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Affinity Photo

By Serif Labs

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Description

** 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 colour spaces
• End-to-end CMYK workflow with ICC colour 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

What's New in Version 1.5.1

Additional Features
• Added support for the new MacBook Pro's Touch Bar
• Focus Merge enables you to generate a detailed composite image from a number of images focused at differing lengths
• HDR Merge lets you create a deep, unbounded 32-bit image from a number of exposure bracketed source images
• Tone Mapping Persona for both HDR and LDR images
• Macros enable you to record actions, save them, then play them back later. You can also store them in a handy gallery
• Batch Processing for queueing up and processing large number of files
• Live Projections allows you to edit an image in different spatial domains including “Equirectangular” (360 pano) and perspective  
• Improved RAW develop persona 
• Text Styles  
• Halftone Filter supporting monochrome, colour, circular and line halftones
• Equations Distortion filter allows users to create custom spatial filters
• Dust & Scratches Filter
• “Edit in Affinity Photo” Photos extension
• New Colour Picker Tool
• New Clone Sources panel for the Clone / Healing brush - it even works across multiple documents
• Multi-Monitor Colour Profile Support

32Bit per channel colour
• New 32bit RGB Editing Mode
• Photo now offers a full compositing / editing environment for 32bit unbounded images.
• Photo can now Develop RAW files directly into a 32bit document - so all highlights / shadows are preserved and recoverable at any time.
• Photo now supports end-to-end OCIO colour workflows.

Addition File Formats
• OpenEXR including multi-layer EXR files with control over alpha association and pre-multiplication.
• HDR (Radiance, RGBE)
• 32bit TIFF Import / Export
• Layered TIFF Interop
• Direct PSD Write-Back
• Over 70 new RAW cameras are supported

Improvements 
• The Improved Pixel Tool adds the ability to constrain the direction of painting and control erasing mode
• New “Accumulation” Brush Dynamics to offer Opacity Jitter.
• Added New Marquee Modes (Polygonal, Magnetic) to the freehand selection tool
• Improved Metadata Mining for RAW / JPEG / etc. 
• Improved Export Persona
• Improved Apply Image including the new ability use equations in the filter to control how channels are transferred
• Improved Select Sampled Colour Filter
• Improved Vectorscope
• Improved Photoshop Plugin Support
• Adjustment Performance Improvements
• Snapping improvements - candidate-free snapping, gaps-and-spans (Alt key in Move Tool), so much more!

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Customer Reviews

As Photoshop, or better. And see the price!

I have used Photoshop since version 2.0 (yes, that long!). I now have in my Mac version CS5 (loaded onto the hard drive from the DVDs).
I downloaded Affinity Photo, and have found it excellent. It does everything Photoshop CS5 does, I mean everything. And if you know Photoshop, you have to learn practically nothing new, most commands are sited and work as you expect them to. This is not a cheap (derogatory sense) replacement for Photoshop, with limited capabilities: it is Photoshop, but at an incredible low price. I was starting to worry that, at some stage when CS5 was declared “defunct” by Adobe, I would have to start “renting” Photoshop from Adobe. Now I won’t have to do that, I have Affinity Photo in my hard drive, always available (even when I have no Internet connection…).

Use with Capture One Pro and Ditch Adobe!!!!

I’ve been using Adobe Photoshop since CS4 and this is the first product that can replace Photoshop for EVERYTHING I need do (I’m a photographer). It even does somethings better than Photoshop, for example: luminosity masks - Affinity Photo has advance layer blend options unavailble in Photoshop, such that one can precisely restrict any filter or layer to any range of luminosity with any kind of falloff.

The very last function, which kept me using Photoshop was its ability to autoalign layers and merge them using various algorithms to remove noise (for astrophotography) or moving objects e.g. people for landscapes or cityscapes. Affinity Photo now allows me to do this as well.

I’ve already been using Capture One Pro for photo management and RAW conversion since version 6 (it’s now 10), because I find it better than Lightroom. It’s more powerful, because it has layers built in, and you can create a layer mask based on colours in the image!!! Crucially, it’s RAW converter is the best on the market.

My conclusion is that Capture One Pro and Affinity Photo is easily good enough for professional photographers to ditch Adobe….and I have, as have my friends.

Amazing features for the price

I have this and Designer for both Mac and PC. I’ve been using the Adobe alternatives for over 20 years professionally, and while Afiinity products don’t have an identical feature list - for the price the tools they do include is outstanding.

This does everything I could hope for, and shows you don’t have to compromise on features if you’re on a budget. It’s not perfect, but it’s good enough for me!

Recommended.

Affinity Photo
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  • £48.99
  • Category: Photography
  • Updated:
  • Version: 1.5.1
  • Size: 344 MB
  • Languages: English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Portuguese, Simplified Chinese, Spanish
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Compatibility: OS X 10.7 or later, 64-bit processor

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