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Affinity Photo Review

Affinity Photo Review  - Affinity Photo promises to be a Photoshop alternative for MAC and PC users but can it deliver? We find out in our review.

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Quick Verdict

Affinity Photo is definitely a tool that photographers should consider adding to their workflow. It's simple to use, the results are excellent and with just a one-off cost, it's an inexpensive software that Mac (and now PC users) can most certainly get their money's worth from. Highly Recommended. 

+ Pros

  • Easy to use
  • Quick in response 
  • Live edits 
  • Excellent value for money 
  • Lots of tools and features 
  • RAW editing  
  • No subscription 

- Cons

  • No file management system (which would make this software absolutely top-notch)  
 

 

Affinity Photo from Serif was a piece of software we really liked when we first took a look at it back in 2015. In fact, we billed it as a 'inexpensive Photoshop alternative' and as there's now a PC version available, as well as an award-winning iPad app, and lots of improved features, we thought it was about time we took a closer look at Affinity Photo again. 

Those eager to take a look at the software can do for just under £50. Plus, until 25 June 2018, ePHOTOzine members can save an extra 25% making it £35.99 instead of £48.99. 

 

Affinity Photo Features


 

At a glance, Affinity Photo still seems to have everything you need to seamlessly edit, retouch and enhance images. The interface is very user-friendly and if you've used Photoshop for a while, you'll definitely find it easy to navigate Affinity Photo. 

Affinity Photo has a huge feature list, but below you'll find a summary of what's been added since we last put the software to the test along with the software's key features. 

What's New?

We use the term 'new' quite loosely as these features have been around for a while, it's just we've not taken a look at the software for a bit. The biggest change is that Affinity Photo can now be used both on Mac and Windows. Plus, there's an iPad version available which won the title of Apple's 'App of the Year'. 

As well as multiple OS, Affinity Photo now offers better batch processing along with macros that will help speed up workflow. There's a full tone mapping workspace, focus stacking built in, a 360-degree photo editing space and automatic lens collections based on thousands of lens/camera profiles so corrections are easier. These are on top of the RAW editing and various retouching tools we previously praised Affinity Photo for. 

 

Key Features

  • RAW editing
  • HDR merge
  • Panorama stitching 
  • Focus Stacking 
  • Various Adjustments and Lens Corrections
  • Batch Processing 
  • PSD Editing  
  • Layers 
  • 360-degree image editing 
  • Non-destructive editing 
  • No subscription 
  • Real-time editing
  • Task-focused workspaces (personas)
  • Various file types supported on import and export 
  • Presets as well as manual editing 
  • Unlimited undo history 
  • Real-time previews 

 



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saltireblue Plus
8 8.4k 33 Norway
11 Jun 2018 2:50PM
Hi Nikita!
Can you tell me if the Nik collection works as a plug-in with Affinity Photo?
11 Jun 2018 2:57PM



Quote:Can you tell me if the Nik collection works as a plug-in with Affinity Photo?


Hi Malc,

I don't know myself but these people seem to:

https://forum.affinity.serif.com/index.php?/topic/60120-dxo-has-updated-the-nik-plugins-will-serif-be-commited-to-keep-affinity-photo-compatible/&tab=comments#comment-310152

Smile
11 Jun 2018 3:56PM

Quote:Hi Nikita!
Can you tell me if the Nik collection works as a plug-in with Affinity Photo?



Sorry to butt in. I use Affinity Photo and yes the NIK collection works just fine with it. I've also got the new trial version to see if that works with it. It seems to but there doesn't seem to be much difference between the trial and the former free version.

Alan
saltireblue Plus
8 8.4k 33 Norway
11 Jun 2018 5:02PM

Quote:
Quote:Hi Nikita!
Can you tell me if the Nik collection works as a plug-in with Affinity Photo?



Sorry to butt in. I use Affinity Photo and yes the NIK collection works just fine with it. I've also got the new trial version to see if that works with it. It seems to but there doesn't seem to be much difference between the trial and the former free version.

