Affinity Photo for the iPad was my first photo editor after deciding to supplement Apple Photos in my iPad workflow. Since then, they have added a comprehensive set of features, and even released a Windows version to complement the Mac version. The layer support is exceptionally good and on par with Pixelmator Pro on the Mac. Affinity Photo works especially well on the iPad, making full use of the Apple Pencil. They have adapted the complex Mac interface to the smaller iPad screen surprisingly well. Whilst it does integrate into Apple Photos, allowing you to open a photo in Affinity Photo, the integration is poor (via the share sheet) in comparison to Darkroom or Pixelmator Photo, and the lack of a photo library is disappointing. It is often discussed in the Affinity support forums, and whilst there are rumours that it is in development, nothing has been announced. The learning curve can be quite steep and there is a distinct lack of high-quality tutorials. The low one-off cost is the icing on the cake and makes Affinity Photo highly recommended.
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Affinity Photo has grown in leaps and bounds over the last few years, quickly becoming one of the most comprehensive and popular photo editing applications on the Mac and iPad. They have adapted the complex Mac interface to the smaller iPad screen surprisingly well. The lack of a photo library is often discussed in the support forums, and whilst there are rumours that it is in development, nothing has been announced. The low one-off cost is very attractive compared to the subscription model for Adobe Lightroom.
- Low one-off cost, no subscription required.
- Feature parity between the Mac and iPad versions.
- Tight integration with Affinity Designer.
- Includes comprehensive support for vector graphics allowing you to mix photo and vectors in a single image.
- Integration into Apple Photos, even if not as comprehensive as Darkroom or Pixelmator Photo.
- Lack of asset management or a photo library, more a standalone application.
- Steep learning curve and lack of high-quality tutorials.
- Mac application comes at extra cost.