Affinity Photo vs Adobe Photoshop

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    Ian Administrator

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    I've got occasional need to use some photo editing software and a lot of the files I need to open are Photoshop based. However, it's so expensive to buy or subscribe to the software, that I've just stuck to an old version that I bought years ago (along with Fireworks CS5 for occasional design work).

    I've had a look at alternatives, and the best one that I've found is Affinity Photo (from a UK company called Serif). I'm on day 1 of the trial install so far :).

    Has anyone used both Affinity Photo and a modern version of Photoshop? If so, how did you find they compare? I've had a read of some review online and Affinity Photo seems to have a good reputation.

    Considering that the price is far, far cheaper - it looks like a very good deal!

    The trial version I've got at the moment is far easier to use than the old version of Photoshop I have, but I'm so new to it that I don't know what I might miss if I had Photoshop CC.
     
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    Photoshop Elements is an alternative to Photoshop CC.
    I don't know about your side of the pond, but here in the US it is on sale for Christmas at many retailers.
     
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    https://howtogimp.com/how-to-install-gimp/

    GIMP runs well on W 7 and is said to run well on W 10. It will open and allow work on Photoshop files. It is free.

    Seems there are alternative forks of the project that have been specifically developed for Windows. Looks like they include loads of the tools and some tweaks like, edge snapping.

    :cool:

    Oh and it runs great on a linux box :lol:
     
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    Yep, it is often on sale around here too and I've considered it, although it looks like it's still more basic than Affinity Photo and more expensive, so I think I'm going to pull the trigger and buy the former. I'll see if there's a trial download though, just to be sure.

    I do use GIMP occasionally, but I find it a little flaky in comparison - perhaps as I'm running it on Windows? It is very good for a free tool, but I just haven't clicked with it. I do use InkScape (another open source app) quite a bit, but that's more for vector work - it's a little slow, but fully featured.
     
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    https://www.gimpshop.com/

    http://www.gimphoto.com/

    These two windows specific offshoots may be better than the stock GIMP for window use. I have never tried them but they may save you big bucks.

    :cool:
     
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    There was a sale on a few days ago, so I ended up buying Affinity Photo and Affinity Designer - really pleased with the purchase now that I've had a chance to use them more. It's going to take a long time to get used to them, as I'm so unfamiliar with how to access tools and features that I know the app has - but it's reasonably intuitive for the basics.

    I hope these apps gain traction, as they're such good value compared to the likes of Photoshop/Illustrator (which are great tools, but expensive for most home users).
     
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    Just checked out the price of Affinity Photo and my goodness it is considerably cheaper than Photoshop isn't it. I had to convert Romanian currency to GBP to get the price but I was impressed.

    I use an old copy of Adobe CS5 Photoshop but it doesn't recognise the RAW files from my Sony camera, which Sony like to give an ARW file extension, I don't know why.

    If this Affinity software can deal with the files I might very well be tempted, would have to try the trial version I suppose.

    And FWIW I've never got on with GIMP, never found it very intuitive, I did try to cos you can't beat free but it just didn't click with me.
     
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    I'm currently getting to grips with Affinity Designer, and once I feel like I know what I'm doing I'm going to have a go with Affinity Photo. I'm certainly liking Affinity Designer so far :nod:
     
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