Awful & Useless 1/5
Most things don’t do what they’re supposed to. Don’t waste your money.
Superior to Photoshop for iPadOS in just about every way. 5/5
This app has all of the key functionality that is part of my image retouching workflow (and so much more). I can process raw files, color correct images, make numerous adjustments and use advanced retouching techniques (like split frequency healing, alpha channel dodge and burn using curves adjustment layers, frequency separation sharpening, etc.). These are some of the techniques I use to give my work a polished, professional look that can easily be done in Affinity Photo.
I haven’t even gotten into using this app for art, illustration and surface design. When used as a complement to Procreate, the possibilities for raster-based creative work are pretty endless. And, there’s no need to pay for a ridiculous subscription model that most artists don’t want. Affinity Photo, like Procreate and Art Studio Pro, is a one-time purchase. This app is superior to Photoshop for iPad in just about every way - features, functionality and price.
Why pay an overpriced subscription for a watered-down version of Photoshop that lacks some of the most basic functionality? $10 for Affinity Photo on sale is a steal! $20 is still a bargain. I’m very happy with my purchase!
NEEDS MORE TOOLS 1/5
BLENDING MODES ALSO
It was great while it lasted, but now you get what you pay for 1/5
If you’re a professional, Affinity Photo is probably not for you. It has simply been too unreliable and inefficient for the past six months. It’s price point is truly too good to be true. If you need reliable efficient photo processing on an iPad with consistent updates and well tested feature upgrades, just stick with Adobe.
Affinity Photo was absolutely awesome for a long time. So much so that I invested in an iPad Pro and migrated my workflow from Adobe. This was a laborious task, but I felt it was worth it. Then in mid-2019 everything fell apart. As the summer updates rolled out the app started crashing constantly, had poor performance with the pencil, and had strange inconsistent bugs. Too many too list here. I held on to hope for a while longer, but then it got worse. More crashing, more performance woes. And now it can’t even render a RAW photo file correctly. The colors are flattened into a magenta mush.
I signed up for the support forum and was met with a lot of fanboy attitude and a disinterested support and development team, even after I gave loads of my time to submit crash reports and sample files. That was truly the the straw that broke the camels back. A truly toxic atmosphere in the Serif community.
My feeling is that the one time low price point has caught up with developers of Affinity Photo. You truly do get what you pay for in this case, and they don’t seem terribly motivated to make the App worthy of true professional service anymore. I’d gladly pay a subscription for Affinity if it makes it a reliable as Adobe, but until then I’m sticking with Adobe.
Affinity used to be the absolute best app for pencil support, retouching, and even just the look of the files it rendered. But not anymore, unfortunately. It’s a shell of its former self, only really worthy of hobbyists and beginners....or people who only shoot jpegs I imagine.
Tisk tisk, Serif.
Still waiting 1/5
When will the bugs be fixed? I still cant use this, it keeps crashing and it even caused my iPad to restart. I’m using an iPad Mini .
Not supported 1/5
By do promo
Why can’t you figure out a way not to allow downloads when it won’t work on the iPad being downloaded. What’s so complicated about that. You sure take the money but you won’t block the download if it’s not supported.
A pain in the .... to learn 2/5
After a few years out of my photography hobby, I decided to take my camera again an teach my children. I bough an I-Pad pro and purchased Affinity Photo: It might be powerful, but it is so complicated and takes so long before being able to perform simple tasks such as desaturating only part of the image.
Good for you if you can spend many hours and attend endless tutorials to learn this complicated software, but for me, it is too painful.
Barely two stars.
Feature Request 3/5
Please add HEIF/HEIC as an export option.
Love it. 5/5
There’s nothing quite like it on the iPad.
AFFINITY Photo 2/5
This program for iPad stinks. I’ve used designer and photo for my Mac for years and loved them. File saving is very discouraging. Can hardly open the folders I want and then right in the middle of saving it changes the folder or crashes. I am spending at least 5 to 10 minutes to export a 2 layer pic as a png file.
Love/Hate relationship : EDIT 5/5
I’ve loved this app so much for the past year. I’m a serious photography hobbyist. I wanted a program that was highly functional and easy to use. I came across Affinity photo after buying a new computer after my MacBook Pro died and I decided to return the computer and bought an iPad specifically for Affinity. This app has been smooth but over the past 2 months and more so during the last month the app has been freezing and crashing like mad. I’ve had to edit in steps and after I finish each step I have to back out so that the app can save my progress. This has become incredibly frustrating and significantly slowed my workflow.
I have loved this app for the past year, truly. This app has been a game changer so I’m really hoping the bugs will be fixed. I have faith in the company and I’m sure they will get the bugs worked out - hopefully sooner than later because the struggle is real right now.
