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 1.5.2
Review by amelia345670

Goodbye Photoshop - I used to love Photoshop until they started forcing me to buy sofware in a suite (I only wanted Photoshop, not a bunch of other software that cluttered up my computer). And then they switched to a subscription model. I did the math and it would have been more expensive to get the subscription than a one-time license. AND the software had barely changed over the 10 years that I’ve used it. When I moved to a new computer and realized that Adobe had removed my ability to download my old Photoshop licenses from thier site, I tossed in the towel and decided not to be forced into a subscription model that scavenges my bank account every month (20 a month!). So, I started looking around and found Affinity Photo. The price was fantastic and best of all, no subscription! And I did the math… even if they did provide a subscription, it would be a heck of a lot cheaper than PhotoShop. As for Affinity Photo itself, it feels so much like Photoshop and actually, I think it feels a bit more professional and less clunky. Thank you Affinity Photo folks for taking on the big boys who want to force us to ingest bloatware at a ridiculous price.

Found helpful by 183 out of 192 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 Earnest & Frank

Buggy… just be cautious with this one - To be perfectly frank, I’m not as thrilled by the Affinity program as many other customers on this comment thread. I use digital art programs in professional contexts, both as a teacher and as a freeelancer. While I do have access to Adobe PS (and have used it since it was first developed in the 1990s), I am so very disaapointed in Adobe's new subscription policy, which really puts us cusotmers in a badly compromised position (if you haven’t renewed your subscritption, and you don’t have a previously purchased non-subscription version of the program, you cannot work on your PS projects). And that’s why i purchased Affinity: to have a digital art program that is uploaded to my computer, and that i dont have to “rent” like Adobe insists. I was very excited to try it out, not just because it could liberate me from the PS monopoly, but also because the idea of a new digital program is very appealing to me. Plus, the price is nice. All in all, I was really looking forward to using Affinity in my work. For the record, I uploaded Affinity to a brand new, recently purchased, unused computer. I’ve used Affinity since then, for about 3 or 4 months. So here’s what i have to say: Many reviews claim that Affinity is not much different from Adobe PS, and to a very slight extent, i might agree. I can use my Photoshop files on Affinity, and dont have to worry about my subscription status, which is very nice. And in the most general terms, the basic features of Affinity are similar to PS. But Affinity is VERY BUGGY. For example, the program may freak out when I am working on it, turning my entire computer screen into one solid color (and remember, i’m using it on a NEW computer). In these cases, you have to quit the program, and reload the last saved image of your work. This can significantly impact your work time (as Paula Abdul says, “1 step forward, 2 steps back"). Additionally, Affinity does not seem to be able to handle large format images, which is what I work with (e.g., 9’ x 10’ printouts with high pixel densities). The selection tool is especially buggy. On several occasions, when I’ve tried to modify a selected portion of an image, the program goes bonkers. It may turn my whole screen one color, it may wash out the entirety of my work (both selected and non selected portions), it may freeze up, etc… Additionally, while you can cut and paste images onto each other with Affinity, the program sometimes reacts badly to the process, and gets all buggy once again. Also, the program seems to react badly when i shift colors in an area (i.e., same buggy behavior described above). When any of these things happen, you have to quite the program and start over with the last saved image (for the record, PS used to be like that back in the 90s)…. not very user-friendly. That being said, if you are doing any rudimentary digital work that does not require too much precision or labor, this prgram is fine. When it comes to things like resizing, you’ll be okay. But as far as my experience goes, this program has a LOOONG way to go to meet professional standards.

Found helpful by 5 out of 8 people
Version 1.6.6
Review by Anonymous 735

This app is crap - I made the mistake of buying this app. It doesn’t work, so I contacted Affinity customer service. I followed their suggestions, nothing worked. They said to uninstall and reinstall. I uninstalled. I can’t reinstall unless I buy the app again. The app is difficult to use. I downloaded the 700+ page manual, but it’s way too big to print out. I find it easier to use a real book rather than something on the web. Affinity sells all the tutorials so you have to spend additional money to be able to use an unweildly app. Affinity’s youtube videos are complicated and the explanations make no sense. Stick with PhotoScapeX. It’s free and works well. It’s intuitive and there are lots of things you can do with it. At best, all I could do with Affinity was haze removal, adjust clarity, adjust vibrance, adjust exposure. White balance was impossible to use. My photos either turned red or green with the “adjustment” available. If there’s a way to stack photos, I can’t find it. If there’s a way to fix the background, I can’t find it. Save your money and do NOT buy this app!

Found helpful by 4 out of 16 people
Version 1.6.6
Review by 4rchduk3

Old DNG formats can’t be read - I was really excited to switch from Adobe to Affinity. I honestly hate the new way Adobe does it, and despite having to learn a new software, this seemed great. However I do a lot of work with scanned negatives. And when I do scan them, I scan them into a DNG-format using Vuescan. Which despite adding an extra step for me, retains quality in the post production. Now it turns out AP can not read the files. And when I reached out to the support they referred to an old thread from January 2017 as it being an already known bug. After some reserach it turns out the files can be read by most softwares, even Apple’s old Aperture 3. But not AP. I reached out to the maker of Vuescan, Ed Hamrick, to see if they had been in contact to try to solve this (since January 2017). He replied that the issues should be fairly easy to fix, and that no one has reached out to him. Now I do like the style of the app, but the fact that their support is forum based, and that no one is replying to this bug (that haven’t been adressed for 11 months) is a bit odd.

Found helpful by 4 out of 4 people
Version 1.6.6
Review by Nada3hunny

Love it but slow update. - Hi, I am using this amazing app instead of PSD. however after recent update, I cannot use any font that i have. “Korean typing issue.” Please fix this issue for whoever bought your apps in Korea.

Found helpful by 3 out of 3 people
Version 1.6.6
Review by TANGOdiscovery Arizona

Complex Interface with it’s own set of metaphors - This is a capable photo editor. The metaphors are completely unique to this app compared to other photo editing apps. The result is that it is too much trouble to learn. ( I have been using Photoshop since version 1 and have experience in many other raster image apps.)

Found helpful by 3 out of 5 people