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John Rofrano
Photoshop competitor is coming to Windows!
on Mar 17, 2016 at 1:02:17 pm
Last Edited By John Rofrano on Mar 17, 2016 at 1:09:01 pm

For those of you who detest subscription models like I do and refuse to pay Adobe random money to use Photoshop every month or else it stops working... there is now a significant competitor that has come to the rescue.

Affinity Photo and Affinity Designer are Photoshop and Illustrator competitors respectively that, until now, were only available on the Mac. Affinity started their advertising campaign by declaring that they will never "rent" their software. You own it forever. They were clearly talking to the Adobe haters and I own both Affinity Photo and Affinity Designer for the Mac ($49 USD each) and they are very much high quality competition for Adobe. I've stopped using Adobe CS6 completely now and thanks to Affinity, my workflow is "Adobe free".

Well... Affinity is bringing their products to Windows. Anyone who wants a Photoshop equivalent for $49 USD (assuming they keep the same pricing as the Mac version) should sign up for the beta of Affinity Photo for Windows:

https://affinity.serif.com/en-us/windows/

I have no affiliation with this company. I just own, and use, and love their products. I feel it's wrong that Adobe is abusing their power position in the market by forcing customers into a financial model that benefits only Adobe and I applaud companies that stand up to the big guys and give us little guys a chance to control our own business budgets.

Check it out.

~jr

http://www.johnrofrano.com
http://www.vasstsoftware.com



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Dale Estes
Re: Photoshop competitor is coming to Windows!
on Mar 17, 2016 at 1:16:13 pm

Looks interesting. and you're right, it'd be nice to get away from the subscription thing. How's the workflow? Is it similar to Photoshop or was there a larger learning curve?


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John Rofrano
Re: Photoshop competitor is coming to Windows!
on Mar 17, 2016 at 1:23:48 pm

It was very easy to pick up. It's different but in a good way. Very easy to use yet very powerful. You still have layers and masks and all the stuff you expect.

You can read more about it and see some screen shots here: Affinity is coming to Windows

~jr

http://www.johnrofrano.com
http://www.vasstsoftware.com



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Roger Bansemer
Re: Photoshop competitor is coming to Windows!
on Mar 17, 2016 at 1:55:27 pm

That's great news. Thanks for letting us all know.

Roger Bansemer - PaintingAndTravel.com


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Graham Bernard
Re: Photoshop competitor is coming to Windows!
on Mar 17, 2016 at 2:12:06 pm

How does it compare to Corel X8 PaintShopPro, which is my favourite Graphics Editor and has been for 15 years. Retailing around £45.

G

* Grazie

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John Rofrano
Re: Photoshop competitor is coming to Windows!
on Mar 17, 2016 at 2:27:34 pm

[Graham Bernard] "How does it compare to Corel X8 PaintShopPro, which is my favourite Graphics Editor and has been for 15 years. Retailing around £45."
While I like PaintShop Pro and used it for many years, it was never a replacement for the power of Photoshop. Affinity Photo is a replacement for Photoshop. Much more in depth than PaintShop Pro. You may never need these deeper features and PaintShop Pro may be all you ever need. But Affinity Photo is competing head-to-head with Photoshop for it's user base.

~jr

http://www.johnrofrano.com
http://www.vasstsoftware.com



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Graham Bernard
Re: Photoshop competitor is coming to Windows!
on Mar 17, 2016 at 2:55:08 pm

Understood.

I was looking for an App fro my iPad Air2 - could this be it then? I really don't see Corel going Apple?

* Grazie

Video Content Creator and Potter
PC 7 64-bit 16gb * Intel® Core™i7-2600k Quad Core 3.40GHz * 2GB NVIDIA GEFORCE GTX 560 Ti
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John Rofrano
Re: Photoshop competitor is coming to Windows!
on Mar 17, 2016 at 3:14:50 pm

[Graham Bernard] "I was looking for an App fro my iPad Air2 - could this be it then?"
No. Unlike Windows where Microsoft believes that "one size fits all", Apple understands that the interactions with a tablet are very different than the interactions with a desktop so there are different operating systems for the two. Macs run OS X and iPads run iOS. What you want is something like PIXELMATOR for iOS. Now the best thing about this is that it's compatible with Pixelmator for Mac but you don't own a Mac. (of course that is easily fixed by buying a Mac... lol) but Pixelmator for iOS is a really nice full-featured graphics app for the iPad. Before Affinity Photo came out, Pixelmator was my Photoshop substitute. It's another great program for the Mac and iOS.

