Affinity Photo Reviews

Pleasantly Surprised

Review by zeichner42
about Affinity Photo and Adobe Photoshop Jan 2016

I was looking for a good Photoshop alternative, since I got a new iMac with El Capitan 10.11 and my Photoshop CS4 stopped working. The tools I really need are Healing Brush, Clone, various selection tools, layers & layer masks, a pen tool for creating vector objects, the ability to scale & warp selections - basically, I wanted to get as close as possible to Photoshop's capabilities. When I found Affinity Photo for $30, I was skeptical, but after using it for a while, I'm really happy with it.

As far as I can tell, all the standard Photoshop keyboard commands work - Space for pan, Space-cmd for zoom in, Space-alt for zoom out, J for healing brush, B for brush, P for pen, etc. And you can also add or change any of the keyboard shortcuts through Preferences. There is a good online forum, where they post tutorials & respond to customers (and customers can interact.) The interface is clean, with tools on the left, panels (layers, history, navigator, channels, swatches, styles, etc.) on the right, and on the top are context-sensitive commands that change depending on the tool you are using. There is support for plugins, although I had to go to their support forum to search for instructions on how to get my Photoshop plugins to work.

As far as I can tell, there isn't anything to replace Photoshop actions, which is the biggest downside for me. Otherwise, Affinity Photo has everything I need

[Edited by zeichner42, January 06]

[Edited by zeichner42, January 06]