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 color spaces
• End-to-end CMYK workflow with ICC color 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

4/12/2017 | Version : 1.5.2 | Size : 327.9 MB
Stability and bug fixes

1/4/2017 | 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, color, circular and line halftones
• Equations Distortion filter allows users to create custom spatial filters
• Dust & Scratches Filter
• “Edit in Affinity Photo” Photos extension
• New Color Picker Tool
• New Clone Sources panel for the Clone / Healing brush - it even works across multiple documents
• Multi-Monitor Color Profile Support

32Bit per channel color
• 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 color 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 Color 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!

10/2/2016 | Version : 1.4.3 | Size : 271.7 MB
Optimized for macOS Sierra


Overall :
#7 : Top Grossing Mac Applications
#9 : Top Paid Mac Applications

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

Screenshots Mac OSX :

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Photography , Graphics & Design

Supported Devices : Mac OS

Comments and Ratings for Affinity Photo

Good for icons (as well as photos) (1.5.2)
6/11/2017 11:28:06 AM 5/5 By lannierose
I'm a Web designer so I was mostly using Photoshop for working with icons, often at the pixel level, and occasionally resizing or touching up photos. I lost my copy of Photoshop when I ichanged jobs, and from what I've seen in reviews, I don't want to touch the online version. I just started using Affinity, and it does the trick. And a pleasure to work with. I don't think I'll be missing my Photoshop at all.

way. too. complicated. (1.5.2)
6/10/2017 11:31:17 AM 1/5 By THE.Teeener
Great that the reviews say users can do great things with Affinity - I’m glad they are happy. But trying to figure out the simplest tasks that I do in Photoshop remains a mystery. Not sure why reviewers state that the tasks are easily sequenced and intuitive. I can’t figure the app out, Affinity is not for simple quick photo tasks. Just because the software is powerful and versatile doesn’t mean simple common editing tasks can’t be made obvious and easy to choose and follow. I intensely dislike all Adobe products so I was hoping for a more easily used photo app here. Uhh. No. Makes me wonder who exactly wrote these reviews. For example, I have a photo of a bathroom that I want to renovate. ALL I want to do is edit the photo with lines and colors to re-create the planned look. I cannot find a color panel to choose a color from, I cannot find a tool to draw lines with. I found the eraser and a blur tool, but that is as far as I can get. This SW is a COMPLETE mystery. I click and drag and look. RIDICULOUS> can’t figure it out. I am sorry I bought this. [runs screaming out of the room]

Amazing (1.5.2)
6/7/2017 12:03:49 PM 5/5 By meenooone
I found editing tools inside affinity that will make things much easier than photoshop. Maybe I should have given 4 stars, because at this time, even though I have installed topaz labs filters, they don’t work yet. I am sure this company will fix that soon, so I went and gave 5 stars. I don’t have too much trouble picking up how everything works, learning a little at a time, because having photoshop seems to help. I have only had photoshop for one year, and have a lot to learn, but to tell you the truth I like the way affinity does things. I really wish, that they would hurry with the compatibility issue on the filters. I do love this app, hense the 5 stars.

Exactly what I needed (1.5.2)
6/5/2017 9:17:47 PM 5/5 By LeRoiLeon
I needed a migration path from Adobe Photoshop and this applicaiton has fit the bill. All the functions I use seem to be there and much to my surprise most of the keyboard shortcuts I used in Photoshop bring up the same features in Affinity Photo. No more subscriptions, no more overprivileged Creative Cloud software. I’m happy. :)

Affinity is the first REAL replacement for PS (1.5.2)
6/1/2017 10:38:42 AM 5/5 By __Mak__
I am now using Corel Aftershot and Affinity Photo as my defacto catalog and editing programs. (I am dreaming of the day that Affinity creates a Lightroom alternative!) This is the first package to be able to read/write PSD files with some decent results. Bye bye Adobe!

My new favorite 360 photo editor! (1.5.2)
5/29/2017 12:24:12 PM 5/5 By Yerrickl
If you already know photoshop, you will this! Very clean and simple set up and the fact it does 360 editing sold it for my. Why photoshop is not following the trends is beyond me. The price point and the tools they added is a no braner.

