Affinity Photo

Affinity Photo

  • Category: Photography
  • Release Date:
  • Current Version: 1.8.0
  • Adult Rating: 4+
  • Developer: Serif Labs
  • Compatibility: Android
4.5
4.5
1,453 Ratings
$ 49.99

Affinity Photo App

** Mac App of the Year Winner ** Faster, smoother and more powerful than ever, Affinity Photo continues to push the boundaries for professional photo editing software. With a huge toolset specifically engineered for creative and photography professionals, it has everything you need to edit and retouch images, create full-blown, multi-layered compositions or beautiful raster paintings, and so much more. Performance and power: • Live, real-time editing • Massive image support (100+ Megapixels) • Pan and zoom at 60fps • Open, edit and save Photoshop® PSD files • PSD smart object support • RGB, CMYK, Greyscale, PANTONE© and LAB colour spaces • Full 16 and 32-bit per channel editing • Work with all standard formats like PNG, TIFF, JPG, GIF, SVG, EPS, EXR, HDR and PDF • Plug-in support, including Nik collection by DxO Unsurpassed productivity: • Full support for unlimited layers, layer groups, adjustment layers, filter layers and masks • Edit live filters, adjustments, effects, blend modes and masks non-destructively • Undo history can be saved with the document so you can always undo your changes • Record and play macros for ultimate productivity • Save documents as template files to re-use time and time again • Customise saveable presets and benefit from thumbnail previews • Save and import XMP files, batch files to tag images and edit metadata Professional image processing: • Open RAW and other images in a dedicated pre-processing workspace • Adjust exposure, blackpoint, clarity, vibrance, white balance, shadows, highlights and much more • Advanced lens corrections including chromatic aberration, defringe, vignette, best-in-class noise reduction, and manual lens correction override • Paint areas or use fully customisable gradients to mask adjustments • View histograms, blown highlights, shadows and tones as well as detailed EXIF information • Focus Merge, HDR Merge and Tone mapping for advanced image processing • Canon CR3 RAW support Quality retouching and correction tools: • Intuitive selection brush and refinement makes selections simple, even down to strands of hair • Instantly remove unwanted objects with an incredibly advanced Inpainting brush • Dodge, burn, clone, patch, blemish and red eye tools • Smooth and retouch skin with built-in frequency separation • Dedicated Liquify persona gives freehand control over warps, twirls, pinch, punch and turbulence Advanced brush engine: • Huge library of painting, drawing, textures and professional DAUB® Brushes included • Create custom brushes and nozzles with full control over advanced dynamics • Combine multiple brushes together and paint in a single stroke • Full support for Wacom and other graphics tablets, including pressure, tilt and shortcut buttons • Real-time preview of your nozzle – see what you are about to paint or erase before you do it Fast, customisable effects: • Massive collection of effects available, including blurs, distortions, tilt-shift, shadows, glows, lighting and many more • Choose to apply effects non-destructively with live effect layers, enabling you to erase away or mask effects after they have been applied Built for Mac: • Takes full advantage of the latest macOS technologies including Metal compute, OpenGL, Grand Central Dispatch and Core Graphics • Full support for MacBook Pro's Touch Bar and Force Touch trackpad • Fully optimised for 64-bit and multi-core processors • Supports regular, retina and multi-monitor set ups • External eGPU support

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Affinity Photo app reviews

  • Affinity Work Flow 1/5

    By Nikontraveler
    Some of the features are really good in Affinity. Unfortunately for me I have to be able to copy and past settings as in RAW processing. I do modeling series with measured Color Temperature and sharpening among other settings that I have to copy and paste to each of my images. I can shoot up to 400 images in one session. I bought Affinity without knowing that it was not a photo production tool that is more designed for someone who only takes one or two pictures. The work flow in Affinity is just to clunky and time consuming when I have open and close each image without seeing thumbnails at the bottom of the screen. I think I wasted my money. I shoot strictly RAW and only use JEPG for what it is intended. JPEG is used for a web viewing and transmission file only. All my prints are from RAW and uncompressed TIFF. Thank you all again.
  • Great Photoshop Alternative 4/5

