Affinity Photo 4.5/5

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Affinity Photo

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By Serif Labs (Serif (Europe) Ltd.)

** 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

Unsurpassed productivity
• 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

Release Notes

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
Additional Features
• 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


Overall :
#3 : Top Grossing Mac Applications
#8 : Top Paid Mac Applications

Categories :
#1 : Top Grossing Mac Applications [Photography]
#2 : Top Paid Mac Applications [Photography]

Screenshots Mac OSX :

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Photography , Graphics & Design

Supported Devices : Mac OS

Comments and Ratings for Affinity Photo

Great photo editor (1.5.2)
31/05/2017 12:59:17 5/5 By shadowsierra
I don’t write reviews often, but I took time out of editing photos to write a review on this application. I am coming at this review as a portrait photographer. I was crawling through the web for powerful photo editors when I came across Affinity Photo. At first I thought, “meh, photoshop alternative”. After using the trial version of the application, I realised that it was actually a replacement for Photoshop (in my opinion). The UI feels much more fluid and native to OS X, it has powerful tools that meet my requirements as a portrait photographer and it just works as intended. If you were looking for something to replace Photoshop, this is as good as it gets. However, I will mention that it is not as optimised as Photoshop with regards to live previews, but it’s no slouch.

A brilliant Editor (1.5.2)
08/04/2017 04:00:36 5/5 By RealityStops
Do not be confused, Affinity Photo is only an Image editor but as such it is ‘Brilliant’. There is no DAM feature so comparison to Lightroom etc. is misleading. The Serif methodology takes a while to get used to (as with all unfamiliar software) but the learning curve for the basics at least is not overly steep. Affinity Photo has a great depth the although not rivalling CC is developing at a high rate and those looking to escape the ‘Adobe System’ will find sufficient power for even the most demanding editorial tasks - amateur or professional alike. Affinity Photo excels in image composition, supporting complex layering, enormous tool palette and is acceptably fast on many machine, including the older MAC&PC.. Help with your development as a user is achieved via ‘YouTube’ videos ‘Vimeo’ and the community website although Serif employees are not averse to direct contact on occasions. This is refreshingly open in contrast to some software giants (un-named). Personal experience of this software has been at times frustrating but over the last three months very productive with my work benefiting greatly from using AP.. Disclaimer:- I have no connection with Serif other than as a customer.

The Very Best Photo Editor (1.5.1)
27/01/2017 00:54:10 5/5 By malvernsoul
Excellent product software engineered from the outset from UK company Serif who have been producing top drawer software suites for 30 years. The top awards are highly deserved and fantastic that Windows versions are becoming available with perfect cross platform native and interchange formats. None of the other App Store Apps come close.

feature packed …. or just plain bloated?! (1.5.1)
21/01/2017 07:02:07 3/5 By hak'star
Judging by many of the reviews, moving to Affinity Photo from Photoshop is made out to be a fluid & intuitive change - certainly not in my experience when it comes to even some of the most elementary tasks. Several of the basic keyboard shortcuts are different (and are non configurable fixed app strokes). The overall layout and icon/type fonts & sizes are ludicrously small (yes, even when switched to the nominally ‘largest’ settings) & the overall design is fussy and, again, not easily understood when coimng over from PS. There are many things to admire, I’m sure, but for me by far the biggest issue is with FILE SAVING; as outlined below: Let’s say you open a most basic 1MB jpg file, make a simple change like a quick Auto-Levels. Click Save, and that jpg will now be up to 3-4MB !? crazy, why. If you chose 'save as’, the application uses it’s own proprietary file type & that 1MB file will have ballooned to a circa 8-10MB file !!?? Your only option is to go through a clunky ‘export as’ dialog box (using same jpg specs as before) and then select a destination - hey presto, you’re file is still just 1MB !! There are some batch import/export features, but the simple matter that you cannot just quickly one-click save you changes, as you would in any other app, is beyond frustrating. Oh well, on to the next contender for my PS replacement.

As Photoshop, or better. And see the price! (1.5.1)
10/01/2017 15:10:00 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)
04/01/2017 04:14:00 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)
18/12/2016 05:35:00 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)
16/12/2016 07:54:00 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! Recommended.

dissappointed (1.5.1)
14/12/2016 13:10:00 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)
12/12/2016 17:34:00 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.

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