On the heels of last year’s successful release of Affinity Designer, Serif is back at it again with a public beta of Affinity Photo (free*), which promises to be a new affordable app that may give Photoshop a run for its money. Described as “unashamedly pro even as a beta version,” Affinity Photo is packed with higher-end features that creative professionals need and love, including end-to-end CMYK, LAB color, editing at 16-bits per channel, ICC color profiling, Frequency Separation editing, live blend modes, full support for Adobe Photoshop PSD files and 64-bit plug-ins, and more.
As with its previous offering, Serif keeps a focus on performance in Affinity Photo as well, with the app running extremely smoothly even when dealing with huge, multi-layer PSD files. Workflow and UI design also helps keep things focused on task and reduces the number of cluttered tools to navigate through to get things done. Serif has released Affinity Photo as a public beta to help collect feedback, and users can download it at no charge simply by registering with their e-mail address and then joining a conversation on the forum to provide feedback and help improve the product even further.