Liberated my agency from Adobe.
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!
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
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
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
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
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
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!
Designer's nightmare 1/5
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
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
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
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
Much better and no more slow down...will update with more soon.
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:
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
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.
Part of a great suite of products 5/5
Great photo editor. I found the Affinity book they published very useful. In addition I use it on iPad and Windows. Integrates well with Affinity Designer and Affinity Publisher. Bye bye Adobe ...
Excellent Ps replacement 5/5
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!
There is hope! 5/5
By The Eden
I am super excited that the software has came and saved the day. I am new to photo editing this is the perfect combination for me and my freelancing business as a digital marketer. I hope they keep their deal around for awhile because I just cleared out my wallet purchasing both photo and designer for my iMac. I also plan to buy the publisher software and iPad software. Thank you for building a bridge for freedom!
Why change from a beatiful to hideous app icon?? 1/5
I literally took this app off my dock because this new icon design is so horrible. It's something Adobe would have made...which I'm sure is no accident. Please give us the option again to use your original app icon! I will return my rating to 4 or 5 stars.
Bye, Bye Photoshop. 5/5
My sincere apologies to the team of developers of this irreplaceable gem of a photo app for not using Affinity before. I purged my mac from Photoshop for good this time.
Yours truly, happy photographer.
Great alternative to Photoshop 5/5
Don't like a big corporation sucking out your money every month?
Need something as powerful as Photoshop and lighter to load?
Then Affinity Photo is just the one for you! It covers your very basic needs to do image manipulation and adjustments. Bye Adobe! Hello Serif!
Combine this with the other apps! 5/5
By Abundant Grace
All three of these apps work together seamlessly! I love Affinity Photo but it is a real powerhouse with all three apps connected to it.
This newest update really rasies the bar.
Bye Bye...the other guy 5/5
My needs are not extravagant, buy no less important. Affinity has designed great alternatives to the Adobe products and I love them. They have a few small improvements to make. But, all in all the features are there and they are very powerful porograms.
Ditched Photoshop, saved thousands 5/5
Small business with 9 employees. We ditched Photoshop and their subscription for a $50 licenses of Affinity Photo. It does everything that we did in Photoshop. And faster! WOW!
Thank you Affinity! You are saving us THOUSANDS! We cannot wait to see what the next version is! We will buy it!
GREATER than Pixelmatør & EQUAL/BETTER to Photoshop 5/5
Better than Pixelmatør and equal to, if not better and simpler, to photoshop in every way that matters. Adobe spurned the thousands of individuals and independent professionals that were loyal to it for decades by going to subscription pricing. I prefer Affinity’s programs whenever I have the opertunity to use them.
— Buy this and Affinity Designer — YOU WON’T REGRET IT! —
Bye bye PS 5/5
Title says it all. I'm a huge fan of Affinity products. Can't wait for the Publisher coming out soon.
Buggy Software 2/5
Bought this last week as I've heard so many good things about it. I have to say I'm disappointed, as the software crahses quite often during the simplest of tasks, such as exporting. In fairness, I am running an older machine, which is why the software gets two stars instead of one.
iMac (Retina 5K, 27-inch, Late 2015)
Processor: 3.2 GHz Intel Core i5
Memory: 8 GB 1867 MHz DDR3
Graphics: AMD Radeon R9 M390 2 GB
I hope and wish that the team can keep pushing themselve to their limit because of App crashes!!! 3/5
I like this App.
I am an artist and I use this app all the time since one of my main projects is related to photography.
The most annoying thing to use this app is the app is alwasy crashing on my mac.... for all types of ways of using the app, such as exporting jpg files, stitching panoramas, etc..
I hope the team can always update this app to fix bugs, for the current functionalities, I feel the app is powerful enough to represent photoshop.
I like this App and hope it can be better and better and serve for more users worldwide.
Has promise, but 1.7 is extremely buggy 2/5
I've switched over to Affinity Photo from Photoshop, and feel Affinity Photo has lots of promise, but the newly released version 1.7 is so full of bugs as to be virtually unusable.
A Great Photoshop Alternative! 4/5
Honestly, the best photoshop alternative. This update brings fantastic speed and batch processing. Really a fantastic update.
However, while you can create macros for JPEG editing, you can't do this with RAW processing. What's the point of RAW batch processing if all I can do is convert them to JPEGs and then work with the lessened pixel detail?
Also, it's a little unstable, which is why I couldn't give it 5 stars yet. I noticed crashes when I attempted to use a denoise macro on a batch job.
Has come a long way 5/5
I last reviewed this a couple of years ago. I was still using PhotoShop back then. Over a year ago, I just made the decision to switch over and with all the good YouTube tutorials out there, you can pretty easily pick this program up. It doesn't have all the PhotoShop tools, but they were tools that I didn't need to restore old or damaged photographs, This is my main photorestoring program, though I do use Luminar for photos that I take using my camera.
