…. but I don’t need them any more. Affinity Photos has it all and more - and all in one place! This App is truly fabulous; If you’re unsure, take a look at the huge number of video tutorials they have online - So helpful and very easy to follow - you quickly get the impression that they are very proud of their creation, and they certainly deserve to be….
If the designers/creators were here before me now I’d have to give them all massive squeezy hugs! I’ve waited for years for something like this...
Don’t hesitate, buy this amazing App now (it’s a fantastic price too!)
Ps They’re bringing it out for the iPad soon - I can’t wait
Brilliant App that just keeps getting better. (1.4.3)
5/5 By Gaz 2
It's brilliant that there is finally a real alternative to Photoshop. Fantastic App that loads in seconds. Love it !
My only minor critisism is that the tools are a little difficult to see or identify if youre coming across from Photoshop. Possibly with time I'll adapt. Took me ages to find the colour picker tool, until I realised it's on the colour window. I guess it's more logical there :-). I think I'd prefer a much simpler tool bar that concentrates more on clarity of icon than multi-colour realism.
It's still 5 stars from me though, because what else comes this close to Photoshop for the price ?
Version 1.5 features look brilliant, cant wait for that :-)
Everyone should be switching to this and even if you still prefer Photoshop, get a copy of Affinity Photo to support the team at Affinity, because if you want to keep Adobe on their toes and don't want the price of CC to go (even further) through the roof… competition is healthy !
Impressive App and support (1.4.3)
5/5 By annalang
I confess, that Affinity Photo is my first and only serious photo editing app, so I can’t compare it to the likes of Photoshop. That said, I’ve been thoroughly impressed by what it can do, and the helpful video tutorials, that Serif provide. I particularly appreciate that they don’t just cover the technical aspects, but delve into why you’d use the techniques being demonstrated, and the artistic effects that they produce. With the app and the guidance, I’m learning a lot, and producing images that are vastly improved over what’s coming out of the camera.
I would recommend this program without hesitation. In fact, I already have, repeatedly.
Thoroughly capable app (1.4.3)
5/5 By J0nnyC
There are few other photo editing apps with the breadth and depth offered by Affinity Photo.
Given it’s young age, this has huge potential.
Terrific photo editing app - plug ins work perfectly (1.4.3)
5/5 By Polyzoan
Briefly this is simply the best photo editing app for mac, outstanding in all respects. And yes its still in its infancy. Thank you developers, really looking forward to Publisher !
In respect of users having issues with plug ins then I certainly have not experienced any problems with all those that have been mentioned by other reviewers. Perfect after latest upgrade 22/9/2016
Affinity Photo corners the market that Adobe turned their back upon (1.4.2)
4/5 By BuckCarnage
I needed to open and reedit some old photoshop files ( PS5 on a PC ) but the new photoshop is just ridiculously expensive, and cloud based - it’s as if they expect every user to be a professional earning a living from their product.
Affintiy photo meets the needs of people like me who need a powerful photo editor from time to time. I wasn’t too hopeful, after trying GIMP ( and wanting to punch my screen ), that I would find anything to rival photoshop.
I can honestly say however that this trial got me out of a tricky situation - most of the everyday stuff can be worked out if you are used to PS and I only had to google a couple of things ( shift and drag resize works opposite to photoshop for instance ), but clearly the developer has put a lot of effort into online tutorials to help new users out.
This is the only programme I’ve found that’ll come close to PS and I’m pleased that at long last I have a decent piece of photo software for my mac at a fair price. Well worth the money and your support.
Very Easy to Use and EXCELLENT Tutorials (1.4.2)
5/5 By MyMarksy
This is a very good app for my MacBook Pro. But what makes it really easy to use and learn is the free (hope it stays that way) tutorials - they are very good especially as they are provided in UK English by a chap who does not use fancy or BIG words and make it really intresting to use. Well work the money. Beats Photoshop which I have ditched.
Pretty Good At What It Does... (1.4.2)
3/5 By Shtiffirg
…but it’s what it doesn’t do that is of concern.
It doesn’t organise folders or images as Lightroom does for a start, you need to use a native app or a third-party app which is time-consuming and clumsy. And despite saying it will use Photoshop plug-ins I have not been able to get either Tiffen or Topaz filters to work, in fact, attempting to get them to work has locked up my iMac more than once and only a forced shutdown could unlock it. My workflow depends a lot on plug-ins so it hasn’t been a very good experience so far.
The app might have potential for the future, but after 5 years work (so they claim) you can’t help but wonder how much longer it is going to take to get it to a level that will seriously challenge the likes of the Photoshop/Lightroom combo, using that as a benchmark it’s an awful long way off that as things stand.
I’m viewing my purchase as a potential investment and I will keep an eye on the development of Affinity, but unless development progresses more rapidly I have a nagging suspicion it might turn out to have been a waste of money.
