Affinity Photo

Developer: Serif Labs

Current Version: 1.5.2

Last Updated: 2 months ago

Download Size: 343.9 MB - Download


** Apple Mac App of The Year 2015 ** 

Affinity Photo redefines the boundaries for professional photo editing software on the Mac. With a meticulous focus on workflow it offers sophisticated tools for enhancing, editing and retouching your images in an incredibly intuitive interface with all the power and performance you need.

Engineered for Professionals
• Open, edit and save Photoshop® PSD files
• RGB, CMYK, Greyscale and LAB color spaces
• End-to-end CMYK workflow with ICC color management
• Full 16 and 32-bit per channel editing
• Work with all standard formats like PNG, TIFF, JPG, GIF, SVG, EPS, EXR, HDR and PDF
• Panning and zooming is always live at 60fps with live previews, live tools and real-time editing
• Open and edit massive images without compromising performance or running out of memory

Unsurpassed productivity
• Full support for unlimited layers, layer groups, adjustment layers, filter layers and masks
• Resize layers without any loss of quality. Lock, hide, duplicate and merge layers easily
• 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
• Task-focused workspaces for developing, post-processing, liquify and export
• Work in windowed, full screen, or separated modes with fully customisable toolbars and drag and drop panels
• Comprehensive vector drawing and text editing tools
• Advanced snapping system with pixel perfect alignment when required
• Export @1x, @2x, @3x from layers, slices or whole documents – continuously as you work!
• Record and Play macros for ultimate productivity

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
• Recover detail thought to be lost by editing in an unbounded linear color space
• Advanced lens corrections including chromatic aberration, defringe, vignette and best-in-class noise reduction
• 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

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
• Apply high quality single-plane and dual-plane perspective correction as well as fully customisable mesh warps - all in real time
• 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
• 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
• Swipe-able split or mirrored screen always available for before and after views
• 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 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 – including the latest 5k iMac


Release Notes:

Stability and bug fixes


Most Helpful Reviews

Version 1.3.1
Review by DLunnster

Adobe needs to be worried - I do a lot of portraiture work - personal and for clients. I use adobe LR and PSCS6. I dont like adobe’s subscription model and have stuck with the perpetual license of PSCS6 — refusing to go to subscription. Now, I may be able to simply stop using PSCS6 all together thanks to Affinity. This software is the first “photoshop” tool that is actually a true rival to adobe. Affinity photo is amazing. It is blazingly fast, intuitive, and has all the tools I need including liquify. I played witht the Beta but now that the release version is out, I sat down for a few hours and used it to process a few images. Simply OUTSTANDING. It is a true professional level tool for a huge swath of pro photographers and other creatives. If you are wanting to try something other than PSCS6 or dont want to do the whole subcription thing, try this software. If you want to upgrade from something like Elements, Affinity Photo is also for you! Affinity does full 16-bit editing and a bunch more. Serif Labs: THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU. My current workflow will be changing from LR to PSCS6 to LR to Affinity. Now, get to work on a LR replacement!!!!! :) — just make sure that I can import my LR catalogs!!!!!!! :)

Found helpful by 113 out of 118 people
Version 1.3.1
Review by wa5swv

Affinity Photo - I am a serious amateur photographer and use a variety of Photo-editing programs including Photoshop 9, 10, and 11, Perfect Photo Suit, Intensify, and other enhancement apps or special effects apps purchased from the Apple Store. On the Affinity product description, there is a claim that it is "intuitive". That word alone significantly contributed to my decision to purchase it. However, after spend most of a night and all day, I did not find it "user-friendly", despite my experience with other software that really is intuitive and the learning curve is not so steep. My first complaint is that Affinity is not intuitive and a manual should be available. The second complaint is that although there are many tutorials to walk the user through several processes and applications, not all the tutorials opened and played. Maybe others can grasp the multiple tutorials and swifly use Affinity for professional-level editing, but I couldn't. Maybe I am a slow-learner. My third complaint deals with vocabulary. In the application, there are many terms unfamiliar to me in photo-editing such as "persona", "mesh", "fluidity", etc., I had to constantly refer to the help section to grasp what these terms mean. This app may be suitable for others, but not for me.....

Found helpful by 111 out of 349 people

More Reviews for Current Version

Version 1.5.2
Review by Kenji Kato

A true Photoshop alterive! 🔝🔟🖥🎨 - I’m a long time Photoshop user, as in I’ve been using Photoshop for work since it was first publicly available in 1990. I’ve tried a LOT of alternatives over the years such as Pixelmator, GIMP, Acorn, Corel PaintShop, and even hybrid apps like Canvas. But none of them have been what I considered a true alternative to Photoshop. Pixelmator is a great app, has many Photoshop like capabilities, and was the closest alternative to Photoshop for a long time. But having now used Affinity Photo for several months, I think I could actually give up Photoshop. 😮 Affinity Photo feels like it’s the first true alternative to Photoshop that does what I need it to, and in some ways does it better than Photoshop. With the release of version 1.5 I find myself more and more opening Affinity Photo for editing images rather than Photoshop. I’m still using Photoshop, but I can NOT stand the monthly fee model that Adobe went to after CS6. But rather than bag on Adobe’s money grab, lets focus on Affinity Photo. So what makes it a true alternative you ask? First, it can open and save .PSD files. This means you can work seamlessly with others who only have Photoshop. It’s camera RAW developer is one of the better ones that I’ve tested (although the new Luminar photo app is a seriously good new photo only app). Affinity Photo has Image Stacks, a very nice perspective correction tool (way cooler than Photoshops), excellent photo stitching and HDR building as well as 360° image editing, excellent masking tools that rival or exceed what I can do in Photoshop (which is a biggie in my book), plus it has several extensions that work in Apple Photos. Is it a direct replacement, not yet, but for some of the things I do it’s as good if not better, and that’s what matters to me. Here’s another way to look at it, Affinity Photo cost the same price as Adobe’s Creative Cloud for a month (at full price). But rather than having to pay that same price every month, you could have a seriously great image editor that you don’t have to pay for tell they come out with a major new release. That’s another win for Affinity Photo in my opinion.

