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Posted on 18/11/22 08:57:03 AM
Steve Caplin
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Affinity v2: a huge upgrade
Affinity have just announced version 2 of their suite of apps - Photo, Designer and Publisher. They're available as a suite for a one-off payment rather than a monthly fee, and the price is reduced by 40% until 14th December.

Check out my full review on CreativePro here.

Posted on 18/11/22 4:58:43 PM
DavidMac
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Re: Affinity v2: a huge upgrade
Although I have returned completely to Photoshop for image compositing, I vastly prefer Affinity Designer to Illustrator and I also have a project in Affinity Publisher so I have upgraded. When working in Publisher or Designer I use Affinity Photo too because they work together as one completely seamless whole in a manner that is, at times, quite astonishing.

I agree with everything Steve has said. Although I can't comment on iPad because I don't use these on iPad.

Affinity Photo has an incredibly exhaustive set of tools and filters for adjusting and transforming the look of an image and offers very advanced masking creation and combination and virtually all of it completely non destructive including RAW. I think it is probably far superior to Photoshop for photographers who want to do what in my business of cinematography would be called advanced grading and colouring. I think it is to some degree aimed at professional colourists as it includes, for those who understand them, aids such as Y axis waveform monitoring and vector scopes which are unlikely to be of any significance to most photographers.

On the other hand it lacks the AI capabilities of Adobe especially the remarkable and speedy selection tools. They are one reason I still prefer Photoshop for making the kind of composite images I do.

At present, aside from the speed and ease of Adobe's selection tools, I think Affinity's more advanced tool and filter set more than makes up for the lack of AI gizmos but, as time goes by, I think they will have to embrace AI not to get left behind.

That's my amateur ten cents worth!


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Posted on 11/12/22 6:18:06 PM
Ant Snell
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Re: Affinity v2: a huge upgrade
I read this post a few days ago and today I got a facebook post about the same offer. I am tempted as a replacement to my photoshop and lightroom subscription ( I dont use photoshop to the extent I used to, apart from the odd personal project the only regular thing I use it for is the Friday Challenge) I dont mind a small learning curve for the saving on subscription. My main concern is lightroom, is there a subscription free equivalent and would it recognise all the lightroom adjustment files on the literally 1000s of images I have in my lightroom library? Thanks for any advice

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Sorry for multiple posts, did via phone.

Posted on 11/12/22 6:32:36 PM
GKB
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Hi Ant

I use Capture 1; you can subscribe or purchase the software. For a freebie you could do worse than Hasselbladís Phocus; donít worry you donít have to buy a Hasselblad to use Phocus.

You almost certainly cannot use all your Lightroom files but you will certainly find that Capture 1 is way better than Lightroom in many aspects.


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Posted on 12/12/22 2:42:02 PM
Ant Snell
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Re: Affinity v2: a huge upgrade
GKB wrote:
Hi Ant

I use Capture 1; you can subscribe or purchase the software. For a freebie you could do worse than Hasselbladís Phocus; donít worry you donít have to buy a Hasselblad to use Phocus.

You almost certainly cannot use all your Lightroom files but you will certainly find that Capture 1 is way better than Lightroom in many aspects.


Thanks, I'll look into these alternatives but still worried about all the Lightroom adjustments being lost


Posted on 06/01/23 10:42:38 AM
DavidMac
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Re: Affinity v2: a huge upgrade
I can't answer your question directly but Affinity has a very good compatibility with imported Adobe files. They have a very friendly and helpful forum that is watched by staff as well as users. You can surely find a definitive answer there.

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