Henry Porcher (1.4.2)
5/5 By DoggyFewhurst
Only just started on this software today, so far looks excellent, both rich in features and superb value for money. Tutorials are a whizz and soooo many features that I hadn,t realised were available.
This so far had livened up several disappointing photos that I was about to sent to the recycle bin. Was always sceptical about the much applauded mainstream packages but am now hooked on this one.
Superb software (1.4.2)
5/5 By old_snapper
My only disappointment with this that the price came down a week after I bought it and everyone likes a bargain!
That said it’s worth every penny and then some as far as I’m concerned.
As a relatively new product on the market there’s probably more functionality to come too.
I’m not an expert at photo editing by any means but it seems pretty easy to use to achieve stunning results, even I can use it :)
Plenty of videos on their website to help and great stuff on Udemy and youtube from Drippy Cat.
Can do raw files too! Enough here to keep me busy for ages
I love it!!
Pretty much what everybody else says (1.4.2)
5/5 By thermidorthelobster
Yes, it’s good. There are a couple of holes but it’s being actively improved. Some things can be a little puzzling at first, but the developer has an excellent series of videos which cover many aspects of functionality. What clinched the deal for me is that it’s the only app I’ve found outside Photoshop that lets me easily and accurately mask a person with major hair issues and a low contrast background. Add to this the ability to open & edit PSD files with 100% accuracy (so far) and you’re onto a winner. I’ve just got a new Mac and haven’t bothered installing Photoshop; it’s Affinity all the way for me now.
4/5 By temhawk
1. The standard keyboard shortcut CMD+W doesn't close floating foreground windows like the preferences window, layer effects window, media browser, etc. Instead it causes the document to be closed. Yes, I know I can close these windows by pressing ESC, but this isn't necessarily clear or standard or more convenient than CMD+W, which is closer to my small hand's resting position. Cycling windows with CMD+` also ignores these windows. The system-wide "move focus to the floating window" shortcut (System Preferences->Keyboard->Shortcuts->Keyboard) doesn't work either.
2. I don't know how to edit a text/number field without overwriting the current value without having to use the mouse to click on the field. For example, I click Document->Resize Canvas... because I want to double the canvas width. At first, the width field is highlighted in blue, but pressing spacebar doesn't put me into editing mode (as I would intuitively assume, just like spacebar opens dropdown menus, checks/unchecks checkboxes, etc in standard OS X apps). Enter/Return just confirms the dialog. Up/Down/Left/Right Arrow increments or decrements the value by 1. If I type "*2", the asterisk is ignored and the value is overwritten with "2". I'd just like to be able to edit values without having to click on the fields and without having to re-type the original value. In a normal OS X application like Safari, tabbing to a form text field highlights all of the text, so you can press Up/Down/Left/Right Arrow and append or prepend text easily. If this is how it worked in Affinity Photo (and Designer), I could easily change a value like "620 px" to "620 * 2 px" to "1240 px" without using the mouse. If you want to keep the incrementing/decrementing feature I suggest having spacebar enter editing mode with the current value selected. Mouse-clicking could still be used to place the caret at a specific location.
3. Right-clicking the document name in the title bar doesn't reveal a dropdown menu showing the document's filesystem location like in many other OS X apps, such as Text Edit and Preview.
4. "Snap to gaps and sizes" and "Snap to construction lines" are still disabled. When are we ever going to get this? I've been waiting since I got Affinity Designer a few months ago. Please... this is one of the few things I miss from Pixelmator.
5. CMD+TAB to switch to another app doesn't work when one of those fancy popover dialogs (like snapping settings, fill/stroke color/style picker) is on-screen. It switches to the other app, but then instantly switches back to Affinity Photo as the fade-out animation plays.
6. I can edit text on a path in Affinity Photo but I have to go into Affinity Designer in order to create text on a path. Why? Just let us create text on a path in Photo.
7. The "marching ants" effect sometimes doesn't appear on one or more edges of the canvas when the selection edges are the same as the canvas edges, making it look like the selection extends beyond the canvas. This seems to be affected by the zoom level.
8. The new panorama stitching feature assumes that the pictures are in horizontal sequence. Was hoping you could stitch pictures together vertically.
9. Please let me edit text using standard OS X text editing controls (like I'm doing right here), meaning Option+LeftArrow would skip a word to the left, etc. I don't need quick access to the typographic functions. I tried un-setting the keyboard shortcuts for these in preferences but then Option+LeftArrow does nothing anymore.
10. Please add a way to invert the function of a mask - instead of clipping the masked object to the mask's pixels, the mask should hide those parts of the object. My current workaorund is to put the object in a group and put the mask above it and use the Erase blend mode.
11. Please increase the area around the bounding box resize handles where you can rotate and shear an object. Currently there's about a 4-5 pixel tolerance where you can click to rotate or shear. I find it very easy to miss. Increasing the tool handle size in preferences doesn't change this.
12. Quick Look previews are too small.
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