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Many features, light, clean interface, not expensive

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Pleasantly Surprised

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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

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[Edited by zeichner42, January 06]

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I am using Affinity Photo and Affinity Designer in a Windows 10 environment for more than a year and it really worth the 40€ spent. It is fullfilling most of my needs and I definitely uninstalled Photoshop and illustrator.
The transition from Adobe products was very smooth and it wasn't like passing from Adobe to Corel. In fact I was surprised to be able to work on my projects in a couple of hours after installing the software.
I am using AFP with a Gaomon PD1560 graphic tablet the perfect combination for a freelancer with a tight budget.
Notice that Affinity photo is regularly updated and the Serif team is quite reactiv.

Farewell Adobe!

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A Photoshop alternative, not an Illustrator alternative.

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This program is primarily an alternative to photoshop, many of the alternatives posted are alternatives for vector drawing programs like illustrator. Serifs version of Illustrator is a program called Affinity Designer. Ive been using the Beta version of Affinity Photo and I've got to say it's very impressive thus far, the best replacement to photoshop that Ive ever used!

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I think that in this time could definitely replaced the Photoshop, only one payment and impressive possibilities with editation photos.

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Although it has almost all features of the famous Photoshop, it is only 1/10th of the price; and there is no subscription necessary.

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Of all the products that have claimed to be Photoshop killers... we finally found the killer.

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Agreed! I've used GIMP, Paint.net, Capture One, Krita, etc. and this one is by far the best, an actual competitor to photoshop unlike the rest.


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For a one time payment its everything photoshop has and better, sure somethings lack development but you get that without a silly subscription which personally made Photoshop unusable for me.
Honestly I can't recommend it enough for anyone starting off with photo editing

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What I like: $49. 99 flat fee that isn't a 25 dollar a month subscription.

What you should be aware of: this program uses all cores and your GPU very heavily so make sure everything is set up properly.

It's a very snappy program with incredible performance.

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Yes I love the use of my hardware, the snappy feeling just feels right, I mean it can lag a bit from time to time but its killer compared to the trial and error with other programs.

Yes I love the use of my hardware, the snappy feeling just feels right, I mean it can lag a bit from time to time but its killer compared to the trial and error with other programs.


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Completely switch to Affinity Photo From Photoshop. Sure it does not have the features PS have, but it fulfil about 95% of my needs.
It is really easy to use and should we mention the price ? ... yes we should! Just 50 Euros; Adios Adobe!

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I am very impressed with the capacity of this program, finally a replacement for PS

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It's like Photoshop, if Photoshop where a one time payment.

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I use Affinity Photo almost on a daily basis on my iPad, and it works wonderfully! It is easy to use, yet incredibly powerful. I would definitely recommend this app to anyone looking to do some serious photo editing and manipulation.

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It's the first layer(!) based image editing program what I know, which really supports non destructive editing. For example: Insert an image or draw some stuff on a layer. Transform that layer in any way (rotate it, scale it down to a hand full of pixels). Save the file and close it. Reopen the file. Scale the previous modified layer back to it's original size. And there are all the original details back and were not destroyed. That's totally awesome!

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Photoshop was first (perhaps, I'm not aware about every layer-based editors), with Smart Object layers. And instead AP, warp transformations and photo filters doesn't pixelate a source.
Therefore, non-destructive editing with AP is possible, but quite limited to basic manipulation.

Actually TIFFANY did non-destructive image editing of everything back on the NeXTSTEP and earlier versions of Mac OS X long before Photoshop ever could. The developers later on joined Apple and worked on non-disclosed projects.

2wonderwarthog, Thanks for the notification. I added it to AlternativeTo as some kind of legacy software and because it's still available for purchase. You can contribute it here, if you have any additional info: Small TIFFany iconTIFFany

And what about context, is TIFFany layer-based in common sense? I never used it, but not seems so from software manual. Let me know, if I'm wrong. Thanks.

@M_O_Z_G It's so long ago. TIFFANY coming from NeXT STEP/OPENSTEP, was one of the first photo editors to run on Rhapsody and the Mac OS X beta, so I purchased a copy back then. I believe it had layers, but the workflow was fundamentally different from what I recall. It was using actions, that felt almost like a batch processing recorder. After editing an image you could at the end just take all the "actions" you performed on one image, and apply them to another. The downside to its non destructive editing was that it wasn't truly WYSIWYG. When e.g. resizing a bitmap image, TIFFANY would give you a downsized proxy preview, but to see the final re-sampled output you'd have to actually export it in a flattened format. Interesting concept, but not very practical. That's why they eventually closed shop, I guess. It was interesting technology in search of a problem.