Affinity Photo and Designer

SmackBookPro

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I’ve been using Graphic by Autodesk for years to do flyers and posters professionally (by that, I mean at my job in marketing).

Now I’ve considered buying professional software. People tell me about how Adobe is the industry standard and I understand that. Though there is no way to buy it, just an annual subscription for hundreds a year. I can’t afford that and neither can our company. I absolutely will not pirate software btw.

I’m considering Affinity Photo and Affinity Designer to take over. It seems to have a more professional tool set and a more time saving UI from what I can see.

Can someone tell me the main differences?

I expect that Affinity isn’t as complete as it’s Adobe alternatives but for my use I am hoping Photo and Designer can do more than meet my needs. With buying Designer first and then Photo later to adapt photos for use in flyers. Also, I use files at part of web design and for digital marketing such as Facebook and web content in the form of images.
 

Toutou

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I can only speak for the Photo part, as I don't do any design, but those Affinity guys are pretty serious about the challenging Adobe thing. The feature set of Photo is absolutely complete enough for professional usage, with minor rough edges here and there. And the software is fast and pleasant to use.

And compared to Adobe's offer, they're both DIRT CHEAP.
 

Reality4711

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I can only speak for the Photo part, as I don't do any design, but those Affinity guys are pretty serious about the challenging Adobe thing. The feature set of Photo is absolutely complete enough for professional usage, with minor rough edges here and there. And the software is fast and pleasant to use.

And compared to Adobe's offer, they're both DIRT CHEAP.
Affinity Photo user here. Not employee or suchlike.

AP is IMO better for the single user/professional than the Adobe monolith. That Simple.

The Design application is getting 'good' responses from the users so far with the usual addition of learning curve gripes and why can't I do it like that other programme stuff.

Serif do things a bit differently but once in the groove their stuff is pretty damned quick. AP 1.7 is due out soon and the 'beta' is quite a jump forward - for me anyway.

Good Luck - hope that helps.

Additional:- I quite often make up posters for local groups just with AP & Pages (who knew);-)
 

SmackBookPro

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I'm convinced it's professional grade now. Watched quite a lot of tutorials and YouTube reviews too. I've managed to convince my bosses to pay for it since I'd be using it nearly exclusively for the company! :D