Affinity Photo 1.10 review

High performing and powerful photo editing software that demands less from you and your hardware.

Affinity Publisher
(Image: © Serif)

Our Verdict

Affinity Photo may not have every bell and whistle that Photoshop boasts, but its pared down structure has every tool you could really need, with a speed and compatibility that should be the envy of other software providers. Couple that with a very affordable one-off price and there really is little to argue against.

For

  • Fast, no lag
  • Cheap one-off payment
  • The Personas

Against

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As far as modern photo editing software goes, Affinity Photo is no slouch, and is continually compared, for good reason, to its opposite number, if you will, Photoshop. Still slightly eclipsed by Adobe, because of its longevity and familiarity, Serif’s Affinity ‘trinity’ of apps (Photo/Designer/Publisher) have grown strong in the shadow of what has understandably been the industry standard. Adobe’s Creative Cloud has lots to offer in terms of software, but it isn’t cheap or particularly favourable in terms of free trials (even days) or even ease of use. 

Adobe CC is also heavily dependent on relatively current OS and hardware, anything remotely ‘old’ will hinder the experience. The Affinity trinity in comparison is a lot more accessible. Affinity Photo, for example, is compatible with Windows 7, macOS 10.9 or later, and requires a minimum of 2GB RAM. Photoshop, in comparison, requires Windows 10, macOS 10.15 or later, and at least 8GB RAM. That’s not including the vast difference in price – Affinity apps require a one-off payment; Adobe – a pricey subscription.

  • OS 10.9 - 12 
  • Mac with Apple M1/M1 Pro/M1 Max chip or Intel processor
  • Minimum 2GB RAM
  • Up to 2.8 GB hard drive space 
  • Minimum 1280x768 display 
  • Supports regular, retina, and expanded gamut DCI-P3 displays
  • Windows 7, 8.1, 10, and 11
  • Windows-based PC (64 bit) with mouse or equivalent input device
  • Hardware GPU acceleration
  • DirectX 10-compatible Graphics Cards and above
  • 4GB RAM minimum
  • 938MB of available hard drive space; more during installation
  • 1280x768 display size or better

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The Verdict
5

out of 10

Affinity Photo

Affinity Photo may not have every bell and whistle that Photoshop boasts, but its pared down structure has every tool you could really need, with a speed and compatibility that should be the envy of other software providers. Couple that with a very affordable one-off price and there really is little to argue against.

Ben is an artist and illustrator based in Bristol. He works in traditional woodcut, drawing and digital mediums. For Creative Bloq, he reviews drawing tablets and styluses, as well as the latest and greatest digital software for artists. His artwork has been exhibited across Bristol, and his words have also appeared in ImagineFX magazine.