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Problem recognized, danger averted - that seems to be the motto of Serif to be, a British software company that unleashed its Affinity programs on Mac users last July. Because what exactly is behind Affinity Photo, Affinity Designer and the other offers of the company? The answer is immediately recognizable: One Alternative to Adobe Photoshop or the Adobe Creative Suite - and that without a cloud, without a subscription and at a low price. Market recognized, customers banned!
Update June 2017: Meanwhile, the Affinity Photo versions are also available for Windows and iOS on iPad published. You can find manuals for all versions here . You can find German video tutorials for Affinity Photo on the iPad in this post. Update June 2017 end
Very good, partly better. Regardless of whether you look at tutorials, advertising materials, user reports or reviews: individual components are consistently described as being just as good or better. In addition, many keyboard shortcuts and other workflow habits can be transferred from Photoshop to Affinity Photo or have been adopted directly by the developers at Serif. In addition, working with layers and effects can be undone or adjusted at any time and independently of other actions. In short: Affinity Photo is the Graphics program for the economical user!
And of course Affinity Photo is also economical when it comes to the purchase price, because while Adobe Photoshop CC is only available as a monthly subscription with the Creative Cloud, you can buy Affinity Photo from Serif for just 50 EUR once. For the history books only: I paid more than ten times as much for my old Photoshop CS5 version.
You can get an idea of what the program can do by watching Serif's (pretty impressive) product video:
By Markus Wäger, a "Graphic designer, lecturer and author“(As he describes himself in his blog), there is now a detailed book with hints and tips for using the program, which is probably one of the best Photoshop alternatives for many and will be for a long time. Last year, Wäger commented positively on the program on his blog. He already described the closeness of the publisher Serif to the Windows operating system, which was only recently confirmed for Affinity Photo. Windows users can visit the official product page register for the upcoming beta.
Anyone using an iMac, Mac Pro or MacBook with Affinity Photo, he can already get started with the 296-page manual by Markus Wäger. The design of this comprehensive guide is clear and the 10 chapters are all logically structured. In the beginning it is about the user interface and the selection of functions, buttons, color palettes and the like. Then resolutions and file formats are dealt with, brightness and contrast are examined, color adjustments are made and images are colored. The following chapters deal with retouching, clipping and montage as well as image processing for photographers and finally the use of texts and effects in Affinity Photo.
Your own hardback edition of the book "Affinity Photo: Step by step to the perfect picture“By Markus Wäger you can get it for 34,90 euros on Amazon *. Unfortunately, the comprehensive work is not yet available as a Kindle edition.
Tutorials in video form are highly recommended - Serif unfortunately does not offer instructions as PDF to my knowledge. But the videos also help: Not only are special problems given quickly and usually also with tips for improving the workflow; no, you get the whole thing also shown in picture and sound. Of course, the book described above also contains a lot of screenshots and other graphics, but video tutorials are like someone explaining the software directly on the computer. That is why there is also a department on the official product page with short and medium-length video explanations about Affinity Photo. Now you are probably wondering about the small disadvantage from the subheading: well, all videos are in English, which also applies to the Affinity software in the videos and the corresponding technical terms.
Therefore, I recommend the book described above again at this point, because everything is really described there in German and using the German software. Or like a reviewer on the Amazon page for the Affinity manual * expresses:
Here you are professionally introduced to the subject of Affinity Photo, no question remains unanswered. The workshops have an absolutely top-notch structure and are easy to understand. Yes, this is how the manuals should be structured, this is a prime example.
For just 49,99 euros (publisher's price on the official website), Affinity Photo is a wonderful alternative to Photoshop. The good thing about it: Mac users were considered first, so the creative elite was properly recognized once ;-) In addition, there is now a comprehensive and user-friendly manual that newbies and professionals alike can get along with. Clear recommendation for both products!
Jens has been running the blog since 2012. He appears as Sir Apfelot for his readers and helps them with problems of a technical nature. In his free time he drives electric unicycles, takes photos (preferably with his iPhone, of course), climbs around in the Hessian mountains or hikes with the family. His articles deal with Apple products, news from the world of drones or solutions for current bugs.