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Affinity Photo


What is Affinity Photo?

Affinity Photo is a software solution for photography and creative professionals, a fully-loaded photo editor integrated across macOS, Windows and iOS, from Serif Ltd.

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iPad Edition


On Premise
one-time fee

Mac Edition


On Premise
one-time fee

Windows Edition


On Premise
one-time fee

Entry-level set up fee?

  • No setup fee


  • Free Trial
  • Free/Freemium Version
  • Premium Consulting/Integration Services

Starting price (does not include set up fee)

  • $21.99 one-time fee
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Product Demos

Affinity Photo - What are Personas?


Crayon Box for Affinity Designer/Photo (Demo)


Affinity Designer & Skala Preview Tutorial




Nautika Characters - Procreate time-lapse (brush pack demo)


Affinity Photo - How to remove spots

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Product Details

What is Affinity Photo?

Affinity Photo is a software solution for photography and creative professionals, a fully-loaded photo editor integrated across macOS, Windows and iOS.

Affinity Photo supports
  • Live, real time editing
  • Massive image support (100+ Megapixels)
  • Super smooth pan and zoom at 60fps
  • Open and edit PSD and PSB files
  • PSD smart object import
  • Support for the most complex vector docs
  • Studio presets for the UI layout and other timesaving tools


  • Smooth and retouch skin with frequency separation
  • Dodge, burn, clone, patch and blemish removal tools
  • Dedicated liquify workspace for sculpting features
  • Remove unwanted objects with the magical inpainting brush
  • Correct color casts, enhance infrared imagery and augment live filters with new divide blend mode

live filter layers

Effects like blurs, lighting, distortions and perspective corrections can all be applied as non-destructive live filter layers. This means they can be erased, masked, reordered, and adjusted at any time.
  • Add filter effects non-destructively
  • Apply to single layers or over a whole layer stack
  • Mask and erase areas after they have been applied
  • Add live liquify layer
  • Live full resolution preview at all times


Affinity Photo’s brush engine and advanced dynamics offers fluid and natural painting experience available.
  • Huge library of brushes included
  • Create custom brushes with advanced dynamics
  • Combine multiple brushes together in a single stroke
  • Full support for Wacom and other graphics tablets
  • Full support for Apple Pencil (iPad version)
  • Import .abr brush files
  • Create brushes from current pixel selection


Affinity Photo’s HDR algorithm creates natural-looking images to unlock the full dynamic range of the scene.
  • Unlimited source images
  • Full tone mapping controls
  • Merge directly from RAW
  • Alignment and perspective correction

32-bit workflow

The photo editing tool offers full end-to-end 32-bit workflow for working on HDR images, renders, textures or exports from 3D software.
  • OpenEXR and Radiance HDR support
  • Import OpenColorIO configurations
  • HDR / EDR monitor support

The professional photo editing application offers full editing power and 100% file format compatibility across Windows, Mac and iPad allowing users to work with the same file across any device.

Affinity Photo Videos

Selection Brush Tool
HDR Merging
Selection Refinement
RAW development
While still the most prevalent photo editing software, Adobe Photoshop is facing considerable competition from alternate options. Affinity Photo is one of the best options to consider. The TrustRadius team walks through some of the reasons why.

Affinity Photo Technical Details

Deployment TypesOn-premise
Operating SystemsWindows, Mac
Mobile ApplicationApple iOS
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TrustRadius Insights are summaries of user sentiment data from TrustRadius reviews and, when necessary, 3rd-party data sources. Have feedback on this content? Let us know!

Affinity Photo is a versatile and cost-effective alternative to Photoshop that has gained popularity among users seeking professional-grade photo editing capabilities without the need for a monthly subscription. Users have successfully utilized Affinity Photo for various image manipulation tasks, such as creating graphics, editing photos, and engaging in digital painting. The software's ability to handle high-resolution, 32-bit, multilayered compositions has been highly regarded, making it ideal for creating super HD images. Additionally, Affinity Photo's layer group functionality allows users to keep multiple versions of a project in one file, streamlining their workflow. Whether it's editing photos for online stores or producing artwork for personal projects, Affinity Photo proves to be a reliable and efficient solution that offers significant cost savings compared to competing photo editing applications.

