😁 Affinity Photo 50% Off - Just $24.99 With 90 Day Free Trial 😁
Many people have replaced Photoshop and it's a monthly fee with this software. It's been widely praised as an "alternative" to Photoshop. (Available for Mac, Windows, and iPad -The iPad version is only $9.99)
The 50% off sale will be offered for a while.
Here is part of the email I just received from Affinity/Serif.
Unfortunately, we are hearing many stories from the creative community about how they are being severely impacted by the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. We know we can’t solve a lot of these problems, but we do want to try to offer as much support as possible.
That’s why we’re announcing three measures we’ll be putting in place from today. They are:
A new 90-day free trial of the Mac and Windows versions of the whole Affinity suite
A 50% discount for those who would rather buy and keep the apps on Mac, Windows PC and iPad
A pledge to engage more than 100 freelance creatives for work, spending the equivalent of our annual commissioning budget in the next three months (more details of this will be announced soon).
The introduction of the 90-day free trial and deeply discounted pricing is done in the hope that this will make life a little easier for people who rely on creative software to make a living, but may be stuck at home without their usual tools, or for students who might not have access to their Affinity apps on their personal devices. In addition, by increasing our spend on commissioning work from freelancers we can also put some extra money into a part of the industry which will be particularly affected.
We plan to make the free trial and additional discount available until 20 April, but of course we will continue to review the situation as time goes on.
This is an excellent price for Affinity Photo and no subscription is required. Designer and Publisher are also 50% off.
This is a thread about the Affinity Photo sale which is a Photoshop "alternative" for some, and a seriously more robust program with a much more modern interface than Picture Window Pro.
One does not have much need for a free program like Picture Window Pro (whom most have never heard of or ever considered) if they pay monthly for Photoshop or have Affinity Photo.
The macOS version of Affinity Photo was received favourably by professional photographers, and Apple named it as the best Mac app of 2015.
In 2016, Affinity Photo was awarded the prize for Best Imaging Software by the Technical Image Press Association (TIPA) at Photokina.
In November 2017, the iOS app was named by Apple as its best iPad app of the year, and Tom's Guide selected Affinity Photo for their first list of Best Tech Values.
In February 2019, Affinity Photo received Amateur Photographer's Software of the Year award, followed by Photography News' Best Software award in March 2019. (Wkipedia)
It's an excellent piece of kit for just $25 if you don't have Photoshop or want to try to get away from renting Photoshop. A free 90-day trial is available to see if you can live with it and dump your Photoshop subscription, or to see if it is useful.
I have had Affinity Photo for years. I do not use it, but upgrade it every time it happens. I bought it for when (not if) adobe changes the price of the CC photo plan.
I have played with it a little to see how it works and it is a gem of a replacement for PS. To this date I am surprised adobe has not sued them because the interface, features, and workings are so similar to PS it's shocking. If you are proficient with PS, you are already 90% with Affinity. In some respects it is better than PS because it was built from the ground up for current technology - it is not a patchwork of wedges like PS is and has been for years.
However, there are some small things I don't like about it. For one, it doesn't play well with some plugins/presets/looks. However, this may have been fixed - I haven't checked in months.
I also do not like the way it demands the Aero desktop be enabled in Windows - this was a top complaint among users. However, this, too, may have been fixed.
All-in-all, tho, it is a good replacement for PS with the features and operations so closely resembling PS that it is uncanny.
And the best thing? You own it. You don't have to rent it. You OWN it ! (imagine that !)
Edit: this sale concerns me, tho. Perhaps Serif is not doing well financially. It would be a shame and a big loss if Affinity would disappear.
The Aero desktop requirement is a Windows 7 thing and does not apply to people running Windows 10 or IOS.
The sale is not concerning at all to me. Corel recently gave away $998 in software (Painter, PSP, and others) for just $25 and Escape Motions just gave away $489 worth of software (Rebel 3 and others) for $25. The revenue they generated from the $25 was actually far less because a portion went to charity and a portion went to Humble Bundle.
It's a sale...many companies have sales quite frequently. Corel, Escape Motions, Topaz, ON1, ACD, Skylum, etc. etc. etc. --> have all run sales.
Don't forget ---> you can try Affinity Photo for free for 90 days.
Affinity Photo is freakily similar to Photoshop in function, look, usability, layout, and interface.
This video should help you decide if it's worth it for you. I would recommend watching this.
3 years old - take it for what it is worth.
Gimp vs Affinity Retouching Speed.
This is a pretty good comparison/evaluation.
Affinity Photo is probably the photo editor that comes closest to being able to battle Photoshop in terms of functionality.
I have been using Affinity Photo for over 1½ years now, and to cut things short I don’t look back with longing to the Photoshop days. That is not to say that Affinity Photo is better than Photoshop.
To be honest, Affinity Photo lacks a few features, but most of these features are not even used by the majority of Photoshop users. So from that perspective, it is more than capable for replacing Photoshop.
I have too many editing programs and other image processing tools, but I do use them all on occasion. I have tried Gimp a couple of times in the past and never liked it...I know a lot of people do like the free program. I own a recent copy of PSP and used it a long time ago as well, but I don't dig it and I rarely use it.
I own these basic editors and DAMS.
Photoshop CC - My goto when using my plugins, filters, and when using the Canon plugin when I print here. I've been a PS user for close to 20 years and I am not a power user, but I use it quite a bit.
Lightroom - I don't use it a whole lot but I do use it for some jobs and tasks.
Zoner Studio X - My everyday editor and digital asset manager - it is a subscription model like Photoshop but less expensive and I like it a lot. I will send some files from Zoner to my other programs, including Photoshop.