    By Edensford
    I am a brand new user with Affinity. Over the last week I have been watching many of the "Affinity Photo for Beginners" videos on youtube and am very impressed with what Affinity is capable of. As someone who has recently switched from Adobe to Affinity, the one difficulty I am finding is that I am not able to save master presets. Yes, Affinity allows you to create individual presets for things like white balance, curves, exposure and so forth. However, it doesn't allow you to create fully grouped presets like Lightroom does, and that's going to be very frustrating for me as I am a professional photographer who really utilizes that preset option. I hope that this feature is added soon!
  • I WANT A REFUND 1/5

    By CalebKai1
    This stytem crashes everytime I use frequency seperation. Which is a big feature. I thought this was just a bug in the free version turns out its in both. I made a mistake and wasted my money.
  • Hated it, absolutely hated it 1/5

    By Dee Drev
    This app is so dreadful that I would rather use the Preview Mac to edit images. Nothing works and if it does takes hours to figure out how to even copy and paste layers or even brush with the correct colors. Help files to no avail. Why can't it be just like photoshop, simple and easy to use?
  • one unintuitive mess 1/5

    By gliderflyer
    this has the shallowest learning curve ive ever encountered. the tutorial videos are fast and furious. little glimpses at isolated tasks unrelated to a project or multi step work. awful. i wanted to like this and soent too. much. time without earning any flow. exporting is difficult. Seems they designed it to be dense with confusing steps. why is distort a major ingredient up with important things??? seems a waste. ive used distort 5-6 times in 10 years.
  • Buggy 3/5

    By ksattic
    I just paid for this and the first time I tried to do anything with it, File->Open caused the app to hang. First the spinning beachball, then just nothing. iMac Retina, quad core i7, 32GB RAM.
  • My go-to for everything! 5/5

    By Nikkitysplit9
    I've been using Affinity Photo since it came out in beta in 2015. The price is pretty incredible for the longevity of use and the features. There's really no better Photoshop alternative. I actually like it way more than Photoshop, which can be clunky and slow.
  • No more fully compatible with Catalina 2/5

    By ethereal1325
    It's fine if you use this as a standalone. But this does not work anymore as an extension of Photos. This issue was reported already months ago and still hasn't been fixed.
  • Can't save/work with Apple Photos 1/5

    By battincash2
    If you are in Apple Photos and try to round trip edit using Affinity Photos, you cannot save your work. Worse yet, any PREVIOUS work you've done on other Affinity round-trip edited photos in OS Mojave will be deleted if you try to edit or share them from Apple photos. It's a known bug, yet Affinity has not solved it in over 6 months.
  • Outstanding 5/5

    By _NM_
    I have all three of their products (Photo, Designer & Publisher) on macOS, Windows and the forrmer two also on iOS. They integrate well. So far there has not been anything I could not do with a little research. These programs are very well designed and far more capable than my needs. I like them more the more I use them.
  • New Version is Buggy 2/5

    By dataskatt
    First of all, I loved the previous version of Photo. But with the update to 1.7, the program has become unusable for me. Every time I try to use it, my computer locks up. Granted, I have an older Mac that is running High Sierra, but if it is not compatible, why would you allow the app to update to the latest version? Also, be aware that you can NOT go back to a previous version unless you saved a copy somewhere. I HIGHLY recommend you do this! Affinity needs to make previous versions available on their website as they do for Windows users. I guess I will be re-installing my old version of Photoshop Elements since I have to have some type of photo editing software. It’s a great program, but it does not work on my computer anymore. I am very upset!
  • 대박! 5/5

    By Pierce.P
    마치 키노트를 사용하듯이 부드럽고 직관적이며 어마어마한 사용 편의성까지! 포토샵, 일러스트 빠이~
  • Great features, but buggy and laggy 3/5

