Pixelmator Photo Versus Lightroom – Pixelmator Community
Building on the functionality from the original Pixelmator application, they have significantly improved the interface to offer a very clean and intuitive photo editing experience. You might be asking why, as Apple Photos comes for free with every iPad, you should look for an alternate solution for editing your photos? When I am in doubt I simple make a copy of that picture in Apple-photo’s, go back to the original of the copy you can do that and start with another extension, to see if I get better results. I find editing photos on the iPad more intuitive, especially when combined with the Apple Pencil. The Apple Pencil is a useful, if expensive, addition to any iPad. It supports layers, brushes, retouching, and adjustments. Mar 12, AM in response to swandy.
Why I Ditched Adobe Lightroom for Pixelmator Pro.
I currently use Luminar 4 only. I was thinking of Aurora or Affinity Photo. Would you have a preferrence or recommendation to either of these options? Staying away from Adobe. Great comparison, I have been looking to move away from my Adobe subscription and save myself some cash.
At least with Serif products they will all open each others files eg Affinity Designer will open. This is not the case with Adobe products. Makes for an easier streamlined workflow IMHO.
Does the Affinity program have text functions like photoshop? Does the program give you some included fonts? Yeah it does, everything from Arial to wingdings. I found the switch from photoshop to affinity seamless. Its Macros are a bit underdeveloped compared to Photoshop Actions.
Hope this answer helps. I learned Photoshop and used it a lot for work. Once you are used to its ways, it just seems easier to stay with it rather than take on something new. That said, I cannot justify the cost of Adobe for the odd thing that I do at home where I may want to adjust a photo or create a poster.
I hope Serif continues to develop new products such as a competitor to After Effects that will further the ability to divorce from expensive programs that one only uses from time to time but are still able to do the job well. I too have not been charged for any upgrades though I certainly would not mind an occasional small charge for major upgrades if that would keep the product improvements rolling along with perhaps investment in some new stuff.
Being a long time user of Adobe I was wary that anything else could touch them. Having a quick go on Affinity I was pleasantly surprised and shocked at how cheap it was. I am definitely going to consider the switch. None of the plans offer just those applications. My company uses the Adobe Cloud suite, and we have had issues with licensing, where the applications would not open because of supposed serial number issues. Affinity Photo is amazing on the M1 mac. Smooth as silk. I am in the process of going to the Affinity suite.
I am really excited about it. Affinity photo might be lacking some features of Photoshop, but PS also lacks some features that AP has like FFT denoise to remove paterns when restoring an old photo for instance Some features just work better such as Lighting effects is much better in AP.
Heck, even the common clone tool works better. Btw, luminosity mask is complicated in PS, but the alternative methods like bland options there are more work better in AP. I also get more pleasing results in AP with the grad tool in an adjustment layer. I want to scan and reduce in size some old ink drawings, so I am looking for reduction that retains detail.
My own copy predates this feature, Photoshop 6 — yes, that old! I have no idea when the smart object feature came in, whether I can actually buy versions of Photoshop with this feature or if there are other programs that have something that works just as well. Hi, Excellent site and articles.
I have been taking photogrpahs for close on 60 years, progressing from a wet darkroom through to digital, and various apps. I had settled on Photoshop and Lightroom, I still use the old version 6. Then I tried Affinity having dabbled with the earlier Serif Photo product. I find Affinity is great and works very well with Lightroom, which I use for all my main editing work, and then into Affinity for anything special etc.
Adobe have long ripped people off and when they went subscription only that was the end for me, it is too expensive for the home user, its about time Photoshop was given real competition and it has that in Affinity. Adobe would have been much better following Autodesk Fusion CAD practice, where they charge business users but non-commercial home use is free. Microsoft is another going down the Adobe route, I guess there products had got to the stage where people were no longer prepared to pay for small upgardes, so now they have them locked into a subscription service.
Nothing but Greed. Thanks for the article and these comments. I have been flip-flopping between PS and Affinity. I have the CS 5 version but many of the tools are crashing my efforts.
Affinity seems to be moving ahead at the time. This is so helpful. What alternative could I use for this if I moved to Affinity for processing? Would I lose all my present processing and file systems? Hello from Paris, France, I found this site to be great and very well documented.