I found my Adobe replacement…and not just for Photoshop. (1.5.2)
5/27/2017 8:25:04 PM 4/5 By LETARGO
I’ll save you the fanfare: for most people, this single app will replace Photoshop, Fireworks and half of InDesign. Stable, intuitive, familiar. Familiar as in there isn’t any “cool tool" you ain’t seen, but the feature set for photo editing is complete. Bonus: Editing PDFs is easier than using PS or Ilustrator. Great software. Why the 4 stars? I would have paid an extra $30 to have the Designer app as a “persona" within Photo as opposed to a separate app. Buy it. It’s def worth the price.

A True Professional grade image editor (1.5.2)
5/27/2017 7:43:57 PM 5/5 By Jonothewright
I have been using Affinity Photo and Designer since they were both in beta and have had almost exclusively good experiences with the both of them in that timespan. Although I hate to bring Adobe into this review, it is a practically unavoidable comparison to make. The fact of the matter is that I am a freelance graphic designer and was not only displeased (to say the least) with Adobe’s switch to the subscription model, but also have for some time found Photoshop and Illustrator to be bloated and sluggish (even on my high end hardware). Enter Serif Photo, which has proven every bit as capable as Photoshop ever did in 99% of situations I have found myself in. Not only is Affinity Photo feature rich but Serif have proven over the years I have used it that they are still very actively developing it. New features appear frequently in updates, bugs are fixed, and performance is still super snappy even on the lowest end Mac in my arsenal. Frankly, Serif should probably be charging a lot more for this and Designer. At only $50 each they are cheaper than many plugins for other professional tools and I fear this may prevent some pros from even looking at it seriously in the first place. Literally the only negative thing I will say is regarding Affinity Publisher, the third part of the suite which would make for a complete publishing solution… presently delayed until an undetermined date, as opposed to being in beta in 2017 as previously planned. I am hoping to be subscription free by the end of 2017 and unfortunately the lack of a solid timeline for Publisher from Serif has made me switch to Quark to complete this puzzle. Thankfully I have been able to integrate both Designer and Publisher into a workflow with Quark about as easily as I did with InDesign until now. That may seem only tangentially related, but trust me, if you are a graphic professional who works in publishing, having a photo editor, vector editor, and publishing composer program that work seamlessly together is a big deal. In closing, Serif have really stepped up and provided pros with some great tools here. Especially if you are freelance, like me, this is a no-brainer as the cost is almost negligible and the learning curve is similar to what you are likely using at present. The step up in performance is a great bonus and, in my experience so far, Serif seem to care about keeping their customers happy.

I threw away all my Adobe apps (1.5.2)
5/25/2017 6:37:46 AM 5/5 By Sarvasri
I have both Affinity Photo and Affinity Designer. These are the best investment I have made in graphics software. These are better, faster, easier than the Adobe apps. In some cases, they are more powerful. There are only a very few things they can’t do that Illustrator and Photoshop can do and those are things I don’t need. Rent is slavery. For me, Adobe took the wrong path. I don’t want to rent software forever. Affinity has the right attitude. I hope they keep it. Great software at a reasonable price is a winner. I’m looking forward to Affinity Publisher when it comes out.

Its Good (1.5.2)
5/21/2017 4:12:15 PM 4/5 By K Forf
I’ve been using Affinity for over a year now. I like it. It has most of the things I would find in photoshop, and some things my photoshop didn’t have. I use it for custom created photos and touching up family pics. It does everything I throw at it very well. My only side note: How are you going to say “Coming to iPad 2017” then NOTHING, no more info about how its going….nothing. its a small thing but it irrks me. I have an iPad Pro, its a perfect combination for on the go editing, BUT you danging this software carrot and don’t acutally produce anything. I like companies i deal with big or small to be open with me, not shut up about something that was supposed to be made availible and hope I forgot. Do you even have alpha software or was that whole video just….a video Outside of that, they’re software for the Mac is good, just don’t look for anything other than that. If you want to use multiple types of devices on a project you'll need to go to the orginaly major player

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