    By Relayer35
    This is a wonderful Photoshop alternative. I've been using it for almost two years now, and I'm still learning how to do certain things. One major issue is a random error that get opening files, saying that I don't have permission to open the file. This happens sometimes when trying to export a file as well. I've checked the forums, and people with the same issue seem to think it is related to how many fonts are installed on the Mac, which really doesn't make any sense. I followed the suggestion and whittled down to 139 fonts but it did not help. This happens maybe every 5th file I open. If I close the problem and re-open it, I am able to open the file, so it's not the permission problem the error message is telling me it is. Also, since around version 1.7, the blemish removal feature, something I use a lot, is slow and laggy. When I first got the program, everything was fast and smooth, but not so much anymore. Machine is a late 2016 Macbook Pro. Mainly, I really wish that the permission issue could be fixed! I still see people having the same issue on the forum after nearly two years. Update: Developer asked me to post the bugs I've found in their forum. I did do that, almost a year ago. I posted again last week and only yesterday received a response.
  • GREAT ....but can not save to PHOTO on CATALINA 1/5

    I have been using for more than an year and it is great.... But now, after I upgrade my Mac to CATALINA, it stoped saving the changes to Photo. This is a major problem and if it is not fixed, I will go back to Photoshop.
  • Totally amazing photo editing - fantastic Photoshop replacement 5/5

    By adamspicar
    Totally replaced overpriced Adobe subscription. Affinity Designer, Photo and now Publisher are all amazing app for professional creatives, small business and hobbyist alike. Serif Labs, you did an outstanding job! Thank you!
  • GREAT! 5/5

    By bruinsrock
    I have been a serif software user for many years. Now with Affinity Photo, Affinity Designer and Affinity Publisher I have best software in the Mac app store. This is powerful software but fun and easy to use. Take a look at the tutorials, they will have you up to speed in no time.
  • Mostly good Photoshop replacement 4/5

    By murraycs
    Affinity Photo is pretty darn good, but it's got a learning curve that requires a lot of checking the manual and forums. Still, it does what I need and as I keep learning I'm sure more advanced things will become simple to me.
  • So much faster and and better then Photoshop 5/5

    By Jorisx
    Always used Adobe Photoshop but since their subscription and crashing releases been looking for an alternative. Affinity Photo and Design is exactly what i was looking for. The software feels solid, is fast and is a pleasure to use. Both on Mac and iPad! Amazing!
  • Say Goodbye, Adobe! 'Goodbye Adobe!' 5/5

    By VirginiaRoseATL
    Started using Photo as a beta and it has never disappoin ted, even at its humble beginnings. Each build is stronger and better. Thank you, Affinity. I have the whole suite!
  • no unicode support for East Asian language 1/5

    By Oksteven1234567890
    After many years, it still does not support unicode for East Asign language. I have to switch to Photoshop
  • rise and shine 5/5

    By IUseKeyboard
    no more monthly payment
  • So Much Better Than Photoshop 5/5

    By Lorijo
    Photoshop stopped working after the Mac 10.15 upgrade and I was dreading having to purchase a subscription that would cost $20 per month for an upgrade. I waited until I absolutely needed the program, then at the last minute decided to do a little research on comparable programs. Discovered Affinity Photo and am so glad I did. At $50 it's a steal. If you've worked with Photoshop, you can almost immediately use Affinity. Plus, Affinity is better and more intuitive. I feel like I won the lottery today!
  • Missing WebP export format 3/5

    By Tomcat-2011
    Nice app with a beautiful UI and interesting options, but it needs to be able to keep with modern formats and options to be competitive. Still is playing catch with other software options. WebP is widely use nowdays for mobile development and web design, so is really strange that Affinity doesn't support this format.
  • Review 1/5

    By tonywu.mm
    Worse app ever ... it took more times for me ...
  • Wow! Bye Bye Ps 5/5

    By Macpilot1
    I've been looking for a Ps relplacement for a while now and chose Affinity Photo. All I can say is I wish I made the switch sooner! I am just blown away by the power, functionality, and ease of use! It didn't take more than a day to jump right in and realize how awesome this software really is! Not to mention, they have the best in class video tutorials right on their website! And the price! This is the deal of a lifetime!
  • How is Adobe still in business!!??? 5/5

