Affinity Photo

Developer: Serif Labs

Current Version: 1.6.6

Last Updated: 1 month ago

Download Size: 345.4 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:

• New light user interface option
• New stroke stabiliser for all pencil and brush tools
• New "Edit In" integration with Apple Photos
• Metal 2 accelerated view optimised for macOS High Sierra
• Improved view pan/zoom performance and
• Improved performance with large documents
• New font chooser dropdown with recents, used fonts and favourites
• New Glyph browser
• Align to key items
• Text frame vertical alignment options
• Fit frame to text
• Custom brush wet edges
• Outlier stacking mode
• Improved Photoshop Plugin support
• Improved Live Filters performance
• Many PDF export improvements including vector export of multi-stop gradients
• Numerous bug fixes and other improvements


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 1.6.6
Review by pik80

Nice start to a new suite of graphics apps - 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: Raw photography is placed inside the app rather then 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 since they no longer have a web graphics tools anymore (Fireworks and before that ImageReady.) 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 like I did with Fireworks! The masking tools work differently then 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 (next year for the page layout.) This should be very helpful once Affinity moves to iPad that has a simpler file structure. 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. Until Affinity Photo has those features I don’t see using it as my main editing program. The developers have talked about looking at adding some of those features so I hope that happens soon.

Found helpful by 2 out of 2 people
Version 1.6.6
Review by LUIZjunior

Better than Photoshop - It`s like Photoshop, but better! So simple and hava an app for iPad. I`m happy with Affinity Photo.

Found helpful by 1 out of 1 people
Version 1.6.6
Review by mydogmandy

Does not work with High Sierra Photos - Used to absolutely LOVE LOVE LOVE this app. I left Photoshop & never looked back, but since the update to High Sierra, Affinity Photo no longer saves the edited image back to the photos app like it used to when it acted as an extension. Once you choose Affinity Photo, edit, and save, you are forced to save “flattened”, or “save as”. If you save “flattened”, nothing happens. It doesn’t change the photo in the photos app. If you “save as”, it changes the file type to .afphoto. None of this happened before the High Sierra update. I purchased this app because it worked with my Mac, and now it does not. I hope you fix this issue and allow it to save normally to the Photos app like it did before the OSX update. As of right now, i would love to still use this app, but it’s broken.

Found helpful by 1 out of 2 people
Version 1.6.6
Review by SweetSolitude98

Great alternative to Photoshop. - This isn’t a subscription like photoshop so you get to keep the copy you bought. It also doesn’t cost a fortune and it doesn’t have bloatware. It doesn’t require an internet connection to use. It’s filters and features match and at times best photoshop. It’s easy to learn and they have a lot of great tools that lets you easily apply some of the complex lighting edits. I’m very happy with this software. My photos pop and it can turn a boring photo into something special that you’ll be proud to display. Give it a try, you will love the features and you won’t miss photoshop if you are currently an indentured servant to adobe.

Found helpful by 1 out of 1 people
Version 1.6.6
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 over a year, I think I can actually give up using Photoshop for most tasks! 😮 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 1.6.6 I can now say that I am opening Affinity Photo for editing images more often 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 Luminar photo app is a seriously good 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. I love that it’s also synchronous with my iPad Pro. I can now move between editing on my Mac, to the iPad Pro, and back again. I love that it’s basically the same app on both platforms! Version 1.6.6 also supports more Photoshop Plugins. While most users won’t find this a big deal, I for one still use a couple of third party Photoshop plugins. I’m happy to say they now work with Affinity Photo! Another reason to not use Photoshop anymore. 👍 If you’re sitting on the fence about buying Affinity Photo, 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 can have a seriously great image editing app, that you don’t have to pay for again until they come out with a major new release. That’s another win for Affinity Photo in my book.

Found helpful by 1 out of 1 people