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(macOS), {{Nowrap245.81 MB}} (Windows)| language = English, German, French, Spanish, Portuguese, Japanese, Italian, Chinese, Russian| language count = 9| language footnote = | genre = Raster graphics editorProprietary software>Proprietary commercial software,trialware available at Website| alexa = affinity.serif.com/photo/}}| standard = | AsOf = }}Affinity Photo is a raster graphics editor developed by Serif for macOS, iOS and Windows. It is part of the "Affinity trinity" alongside Affinity Designer and the yet-to-be-released Affinity Publisher.NEWS,weblink Serif Affinity Designer arrives on Windows, Cat, Ellis, TechCrunch, November 22, 2016, July 15, 2018, Affinity Photo is available for purchase in the Mac App Store, iOS App Store, and the Microsoft Store.

Functionality

Affinity Photo has been described as an Adobe Photoshop alternative, compatible with common file formats including Adobe's PSD.Affinity Photo functions include processing RAW image format files, colour space options, live previews as effects are applied, as well as Image stitching, alpha compositing, black point compensation, and optical aberration corrections.Working in Affinity Photo is always live, with pan and zoom at 60fps, live previews and non-destructive editing. It supports unlimited layers and a dedicated RAW editing workspace, as well as RGB, CMYK, LAB, Greyscale colour space with end-to-end CMYK workflow with ICC colour management, and 16-bit per channel editing.Affinity Photo is not an image organiser like Apple Aperture or Adobe Lightroom.A free trial of Affinity Photo is available from the Affinity website. Desktop versions are available to buy directly or from the Mac App Store, the iPad version from the iOS App Store. The Windows version is available from the Microsoft Store.

Development

Affinity Photo began as a raster graphics editor solely for macOS. It was Serif's second macOS app, and (like Affinity Designer) was built from the ground up for this operating system to leverage core native technologies, including Grand Central Dispatch, Core Graphics, OpenGL and Metal 2 hardware acceleration.Serif established an R&D team for Affinity Photo in 2009, headed by lead designer Andy Somerfield. A free beta test version of the Affinity Photo app was released to the public on 9 February 2015.The initial stable release of Affinity Photo, version 1.3.1, launched on the Mac App Store 9 July 2015 for macOS 10.7 and later. At that time, Serif's raster graphics application for Windows was PhotoPlus; however, following the release of Affinity Photo for Windows, this product has now been discontinued.NEWS,weblink Digital Craft: Serif discontinues its Pageplus, Drawplus and Photoplus designing software to focus on its(Serif) new Affinity range of Professional graphic design software - ANINO, 2017-08-10, ANINO, 2018-09-04, en-GB, Version 1.3.5 of Affinity Photo, released in August, provided numerous bug fixes and improvements.Serif announced its first major update to Affinity Photo in December 2015. Version 1.4 added panorama photo stitching as well as support for macOS 10.11 El Capitan, including six Affinity extensions for Apple Photos. Updates to both Affinity apps (Designer and Photo) provided language support for Italian, Portuguese (Brazilian), Japanese and Chinese (Simplified). These augumented the four languages in previous versions: English (US and UK), German, French and Spanish. Stability and bug fixes were released with Affinity Photo 1.4.1 and 1.4.2, in January and June 2016. Version 1.4.3 in September 2016 optimised Affinity Photo for macOS 10.12 Sierra.In December, 2016, Serif launched Affinity Photo for Windows, and released an update to the macOS version at the same time, Affinity Photo 1.5.1 added a 32-bit RGB editing mode with support for 32-bit file formats and more than 70 new camera RAW file formats, as well as the ability to develop RAW files directly into a 32-bit document. Version 1.5.1 also added support for the new MacBook Pro with Touchbar.Serif launched Affinity Photo for iPad during the keynote at Apple's WWDC in San Jose on 5 June 2017. In September 2017, the iPad version was updated for compatibility with Apple's new iOS 11.Serif released major updates to Affinity Photo, as well as Affinity Designer, in November 2017. Affinity Photo 1.6.6 was optimized for macOS 10.13 High Sierra (and Metal 2 acceleration), better integration with Apple Photos, improved Photoshop Plugins support and added an option to switch between a dark or light user interface.

Reception

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,WEB,weblink AP Awards 2019: Accessories of the Year, 2019-02-24, Amateur Photographer, en-US, 2019-02-26, followed by Photography News' Best Software award in March 2019.WEB,weblink Photography News Awards 2018 winners announced, Cheung, Will, 2019-03-12, Photography News, 2019-03-13,

See also

References

Further reading

BOOK, Affinity Photo Workbook, Serif Europe Ltd, Nottingham, 2017, 9781909581050, BOOK, Affinity Photo Workbook, German, Serif Europe Ltd, Nottingham, 2017, 9781909581067, BOOK, Gradias, Michael, Affinity Photo : Einstieg und Praxis für Windows Version, German, Markt+Technik Verlag, Burgthann, 2017, 9783959820592, BOOK, Schestag, Rüdiger, Das Affinity Photo-Praxisbuch Von den Grundlagen bis zur professionellen Bildbearbeitung, German, dpunkt.verlag, Heidelberg, 2017, 9783864904592, BOOK, Schuler, Günter, Das Praxisbuch zu Affinity Photo 1.5 für Windows und Mac : Bilder professionell bearbeiten - die hilfreiche Anleitung, Mandl & Schwarz, Husum, 2017, German, 9783960050094, BOOK, Szierbeck, Johann, Affinity Photo für Mac & Windows : Brillante Fotos genial einfach, German, 2nd, amac-buch Verlag, Obergriesbach, 2017, 9783954310401, BOOK, Wäger, Markus, Affinity Photo : Aktuell zur Version 1.5 für Windows und Mac, German, Rheinwerk Design, Bonn, 2017, 9783836245906,

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