Affinity Photo

Developer: Serif Labs

Current Version: 1.5.2

Last Updated: 4 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 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 9 out of 10 people
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 89 out of 92 people
Version 1.5.2
Review by strategic_mark

Great software and not subject to egregious Adobe montly pricing - First off I always find it strange that people with support issues write a negative review before actually contacting support! We love this software and it works really, really well. Was happy that the support for plugins was improved. It is pretty much the only true alternative to PS.

Found helpful by 8 out of 10 people
Version 1.5.2
Review by Jonothewright

A True Professional grade image editor - I have been using Affinity Photo and Designer since they were both in beta and have had almost exclusively good experiences with the both of them in that timespan. Although I hate to bring Adobe into this review, it is a practically unavoidable comparison to make. The fact of the matter is that I am a freelance graphic designer and was not only displeased (to say the least) with Adobe’s switch to the subscription model, but also have for some time found Photoshop and Illustrator to be bloated and sluggish (even on my high end hardware). Enter Serif Photo, which has proven every bit as capable as Photoshop ever did in 99% of situations I have found myself in. Not only is Affinity Photo feature rich but Serif have proven over the years I have used it that they are still very actively developing it. New features appear frequently in updates, bugs are fixed, and performance is still super snappy even on the lowest end Mac in my arsenal. Frankly, Serif should probably be charging a lot more for this and Designer. At only $50 each they are cheaper than many plugins for other professional tools and I fear this may prevent some pros from even looking at it seriously in the first place. Literally the only negative thing I will say is regarding Affinity Publisher, the third part of the suite which would make for a complete publishing solution… presently delayed until an undetermined date, as opposed to being in beta in 2017 as previously planned. I am hoping to be subscription free by the end of 2017 and unfortunately the lack of a solid timeline for Publisher from Serif has made me switch to Quark to complete this puzzle. Thankfully I have been able to integrate both Designer and Publisher into a workflow with Quark about as easily as I did with InDesign until now. That may seem only tangentially related, but trust me, if you are a graphic professional who works in publishing, having a photo editor, vector editor, and publishing composer program that work seamlessly together is a big deal. In closing, Serif have really stepped up and provided pros with some great tools here. Especially if you are freelance, like me, this is a no-brainer as the cost is almost negligible and the learning curve is similar to what you are likely using at present. The step up in performance is a great bonus and, in my experience so far, Serif seem to care about keeping their customers happy.

Found helpful by 6 out of 7 people
Version 1.5.2
Review by SomDowns

A breath of fresh air - I’ve been a VFX/CG artist for nearly 10 years. Before Substance Designer, Photoshop was the only decent application available for creating textures. It was never great, but necessary. Ever since Adobe decided they were going to charge more more less, and not even allow you to own their current products, I’ve been looking for a viable alternative to PS. Affinity Photo takes a little getting use to if you’ve spent years tied to PS, but it’s worth the switch. It is fast, stable, intuitive and at times surprising. For editing family photos to professional images, AP has just able everything covered. And at only version 1.5, I can see future versions of AP leveraging its powerful, nondestructive workflows and easy masking tools continue to impress.

Found helpful by 5 out of 5 people