~jr

http://www.johnrofrano.com
http://www.vasstsoftware.com



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Graham Bernard
Re: Photoshop competitor is coming to Windows!
on Mar 17, 2016 at 4:05:44 pm

Yeah , but of course I don't. I saw the video and saw "for a Mac" and clapped.

* Grazie

Video Content Creator and Potter
PC 7 64-bit 16gb * Intel® Core™i7-2600k Quad Core 3.40GHz * 2GB NVIDIA GEFORCE GTX 560 Ti
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John Rofrano
Re: Photoshop competitor is coming to Windows!
on Mar 17, 2016 at 4:18:51 pm

Check out the overview video for Pixelmator for iOS. I think you'll buy it. ;-)



~jr

http://www.johnrofrano.com
http://www.vasstsoftware.com



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Graham Bernard
Re: Photoshop competitor is coming to Windows!
on Mar 18, 2016 at 9:13:49 am

[John Rofrano] " I think you'll buy it. ;-)"


You know me too well John! Kah-Ching . . . . £3.99 what?!?

I just did the round trip:

Pixelator with 4 Layers >>> PSD Export via email >>> Into Vegas Pro - 4 Tracks DONE!

Far, far too easy that . . .

Good tutorials out on the NET too.

* Grazie

Video Content Creator and Potter
PC 7 64-bit 16gb * Intel® Core™i7-2600k Quad Core 3.40GHz * 2GB NVIDIA GEFORCE GTX 560 Ti
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John Rofrano
Re: Photoshop competitor is coming to Windows!
on Mar 18, 2016 at 1:44:34 pm

[Graham Bernard] "You know me too well John! Kah-Ching . . . . £3.99 what?!?"
That's what friends are for Grazie! :-D

Yea, Pixelmator rocks. I've never mentioned it here because it's Mac only but the iOS app was a no-brainer to purchase for me. I knew you'd like it. Very polished. Very functionally complete. Glad you're enjoying it.

~jr

http://www.johnrofrano.com
http://www.vasstsoftware.com



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Steve Rhoden
Re: Photoshop competitor is coming to Windows!
on Mar 17, 2016 at 3:41:39 pm

Although i already asked this over at the Sony forum John,
just wanna know, Can it open / create the PSD (photoshop)
file format efficiently for you in a tough real world workflow?
Cause this is the most common format comes in from clients from all walks of
life, who may have this file format from different versions of photoshop....

Steve Rhoden (Cow Leader)
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Owner of Filmex Creative Media.
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John Rofrano
Re: Photoshop competitor is coming to Windows!
on Mar 17, 2016 at 4:06:30 pm
Last Edited By John Rofrano on Mar 17, 2016 at 4:20:26 pm

[Steve Rhoden] "Can it open / create the PSD (photoshop) file format efficiently for you in a tough real world workflow?"
Yes it can. It wouldn't be much of a replacement if it couldn't read and write PSD files. ;-) I've opened some pretty complex PSD files with it like 3D Box Shots with lots of layers grouped within layers and it actually opens them faster than Photoshop does. It also writes PSD files.

This app is deigned to compete with Photoshop so it's very good at reading and writing the PSD format.

~jr

http://www.johnrofrano.com
http://www.vasstsoftware.com



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Steve Rhoden
Re: Photoshop competitor is coming to Windows!
on Mar 17, 2016 at 4:20:59 pm

I know it handles PSD files, just wanted to hear if it handled it
efficiently enough for you!........ Thanks, that's all i needed to hear!

Steve Rhoden (Cow Leader)
Film Maker & VFX Artist.
Owner of Filmex Creative Media.
Samples of my Work and Company can be seen here:
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John Rofrano
Re: Photoshop competitor is coming to Windows!
on Mar 17, 2016 at 5:55:39 pm

Yes, it's very efficient with handling PSD files.

~jr

http://www.johnrofrano.com
http://www.vasstsoftware.com



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John Rofrano
Re: Photoshop competitor is coming to Windows!
on Mar 17, 2016 at 7:18:03 pm

These are some videos that were posted on the internal Sony forum that I thought our Creative COW community might benefit from seeing:

Affinity Photo - A Real Photoshop Competitor?





Affinity Photo Tutorial (Live Session)





Very impressive for $49 USD.

~jr

http://www.johnrofrano.com
http://www.vasstsoftware.com



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Alan Smith
Re: Photoshop competitor is coming to Windows!
on Mar 18, 2016 at 7:47:36 pm

Thanks John for the tip, I'm signed up!


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