New Mac-based Photoshop rival ‘Affinity Photo’ is now a free beta

“Like Affinity Designer, Affinity Photo is an all-new Mac app designed from the ground up to exploit the latest technologies and provide a fast, efficient – and inexpensive – alternative to Adobe’s 25-year-old monolith,” Rod Lawton reports for TechRadar.

“Affinity Photo goes beyond regular amateur image editors, with support for CMYK colour (as used by the commercial print industry), 16-bit editing, LAB color, raw processing, ICC color management and 64-bit Photoshop plug-in compatibility,” Lawton reports. “Affinity Photo looks a little different to Photoshop, but the principles are the same, with non-destructive ‘adjustment layers’, layer masks, filters and blur effects. The emphasis throughout is on real-time editing, with no previews, no ‘apply’ buttons and no waiting to see what an effect looks like once it’s rendered.”

Lawton reports, “We’ll give Affinity Photo a full review when it’s finished, but in the meantime you can try out the free public beta from https://affinity.serif.com/photo.”

Read more in the full article here.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Readers “Judge Bork” and “Arline M.” for the heads up.]

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