So, the photo has nothing to do with the post other than I wanted to spend a few moments dusting off my skills with Portrait Pro 17.
Instead, this quick community service announcement has to do with Affinity having just released Version 2 of their Suite (HERE).
Disclaimer: I’m not associated with the Serif (the parent company) in any way, nor do I get anything for mentioning their products.
Anyway, I purchased Affinity Photo back in 2017 for about $40. I then added Designer and Publisher a year later when they were on sale. I currently have about $80 into the software and since then, there have been a few free updates.
They’ve now released Version 2, and even though there is no upgrade path for current users, I’ll blow the money to update the suite ($99). One, because it’s a pretty powerful package, and it handles some things that Photoshop doesn’t. Two, because I have the occasional use for Designer and Publisher, and the cost of the Adobe equivalent is prohibitive for how much I might use them.
And, three, because it’s not a subscription model and I want to support the company. At some point, I might decide to forego Adobe’s Photographer Plan subscription, and this would do nicely as a substitute.
Realistically, that’s unlikely unless they really jack up the price, but I keep the Photographer Plan primarily because of Lightroom, and Photoshop is a bonus that I don’t often use but that does come in handy for some things.
If you’re just interested in a substitute for Photoshop that you can own outright (Affinity Photo 2), then the cost is $41 during this introductory period. For what you get, it’s a great price.
Again, if you don’t like the idea of a subscription plan but want many of Photoshop’s capabilities, then I’d seriously consider Affinity Photo.
One final note . . . there is a ton of help material out there from Affinity users, and that’s in addition to all the documentation Serif provides. So, aside from the free trial, you can also peruse YouTube to explore the software’s capabilities. (For example, HERE — and, again, I have no affiliation with anyone. In fact, most people don’t even like me.)
Wait . . . one other final note . . . Affinity interfaces with many of the same plugins that work with Photoshop and Lightroom (at least all the ones I own, and I own a lot).
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