Shaping up to be a very good replacement to Photoshop.Addition of Publisher makes well rounded suite 4/5
I am a big fan of Serif’s drawing app Affinity Designer so I was very excited to see this new app in the suite that is even more tightly integrated then the Adobe programs. From the time I have spent playing with it there are a number of things I actually like more then Photoshop and I noticed that the latest version of Photoshop 2019 was basically trying to mostly play catch up to where Affinity Photo on the desktop was already at. When it comes to iPad Photoshop still hasn’t come out while two of the three Affinity programs are out currently.
Here is what I like about Affinity over Photoshop:
Raw photography is placed inside the app rather than just from a plugin. This allows you to easily switch back and forth between raw editing tools and your basic photo editing tools.
There is a separate persona for editing web graphics which is very nice. Photoshop now buries all the web tools in difficult to find places.I found the separate app approach was easier and I am glad to see Affinity adopt a similar (and better!) approach by putting all web tools in a separate persona. I now have the advantage of having like tools grouped together without even having to leave the app! I like using the slice tool for dividing my images into square when exporting to Instagram.
The masking tools work differently than in Photoshop and allow for some interesting possibilities in how to hide certain parts of an image. It took me a little while to figure out how masking worked but in some ways I would say it works better.
Affinity programs now share the same file so the days of making complex file structures in the Finder may be over! One file for illustration, photo manipulation, and eventually page layout. This should be very helpful once Affinity moves to iPad that has a simpler file structure. Unfortunately running Photo and Designer personas from the new Affinity Publisher doesn’t work yet. That will be awesome when that works! Apparently Serif has an internal beta that can currently do this. When that come out it will actually leap frog ID and Quark in that area.
Managing and finding fonts got way better in 1.6.
The main short comings of the product to me is that it doesn’t have a way to easily batch edit photos or do cataloging. The way that I do most of my photography these days is do a photoshoot of similarly shot photos, edit one of the photos and then apply those changes to all the others. This is a huge time saver over editing one photo at a time. The developers have talked about looking at adding some of those features so I hope that happens soon. Until then they need to work with Phase One and make Capture One work with Affinity better. I should be able to import Affinity files into their app, edit them, and save back into Capture One. Also the small icons need to be updated for the larger retina display monitors specially 27” monitors like mine. Layer size as the option to increase the size greatly with 1.7 but this still isn’t nearly good enough. Layers not only need a large size but XL and XXL.
Useable but NO Photoshop replacemnt, Support is NON-Existent 2/5
By Lady Engineer
Useable but NO Photoshop replacemnt, Support is NON-Existent
I have had a color profile issue since day one, and no anwers yets. I have researched, others have it as well, with some work around, but mine did not work. All Images must be color grade after import of RAW Canon files. After importing, colors are way way off.
WOW!! A truly professional photo app 5/5
I have been using the most popular professional photo app for 25 years. When Affinity Photo appeared, being on a very limited budget, I had to give it a try. No going back now—it’s a home run.
It’s technical features have been highly described and praised in previous reviews. I can’t add any more to that. What I would like to say is that if you are a professional photographer or designer, you owe it to yourself to just check it out. I spread the word whenever I can, but most just look at me like I’m crazy. I can see it in their demeanor—a professional photo app that inexpensive can’t be anywhere near the level they are accustomed to. I just think, “It’s your loss for dismissing it without even taking a look at it.” It’s exasperating! If you are on the fence, heed me and the many other professionals that have joined the Affinity ranks, and please try it!!
Slow support 1/5
By Another Cranky Old Guy
Online help has been broken since Mojave came out. Current version on store is a year old, I've had this software for 5 months waiting for a release that actually lets you figure out how to use the software.
For a long time it was 4 stars until... 3/5
The best thing I can say about Affinity is I havent used Photoshop or Lightroom since the first iteration of Affinity photo went live and I haven't used Photoshop since. Now, after several years I can now say I have a major complaint about it: it crashes. Constantly. I accepted it when it was in beta mode and I guess I just dealt with it after that. But it has been years and still, no solution to this problem. When I'm on a roll in editing a photo or designing a page layout I may forget to manually save my progress. Sure it does this automatically except when it crashes and reopens, there's no telling how far back I need to start over. It is the worst thing about Affinity Photo software. I would love to not have it crash as much as it does because it would be the perfect photo application for those who want a Photoshop alternative. The tools are reliable and competitive if only you can use the tools before it crashes.
Great Photoshop replacement but slow to update 3/5
I've been using Affinity Photos for quite some time now, and I really like it. The interface takes some getting used to, but the learning curve is not dissimilar to that of Photoshop. There are also some really nice features in Affinity Photos that Photoshop doesn't have, like a dead simple Panorama tool that can create incredibly good looking panorama's from a collection of images.
