Perhaps more importantly, Photoshop carries with it the baggage of decades of features added for many different creative disciplines, which can make it hard for photographers to learn it. The new release not only supports Windows, but adds a host of important new features that help bring Affinity Photo close enough to parity with Photoshop at least for photographers that it is now a very worthy alternative. The new features include lens profiles, bit editing, degree image editing, focus stacking, macros, HDR, and more.
All the tools a photographer needs Currently, most of us use several tools in our workflow, often with specialized versions for HDR processing, noise removal, degree image editing, focus merging, and RAW processing. Affinity Photo wraps all of these capabilities together in a unified interface. You move between toolsets by switching from one Persona to another. Taken altogether they offer an amazing array of capabilities.
Like Photoshop, Photo provides a wide-variety of powerful tools that you can put in its tool palette To use some of the more esoteric tools, you specify the type of task at File Open time e.
As of the latest version, Photo also supports both Macro recording and Batch processing of multiple images. The Develop module in Photo is very similar to Camera Raw in Photoshop, but is directly integrated into the main user interface Almost, but not quite, like using Photoshop Whenever a new product aims to upset a dominant incumbent there is tension between mimicking its design to provide familiarity to its users, and revamping pieces that could be improved.
Affinity Photo takes a middle road. The overall UI is very similar to Photoshop, as is most of the terminology. As a really-simple example, when you set the Crop tool to an absolute size, Photoshop lets you resize the crop area and then scales the image. From my initial use, the tools provided by Affinity generally provide image quality very similar to those from Adobe.
As of version 1. You can process your RAW image in the Develop persona module , then make edits to it in the Photo persona, and still easily switch back to Develop to make additional RAW corrections. You can do this up to a point in Photoshop by using Smart Objects, but Affinity has made it a more-integrated and streamlined process. Affinity Photo has some clever Assistants that help you set policies for each of its modules Areas where Affinity Photo falls short Part of why Affinity can sell photo for such a low price is its reliance on open source projects and third parties for key pieces of technology, including its color management and lens profiles.
The color management seems to work very well, and you can even activate full support for OpenColorIO. Similarly, plug-in support is patchy. Most of my plug-ins worked including the ones from nik that I tested , but others refused to launch. Here too I expect compatibility to continue to improve. Affinity Photo does seem to have a much more modular architecture, which is cool.
You can see that with its OpenColorIO integration, for example. There is also a drop down that suggests there could be room for alternate RAW processing engines. Should you use Affinity Photo? If nothing else, it will give you a backup application that will be able to read and edit your PSD files if you wind up without an Adobe subscription.
If you really need free, or Linux, Gimp is an alternative — but not as user friendly.
Since its introduction nearly 30 years ago, the creative software giant has expanded and become an indispensable asset in the design industry. With more than 20 desktop and mobile apps accessible via the Creative Cloud , Adobe dominates the digital graphic creation market seemingly unrivaled. The most recent challenger? Affinity Designer launched in late and promises to give Adobe a run for its subscription fees. But does it deliver?