Affinity Photo vs Photoshop: which is right for you?

Affinity Photo vs Photoshop
(Image credit: Future / Adobe / Serif)

Affinity Photo vs Photoshop – it's the battle of the two best image editing programs around. On a market that's awash with image editing software for creatives, choosing the best option for your needs is becoming increasingly difficult, but the main competition comes down to these competing programs: Adobe Photoshop and Affinity Photo. Here we put them head-to-head in a battle for supremacy.

First, a bit of history on Affinity Photo vs Photoshop. Adobe's Photoshop was developed by Thomas and John Knoll in 1987 and was sold to Adobe Systems Inc in 1988. It was the first image editing software to be made available to the public and it's maintained its dominance as the industry-leading image-editing software ever since. Affinity Photo is much newer, developed by Serif in 2009 and launched in 2015. But since then, it's firmly cemented itself as a compelling alternative to Photoshop, offering many of the same tools and features for adjusting and manipulating images, as well as tools for design.

Photoshop: Download a free trial for PC, Mac or iPad

Photoshop: Download a free trial for PC, Mac or iPad
Photoshop still wins in our comparison of Affinity Photo vs Photoshop thanks to its additional tools, not to mention the other Adobe software that you can get with it. You can try the latest release for free in a seven-day trial with no obligation to buy.

Affinity Photo: Subscription free! Just $54.99/£47.99 (desktop) or $21.99/£19.49 (iPad)

Affinity Photo: Subscription free! Just $54.99/£47.99 (desktop) or $21.99/£19.49 (iPad)
Affinity Photo is a very capable Photoshop alternative with very decent tools for digital painting, raw editing and retouching. However, its main advantage is its affordable one-off price with no subscription needed.

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James Abbott