Unfortunately, there haven't been ANY updates in nearly a year now, which is getting frustrating. Specifically, Affinity Photos still does not support HEIC photos, i.e. the format iOS devices now use for pictures. Most all other competitors (including Photoshop and Pixelmator Pro) support HEIC.
I will still recommend Affinity Photos to people, but am becoming a bit wary of it due to lack of updates.
Beginning with Photoshop 1.0... now no more 5/5
I have been with Photoshop at the beginning of Photoshop, but faced again with yet another monthly hijacking, I rolled the dice first on Pixelmator Pro (4.5) and then this.... Affinity has been just amazing. I dove straight into a big project I would normally have trusted only to photoshop - and completed it in the time I would normally have spent in Photoshop - layers, adjustments, masks, clones, heals... it was a complete kitchen sink challenge and Adobe? g'bye. Hello Affinity.
great another large sum of money down the drain because this app decides to crash after i tried to save some work i've been working on for hours.... beware professionals..
Goodbye, Photoshop 5/5
I have been using Photoshop for the past several years for my amateur photo editing and image manipulation. Then I discovered Affinity Photo.
For me, this is a completely sufficient replacement for much lower price. Beautiful design, fast processing, intuitive/familiar tools ... and NO SUBSCRIPTION model.
I purchased a license for both my Mac and my PC because I genuinely like this software.
Buggy plug-in for Photos 2/5
"File type not supported". BS. It's an iPhone photo, just like a zillion others in my library. Fix this.
It wont open Nikon Z6 NEF RAW files 1/5
It wont open my Nikon Z6 NEF RAW files
It seems that the program has developed an issue on both my macbook pro and my iMac. The program freezes when I attempt to enlarge a file along with some other intermittent bugs and freezes which cause me to force quit the app. This is New!!
This app makes easy things really difficult 1/5
I've devoted about as much time as possible to learn how to do things the "Affinity way". I've watched the videos and tried countless trial and error. It's either super buggy or just really unintuitive. I'm done trying.
Excellent Product 5/5
I became entrenched in the Adobe CC System when Apple stopped supporting Aperture. While I'm not a professional photographer, I did feel that I needed more than Apple Photos had to offer at the time. Hundreds of dollars later, I finally got tired of paying Adobe every month and purchased this application. Affinity Photo installs extensions which bring which Apple Photos closer to being an editor capable of taking on Adobe Lightroom, and The Affinity Photo App is a full featured replacement for Adobe Photoshop. I cancelled my Adobe subscription and purchased Robin Whaley's book: Essential Affinity Photo. I went through all the lessons in the book and have enough of an understanding of Affinity Photo to use it effectively. The application has a fairly steep learning curve but the effort is worth while. The functionality it offers makes the cost of the application a true bargain. Check out the on-line tutorials to get an idea of what Affinity Photo is capable of. You'll be impressed.
No more Photoshop 5/5
I had been hesistant to cut off Adobe from taking my money each month but. I am so glad I did, I dove into Affinity Photo and Designer head first and forced myself to take the time to learn their UI. I have to say I am glad I did... I was worried that these apps wouldn't live up to their Adobe competition but I was surprised to see that the developers at Serif have put more though into their UI/UX. Speaking as someone who has developed software, their hard work shows. Don't listen to anyone out there who says this application isn't as good as Photoshop or others. Give it a try and take the time to actually learn how things work and you wont be disappointed. I am finding personally that Affinity is speeding up my workflow and making things less complicated. I especially love that they let me use a caculator on colors right within the app, this is super helpful. Also full screen preview of filters is brilliant. I also picked up the apps for iPad Pro and they are almost 99% the same as the desktop give or take one or two things. It is surprising that a bigger company like Adobe is still lagging bringing their desktop experience to iPad. I am now a true Affinity believer! Thanks Serif!
NOT A REPLACEMENT FOR APERTURE 2/5
I got this program because it was recommended to me by someone at apple to replace aperture. Very dissapointed it can not import photos from my Nikon camera. Not only that it is cumbersom to use. Way to many steps to complete simple tasks. I really just want my money back at this point.
Fantastic functionality, poor performance 4/5
This tool is _very_ slow. Even on good hardware, this program is prone to freezing up even for minor things like changing brush size.
I love the funcitonality, but it is just too poorly performing for five stars.
Good features, but buggy 3/5
Affinity Photo is a good replacement for Photoshop. However, it has some annoying bugs. The main issue seems to do with making adjustments from the dialog windows, which causes the program to crash. For example, it works fine to add a new adjustment layer from the top menu, but when I adjust levels within the studio dialog box, it frequently crashes the program. Serif Labs, I hope you can fix this bug. You've made an otherwise awesome app.