Tuesday, February 10, 2015

An Alternative to Photoshop

We still have to keep watching to see if this headline can stand up for itself without needing a question mark, but maybe…

Last night I signed up with Affinity Software and downloaded their beta version of Affinity Photo. I played with it for about an hour last night and by the end of that time I was finding my way around the package quite well. And that was without watching the intro video or reading any manuals.

Like Photoshop, it is a 2 step offering. It has the RAW conversion engine with all the usual functions we're used to seeing. I was impressed that it also opened all my native NEF Nikon files with no trouble so it seems to be loaded with very up to date RAW processing profiles. After processing your RAW file you can move across to the rest of the package to take advantage of layers, filters, adjustments, and all the other toys that are fun to play with.

It seems fairly agile and lets you do complex warps etc. really quickly. I'm going to spend more time with it and I'll be working with the manual and supporting resources to see just how the package stacks up for me.

You can learn more about Affinity Photo at their site and download the beta package, which is MAC only at this stage.

So for now, An alternative for Photoshop? 

1 comment:

  1. Great editor tool has lauch, i never seen such a closed feature editor, They are marketing them as a best photoshop alternative, hence they have big competition ahead is for sure, But pHotoshop will not react at this moment, because they are almost 25 year old than affinity. Still photoshop is facing big competition in make aspect, like pixelmator, lauch now affinity and in Browser based
    Photoshop Online Free alternative toolpic is hitting photoshop from back . Let's wait and let them come with paid version then with there subcription it will come to know.