Serif Affinity Photo Review

Affinity Photo

Affinity Photo is an alternative to Adobe Photoshop with features such as RAW editing, Panorama stitching, Focus stacking and HDR merge capabilities. Furthermore, Affinity offers CAD-like tools for scaling and positioning objects within images.

This software’s layout resembles that of Photoshop, with tools on the left and layers-based adjustments on the right. Furthermore, there are additional Personas such as Tone Mapping and Liquify available as additional customization features, though these are entirely optional.


Affinity Photo offers all of the standard photo editing features you’d expect from top-tier photo software, in addition to several extra useful tools. For instance, there’s a blemish removal feature which makes it easy to erase blemishes on faces and bodies; plus there’s content-aware healing to automatically repair small marks and imperfections; plus its panorama stitching feature helps photographers who frequently work with landscape or portrait images create single panoramic photos automatically.

The software supports multiple file formats and high-resolution photos, and includes batch processing for photographers who work on large images or have many duplicates. Furthermore, its selection mask feature can help apply adjustments selectively. Furthermore, it supports various filters and conversion processes including black-and-white conversion.

Affinity Photo boasts an intuitive user experience, featuring five distinct personas that each represent different roles within the software. This makes navigating and finding what you’re searching for easier – for example, Photo Persona allows for general adjustments and layer manipulation while Liquify Persona offers fluid manipulation of images to distort pixels and objects.

Affinity Photo offers many other useful features, such as its live mesh warp for easily manipulating shapes and surfaces. It is especially helpful when working with astrophotography imagery as it allows you to straighten any crooked lines or add creative effects. A wide range of brushes provide precision painting experience. You can also take advantage of shortcuts which you can customize according to your preferences; additionally, using its Assets panel, commonly-used textures can be stored quickly so they can be quickly dropped into an image for quick use; perfect for photographers using cut-outs or watermarks regularly!


Serif Affinity Photo stands out in terms of photo editing software due to its affordability and value proposition. Unlike Adobe Photoshop which requires monthly subscription fees and updates, Affinity Photo comes at one-off cost with unlimited updates; all major file formats supported and layer structure maintained seamlessly for smooth editing experience. User friendly with customizable Assistant tool that lets them define tasks they wish to achieve as well as nondestructive raw processing, compound masking and live mesh warping features among many more unique capabilities.

Affinity Photo can be used for many different tasks, from image retouching and panorama stitching, creating HDR effects and basic digital painting, to opening large files or using complex features like tone mapping. The app runs quickly and responsively across both Mac OS X and Windows systems – and now also supports iPad and macOS Mojave!

User interface and learning curve of Revelare is similar to Adobe Photoshop; additionally, the program supports Photoshop Actions which enable you to create workflows across multiple images. Unfortunately, Revelare may be difficult for beginners due to limited tools and navigation issues.

Affinity Photo stands out among photography software because of its support of both raster and vector formats, making it an excellent option for photographers who require both. Furthermore, Affinity Photo comes equipped with an extensive library of brushes for freehand drawing and painting, supporting most physical media formats and even creating custom brushes from samples so users can recreate a particular style within its software.

Overall, Affinity Photo is an outstanding alternative to Adobe Photoshop that’s perfectly suitable for professional photographers who wish to avoid subscription fees. Furthermore, hobbyists looking for an economical way of editing photos and videos may find Affinity Photo useful as it boasts innovative features like its personas and flexible toolset that stand out from its competition.


Affinity Photo’s user interface is intuitive and uncluttered, making it simple to navigate. Furthermore, Affinity Photo includes shortcuts that make editing faster; pressing Ctrl + N can create a new document/image, while Ctrl + O can open existing ones; other useful shortcuts include Ctrl + X for cutting an object out and Ctrl + V for pasting it back in.

Affinity Photo’s user interface is divided into various task-focused workspaces known as personas, each designed for specific tasks like photo enhancement or image liquifying. Aside from these personas, Affinity Photo provides a full set of tools designed for image processing – some tools even appear across multiple personas but have distinct layouts which may cause confusion for beginners.

Affinity Photo, first launched in 2015, has received frequent updates since then to much acclaim from reviewers and its parent company Serif has invested considerable effort into perfecting it with each release – most recently featuring hardware acceleration capabilities which make Affinity Photo even more efficient on Windows computers.

While Affinity Photo offers impressive performance, it lacks some features found in Photoshop that would enable it to offer depth of field effects like Helicon Focus does. Affinity Photo also includes an innovative zoom feature which lets users zoom in or out without closing compositions – saving valuable editing time in the editing process.

Affinity Photo stands out from other programs by being able to resize images without distorting them, an essential feature for photographers who regularly print their work. You’ll find this option under File’s Resize option.

Affinity Photo is another top choice for working with RAW files, providing more of an alternative to Adobe Lightroom than Photoshop. It offers various tools to enhance RAW files such as tone mapping and local contrast enhancement; additionally it can create HDR images or toning effects.

Final Words

Affinity Photo is an ideal option for photographers seeking an alternative to Adobe’s subscription model and more control over their images. As an advanced tool that offers comprehensive editing features, Affinity Photo allows for maximum image customization – though some quirks may take some getting used to; regardless, if producing professional-quality photos is what matters then taking time to learn Affinity Photo should not be wasted.

One feature that distinguishes Affinity Photo from its competitors is its non-destructive RAW editing abilities. When developing a RAW file in Affinity Photo, your edits are saved in the.afphoto file while the original image remains unchanged – providing photographers with the flexibility of revisiting their work without overwriting their previous edits. This capability can prove particularly advantageous when working photographers require revisiting work regularly.

Affinity Photo’s other standout feature is its ability to produce high-resolution panoramas and HDR photos, featuring exceptional panorama stitching and artifact removal capabilities. Furthermore, HDR allows Affinity Photo users to merge multiple exposures into one stunning image – though this process may require considerable resources and time.

Affinity Photo provides more than RAW development capabilities; it also features several tools to help improve images. The Inpaint tool, for instance, can help remove objects and background elements from photographs taken under low light or difficult lighting conditions; its Retouching tool can clean up blemishes while simultaneously retouching portraits.

However, Affinity Photo falls short in some respects when compared with its rivals. Notably, it lacks a Digital Asset Management module like Lightroom and Capture One Pro do which manages image importation, sorting and tagging; furthermore it lacks sophisticated tools for cloning and healing such as Photoshop does.

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