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Affinity Photo Review: Watch your back Adobe!
Artwork: Night Drone by James Ritson

Affinity Photo, is available for iOS, Windows, and MacOS, at a one-off price that matches a one month subscription to Adobe’s Photoshop. Will Affinity’s photo editing tools and features make you question Adobe’s sanity, or is Affinity Photo just another knockoff? Keep reading to find out my take in our official review.

Affinity Photo Review: Watch your back Adobe!

Serif is pairing off it’s Graphic Illustration software Affinity Designer, with it’s photo perfecting, image tweaking counterpart Affinity Photo. It does just what its name implies, and it’s a program that I anticipate amateur and pro Photographers alike having alot of Affinity for.

There is just about every type of creative and technical tool for photo editing that you could think of, and some innovative ones that Serif came up with that no one has until now. Extensive Bitmap editing? Check. Negative Image Healing and Restoration? Check. Built-in Histogram with comprehensive level adjusting tools? Check and Check. Just when I thought Designer had all the tools a visual designer would ever need, I’m proven wrong. And I tip my hat to the Affinity Team, in Photo they take the Persona Workflow even further.

Affinity Photo Review: Watch your back Adobe!

Multiple Persona -lity

The Persona tools, is Serif’s way of categorizing common tasks into workflows that simplify the creative process by eliminating the need for excessive right-clicks and menu digging. It’s also about making macro buttons for tasks that are usually a five step process in alternative programs. The first in the toolkit is more aimed at creative uses, the Liquify Persona. It offers the ability to add warping and deforming to your images, a term known as Liquify in Design ciphers

Affinity Photo Review: Watch your back Adobe!
Liquify Persona View
Affinity Photo Review: Watch your back Adobe!

The next tool in the process is the Develop Persona, which gives you more traditional editing tools, such as bitmap doctoring and restoration features. This is the view where most of the “Photoshopping” would take place.

Affinity Photo Review: Watch your back Adobe!
Develop Persona View
Affinity Photo Review: Watch your back Adobe!

The last in the creative processis the Tone Mapping View, where you can adjust the RGB output and correct any blemishes in your image negatives to get the perfect look for your images.

Affinity Photo Review: Watch your back Adobe!
Tone Mapping Persona View
Affinity Photo Review: Watch your back Adobe!

The Export Persona helps you prepare your design for real-wrold presentation, tweaking your creations for web,print,or animated file formats.

Affinity Photo Review: Watch your back Adobe!
Export Persona Workflow

iPad Version

Affinity Photo has an iPad version, which in some ways presents itself as a mobile,complementary app to the desktop version. With features like 2048 pressure- sensitivity, palm rejection and a touch first UI – in no way does it come off as a stripped down tablet version.

Affinity Photo Review: Watch your back Adobe!

Affinity Photo

An Extensive Photo Editor

After spending 6 months working with the Affinity programs Designer and Photo – I conclude that Adobe has an uphill battle on their hands. These two programs (Designer and Photo) cover 77% of the case uses that one would use the Adobe Creative Suite for, but you could purchase either for the cost of a 1 Month subscription to Adobe CS. For 2 month subscription, you could buy both – and I am certain that Affinity Publisher, Serif’s new addition to the family makes question of which pay model offers more value for your money a no-brainer.

Affinity Photo Review: Watch your back Adobe!
For complete Photography Mastery, you might want to look into getting the Affinity Photo Workbook

If you already have your Video editing and Web Design tools covered and need a program that allows you to go all out and cover your post photography needs, you might want to take a look at Affinity Photo. It just may be all the Photoshop you’ll ever need.

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Comments (3)

  1. claude

    Reply

    I just recently got back into photography. I’ve owned camera’s on and off for many years, but I never did much. Digital with it’s post processing software has really changed the game for me. It’s become more fun and very interesting. Cameras have come a long way too. Every few years a person can upgrade to a new camera that betters top of the line consumer cameras of a few years earlier for a modest price.

    I have a XP-Pen Star G640 drawing tablet and Affinity Photo . I’ve mostly used Lightroom and Photoshop was priced out of my reach. Since they’ve decided to go to the cloud on a paid subscription, It’s even worse for people like myself, a hobbyists. Affinity Photo has brought everything back into perspective. I’ve limited my post processing to Lightroom which in itself is a very good program, but Affinity Photo opens ups a whole new world.

    To say the least, I’m actually giddy about this software. It’s fantastic, especially given the price. I wish the developers well and hope they continue keeping the price within a realistic realm. As for Photoshop, I think they shot themselves in the foot on this one.

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