Affinity Photo Review : Verdict

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Value For Money

Affinity Photo is priced at £48.99 which isn't really that expensive when compared to other products on the market. Plus, until 25 June 2018, ePHOTOzine members can save an extra 25% making it £35.99 instead of £48.99. 

Corel PaintShop Pro 2018 retails for £89.99 while Adobe products are now part of the Creative Cloud monthly pricing options and Adobe's cheapest option starts at £9.98 a month which, when compared to the price of Affinity Photo is considerably more and it's on a rolling payment, too. Adobe Photoshop Elements can still be accessed without a Creative Cloud membership for around £70 however, Affinity Photo is actually comparable to Adobe Photoshop so it has much more features than Elements has to offer, plus it's still £30 cheaper too. Other alternatives include DxO PhotoLab 1.2, which we've mentioned a couple of times in the review and is also subscription free, but it is priced at £99 or £159 (editions depending). 

 

Affinity Photo Verdict

Affinity Photo offers a lot of features and advanced tools for a great price. The software offers far more options and controls than free software available and indeed the basic software package Adobe offers. Plus, when you factor in the performance speeds it can offer, it's certainly a stand-out, inexpensive piece of software for Mac and PC users.

Affinity Photo can help speed up workflow and with the number of tools on offer, is ideal for anyone who wants to edit images without having to take out a monthly subscription or spend a huge amount of cash to do so. Affinity Photo gives you advanced controls which are easy to learn how to use, plus there are helpful tips, video tutorials and a really useful search function should you need to check how a particular tool works. The interface looks great and as we've said, anyone who's familiar with other photo editing software will soon be navigating it like a pro thanks to the way everything is designed.

Affinity Photo has been billed as a Photoshop alternative for some time now and it's easy to see why. It's well worth a look - you won't be disappointed. Highly Recommended. 

 

Affinity Photo Pros

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

 

Affinity Photo Cons

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

Features4/5
Handling4/5
Performance5/5
Value5/5
Overall Verdict

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saltireblue Plus
8 9.0k 35 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 9.0k 35 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 9.0k 35 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 20 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
7 115 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 9.0k 35 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 14 214 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
12 Mar 2019 2:42PM
Does Affinity Photo open up Canon's new CR3 files?

Mike
12 Mar 2019 2:48PM

Quote:Does Affinity Photo open up Canon's new CR3 files?

Mike



Mike the quickest way for you to find out would be to ask on the Affinity. they're usually pretty quick answering queries.

Alan
12 Mar 2019 2:49PM
Cheers Alan

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