Edit: it seems the bugs have been fixed. Haven’t had any issues in the past month. 5 stars are back in order.
What did you do to this app 1/5
The recent update for this App has completely ruined my experience with this tool. I am thoroughly disappointed, this was the my favorite tool, I quit photoshop for this. Now it just feels like I wasted my money on this. All the tools are gone everything is rearranged. I have now idea how to use this. If they thought they were making thing easier they were wrong. I want the old version back. How do I uninstall this update?
Robust Mobile Photoshop Killer 5/5
As a digital artist, there are few mobile programs fit my pipeline efficiently enough to consider, but Affinity has made a name for itself through my experience with their products. I am surprised how many features have been ported over from their PC version. The interface is pretty nice in giving you access to the tools you need and not have all that UI in the way. At this current version, it has a few strange bugs that are occasional and infrequent. Overall, I am happy to have such an amazing tool supported on a mobile device, and honestly did not think at first the iPad would run it well enough to be a good tool. Great value for such a technical and capable app!
Very buggy, keeps crashing. Using ios 13.1.3
I want to give this 5 stars extremely bad 3/5
By Christian Grubbs
But it is very buggy right now. Currently using an iPad Pro 12.9 3rd gen on iOS 13.1.2, and even bought the affinity photo hardcover from the site. Unfortunately, I cant even complete the first lesson because the app crashes every time you try and do a selective color adjustment. Other times it randomly freezes when trying to import from iCloud Drive. This has the potential to beat Adobe in what will soon be the go to medium for all creative individuals. With Photoshop coming up I hope Serif has an update in the pipeline to fix this or else they could end up losing a wave of new customers.
Cannot Export Transparent PNG’s 1/5
I am so sick of this garbage app and it’s multitude of problems.
Every time I give this app another chance by trying to use it again, I get burned.
I needed to create two transparent PNG files today. I created two transparent images in Affinity Photo, yes the background was transparent. However, when exporting to PNG, it ALWAYS had a solid white background. Turning Matte on or off had no effect.
This app also still has the unfixed bug that when you apply a filter, it applies the filter to ALL LAYERS instead of the currently active layer. Even locked layers. Brilliant.
There is no way I can recommend this app with a clear conscience.
VERY recent purchase 1/5
Was hesitant at first because of all the crashing comments but i just bought the app for iPad Pro 11” with the most recent version of iPadOs around 20 mins before posting this review and while working on a single image(an iPhone XS! Not even a full frame or crop jpeg or RAW file)...it crashes completely! Lost ALL THE PROGRESS COMPLETELY(around 15 mins of retouching)! Not a DEPENDENT SOFTWARE at all. I really feel i just wasted $19.99 cause it did not last even a single day without being disappointed...TRUELY SAD! I CANNOT RECOMMEND THIS APP AT ALL!
This app sooooo buggy! 1/5
This app is soo buggy and unstable, I suffer from sudden crashes from time to time, tools are unusable, cropping is unusable, the thing just freezes there.
I don’t know what kind of update you did there but your literally ruined everything!
I cant crop, draw, select, blur and the list goes on! Either it just freezes there or the tool would do nothing!
Please fix it or if you want to stop the support just pull the app and refund our money!
I’m using it on my iPad Pro 2018 and its that bad!!
Awesome app 5/5
Does everything the desktop version does. Photo shop doesn’t even have a full version for iPad and there are some things Affinity photo does better than photo shop. On top of that, it’s a one time fee and no subscriptions
Pro Tools for a small one time fee 5/5
By George Mhmmm
All the features you’d want editing photos as a power user. It’s basically Photoshop for the iPad and that’s a bold claim which the affinity photo lives up to.
App keeps crashing 1/5
I’ve used this app before in pc but now That I purchased it for iPad it keeps crashing before I could finish with a photo waste of $20.
Impressive for simple tasks 3/5
I generally like the functionality, but from a workflow perspective, the macros feature (automated tasks) seems to be completely broken for me. Can’t open a saved macro on my Mac or iPad. The file extension seems to be wrong, and even when I fixed it, the import didn’t work. Not quite there yet for a professional workflow.
After an additional year of working with this, it seems to be the best option for what it does but it is buggy to the point of being non functional at times. I really want to like this app, but it is getting to be unreliable.
Not quite as advertised 2/5
Tried to stitch a 4 picture vertical panorama without any luck. Watched the tutorial video many times with no luck.
Terrible image editing tool 1/5
As a computer graphics professional for over 30 years I can only tell that such a rudimentary and frequently used action as creating a new layer from selection should be immediately obvious to a child, never mind someone a bit more experienced.
