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2 Oct 2020 7:41PM
A few of us have noticed we cannot open up new RAW pictures in either CS6 or Lightroom 5.7 I have bought, on offer, Affinity Photo editing software. Do any other EPZ members use it? If so how are you getting on with it. Thanks. David
saltireblue Plus
10 11.2k 68 Norway
2 Oct 2020 8:26PM
I went from PS CC to Affinity, and for my needs it works very well. The raw developer is a bit more basic than ACR was, but more than adequate for my way of working.
PRC 6 275 United Kingdom
2 Oct 2020 8:48PM
I've been using Affinity for a couple of weeks; I got it to upgrade from my old version of Photoshop Elements 12. I've never used Lightroom so I cannot compare the two properly but I'm very pleased with Affinity so far. There are quite a few video tutorials for it and it seems well organised. My quandry with it at present is whether or not to continue with the Elements Organiser (that came with Elements) to keep track of my images or move to Adobe Bridge or something else. There are rumours of an organiser (digital asset manager) from Affinity but nothing concrete.
saltireblue Plus
10 11.2k 68 Norway
2 Oct 2020 8:57PM

Quote:My quandry with it at present is whether or not to continue with the Elements Organiser (that came with Elements) to keep track of my images or move to Adobe Bridge or something else.

When I migrated from Adobe, I kept Bridge as it is free and independent of their subscriptions. It has its own image downloaded built in.
2 Oct 2020 10:32PM
Very interesting comments for which I am grateful. David
dark_lord Plus
16 2.7k 709 England
3 Oct 2020 11:46AM
Processing RAWs in Affinity is fine.
As a Canon user I use DPP for most of my conversions. Affinity does allow application of negative Clarity which is useful for portraits for example.
PRC 6 275 United Kingdom
3 Oct 2020 3:09PM
One thing I have found is that Affinity's own file format is not very economical on disk space. For instance, I just processed a DNG file of 40MB and then, on closing, the system offered me the chance to save changes, which it did in a AFPHOTO file which was 207MB. I've just done the same thing in Photoshop Elements and saved as a PSD file which came out as 70MB.
3 Oct 2020 3:21PM
Thanks PRC. David
DaveRyder Plus
6 4.8k 7 United Kingdom
3 Oct 2020 4:36PM

Quote:One thing I have found is that Affinity's own file format is not very economical on disk space. For instance, I just processed a DNG file of 40MB and then, on closing, the system offered me the chance to save changes, which it did in a AFPHOTO file which was 207MB. I've just done the same thing in Photoshop Elements and saved as a PSD file which came out as 70MB.


Not total sure but I think it saves the edit history as well so you can back track to original, hence the file size.
3 Oct 2020 4:46PM
Thanks Dave.
3 Oct 2020 5:37PM
After all the comments above I will learn Affinity and see where that leads me. However if I were to take advantage of the free ersion of Adobe Bridge do I have to be signed up for Adobe CC? David
PRC 6 275 United Kingdom
3 Oct 2020 5:48PM
Bridge is part of the CC system but is free. https://creativecloud.adobe.com/apps/all/desktop
saltireblue Plus
10 11.2k 68 Norway
3 Oct 2020 6:15PM

Quote:However if I were to take advantage of the free ersion of Adobe Bridge do I have to be signed up for Adobe CC? David

No, as I said in my comment above, when I stopped subscribing to CC I kept Bridge as it was free and independent of the subscription package.
3 Oct 2020 6:31PM
Thanks!
Mike_Smith Plus
13 686 1 United Kingdom
3 Oct 2020 8:54PM
I stopped my subscription to Adobe about six weeks ago. And got Affinity, I find itís very very similar to photoshop. So I ver quickly got to grips with it and find it does all I need. Like I said I cancelled my Adobe package, but found I can still use Adobe RAW converter and bridge. So I use them all, but all for free so to speak, Affinity I bought through an offer on EPZ all it cost was £23

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