    By Joeru17
    I've been a professional photo editor for over 15 years. The editor of choice for the majority of that time was Ps. I've also used Lr and Corel. a few months ago, I was over at a friends house when I noticed one of his kids was editing her vacation photos using Affinity Photo. She knew her way around the program quite well. So I (somewhat arrogantly, I must admit) began challanging her to perform a number of edits I thought the program wouldn't be capable of doing. I quicky learned that Affinity isn't an editor to take lightly. I realized, my arrogance had gotten in my way all these years, assuming Adobe PhotoShop was the best editing program. I was wrong. I purchase Affinity Photo and Designer recently, complete satisfaction. Left Adobe in the rearview with no intent of going back. Affinity has the quality and capabilities of Ps, in my opinion. It's even easier to use on the Mac compared to Ps. Not to mention, at a fraction of the cost. For all the pros and casual photo editor's out there I can assure you Affinity Photo and Affinity Designer will do nothing less than impress. Best purchase I've made for my business in a long time. My wife and eldest daughter already use it to for their own photos and projects. Best bang for the buck. But not factoring in the awesome price, still absolutely astonishing capabilities and end-user performance. Best of luck to you all and sorry for the long review. I get excited when I win big lol.
  • Great - BUT *only* when it saves your work 2/5

    By willnotburn
    Paired with Photos, you spend precious time editing photos, save them and then, poof - you go back to Photos to find the original. This is unacceptable. Don't tell me I did something wrong. I went back and tried closing it with and without saving, following prompts or manually quitting. Changes are always dropped. I wound up exporting images and having to manually restore metadata.
  • Cut the Photoshop Cord 5/5

    By Marianco
    Affinity has created an excellent replacement for Photoshop. It is powerful and full featured. I wish plugin developers would work with Serif for compatibility with Affinity Photo. That would be fantastic and would remove any reason to stay with Photoshop. If Affinity Photo struggles with very large files, I switch to Phase One's Capture One (which costs $300) but is designed for the large files from medium format cameras. What I miss is any ability to create and organize collections of photos such as what Apple's Aperture, Adobe Lightroom, DxO PhotoLab, Phase One's Capture One, Luminar 3, On1 Photo RAW, Alien Skin Exposure X4 can do.
  • Not working as extension in IMac Catalina 4/5

    By Vively
    Please, what is going wrong that I can't use anymore the extension in Photos IMac Catalina? After Catalina was installed Photos doesn't accept the edit made by Affinity extension. We need an update from Affinity to be in accordance with Catalina!!!
  • Not very user friendly 1/5

    By Sam.Downer
    I am fairly new to photography and photo editing. So as a beginner find this extremely difficult to use, it's not intuitive and it has an extremely large leaerning curve. I am looking for something a little less complex.
  • Considering over Photoshop? DO IT 5/5

    By Drew Addison
    I utilize photoshop daily to develop ads, banners, and designs for our website. I have been able to use a student subscription for the past 2 years, which is why I never looked elsewhere for software to accomplish what I was looking for. Well...I just sat down and added up what I've spent on my photoshop subscription...nearly $500 and another $29.99 (with my discount) tomorrow to keep it going. GRANTED, this is not nearly as bad as buying it at the one time fee (they don't even offer this anymore as they are pushing that CC subscription), so I figured why not take a month off of Photoshop and try this for $50. Literally, popped into it for 5 minutes MAX and had to load up the app store to post a review. This application is 1. Just as capable as photoshop 2. Insanely cheaper than photoshop 3. For the vector object clean and move I just did, with a little layer effect editing...it was actually EASIER than photoshop If you do any graphic design and find yourself consistently taking out of your kid's college fund to afford photoshop, GET THIS!
  • Great functinonality hidden in a horrible interface 3/5

    By potatoheadbobby
    I love the functionality that Affinity Photo has. They really can replace much more expensive photo editing tools, but the catch is it comes at the price of a terrible user interface. Nothing is intuitive in this tool. I find myself running off to the web for 30 minutes of research in order to accomplish the most mundane of tasks (like swapping a color, changing a project from black & white to color & vice versa, or even selecting a color) No task is too ordinary and every day to escape being hidden in a counterintuitive interface. While I love what Affinity Photo can do and love the price, I hate to use it.
  • Amazing 5/5