Alan


Alan, are you running the 'google' version of Nik or the latest updated DxO version?
11 Jun 2018 5:48PM
Hi Malc,
I'm currently using the DxO updated trial version, although I haven't yet found any difference. I should also mention that I hardly ever use Viveza or the Sharpeners.
After seeing your original post I did try both Viveza and the RAW sharpener and found that the Sharpener seems to work OK and Viveza sort of works. By that I mean that the colours in the NIK window aren't the same as the image but the sliders work and when you apply the plug-in you basically get what you were trying to get in the correct colours. I'm sure it's just a bug that'll be sorted pretty quickly.
I installed the DxO version in a different directory to the Google version so if I decide not to buy the DxO I should, hopefully, be able to revert to the free version by just altering the preferences in Affinity (fingers crossed).
Are you already using Affinity and if so are you finding it? I've been using it for nearly a year and I have to agree 100% with Nikita's conclusions, the only CON is the lack of file management and a keywording/tagging facility. I use Bridge which can still be obtained free.

Alan
saltireblue Plus
8 8.4k 33 Norway
11 Jun 2018 6:57PM

Quote:Are you already using Affinity

Downloaded the trial version today to see if it is a viable alternative to PS CC and haven't yet had a good enough look at it. Will do that tomorrow. I too use Bridge, and want to continue doing so.
IanYorke 5 19 United Kingdom
12 Jun 2018 10:52AM
Where do they get Adobe LR/PS for 8/month. All I can find is 9.98?
emmaK22 Plus
7 109 United Kingdom
12 Jun 2018 11:15AM
Thanks for pointing that out Ian - we've updated the pricing.
12 Jun 2018 11:36AM

Quote:
Quote:Are you already using Affinity

Downloaded the trial version today to see if it is a viable alternative to PS CC ..........................



Let us all know what you think Malc. I've found it to be just as good as, if not better than, LR/PS for what I need for photo processing and as Nikita said it's fast and relatively cheap.GrinGrinGrin

Alan
saltireblue Plus
8 8.4k 33 Norway
12 Jun 2018 1:55PM

Quote:
Quote:
Quote:Are you already using Affinity

Downloaded the trial version today to see if it is a viable alternative to PS CC ..........................



Let us all know what you think Malc. Alan



Will do, I've got the 10 day trial so will give it a good going over.

russellsnr 13 202 England
13 Jun 2018 9:53AM
Hi, Sorry but although a good software and cheap it lacks what many photographers need IMO a DAM option, when I asked along with many others quite some time ago we received the standard reply 'We are Working on it' when I asked the same question on Sunday 10th June 17 I received a reply 'As for DAM, it's being worked on It's still a long way of being ready, but is being worked on'. I also asked about the use of the Colorchecker from X-Rite (again some time ago) this was also given away with the Affinity software a few months ago and again from asking again on Sunday the reply '-XRite Colour support, was never on our Roadmap but is something they the Dev team will look at adding, sorry but a software that offers another companies product but does not support it to me anyway is not looking after the people who buy there product/s.
13 Jun 2018 12:36PM
Russell,
It's photo processing software, good photo processing software, and while I agree, as does the EPZ review, that file management would be a good addition, it's actually no different in this respect, than photoshop which also doesn't have a built-in file manager.
As for Colourchecker, I understand that it comes with it's own software (DNG Profile Manager) and looking on their website there are only two 3rd party apps that support it, one being a video workflow app and the other being an Hasselblad app. Again no different from LR/PS or any of the other well known photo processing programmes.
As far as I am aware Serif are marketing Affinity photo as a photo processing programme and, to coin a well known slogan, you get what it says on the tin.

Alan
14 Jun 2018 9:02AM
In the original info it says for MAC. It also stands up on WINDOWS as well. However, the latest version has a bug which prevent the DPI from holding at the input settings. i. e. I change the DPI from 72 to 300 and it reverts back to 72 when saved. It can't be changed in DEVELOP (raw converter), it has to be changed in PHOTO. No suggestions please as Affinity are working on the problem and I've sort of found a work around, but it's not ideal and it doesn't always work.






Roy.
I've been using Photoshop since version 1.5 and the last version I purchased was CS5. Affinity is an amazing product for the price. I would slightly disagree with the review. I think in many ways, because I am so use to working quickly in Photoshop I find Affinity very slow to use. A simple example, the way you resize a file in Photoshop is so precise and easy. I've not found that in Affinity. Collapsing layers, within multiple layers is just so simple and to me, obvious in Photoshop, not so in Affinity. I know everything I am saying will have Affinity fans jumping up and down saying watch the videos. There is an old saying, 'You get what you pay for'. Would I recommend Affinity Photo? Absolutely, but don't get carried away by the promo videos, workflow is not just about new features, it's about producing the image you want as quickly as possible. Photoshop wins hands down for me! Affinity Photo must be the best photo editing software available for under 50.

Paul

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