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12 Reasons Why Every Photographer Needs Affinity Photo Software

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We'd be lying if we didn't say we are big fans of Affinity Photo and with its full range of powerful photo editing tools, we'd be very surprised if you didn't find the photo editing software to be a powerful and essential tool. Affinity Photo is powerful enough for professionals yet still easy enough for those new to photo editing to pick up and understand quickly. Plus, the software works on iPads for on-the-go photo editing, it's subscription-free and it's also compatible with Affinity Publisher, the page layout software also from UK developer Serif, for those who make photo books, wedding albums, promotional material and more. 

Affinity Photo is currently available for Mac, Windows PC and iPad priced at £19.49 for the iPad version and £47.99 for the desktop options. Affinity Publisher is available for Mac and Windows PC for the same price – an iPad version is in development. And until August 31, ePHOTOzine members can exclusively save 50% off the Mac and Windows versions using code AFFINITY-EPZ22 when making a purchase at There's also a free trial available should you wish to test how good Affinity Photo and Publisher really are before making your purchase. 

If you still need some convincing that Affinity Photo is the photo editing software for you, here are 12 reasons why it's the perfect tool for photographers. 


Affinity Photo Is Trusted By Professionals 

Professional photographers around the globe love Affinity Photo for its speed, power and precision. With tools such as RAW Editing, Focus Stacking, Batch Processing, Unlimited Layers and more, you have everything you could ever need for perfecting your photos. It's also fully integrated across macOS, Windows and iOS which means you can work with the same file across any device. 


Performance & Power Are Key

No one wants to watch an icon spin around while software processes photo edits and that's why Affinity Photo renders edits in real-time, even with large image files. Support for images 100+ megapixels is available along with the ability to pan and zoom smoothly at 60fps. You can open and edit PSD/PSB files, PSD smart object import is available along with support for the most complex vector documents. Plenty of time-saving tools are available, too, including Studio Presets for the UI layout.


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Full RAW Editing

A feature that pro photographers will appreciate is RAW photo editing right in the heart of Affinity Photo as this means finer control of corrections can be made on images where you need to pull out more detail. Some of the RAW editing features include: 

  • Professional lens corrections
  • Adjust exposure, blackpoint, white balance and much more
  • View histograms, blown highlights, shadows and tones
  • View and edit EXIF information
  • Best in class noise reduction and hot pixel removal
  • Import XMP files (metadata only)
  • Edit metadata
  • Batch copyright and rights information


Non-Destructive Photo Editing 

You can erase, mask layers, reorder them and adjust any parameters without worrying your editing will be permanent. Add filter effects to a single layer or over a whole layer stack, add a live liquify layer and mask/erase areas as much as you like with the knowledge your original image will remain intact. 

All adjustments, effects and live filters can be grouped, clipped masked and blended together, too, to give you endless possibilities when it comes to photo editing choices. 


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Retouch Portraits, Landscapes & More With Ease

Affinity Photo has a full range of dedicated tools/features for retouching photos which can be used to make quick corrections if you're a photo editing beginner or, equally, give pros the tools they need to make detailed retouching adjustments. Popular and essential tools include Dodge/Burn, Clone, Patch and a Blemish Removal tool. There's a dedicated workspace where you can use the liquify tool for sculpting features, you can remove unwanted objects with the magical inpainting brush and colour casts can be corrected with the new divide blend mode (also useful for enhancing infrared images).  


Make Precise Selections Quickly

Making fur, cutting out a person from a background and selectively applying specific adjustments are photo edits many of us make regularly and Affinity Photo’s advanced selection refinement algorithms make the process a lot simpler - this includes selecting individual strands of hair! Selection tools available include the Pen tool, Marquee/Lasso tools, Selection Brush and the Magic Wand tool. 


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Unlock The Full Dynamic Range Of A Scene

Affinity Photo's HDR algorithm will help you create stunning HDR images full of detail without looking over-processed. You have access to unlimited source photos, full tone mapping controls and alignment/perspective correction. You can merge directly from RAW and work natively with a full 32-bit image.


Get Perfect Panoramas Every Time

Creating panorama images can be hard work when creating them manually but Affinity Photo offers an automatic image alignment and stitching algorithm to create panoramas quickly and easily. full perspective corrections are also available. 


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Detailed Macros With Focus Stacking

Affinity Photo will merge multiple images taken at different focal lengths to create macro images full of detail. The software will automatically align the photos and analyse each individual shot so it knows which areas of each image to use. Why spend hours painstakingly going through images one at a time yourself when a brilliant piece of photo editing software can do it for you?


Wacom & Apple Pencil Support

Those who work on graphics tablets to edit photos with the fluidity of a brush/pencil can experience a natural painting experience when using Affinity Photo. There's also a huge library of brushes available along with the option to create custom brushes, combine multiple brushes in a single stroke, create brushes from current pixel selection and import .abr brush files. 


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Compatible With Affinity Publisher

Thanks to Affinity’s unique StudioLink technology, you can directly link all Affinity apps together and one other app you may be interested in purchasing is Affinity Publisher

Affinity Publisher is an excellent choice for pro photographers who are making photo books, wedding albums, promotional booklets, leaflets and flyers. If you own both products, you can easily combine images, graphics and text to create professional products ready for your clients to see while using the advanced photo editing tools available in Affinity Photo without ever leaving the Affinity Publisher app. 


No Subscription Needed 

The usual price to own the award-winning Affinity Photo and Affinity Publisher software is £47.99 each on Windows or Mac - subscription free. But ePHOTOzine members can exclusively save 50% off Affinity Photo and Affinity Publisher with code AFFINITY-EPZ22 when making purchases from before August 31. If you wish, you can also use the code to buy Affinity Designer – the vector graphic design software that rounds out the full Affinity suite.

To use the discount, add your choice of Affinity products to your basket then click Discount Code, and enter the code in the box. If you decide to go back for another purchase, you can use the code again, up to 31 August.

There's also a free trial available should you wish to test how good Affinity software really is before making your purchase. 

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