Affordable alternative to Photoshop: Users believe that Affinity Photo is a great alternative to Photoshop, offering at least 90% of the features needed for graphic design and photo editing. They appreciate that it can do almost everything Photoshop can do, but at a much more affordable price. Several reviewers have mentioned this as one of the major advantages of using Affinity Photo.

Robust and feature-rich software: Users find Affinity Photo to be a powerful and intuitive software that meets their needs for photo editing, graphic design, and creating SVG files. They praise its performance and speed in handling 32-bit files and GPU plugins. The layer-based editing and non-destructive workflow are highlighted as helpful features for raw photo editing and advanced graphic design. This pro has been mentioned by numerous users who value the extensive capabilities offered by Affinity Photo.

Comprehensive learning resources: Users appreciate the availability of tutorials and learning resources for Affinity Photo, making it easier for them to get started with the software. They particularly mention the hundreds of YouTube tutorials available for Affinity products, which help them learn and utilize the software effectively. Additionally, they value the availability of a hardcover textbook for comprehensive learning. Many reviewers have found these resources highly beneficial when learning how to use Affinity Photo effectively.

Difficult User Interface: Some users have found the user interface of Affinity Photo to be confusing and not as intuitive as other programs like Photoshop. They mention that there is a learning curve to navigate the software and some features may feel clunky or hard to find. The placement of tools in Affinity Photo differs from Photoshop, which creates confusion for users who are familiar with the latter.

Lack of Certain Tools and Features: Users have mentioned that Affinity Photo lacks certain tools and features found in other Photoshop software. They feel that some features in Affinity Photo are outdated compared to Photoshop, and it is slightly slower to accomplish the same tasks. Adjusting a single layer using the options in the adjustment tab can be challenging, as it adjusts all layers. Some users have had to find workarounds, such as opening a new window and copy/pasting the image.

Compatibility Issues: Compatibility issues with certain file types have been reported by users when using Affinity Photo. This can be frustrating for users who rely on specific file formats for their work.

Users commonly recommend purchasing all three Affinity apps: Photo, Designer, and Publisher. They believe that using the complete suite of Affinity software provides an even better experience. Users highly recommend Affinity Photo as a cost-effective alternative to Adobe Photoshop, praising its wide range of features for photo editing, digital drawing, and painting. To learn the software faster, users suggest researching and watching YouTube videos or finding tutorials from Affinity. They also encourage giving oneself time to learn the basics and researching online for any questions.


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I use Affinity Photo to edit and resize photos mainly. But that is only scratching the surface of what it can do. Adjusting photos and making them better before using them in other Affinity products is super easy. If you are used to working with a photo editing program then Affinity will feel comfortable for you.
  • It integrates with the other Affinity products really well.
  • Able to edit files that have been made in photoshop.
  • Good range of tools to touch up photos when needed.
  • Performance was a bit slow. But this seems to have been improved with updates.
  • More video tutorials would be great.
For single-person teams or very small teams, I think Affinity Photo is great as it has a one-off cost and no ongoing subscriptions. If people are familiar with the Adobe products it might take a period of adjusting to Affinity Photo. It might also be overkill for some people's needs. But it does offer everything and room to grow. So weighing up what you need to do with photos and seeing if it fits is important.
  • The one off cost.
  • The features it has compared with other products.
  • Updates that make the product better.
  • It's been great knowing I have a tool ready to do intensive work if required on photos.
  • Gives me the ability to be more creative with my photos.
I think Affinity Photo is on par with Adobe PhotoShop. They are very similar products with both bringing many features users need. The main reason I picked Affinity Photo was its pricing of it. I didn't require Adobe products all the time. And felt they weren't offering me as much value.
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