    By MohamadKarbi
    Does the job in a perfect way and very high performance. Two things though, closing the app and re-opening; second, Arabic (RTL) support
  • Wonderful 5/5

    By aiquandol
    Liberated my agency from Adobe.
  • Thanks! 5/5

    By Wavelengh
    I bought Affinity Designer because I was sick of paying Adobe for illustrator. Now my Photoshop has issues with the latest macOS and the details for installing it on 10.14 are just silly. Good by Adobe! Thanks Affinity! Gordon
  • Awful 1/5

    By Capitol Hill Parsifal
    Geesh, all I wanted to do was clean up a dust spot on a scanned 35mm photo in tiff format. I either got an error message to set a source -- which proved impossible (unless there's some sort of undocumented, double-secret key combination), or it cloned the blemish. I'll use this complicated mess in my lectures on how engineers become entralled with features, but ignore basic functionality.
  • very difficult to use 1/5

    By Blakeryu
    i have the Photoshop disc which has me avoid the monthly charge but it's not new..bought infinity to be more current and have more trouble than i need. The icons are too small, the pathways are diffcult to learn and there is not a lot of help.Photoshop used to send a practice disk with instructions. Affinity forums are not doing the job for me ..maybe a good program but I am too old to learn this program it seems (senior)
  • Incredilby slow 2/5

    By Mcmixmaster
    I really love the program other than saving a document right now can take 20-30 minutes if not cause it to freeze all together.
  • Absolutely pro-grade Adobe Photoshop replacement 5/5

    By room34
    I'm a web developer who has been using Photoshop both professionally and for side projects since 1995. It was always the one indispensable tool I couldn't live without. But over the years Adobe has gotten lazy and greedy. Their software is bloated and buggy, and their subscription model is the most customer-hostile this side of [insert name of loathed cable TV company here]. Finally 3 years ago I decided I'd had it with Adobe, and I ended my CC subscription. Affinity made it possible. I use all 3 Affinity apps now, and the fact that I can open Adobe files from my design partners has been an essential element. For my own original work, I find these apps BETTER than Adobe's. They're not weighed down by 25 years of cruft. Their interfaces are better thought out, and they're faster and less buggy than Adobe… at a tiny fraction of the price! I hope Serif has their business model figured out so they can keep going in perpetuity, because they are doing so many things right that Adobe has been getting wrong for at least the past decade.
  • Definite learning curve from Adobe...WORTH IT! 5/5

    By AmishThunder
    I started out using Adobe Photoshop 7 a *few* years ago, and have been using Adobe products ever since. Since I'm only a part-time pro photographer (seasonal), Adobe's subscription-only service really made no sense to me to continue.

I've looked for years for an acceptable replacement to Adobe's image editing suite, and every one I'd found came up short - Until I found Affinity.

The workflow learning curve for someone used to Adobe products is definetly steep, but once you get the logic behind it, you'll realize it makes so much more sense! The first month I used Affinity Photo, I was very frustrated at times, but they have tons of how-to videos along with a user forum to ask questions.

I have absolutely no regrets dumping Adobe now, and I can do everything I could with Photoshop (and more).

And as a side note: Affinity Photo iPad Pro Apple Pencil is just an amazing experience. It's awesome to finally have a mobile version match the desktop version in capabilities and workflow!
  • Very Robust! Huge Bargain. 5/5

    By hhops
    Very impressive app as an alternative to the very costly Photoshop. I am a serious hobbyist photographer, but I don’t do a lot of in depth photo editing. I mostly use the Apple Photo app for simple edits. However, when I need something much more powerful I use Affinity Photo. It is quite similar to Photoshop, but without the heavy price tag. And it’s very stable. They’ve included many video tutorials, too. What a deal! Highly recommended.
  • Designer's nightmare 1/5

