What Is Affinity Software & Its Background?

When it comes to designing there are several tools out there but amongst designers, one of the most popular tools out there is the Adobe Suite which includes Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator, Adobe InDesign, and much more. This would be a great option, however, one of the biggest issues with the Adobe products nowadays is they converted from a one-time fee to a subscription model which not only is costly but prevents new designers from being able to get these powerful tools. Affinity software such as Affinity Photo, Affinity Designer, and Affinity Publisher are alternatives to the software mentioned above and at a much affordable rate. Affinity is a brand that is owned by Serif. Serif is a privately-owned British software development and publishing company.

What Are Affinity Photo, Designer, And Publisher?

The best way to compare these software are by using the closest existing comparison, for example, if we are talking about Affinity Photo, the best comparison would be Adobe Photoshop.

Adobe Photoshop

Affinity Photo

  • Subscription
    $30/monthly or $240/annually
  • Functionality can be extended by using plugins
  • Pen tool allows selecting objects through a precise path
  • Stamp tool helps duplicate objects or remote defects in images
  • Cropping and slicing of images are possible
  • Marquee tool helps to edit a selected area without affecting the rest of the image
  • 3D Extrusion and 3D Painting are available

 

  • No subscription one-time flat fee of $49.99
  • Much faster compared to Adobe Photoshop
  • Live tools, Live previews, and real-time editing
  • Full set of 16-bit filters
  • Instantly undo/redo over 8000 steps
  • Dedicated Raw Editor with split view
  • Advanced layer handling
  • 64-bit Adobe Photoshop plugin compatibility
  • HDR editing

If we are talking about Affinity Designer, the best comparison would be Adobe Illustrator.

Adobe Illustrator

Affinity Designer

  • Subscription
    $30/monthly or $240/annually
  • Outline Preview, Pixel Preview
  • Pathfinder can be its own dialog window which is a perk, Shape Modes
  • Unite, Minus Front, Intersect, Exclude, Pathfinders, Divide, Trim, Merge, Crop, Outline, Minus Back, Stamp tool helps duplicate objects or remote defects in images
  • One text tool with many features
  • Type on path
  • Type on shape
  • Text frame when dragging
  • Downsides to many character options
  • Doesn't update changes to type in real time besides the selected font
  • Export to 10 different formats all with unique settings
  • Support for exporting to PSDs
  • Export Persona
  • A unique experience that allows you to export virtually anything within a Designer document to any format with various settings and optimizations.
  • No subscription one-time flat fee of $49.99
  • Much faster compared to Adobe Illustrator
  • Pixel Preview, Outline Preview, Split view (compare vector to pixels, etc..)
  • Geometry fixed within the toolbar, Add, Subtract, Intersect, Divide, Combine
  • One pen tool, Click paths to adjust handles and proportions, One node tool
  • Two different text tools
  • Artistic Text Tool
  • Type on a path
  • Frame text tool
  • Create a frame of text or type within a predefined shape
  • Live updates to font sizes and adjustments
  • 64-bit Adobe Photoshop plugin compatibility
  • HDR editing
  • Export to 10 different formats all with unique settings
  • Support for exporting to PSDs
  • Export Persona
  • A unique experience that allows you to export virtually anything within a Designer document to any format with various settings and optimizations.

If we are talking about Affinity Publisher, the best comparison would be Adobe InDesign.

Adobe InDesign

Affinity Publisher

  • Subscription
    $30/monthly or $240/annually
  • Other than price & speed pretty much identical functionality wise
  • No subscription one-time flat fee of $49.99
  • Much faster compared to Adobe InDesign
  • Other than price & speed pretty much identical functionality wise

What Do We Use & Recommend Using?

We would definitely recommend using the Affinity software due to the pricing and overall the quality of the product. Not only is the software an affordable price but there is no subscription. The community as far as we can tell is an extremely helpful community. So, in other words, if you have any questions feel free to ask and we are sure someone will respond quickly. In our work, we tend to use both Adobe based products and Affinity but primarily Affinity. The reason we still use Adobe based products is because we have a few clients that prefer us to use Adobe-based software so they can edit what they want to without needing to purchase new software. We are slowly migrating all our projects to Affinity Designer and Affinity Photo because we have seen firsthand how much faster the software is and the build quality is done extremely well.