Dis­cov­er­ing a life be­yond Pho­to­shop

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ADOBE may have had a bumper 2018, an­nounc­ing strong prof­its and new ver­sions of Pho­to­shop, Cre­ative Cloud and El­e­ments/Pre­miere, but 2018 saw some com­pelling alternatives for keen en­thu­si­ast pho­tog­ra­phers.

As our edit­ing ex­pert, James Pater­son, ob­served: ‘there’s an ar­gu­ment that many pho­tog­ra­phers – par­tic­u­larly ca­sual users – don’t nec­es­sar­ily need the depth of tools on of­fer in Pho­to­shop, which en­com­pass all kinds of work­flows, from 3D ren­der­ing to video edit­ing.’

Serif’s Affin­ity Photo (£48.99) is shap­ing up as a great-value al­ter­na­tive to a Cre­ative Cloud sub­scrip­tion, and in­volves a rel­a­tively shal­low learn­ing curve for Pho­to­shop users. The ex­po­sure- merging and tone-map­ping fea­tures are also very handy for HDR fans. Mean­while, Sky­lum (for­merly MacPhun) had a par­tic­u­larly good Pho­tok­ina, im­press­ing vis­i­tors with its lat­est ver­sion of Lu­mi­nar 2018, along with Pho­tole­mur 3, Aurora HDR and Pic­ture Speed. Sky­lum now of­fers a wide va­ri­ety of tools for im­age edit­ing.

We were im­pressed by the pow­er­ful fea­tures in­side Affin­ity Photo

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