Get started with affin­ity

Take your first steps in the bril­liant Pho­to­shop al­ter­na­tive

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Like most pho­tog­ra­phy mag­a­zines, our im­age-edit­ing ad­vice has usu­ally cen­tred around Adobe soft­ware. This isn’t be­cause of un­fair bias or shady back­hand deals, it’s be­cause – with Pho­to­shop and Light­room – Adobe have con­sis­tently of­fered the best photo edit­ing tools, and they’ve done so since the dawn of dig­i­tal pho­tog­ra­phy. But, since Adobe em­braced the sub­scrip­tion model in 2013, plenty of pho­tog­ra­phers – un­happy with the idea of pay­ing for an im­age edi­tor ad in­fini­tum – have been look­ing else­where. Whether you’re a ca­sual user or a pro the good news is, there are other op­tions out there, and some of them are ac­tu­ally good…

This brings us to Serif’s Affin­ity Photo. It’s an im­age-edi­tor very much in the Pho­to­shop mould. Any­body who’s fa­mil­iar with Pho­to­shop will rec­og­nize lots of cross­over fea­tures. We get lay­ers, ad­just­ments, brushes, heal­ing tools, Raw edit­ing and more. It lacks the depth of Pho­to­shop, but the fea­ture set will be more than enough for most users. For those find­ing it hard to jus­tify the monthly fee de­manded by Adobe for Pho­to­shop, Affin­ity Photo is a slick, ca­pa­ble al­ter­na­tive yet costs un­der £50/$50.

If you’re think­ing about mak­ing the switch (or in­ter­ested in ex­per­i­ment­ing with the 10-day free trial) there are a few sim­i­lar­i­ties and dif­fer­ences be­tween Pho­to­shop and Affin­ity Photo worth bear­ing in mind. Here, we’ll look at some of the fea­tures, in­clud­ing some that can even outdo Pho­to­shop…

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