Luminar - I use it some for filters and AI tools.
ON1 Photo Raw - I like it I just don't love it, but I do use a few features that it has on occasion
Paint Shop Pro - Never got back into it after using it a long time ago. It does have a few cool things I use on occasion but I much prefer the Photoshop interface and Photoshop itself.
Affinity Photo - I have been eyeing this for a couple of years and trialed it many months ago but didn't want to part with the money since I have so many other tools. When I saw this $24.99 price I jumped all over it and will see if I can slowly try to start transitioning away from Photoshop. I love the familiar interface and it seems to have the toolset I use on a day-to-day basis. The more I play with it the more I like it, but I am by no means an Affinity expert.
If this software can handle most of my plugins (which I have a lot fairly expensive ones) I am hoping it may be able to replace Photoshop. Now that I have plenty of time to play with it for only $25 I am a happy camper. If I ever go broke and can't pay Adobe I will still be good. ;) It comes fairly highly regarded so I was more than happy to part with the 25 bones.
I downloaded the free trial last night and giving it a try. Hopefully the sale will stick around long enough for me to get a feel for it. It's diffentely not as easy as Gimp and laid out differently than what I'm used too. Took me forever to find the option to change to a black or white brush for masking. I had to watch a video to find it because I'm used to it being in the tools bar. Then it took me about 30 min to figure out how to add an image as a layer. After some research I learned you have to use the place option under file which is very strange. I'm used to clicking add image as a layer.
I also find that the select brush isn't very good. I'm trying to replace a sky using a mask and when I use that bush to select area's I want to, it's selecting a lot more than that color. For example, it's a lighthouse pier and when I try to select the little open areas in the pier, it usually also selects part of the pier when I'm only clicking on the sky and I have the setting option to snap to edges. Doesn't seem to work as well as Gimp when it comes to finding the areas to magically select. Am I missing a setting somewhere to fix that?
I found this video which shows how similar it is to PS. It does look like the RAW editing is still better in PS, however I don't use PS. I may continue my routine of editing RAW in LR and them going to this program if I decide to get it. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J9fz4Pn_GSM&t=714s
I'm anxious to see how it works with HDR, because I don't have a program for that. Usually use LR's HDR option which is okay but could be better. Thanks again Don for letting us know about it! You rock!
I just wanted to again say Thank you to Don!!! This is now my new favorite program. I played with it yesterday for most of the day and I'm really loving it. I hope it's okay for me to share at lease one, but this is my first creation in Affinity Photo. It's already worth it at full price so it's a steel at half price.
5 resizing algorithms are available in Affinity Photo and I think you will find the merging and blending adequate.
Note: That wasn't me with the Deposit Photo offer although I have posted great deals on Corel Painter, PSP and others along with Escape Motions software like Rebelle 3 and the rest of the Escape Motions product line.
Oh OK, thanks Don. I tried the panorama merge from 4 horizontal images and it was fantastic! I used the auto color and wow, my painting looked better than when I had merged it in Photoshop. I have not tried multiple rows of tiles yet. The feature that is missing for me is the new Preserve Details in PS CC 2018 and later. I used to use Blowup 3 but it does not seem to play well with my new computer. So far the Preserve Details has been a good replacement so I'll have to stick with PS for now.
You're right, no preserve details algorithm with Affinity Photo. While I own an older copy of Photoshop, and I have the Photographer CC plan for the current version which has Preserve Details 2.0, I use GigaPixel AI for almost all of my uprezzing. Yeah, it's pricey at $100 when not on sale, and it's quite slow if you don't have a good video card, but I love it!
Genuine Fractals used to be the "industry" standard ---> which is currently a part of ON1 Photo Raw (which I own) but I have not used it since I grabbed GigaPixel AI when it was basically still in beta.
Just bumping this up to make people aware that may have missed this excellent Affinity Photo deal.
I'm also noting that Luminar 4 and Aurora HDR are on sale as a bundle for just $109. I do own both pieces of the Skylum software but I think the Affinity Photo deal is a better deal overall unless you are going tor the Sky replacement or the catalog features of Luminar ,or you want the HDR ability of Aurora HDR.
I have shortened the email link from Skylum which offers a $79 savings from the regular price. You may be able to find promo codes online to save even more money. I don't know how long the Skylum offer will be valid.
I’ve been using affinity photo for a few years now but after the last couple of updates on Windows the raw feature hasn’t worked as it should after editing in the raw persona I export into the develope module and it shows way over exposed. I’m thinking it’s an issue with my laptop. Have a Mac with it on and took the plunge at Christmas to get an iPad to use it on and have never looked back. Seem as fully featured as the desktop versions and battery life much better than my laptop. Would highly recommend especially as on sale at the moment.
I decided to try it out today. I wanted to see how the software handled focus stacking. Mind you I have an older version of photoshop and it is possible the newer versions focus stacking features have improved. I am very impressed with the results of Affinity Photo. It is very intuitive and not so far off from Photoshop that I would consider it a big learning curve. One does a bit of treasure hunting trying to find the features we have become use to. For instant adding metadata was kind of hidden. But ones I located the feature I was able to add my information with ease. The text tool is not as easy to figure out. I am sure in another few minutes this too is an issue of the past. The reason I have not updated photoshop is due to them going to subscription. As an artist we are small businesses and keeping our overhead low, is key. I simply did not want another monthly bill I needed to worry about. This was my very first image I prepared and I am not daunted by making the switch. Take a look and let me know. The re-size option did not give me as much control as I am use to, but it does create a small size and if it hold up this upload at an quality I can live with I can only recommend this software.