I do a lot of photo montages. I bought the expensive Photoshop CS6 software at the time. But in your excellent presentation, you forgot to mention this: Now that my Mac has switched to Mojave and Catalina, my Photoshop is no longer usable! A real scam from Adobe! Mainly, I find it great that Affinity Photo saves your undo history even after you close the image. And much more features. I can imagine quite easily that Adobe will not be able to continue to demand such outrageous monthly payments from amateur photographers.
For me, Photoshop Elements is of no interest. So I say, long life to Affinity Photo! Affinity, but one thing you list is that PS is faster with larger files. I think this depends on how you define larger. I find that Affinity is much faster for saves etc. This is even if I turn off compression in PS etc.
The frequency separation filter is excellent, and the blending options tool allows applying textures on portraits very easily without having to painfully mask off faces etc. Coupled with Capture One they are a very powerful set of tools for any photographer, and their capabilities alone make them excellent alternatives to Adobe, irrespective of any price savings.
Give ACDSee a spin. You pay for the yearly upgrades, so the overall cost comes out to about half of an Adobe subscription. Most new things are complicated and i cannot compare with the latest PS as i still have a PS5, so i do not know what is the best. But I notice that the setups of AF forces you more or less to work in a non destructive way.
There are a lot instruction videos and books available. This helps understanding AF and gives insight in the workshops.
Only problem for me is that it is slow in converting and saving to tif and jpg starting from AF format. But fair chance that i have to change my PC or only processor and slow harddisk to solve this problem.
The result compared with my PS5 is technically better looking photos against a lower cost for me as a hobbyist. However, the only 2 problems with Affinity are: 1.
For example, I can get Mb files no problem whereas they were only Mb with Photoshop apparently Affinity like to keep more [unnecessary? I can save export this file.
Comments welcome. Photoshop has become a sluggish, unworkable nightmare. Affinity is lightning fast across the board, and its interface is easy to get the hang of after a week or so of switching. This is the start of a trend. Penny moment. Though I have to admit using Photoshop seemed to me overly complicated and non-intuitive. You were eventually just learning recipes to accomplish some task without necessarily know what was going on behind the scenes.
Submit Next Question. Photoshop Vs Photoshop CC. Popular Course in this category. Course Price View Course. Free Design Course. Login details for this Free course will be emailed to you. The most fundamental photo editing software used for simple editing with basic features. Not in use presently, as of now, Adobe Photoshop basic is not sold in the market, but users who have previously installed software can use it. Presently, Photoshop CC is in demand and is in use by all the editors, artist, and school students.
Adobe Photoshop came with a lot of versions with a lot of changes. The latest being CS6 Creative Suite 6. In CC branding CC is the latest updated version.
Basic tools like crop tool, move tool, quick selection tools, eraser, pencil tool used for simple editing. Only one shadow style can be used for a layer. Affinity Photo is developed by Serif , which has been in the photo editing software industry for a long time. Both beginning photographers and someone switching from Photoshop , need to learn how to use Affinity Photo with confidence in order to create amazing photos.
Our seasoned users of both Affinity Photo have created a number of free tutorials to help you get the most out of Affinity Photo. We cover everything from raw file editing in the Develop persona, how to use the crop tool, photo manipulation with the Liquify persona, working with pixel layers and masks, and over to using adjustment layers.
Most work is done in the Photo persona. Finally, we also cover how you can easily create different image versions when you want to export your images. You will also find advanced Affinity Photo tutorials learning you how to work with HDR images or changing blend mode, or working with live filters. For video tutorials take a look at our beginner and advanced video courses, which show you the ins and outs of editing your photos. We will continuously add even more tutorials targeted to photographers.
Let us know if there is a particular tutorial on Affinity Photo that you would like to see. If it is not one of the topics that we have dedicated for our Affinity Photo Workflow Video course or Advanced course , then we will consider adding it to our already extensive collection of free tutorials. Affinity Photo Tutorials. Affinity Photo Tutorials for Photographers. Read More.
Apple Photos/Pixelmator vs Lightroom/Phot… – Apple Community
Then of course the answer is simple. If you do like that and like to use some very powerfull photo-software that integrates seamless with Apple photo’s the the. Yes well I got a bit confused here. So basically Pixelmator Photo is not a non destructive workflow like the way Lightroom handles RAW data.