This is a post to understand Differences between Affinity Photo to Photoshop for those thinking of Transferring from Photoshop to Affinity Photo and Those Who already have. It is not a post to prove Affinity Photo is Better than PS.
🔊Affinity has buttons on top of the screen for Auto Levels, Auto Contrast, Auto Colours, and Auto White Balance.
🔊If you want to export an image as jpeg, the standard for image interchange, or in a high definition format, or other standard, you Export (‘File, Export’) it rather than Save As (‘File, Save As’) it as you would in Photoshop.
🔊In Photoshop Filters, a type of adjustments, are attached (daughter to) an existing selected Layer and by default are non adjustable. To make them adjustable inPhotoshop you first make the Layer ’Smart’ then select a Filter that is also Smart. Non adjustable Filters are described as Destructive.
🔊In Affinity you can apply Filters destructively by going to Filters in the menus at the top of the screen, as you would in Photoshop.
🔊In Affinity to apply Filters Non-Destructively you go to Layer, in the menus at the top of the screen, then New Live Filter; alternatively use the icon at the bottom of the Layers Panel that looks like an old fashioned egg timer formed by two triangles placed unto of each other connected at the points.
🔊Live Filters by default are attached (daughter to) the Layer selected in the Layer Panel, but this can be changed so that they are applied as a New Layer, in the same way as Adjustments are, by going to the Assistant Options Icon at the top of the screen.
🔊The most usual reason that newcomers to photo editing users find Filters and other Tools don’t work, is that the Layer that the Filter or Tool should be attached to has not been selected; it is always worth checking this when a Tool appears not to work.
🔊Photoshop’s Transform Tool in Affinity has been incorporated in Affinity’s Move Tool, with the exception of the Perspective Tool. The Perspective Tool has been moved to that near the bottom of the lefthand side Tools, the same button is used for the Warp Tool, click on the triangle in the righthand bottom corner of the Icon to select which one, or hold down the button and the different Tools will be displayed.
🔊In Affinity Pixel Layers, behave like Smart Objects in Photoshop, in so far as that they can reduced in size, then later increased in size without losing quality (losing pixels).
🔊Presumably partly because of copyright some tool names have been changed.
🔊The Magic Wand Tool in Photoshop becomes the Flood Select Tool in Affinity, but its icon remains a wand. In Affinity in addition to the Tolerance selection at the top of the screen you can vary the tolerance by dragging curser slowly on the screen. Similarly the Magic Eraser Tool becomes the Flood Eraser Tool.
🔊Photoshops Quick Selection Tool becomes Affinity’s Selection Brush Tool.
🔊In Affinity the Flood Select Tool and Selection Brush Tool do not share a button, but both can be selected by the ‘W’ shortcut key as in Photoshop. If the wrong one comes up press ‘W’ again.
🔊In Affinity the Photoshop Lasso Tool is called the Free Hand Selection Tool, but uses the same shortcut key ‘L’, and shares an icon with the Marques Tool. The Marquee Tools can also be selected by the same shortcut key as in Photoshop ‘M’, that will circulate between the various marquee shapes. When selected, the options for Lasso Tool appear in the Contextual Tool Bar above the screen.
🔊In Affinity the Straighten Tool is found in the Crop Tool not Ruler Tool. The Rotate Tool is also in the Crop Tool.
🔊The Photoshop’s Spot Healing Brush Tool in Affinity becomes the Inpainting Tool. All the ‘healing’ Tools in Affinity use the ‘J’ shortcut key as in Photoshop.
🔊The Quick Selection Mask Tool has moved to above the screen.
🔊GIFs can only be exported as single images not as Motion GIFs in Affinity.
🔊By moving a brush around, without clicking, the effects of the brush can be seen without committing yourself.
🔊The shortcut keys in Affinity are the same as Photoshop, but not every Tool detail or menu item has been allocated a shortcut key; virtually every thing can be allocated a shortcut key. To allocate a shortcut key go to Preferences. Preferences in the Mac version are found under the Affinity Photo menu, in the PC version under the File menu.
🔊The layout in Affinity can be changed by dragging Panels around, but an exact match to Photoshop default layout is not possible. The tab key in Affinity is used to switch into and from full screen mode.
🔊History Snapshots in Affinity are called Snapshots and are accessed via the Document menu at the top of the screen. Snapshots can be accessed additionally by the Snapshot Panel that is not displayed by default.
🔊In Affinity Snapshots are saved in Affinities native Afphoto files in addition to Layers, in Photoshop PSD documents they are not. This enables more than one version of an image to be saved in the same document.
🔊Affinity’s Undo Tool enables you combine parts of both Snapshots and Layers; Photoshop does not have the Undo Tool yet. Photoshops History Tool is similar but less useful.
🔊In Affinity History Panel abandoned branches of editing are also stored, enabling you to go down previous history paths.
🔊The additional two coloured pallet you see at the bottom of lefthand Tools in Photoshop, is not displayed in Affinity when the Tools are displayed in one column, the default, to keep the column narrow; if the number of columns is changed to two, or more, then the pallet can be seen there.
🔊The other obvious difference is Affinity gives free updates to the latest version once you purchased it, it started out less powerful, and became a match for Photoshop in a short time; many say it is better than Photoshop. When reviewing either Affinity or Photoshop look at the latest reviews as both have significantly changed over time.
🔊There is no built in video editor.
🔊Affinity Photo is part of a trilogy of software designed to work together: Affinity Photo, Affinity Designer, and Affinity Publisher. Photo and Designer can read each others native files. When all three are installed Publisher see Photo and Designer as modules in Publisher.
🔊No 3D modeling.
🔊Certain Tools, like the Liquify Tools and Tone Mapping Tools, have been moved into Personas (modules) that are accessed at the top of the screen.
🔊Gradients can be adjusted after they are applied (they are non-destructive in Affinity).
🔊‘Blend If’ has been replaced by Blend Ranges, that is accessed by the gear icon at the top of the Layers Panel. Blend Ranges uses a graphical interface rather the sliders to give more control.
🔊No icon is displayed for Vector Straight Lines as Vector Straight Lines are accessed via the Pen/Node icon.
🔊There is an option to save your document’s entire editing History with the document in Affinity.
🔊Affinity can save and read Photoshop native PSD document’s, so that Affinity can interact with other software that uses PSD. Photoshop can not read saved afphoto documents.
🔊The original Nick plugins are supported, but to load them an additional stage is required, as the original Nick collection was designed for Photoshop only. The 64 bit Nick collection has been designed to load normally in Affinity.
🔊Actions/Scripts in Photoshop are Macros in Affinity. 🔊Liquify instead of being a Filter, it is a Persona in Affinity, you don’t have to convert it into a Smart Object, just click the Liquify Persona at the top of the screen.
🔊To move a path around as a whole, as opposed to adjust it, you just use the ordinary Move Tool.
🔊There is no Pattern Stamp Tool in Affinity Photo, but the same thing can be achieved by the use of the New Fill layer and Bit Map.
🔊The Slice Tool has been moved to the Export Persona at the top of the screen.
🔊Text following on a path, is in Photoshop, is added to Affinity Photo in the 1.9 release.