Affinity Photo
Affinity Photo
1.7.3

4.6

Affinity Photo free download for Mac

Affinity Photo

1.7.3
05 October 2019

Digital editing for photographers and bitmap artists.

Overview

Affinity Photo - redefines the boundaries for professional photo editing software for the Mac. With a meticulous focus on workflow it offers sophisticated tools for enhancing, editing and retouching your images in an incredibly intuitive interface with all the power and performance you need.

What's new in Affinity Photo

Version 1.7.3:
  • Optimised for Sidecar
  • Various bug fixes and stability improvements

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DirkTheMenace
16 May 2015

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Affinity Paint is A W E S O M E I use(d) Pixelmator a lot and like it a lot too. But it does not has support for Photoshop plugins and lacks some more advanced features. Affinity Photo has it all. In fact, I would almost say it can do about anything Photoshop can. And it does it incredible fast. It is still in development and therefore free - don't know what it would cost on point release - but I am pretty sure it will be cheap. If you like Pixelmator, try this for a twist ! If you like Photoshop, try to this and know there are very very very good alternatives to the awful license scheme Adobe forces you. Still in beta, but already a clean 5 stars ! HIGHLY RECOMMENDED !
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Version 1.1.2.24216
marieseltenrych
12 November 2019
I tried this software for a short time. I was very impressed all round with it. I am still searching for a good software to create images for publishing books, covers for books and printable images. I may still reconsider Affinity but just not sure it will satisfy my desires. I have been using PS Elements 13 and it did not meet my needs, (no nodes or cymk colour). I want fine art as well as backgrounds. I have been trying Clip studio Pro as well.
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Version 1.7.3
DragonMaster
06 September 2019
One fine app!!! Great support. Unbelievable price. Regular updates. 100% Mac oriented. This is a gotta have for any Mac user.
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Version 1.7.2
ykmv
13 July 2019
Price is incorrect. This is 50$ now.
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Version 1.7.1
Macintosh-Sauce
24 June 2019
Affinity now sells Designer and Photo directly from their website. Try before you buy. They have a 20% sale going on right now too. I have all three applications for macOS 10.14/10.15 and Windows 10. For the Windows versions just replace "macos" in the links with "windows" Affinity Publisher https://store.serif.com/en-us/update/macos/publisher/1/ Affinity Designer https://store.serif.com/en-us/update/macos/designer/1/ Affinity Photo https://store.serif.com/en-us/update/macos/photo/1/
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Version 1.7.1
Derekcurrie
19 June 2019
Affinity Publisher is out today, June 19th!
20% off. Looking great. Check the website for details::
https://affinity.serif.com/en-us/publisher/
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Version 1.6.7
Wonderwarthog
08 June 2019
Best of the best. Adobe is gone from my Harddisk, good riddance. Affinity Photo is way zippier anyway.
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Version 1.7.0
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DragonMaster
DragonMaster
06 September 2019
Amen! No more of Adobe's 32 bit , crashing apps. No more subscriptions.
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Version 1.7.2
Teksestro
07 June 2019
Amazing software, by a fantastic company that deserves support.
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Version 1.7.0
WordWeaver
06 June 2019
Question for current Affinity Photo users and/or the developer: I am a longtime Adobe Photoshop user going back to about 5.5. Not CS 5.5, but 5.5, when Adobe still distributed its software on CDs. Yes, that long ago. :) At any rate, for a number of years now, I have remained with Adobe Photoshop CS6 Extended, because like many other people, I refuse to embrace Adobe's greedy subscription model. However, with CS6 being dead in the water with the release of macOS 10.15 Catalina later this year, I face the same dilemma as every other CS6 user. Do I bite the bullet and pay Adobe $20/month, or do I switch to Affinity Photo or Pixelmator Pro? Aside from the fact that I have an established workflow and years of experience using Adobe Photo -- which makes it hard to want to switch to another app -- one of my biggest concerns with switching to a different graphics editor, is its compatibility with my current plugins. These include Alien Skin Eye Candy 7 and Xenofex, a variety of Flaming Pear plugins, Filter Forge, Topaz Lab's Glow plugin, and the SuperPNG plugin. So, I am just wondering how many of the aforementioned plugins are fully compatible with Affinity Photo without any hiccups or bugs. Can someone here please let me know? Also, given my current experience with Adobe Photoshop, what kind of a learning curve should I expect with Affinity Photo, were I to decide to switch to it? Thanks in advance.
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Version 1.7.0
7 answer(s)
Teksestro
Teksestro
07 June 2019
WordWeaver, learning a new tool can be daunting, so I sympathise with your hesitation. I had been using Photoshop for a couple of decades, and switching over to Affinity Photo was not easy. Not because of the program - Photo is an unbelievably pleasant app to use - but because it is indeed hard for old dogs to learn new tricks. The app is FASTER than Photoshop, more responsive, and my entire system thanked me for deleting all of the Adobe crap - including over 1Tb of 'cache' files that Photoshop kept in my system folder.

It took me about 3 months to get used to the interface, and go through all the tutorials, and teach myself a new way of working. I think I could have progressed a lot faster if I hadn't been so stingy, and had bought the hard-cover guide.

I also had a handful of old plugins that I was very comfortable using, and could not port over with any success to Affinity Photo. While this was frustrating at first, it did get me to spend some time looking around at NEW external apps that are available currently. The $20/month that you'll save will enable you to invest in some other tools, if you need them - I have become a fan of AuroraHDR, and have also added heaps of editing tools to my iPad (like Plotagraph). All in all, it must have taken me somewhere between 6 to 9 months to completely leave Adobe behind, but I'm sure glad I did - and I'm certainly not thinking of going back.
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Aetnaria
Aetnaria
07 June 2019
Take a look at GraphicConverter as well - https://www.macupdate.com/app/mac/263/graphicconverter
As it's try-before-you-buy, you can test to see if your Photoshop plug-ins work in it. You may wind up breaking up your workflow from Adobe into several different applications for different things. (I own copies of both Affinity Photo and GraphicConverter as both are handy tools.)
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WordWeaver
WordWeaver
07 June 2019
@Teksestro and @Aetnaria : Thank you both for your feedback. Although neither of you specifically answered my plugin compatibility question regarding the aforementioned plugins, I do appreciate your input.

This is such a hard decision to make, financially-speaking, and workflow-related. I really don't want to have to break up my workflow between several different apps. For one thing, it would be more time-consuming, and my time is very important to me. Aside from that, I am very organized, and having to break up my work between several apps would be hard mentally as well. So those factors alone push me towards biting the bullet and paying Adobe, as much as I don't like it.

What irks me the most -- aside from the annual subscription which would be hard on my pocket -- is the fact that unlike other software, Adobe Photoshop CC stops working if you fail to renew your subscription. I just really don't see the fairness in that at all. It should be like other non-subscription software, where even if you don't purchase a new version each year, the old version will continue working, as long as it remains compatible with the current OS.

Oh, how I miss the old days when software developers issued software licenses for life, with free updates and upgrades. The greed today is pitiful. :(
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Max-G
Max-G
18 June 2019
https://forum.affinity.serif.com/
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Macintosh-Sauce
Macintosh-Sauce
24 June 2019
Switch to Affinity's products. I have all three - Designer, Photo, Publisher for macOS & Windows - and their software blows Adobe out of the water. I made a post above where you can download any of their software as a trial and then buy when ready.
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WordWeaver
WordWeaver
06 August 2019
Well, while Affinity Photo is indeed a very nice image creator/editor, I have come up against a brick wall in deciding whether or not to switch to it from Adobe Photoshop. As it turns out, due to a partial implementation of Adobe's plugin SDK in Affinity Photo, NONE of my current PS plugins work fully and completely -- if at all -- in Affinity Photo. These include the following plugins:

Alien Skin Eye Candy 7
Xenofex
Flaming Pear plugins
Filter Forge
Topaz Lab's Glow plugin
SuperPNG plugin

From the reading I have done, it seems that the ONLY plugins which DO work with Affinity Photo are something called the Nik Collection, which I know nothing about.

So, my advice is the following: If you depend heavily on using Photoshop-compatible plugins in your current workflow, and are not willing to start from scratch with Affinity Photo -- that is, without any PS-compatible plugins -- then switching to Affinity Photo is NOT advisable at this current time.

Furthermore, from what I have read, it seems that Serif is currently in the process of building its own plugins system for Affinity Photo. I take that to mean that Photoshop plugin compatibility may be dead in the water as far as Affinity Photo is concerned.

As I said, Affinity Photo is indeed very nice; and if you are just getting into image creation and editing, and have no experience with Adobe Photoshop, then Affinity Photo would be a wise choice, and would save you several hundred dollars a year, which is what Adobe charges for a Photoshop annual subscription.
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DragonMaster
DragonMaster
06 September 2019
Pretty much a piece of cake! More and more plugins are being supported, even if Photoshop is not on the drive. This company is totally cool to deal with.
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Version 1.7.2
DonkeyKong
16 December 2017
The big question : What image editor to buy/use. IMO there are only two outstanding image editors: Affinity Photo and Pixelmator Pro. I tried about any other image editor and those are out of bounds for me for several reasons. So, which to choose. It is pretty simple. If you need a PhotoShop alternative, then by all means go for Affinity Photo. It is on par on features and plugin support. But keep in mind you are facing a steep learning curve. Ones mastered, it is the uber image app ! If you need a very good and fast image editor doing the basics, you can choose Pixelmator Pro. You learn to use it in minutes and you never get lost.
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Version 1.6.6
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zlazkow
zlazkow
02 March 2018
I'm a graphic designer, but not professional one. Nevertheless, I do create posters and other things for my shop on Etsy. For all the stuff I need I use GraphicConverter. I wouldn't call it "basic", but it is the one which is really really very fast and top of the line image editor. It does much more than basics. Despite GUI being not as excessively sleek and smooth as Pixelmator or Affinity(which I hate), GC has tons of features which are easily accessed thru menu, and which produce excellent and fast results. I won't switch to anything. GC is the best ever for what I do.
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lens.sniper
lens.sniper
31 May 2019
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Zx81
10 November 2017
Jumping ship from Lightroom, I have been experementing with a few possible replacements and opened the same Sony Raw file without any adjustment (I know this is tricky, and that every app does a little ajustement of its own, but I did my best ; and this is how they work in real life). Of all the softwares I tried, the best (cleanest, sharpest file) were Capture One and, not far from it but not as clean, On1. Affinity, Pixelmator, Luminar, Acorn did not match the exported files from those two.
I'll next have a look at Iridient, but I would still need a DAM app that could import my LR catalog (And I think Iridient has a LR plugin, but I don'k know if it can "communicate" with other apps)
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Version 1.6.6