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Speed Comparison - NEW Affinity Photo - Photoshop CS6

Discussion in 'Image Processing' started by Robert Watcher, Jul 14, 2015.

  1. I really couldn't believe the hype about speed - until I directly compared a huge 16,000 pixel layered map file that virtually comes to a standstill on my 13" Macbook Air when editing on Photoshop CS6.


    I really considered that the issue had to be my underpowered computer - and so I came up with all kinds of flattening and resizing combinations of the file - so that I could get done what I needed to get done.

    Well astonishment is all I can say. When I opened the file in Affinity Photo, there were no hesitations. I have no idea how this company has managed to move huge files around without hiccups - - - but they have succeeded. Hats off.

    I knew nothing about the Beta version that has been available for a while now. I was doing some updates on my Macbook and when I opened the App Store, noticed the Editors choice being Affinity Photo. It is now a legit product out of Beta stage.

    At $49.95, there is no way this was going to be much of a product. Well - I have to eat my words so far anyway. It does everything I have been using CS6 for and in some cases more easily.

    I actually got an additional 20% off - making it a very good value. That deal remains until July 2'rd, 2015 if you want to take advantage of it.

    On the Apple App Store: https://itunes.apple.com/ca/app/affinity-photo/id824183456?mt=12

    Affinity Website: https://affinity.serif.com/en-us/photo/
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  2. OK - so abilities that are part of Photoshop CS6 - but I have never used them and found these much easier to find and work with:

    So I didn't spend time to do an amazing job - - - and in reality picked an images that was harder to separate hair strands from the wood decking of similar colour - - - but it did an amazing job that I could never imagine getting even with meticulous fine brushing in masking. This "Selection Brush Tool" sits 4th down on the left side Tool Bar:

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    As well, the Smart Image Replacement is easily accessible and works pretty stinking good. In Affinity Photo it is called the "Inpainting Brush Tool" and sits 6th from the bottom on the left side Tool Bar. I quick swipe over the person with the brush - and he was gone:

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    Something else that really intrigued me - is an analysis feature that Photoshop does not have and that is commonly used for Video Editing. This is the "Vectorscope" and "Intensity Waveform".

    I knew nothing of these, until I started studying up about video editing. And they are powerful readouts that give amazing insight into proper skin tone and keeping the shadows and highlights from clipping. In fact they are the main tools I use for editing my images. So taking that knowledge to still image correction, may be quite useful for me.

    If you did not know that all skin tones are the same colour and just different levels of intensity - - - using the Vectorscope can be unbelievably revealing: https://larryjordan.com/articles/color-correction-make-people-look-normal/ (There is a video that watched about it - so presume this article is similar in nature)

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  3. Tilman Paulin

    Tilman Paulin Mu-43 Veteran

    Jun 10, 2013
    Vancouver, B.C.
    looks like an impressive and advanced piece of software. Something that might actually finally do the job of replacing Photoshop for most people.

    Hope they will eventually release it on Windows. They're saying they want to finish the entire suite on Mac first before looking at other platforms. So I guess I'll have to make do with CS5 for at least another year :) 
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  4. maritan

    maritan Mu-43 Veteran

    Oct 30, 2014
    I've become very familiar with Adobe's LR CC 2015 and PS CC 2015 and I'm very impressed with how much quicker it is than my copy of CS5.5. I'm still just uneasy about Adobe's subscription model for no definite reason. Still, $120 per year for the latest and greatest versions of LR and PS isn't bad at all!

    That said, if Affinity Photo is a legitimate contender to PS (luminosity masking etc.), I would happily pay $50 every two or three years to get the latest version (even though they mention that the updates will be free for the first couple years).
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  5. As for Lightroom being able to read files - - - Affinity does have it's own proprietary format called .afphoto. When I attempted to Import those files into Lightroom, they were NOT recognized.

    However - files from within Affinity Photo can be Exported out using popular formats like JPEG, TIFF, PSD etc. All of these formats Imported into Lightroom without issue.

    For my workflow though, I am always Importing my files from my memory card into Lightroom as a first step and way to keep my files organized. I who never find myself opening any files in a Photoshop or Photo style editor as a first option.

    And so there are no file compatibility issues with Affinity Photo if done this way, as I would open any files required more extensive composite work, from within Lightroom and when done, Affinity Photo sends them back to Lightroom where I can continue on processing, saving and printing.

    I have just put together a video showing the steps involved in setting up Affinity Photo as an External Editor for integration into Lightroom Workflow:

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  6. WendyK

    WendyK Super Moderator

    Feb 28, 2014
    Northern Virginia
    Thanks for all the info, Robert! I think I still have the beta on my Mac but hadn't found the time to try it out. I had been considering finally signing up for the Adobe CC LR/PS deal but I think I should try this first. I look forward to more of your thoughts (and anyone else's).
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