Found helpful by 80 out of 82 people
Version 1.5.2
Review by Morlock, V.

This Is The True Alternative! - I am very happy with Affinity Photo and can highly recommend it. This software allows everything I need to do with my images, from small adjustments to major manipulations. The program is very intuitive and easy to learn. I am grateful that I can own the program and not being forced into an ongoing subscription model. Thank you Serif Labs for offering this!

Found helpful by 6 out of 6 people
Version 1.5.2
Review by gandrews711

WARNING—You’ll be a “second-class” customer! - Serif (the publisher of the Affinity line) claims they have no way of registering Apple customers, so they don’t. If you buy something directly from them, you’re registered. Of course, they only sell the Windows versions of the apps on their site, as well as an over-priced book you may or may not want. I put in a support request, got the usual “2 working days” automated response, and never heard anything back. Apparently their triage decision tree includes simply ignoring Apple users. I haven’t been able to even successfully register for their forums. Affinity Photo is a good app with great functionality, but the service for Apple customers is seriously lacking. It appears the only reason Serif is in the Apple Store is to avoid the security warnings that come with unvetted apps upon installation on a Mac. I sent copies of my receipts for purchasing both apps (Photo and Designer), but that didn’t even garner a response to my ticket (still open 10 days later). I’m not saying “don’t buy,” simply that you should be warned. If you want support, buy the Windows version, or sit in the back of the bus.

Found helpful by 25 out of 31 people
Version 1.5.2
Review by Cyclone m

Worst application I have ever tried to use - literally - There is absolutely nothing intuitive about this product. I knew it was going to be difficult to learn (anything that is as robust as it seems to be will not be a cake walk). I watched the videos that are linked to the application. The videos use an older version of the product, so the menu items are not in the same place - not usually a problem for someone even mildlly tech savvy, so hunting around isn’t, in itself fatally frustrating. But it is indicicative of just how poorly laid out and explained this product is. A couple of specific examples. Affinity has a functioned it calls inpaiting — basically removing unwanted areas and using an algorithm to replace the area with what would normally be background (or whatever). The very first video tauts this as important and easy. While important, it isn’t even close to easy. It has taken two days and back and forth in the forum to get even the slightest idea of how to use it. Apparently you have to be in a pixel layer (not an image layer) for that feature to work. The video help says NOTHING about that layer. The actual Help in the application says NOTHING about that being a requirement. What has to be the final straw, I tried to find a way to resize the the brush, used to make edits to specific parts of the image instead of the image as a whole. The other apps I have used pop up a slider when a brush is selected so where to go to resize it is obvious. I went to the application help. It said nothing about how to resize it, but referred me to the “brush panel” without indicating where that may be. I finally found it … it looks like it might allow me to resize the brush, but it doesn’t. Instead I spent another 5 minutes hovering the mouse over every part of the application until I found it. Imagine a car with a manual transmition (and assume you have never driven one). Now imagine sitting in it. There is a step by step video in the car that explains how to drive a double-clutch vehicle, but the car you are in is just a little more advanced and you don’t have to double-cluctch to change gears. You try to drive it and keep stalling out everywhere. Your other help option is the manual that comes with the car … it says nothing about changing gears because you should already know that (I guess). The final layer of help is a hotline except you can only leave messages and check back until you see that they may have answered your question. In the meantime, you are sitting in a car you can’t drive. Welcome to the world of Affinity Photo and its amazingly frustrating interface. I am not a technical idiot or noob which makes this application all the more frustrating. I bought it 2 days ago. I have exported exactly 2 photos on which I was only able to make image wide edits, and even those were not intuitive. If this kind of product is new to you or if you are an amateur looking for a new editing product,, avoid it. $50 isn’t really all that much to spend on a photo editor, but I feel like I am owed more than that back from the company for the time I’ve spent trying to figure out how to use the thing.

Found helpful by 22 out of 63 people
Version 1.5.2
Review by har25

Buggy when saving large files, (resize files) - Buggy when saving large files, after resizing (resize files 10MB), How do I know? When I tried to resize a jpg file, takes a long time and no answer. I need to restart. I did the same in the Pixelmator program and it was Instantaneously. Same problem when you "saving as” option. Frozen "windows message save". Only works if you don’t save it as copy, but in the original. Need to fix.

Found helpful by 2 out of 2 people