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Affinity Photo comes to Windows

November 11, 2016


Friends, Windows enthusiasts, and people generally just stuck with Windows… rejoice! Rejoice, for some real competition to Adobe has finally hit our platform. Affinity Photo is here in Beta form, and it is looking mighty fine. I’ve had a chance to play around with it, and I have to say that I am duly impressed.

Well, it is a beta, so expect some bugs. But hey, if you want to give it a try without dropping fifty bucks, now is the time.

Now, if you’ve only given the marketing materials a cursory glance (that was my mistake) you might think of this as a cheaper alternative to Lightroom. You wouldn’t be entirely wrong, but… okay yeah, still pretty wrong. Affinity Photo is not a photo management/batch editing solution. It has a RAW editing environment, yes, but that’s about it.

Affinity Photo is much, much closer to Photoshop than I previously imagined, with extensive capabilities for editing and enhancing photos, compositing photos, digital painting, and so much more. As we web designers tend to make heavy use of photos and other graphics of this kind, this is good news.

Now, because it’s such a multifaceted piece of software, the true genius of the way Affinity apps’ Personas feature comes into play. While working with Affinity designer, I always thought it was kinda cool, but editing photos comes with way more complexity. Splitting that complexity up into manageable chunks makes the Affinity Photo interface way easier to work with.

But hey, see it for yourself:

 

The Photo persona

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Look at my cat. My cat is amazing.

This is where you’ll find all of the most familiar photo editing tools, like selection tools, painting tools, and so on. It’s also where you can add vector objects, text layers, and basically do most of your compositing work. On those rare occasions when you need a full photo-editing suite, Affinity photo can do it.

Here’s a video, courtesy of Gelner Photography, showing off what kinds of stuff you can do: