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    Posted: 09 November 2018 at 08:01
Do we have any Affinity photo users here?

I use lightroom for pretty much all my editing, its easy to catalogue my images and I've used the same workflow for years, but it has a few limitations that are not necessarily holding me back but I want to explore the more advanced editing options available in Affinity or similar.

I would love to hear of your experience with this software, especially if you came from adobe products, I don't want to go back to Photoshop, I really don't get on with the idea of subscription and would to prefer to pay up front.

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Yes, I use it as an external editor from LR.
I used to run PS (CS5) for this purpose, but stopped as it became impossible to purchase a perpetual license.

I like affinity a lot, and it works perfectly for what I do.

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Originally posted by Jonas A-R Jonas A-R wrote:

Yes, I use it as an external editor from LR.
I used to run PS (CS5) for this purpose, but stopped as it became impossible to purchase a perpetual license.

I like affinity a lot, and it works perfectly for what I do.

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Thanks, that's good to hear, I'll download a trial version and see how I get on.
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Originally posted by bigsi bigsi wrote:

Originally posted by Jonas A-R Jonas A-R wrote:

Yes, I use it as an external editor from LR.
I used to run PS (CS5) for this purpose, but stopped as it became impossible to purchase a perpetual license.

I like affinity a lot, and it works perfectly for what I do.

/J


Thanks, that's good to hear, I'll download a trial version and see how I get on.


How did you like it? I'm considering this. Running LR5. I'm not sure if classic CC will run on my 8gm ram computer. I just need something for focus stacking and once in a great while composite.
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I was a long time user of Aperture and PS CS5, but resistant to switching to CS cloud due to ongoing fees and issues with updates, I purchased Affinity 2 years ago and will not go back.

At the time, PS did not do vector based editing well, and that was a standout to me, Affinity has broad compatibility with many formats (including psd files) and permits decent vector based tools within the same file. This means that gradients and other filters are easily editable and non-destructive smart layers can be worked with masking effortlessly once you learn how to click and drag the layers to the right places.

It took some getting used to since it doesn't use the same language as PS for some of its tools, but once figured out, the only thing I miss is its ability to open and apply the same raw settings across several files like Adobe Camera Raw did. In my opinion, this is one of the features holding it back.

Also of note, many ps pluggins are compatible with it, including the entire efex pro collection.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote bonneville Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 26 December 2019 at 12:18
This thread has gone a bit quiet since @bigsi asked and I'm surprised that Affinity Photo isn't more popular. I have been a user for some months now and have completely ditched Adobe (other than a stand alone Bridge app that I find suits my cataloging needs)

When I took the plunge I invested in their bespoke User guide book, a beautifully produced tome, and worked my way through the dozens of short video tutorials that are excellent IMHO. (Linky).

Apparently it is still very much a work in progress but for my level it is everything I need and so much is similar to Photoshop. If you are wondering about changing you might do a lot worse.
 



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