Affinity Photo, a Hotly-Anticipated Photoshop Rival, Now Available for Mac Computers

When we first told you about Affinity Photo back in February, the software’s parent company, Serif Labs, had launched a free beta version of the app that garnered tons of attention from photographers seeking to leave the subscription-based Photoshop CC behind. That beta has ended and now a final version of Affinity Photo is available for Mac computers.

But no, it is no longer free.

For an introductory fee of $39.99, you can now download Affinity Photo from the Mac App Store. (The price goes up to $49.99 starting July 23, 2015.)

What is Affinity Photo? According to Serif, the image editing software is built using Mac technologies on top of an advanced image-processing engine. Affinity Photo is designed to provide end-to-end CMYK, 16-bits per channel editing, LAB color, Raw processing, ICC color management, Adobe Photoshop PSD and 64-bit plug-in compatibility.

Pro-level features include Frequency Separation editing, Live Blend modes, In-painting, and advanced retouching—in task-focused, uncluttered workspaces. Meanwhile, lossless Raw image editing in Affinity Photo compliments a streamlined professional workflow with scaling, cropping, blurs and other popular edits while maintaining original image quality. It’s also designed to be non-destructive and fast.

Other Affinity Photo features include Liquify, a customizable user interface, Live filters, unlimited layers, flexible export options, a professional brush engine, warps and perspective corrections, and comprehensive shortcuts.

Check out a video demo of Affinity Photo below along with some screen shots showing off the software’s tools and features. Much more info available on the Affinity Photo website.

Look for a review of Affinity Photo coming up soon on


Shush Incalls's picture

Useful guide for the people who want an cost effective photo editing software. If you are trying to just edit an image or produce a complex picture with full of adjustments and tweaks, I think Affinity Photo is an excellent choice.