My user experience with this tool is nothing short of an agony.
External hard drive access issues 4/5
By Large List
I am unable to access files on an external hard drive [WD My Passport] and Apple Files app files via USP-C on iPad Pro with iOS 13,
Why must I have to study confusing videos every time I try to use this? After 20 years of photoshops pretty direct methods I have to relearn the odd terminology and work patterns to do simple tasks. Why is distort placed in such a prominent spot when it’s used less than any tool? The videos are like learning ancient Egyptian ( sorry ancient Egyptians) every time I want to do a multi step procedure.
As with many others I find the UI deliberately obscure and idiosyncratic for no reason when this could very easily have been designed to be frictionless. I hate the need to constantly refer to ‘way to wordy’ videos to perform a simple task.
I have stopped using this app. Maybe If they stop with the unnecessary odd terminology, redesign the UI and procedures I’ll reconsider but it appears it’s getting more needlessly complex every update.
Oh, it crashes a lot.
Oh, it’s very slow too.
Oh, I’m sick of the tutorials
New version is killing me! 5/5
I used to absolutely love Affinity Photo on my iPad. I recommended it to all of my friends. Now it has become useless to me since the update, and the patch hasn’t fixed it. It is constantly lagging and crashing. I used to enjoy the editing process of my photography, and now I can’t do anything worthwhile. I’m losing money on my photography business because of the new version, and am very frustrated.
Update: Ever since the last two updates to v1.7, Affinity Photo is have to the program that I love! Thank you Serif for continuing to work to improve my most favorite photo editing program!
For $20, very impressive 4/5
Everything that I would typically use in Photoshop seems to be present.
I have a 2019 iPad Air, and I decided to do all of my photo processing for a week long event solely on my iPad. I used Afinity Photo, and Pixelmator Photo.
When you want masking and local changes, Afinity was the go to solution.
It was fast and responsive on my iPad, it seems to be well optimized, and very powerful.
I knocked 1 star off (I wish I could give a 1/2 star) because it would crash occassionally, and if I was doing a complicated selection, when I would relaunch, the selection would be gone.
Was a 5, then a 2 and now a 4 4/5
UPDATE: Since most of what I do is only for posting on IG I’ve now learn to resize my file at start. I typically resize the enormous Sony files down to 3000px and have limited issues with crashing. This app is back to being a 4 in my book.
Let’s be clear. I love this app. I’m not sure I could’ve found a better iPad app for for my post-production work. I’m self taught and have been able to mimic 95% of every PS and LR video that I watch. So what’s the problem?
When I first started shooting I shot on a Nikon and it handled everything perfectly (this is when it was a 5). I moved to Sony last Holiday season and the app began to crash 1-2x mid-edit—i assume its due to Sony’s humongous file size. Nothing is more frustrating then losing all of the work you’ve done. I quickly learned to back out of the photo I was editing after every major step in my workflow. This would force the app to save my photo...reducing crashes and, even if it did crash, it significantly reduced the amount of lost work (rating at this point: 4). I was excited to see the update and was hopeful this issue had been fixed, but unfortunately it’s worse. The cloning brush has a :15-:30 delay after every stroke during frequency/separation and the app has crashed at least 5x and I’m not even halfway through first edit with the update. I’m going to see what I can do to improve iPad performance and try a few more times. If that doesn’t work I’m going to have to find a new app to love.
DO NOT WASTE YOUR MONEY 1/5
The app is not user friendly at all and is wicked glitchy . It’s over priced when there are free apps that do what this app does. They have tutorials on how to use the app and still I’m at a loss . I guess because I haven’t watched all of the 500 million of them. Maybe when I sit down for a week and watch them all I’ll have a different opinion but right now it’s a solid 1 outa 10 .I’m not gonna lie , I kinda feel bad about myself for spending 20 bucks on it .
Warning: Read the most recent user reviews. 1/5
You will see that they are almost uniformly disappointed and critical. This app, which I used to love, crashes so much and so unpredictably that it’s essentially useless to me. I cannot find any way to reach Serif for help. They generally do not answer user forum queries. Many of the users who reply seem to think that their main mission in life is to defend Serif from criticism.
I’ve been using art/photo apps since the original iPad, and this is the first time that I’ve given a one-star rating.
Buggy lately 2/5
I’ve had Affinity Photo for nearly two years. Got past the learning curve.
Problem now is it’s freezing all of the time. The app actually uninstalled (offloaded) itself! Had to reinstall. Took forever. Not sure what’s going on. Now when I go to “place” a photo onto my current photo, it won’t load any photo from my photos gallery. I have a 64 g iPad Pro.
