Review: Affinity Photo for iPad is a powerful tool for those who love photography

One of the highlights of the last Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC), the Affinity Photo for iPad – heritage of the namesake already well established for Macs and Windows PCs, developed by Serif – is a beautiful example of how an application can make the iPad Pro the main device for some professionals.

For those who like / work with image editing, traditional applications like Photoshop were already presenting themselves as good solutions for those who needed to work in iGadgets. I am not the biggest fan of the Adobe subscription model and when an application, even with a higher value, comes with the unique purchase proposal and it is something that can be useful to me, my eyes shine with the possibility of solving this need all at once.

I’ve been using the iPad Pro – initially in the largest size and now in the 10.5-inch version – in some situations as my primary device. Analyzing several possibilities, this solution is very interesting for people who find applications that meet their needs without a computer. IOS 11, in beta, presents a major change in the game, taking the experience of using the iPad to what it should have been from the beginning!

But let’s talk about photography. Affinity Photo for iPad was developed on exactly the same pillars that made it a success for Mac. The Serif people sought to optimize the app to fully support the tablet’s hardware, including support for the engine Metal, taking performance to the highest possible level.

We were demanding in our strategy to develop the iPad version of Affinity Photo. Each tool, panel and control has been completely reinvented for touch optimization. All adjustments, renderings and filter effects are fully hardware-accelerated. The result is an innovative way to interact with your images, with performance that is hard to believe.

Correct and enhance images with levels, curves, black and white, white balance, HSL, shadows and highlights, and more than a dozen other adjustments that are instantly viewed and can be edited at any time. Adjust, readjust, and drag and drop to any layer, group, mask, or anywhere in a stack to control the way they are applied.

I love Apple Pencil – although I have no talent for illustrations – and its addition to Affinity Photo takes the editing experience to unprecedented levels of accuracy on iOS. Support for various image types (including RAW) and file sources, further enhance the app.

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If filters are what attract you to an application, you will not be disappointed: lighting, blur, distortions, shadows, glows … the app has complete control over all aspects, with precise controls and real-time presentation of the result. Another highlight is the possibility of applying them as layers, allowing the effects to be edited, deleted or masked after they have been implemented.

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Other highlights for the app include:

  • Work on camera RAW files in a workspace with all the processing adjustments and corrections you need;
  • One of the best PSD file support, as well as all expected standards including PNG, JPG, TIFF, EPS, PDF and SVG;
  • RGB, CMYK, LAB and grayscale support. End-to-end CMYK workflow with ICC color management and 32 bits per channel edit;
  • the engine backend Affinity Photo is the same on iOS, macOS and Windows – this means perfect file compatibility, including shared history deletion;
  • Possibility of merging multiple exposure scales into a single 32-bit image, with no limits, and with full tone mapping for incredible results;
  • Options for panning and zooming 360º images, using the full suite of tools in Affinity Photo to edit them in real time;
  • Full support for OCIO color workflows, with the ability to dynamically move between color spaces;
  • A huge library of professionally designed brushes (over 120!), Including effects, bristles, dry media, paints, markers, paintings, etc .;
  • Feedback of your edits with histograms and scopes, and visualization of fused highlights, tones and shadows in real time.

Affinity Photo for iPad can go far beyond pure photo editing. In addition to being able to handle unlimited layers, you also have a complete library of adjustment layers, layer effects and dynamic filter layers. Text tools with advanced typography options and vector drawing tools are also available. All layers can be grouped, cut, masked or merged to allow the creation of specular compositions.

Another point worth mentioning is Serif’s concern with those who are not familiar with the application. They created a very complete introductory video, explanatory photos and video tutorials highlighting some of Affinity Photo’s powerful tools. Until that, the button? it also acts brilliantly for those discovering the app. Just touch it and all buttons are labeled, identifying their respective functionality.

Something that was highlighted at WWDC and that really calls attention to the results is the resource called Restoration, which makes it possible to remove unwanted objects from photos.

To use the feature, simply select it on the toolbar, adjust the brush size by Inspector (fundamental tool for dozens of app features) and paint the item you want to remove.

Imagine having complete and complete freedom for graphic editing on your iPad! You don’t need to imagine it anymore: buy Affinity Photo now and have professional image editing on your tablet! ?

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