    By DCNY
    I thought i was supporting an alterative choice than Adobe here, but i was wrong. This app can't select the layer area easily and crop. The most basic thing you can do in Photoshop. UX is also a nightmare for this app. Yes, the app is very powerful in the speed and effects, but only having a nice looking UI doesn't help people to use this app effectively.
  • unfortunate shortcoming. 1/5

    By Farzam88
    Was about to love Affinity, however not having RTL support makes it really unprofessional and useless for international clients! If you need to type Arabic or Hebrew etc this app is not for you. Such a bummer. back to Adobe!
  • Fast, responsive Photoshop replacement has plenty to love 5/5

    By Post-Punk Monk
    The careful thought that went into the UI of this not-30-year-old app really shows. Photoshop was amazing for the first ten years because we had little to compare it to, but the bloom had been off of the rose for a long time now. I bought this app three days ago. I trained for a few hours on Saturday and today I was heavily retouching photos in CMYK color space for print use at full speed. I had very few hiccups as a 26 year daily user of Photoshop and there have been many moments of delight. Opening a PDF and having the app parse each bitmap and vector element in the file on a separate layer was whole new kinds of power I was unprepared for! The only lacking I can see currently, is that clipping paths are the one serious underpowered area that I can see thus far.
  • At the core of everything I do 5/5

    By crabtrem
    I have come to love the entire Affinity suite of tools, and can't imagine not having all three apps, since they compliment, and work so seemlessly together. It is where I go first to accomplish everything I want to. I had used Adobe, and Macromedia, and Corel, and Microsoft; but it wasn't until Affinity's structure, workflow and apps that I really got it. I used to struggle with concepts, and I had difficulty comprehending artistic flows in the digital and vector worlds. I seemed dependent upon Corel to do it for me automatically; but try and modify and use a Corel drawing traced automatically; what a nightmare. Affinity gives me the tools to accomplish everything, and really understand why and how I'm doing it. Photoshop tutorials used to just baffle me; why are you doing that, and what the heck are you talking about. Since I jumped in to the Affinity line of Designer, Photo, and Publisher I feel more confident that I can figure out a solution to any task that I can readily take with me and utilize in an unlimited number of variations and scopes. And not to have to be bound by a binding and limiting subscription fee that holds your work hostage from you. I love the Affinity apps, workflow, and empowerment. Thank you.
  • KEEPS CRASHING!!! 2/5

    By herzangry
    I purchased this app for my iMac it worked flawlessly. This version that I use on my map laptop is the worst. It continues to crash and has been a waste of money!!!!
  • Bye Bye Adobe Photoshop... 5/5

    By Mister O'Malley
    Update: Much better and no more slow down...will update with more soon. ............................................................. ............................................................. Original Review: Painfully Slow At first I thought this was a refreshing change from Photoshop with a slight learning curve and a much more robust interface and toolset, compared to Pixelmator Pro. It handles Raw file from my Fujifilm gfx50s without any difficulty. However, when I edit even the smallest jpeg or png and add live filters, the app slows to a crawl, and the fans on my iMac go to full speed. Unfortunately, until they fix this problem, I can't use this app for serious editing, and I'm going to have to stick to Photoshop. This is my setup: macOS Mojave Version 10.14.4 iMac (Retina 5K, 27-inch, Late 2015) Processor 4 GHz Intel Core i7-6700k Memory 32 GB 1867 MHz DDR3 Graphics AMD Radeon R9 395X 4 GB Storage APPLE SSD SM1024G
  • Using For Pro Work 5/5

    By turtlereef
    I'm a professional photographer and have been using Photoshop since 1998. But once Adobe announced it's subscription versions, I stopped upgrading. I've been using CS6 for many years until now. Affinity Photo is amazing, especially considering it's price point. It does everything I need regarding photo editing. There's a bit of a learning curve coming form Photoshop, but it's not too bad. Affinity has many great tutorials on the Learn section of their website. If you're on the fence about this app, go to their website and try the demo.
  • Excellent Ps replacement 5/5

    By randomized77
    I've been stuck on CS6 since I didn't want to give in to the monthly subscription model. I am glad I held on, AP is an excellent replacement for me and it does everything I could do in Ps CS6 and more!

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