Latest Update Nightmare 1/5
August 28th update.... App keeps crashing within minutes of opening. Aaahm, how many stars rating you want? Wouldn’t let me post this, unless I picked at least one star. So, one it is, otherwise it would have been 0.
The app is great I love it but it’s taking forever to load one raw file its not responding I turned my iPad off then try again it’s the same issue
Was good 1/5
Loved this app for quite a while. Ever since the update all it does is crash. I might as well go back to photoshop at least it doesn’t crash. I can deal with a $10 monthly fee if that means I don’t lose all the adjustments I make on my photos. I do not recommend this app in its current state.
Great software but new update needs fixed 3/5
Latest update causing crashes. It’s a great app and I haven’t had any issues until this. Will edit review when the new update fixes the raw file crashes.
Great app but... 5/5
I’m still practicing this app and I love it ❤️, but there’s some randomly crashes with no reason, on iOS 13 beta (4 to 7)
Hopefully you fix that before officials release
Want my money back. 1/5
Guys don’t buy this app. It’s full of bugs. Every time I tried to do something it got stuck. I need to close the app and relaunch. By the way I used it in iPad Pro 9.7. I wish I would get my money back. Please refund my money.
The pinch and zoom always stops working after awhile 3/5
The pinch and zoom always stops working after awhile which can make it frustrating on IPad. I would like to give it 5 stars if it wasn’t so buggy
Routine crashes with raw files 1/5
I’ve completely stopped using this app. Routine crashes when dealing with raw files imported from an SD card to a 2019 iPad. Really a bummer because I like the interface and I hate going back to adobe.
Pesrsian language and save problem 1/5
Are you serious?
I worked more than 1 hour and Wait for save project and i close affinity now it didn't save my last work!😤😡 this happened for more than one time for me!
I creat text and change it to photo and then i add to affinity!
Affinity is amazing but it doesn't support Persian text format
And tutorial is online please add to use them offline by sorted list
Half cooked, buggy and crashes frequently 1/5
I am truly sorry of the money I spent on this. It is half-baked, buggy, loses files gallantly and crashes like crashing is going out of style. There's no comprehensive list of tools and panels. Closing a file deletes it?!! Absolutely unusable in any workflow where money has to be made or at least not lost.
Good if you are an instagrammer 2/5
This app is good for people who just need something quick and dirty for Instagram. It’s cumbersome to use unless you upload all your photos to your iPad. Otherwise, much as I hate to say it, Photoshop still beats the pants off of this app.
do NOT update to 1.7 1/5
public 1.7.1 is so slow it’s unusable. Serif please do something soon as 17.2 beta isn’t much better: i use a lot of paint mixer tool and with current performance it’s more of a pain mixer.
Absolute essential 5/5
Some apps can do anything. This is one of them
New iPad Air 2019 - Can’t use the software - too slow 1/5
By Fabio Cormack
After great expectations I decide to pay the (high) price for this software - it has everything I needed for photo editing.
The software seems to be on a bad version(s), you can see the previous reviews.
Right now any more demanding operation, such Frequency Separation or inpaint brush makes your iPad slow as an old PC.
And the Apple Pencil seems not responding well for pressure.
I hope I can get it working properly on the next version - and I will update my review.
But for now, don’t buy it until it is fixed. Unusable.
Developer: please don’t ask me to open a bug on the forum, the issue is this is a very slow version. Hope you can fix it soon, seems a great software idea.
Feature-rich but unstable 3/5
By Daniel CALLOS
I very much enjoy using Affinity Photo and having the iPad option available potentially changes the entire routine of post-processing for me. What the devs are doing is highly ambitious, and when you push the envelope you are bound to run into a few bugs here and there.
However, a recent problem renders the app virtually unusable for me. When trying to develop routine edits on Canon RAW files, the app crashes during the develop process and I lose all of my work. One may be tempted to develop repeatedly during editing but this prevents all of the edits from being considered simultaneously, so it is still somehow unsatisfying.
Perhaps in addition to fixing the bug the devs could add an auto recovery feature as well, in case similar bugs arise in future versions.
Clone Tool 1/5
By Nick Storer
The clone tool is completely nonfunctional. Please address.
Fix keyboard support 4/5
Using iPad Pro 11 and Folio Smart Keyboard, pressing the delete key in the image resize box inputs “(null)”. Pressing the enter key in the same scenario creates a line break within the resize input textbox rather than submitting the change.
Can’t find a way to submit bugs in the app and instead it seems users have to go to their website, go to their support forum, register, and post things into the abyss. This ain’t my job, yo.