It is the best alternative to photoshop that I have found and used. Affinity photo won the award for”Best Imaging Software” in 2016 by TIPA, the Technical Image Press Association. It has a non-perpetual licensing which means that once I purchased it, this piece of software is now owned by me, unlike Adobe products and services which you can only rent now. It is user-friendly and I enjoy using it. Here are some of the post processing works I did through affinity photo.
Basically, It has all of the most important functionalities you need from Photoshop and some additional functionalities of its own at a much much more competitive price $49.99 (MUR 1671.29). I did find some quirks like a little bit of lag and freeze issues occasionally but nothing excessive. For the price, it is totally worth it for me. On the bright side, they are continuously improving the product. I do receive occasional updates for which I am eligible up to one year. The learning curve is not rough. There are a ton of online tutorials by the official team and a growing online community.
Rawtherapee offers a lot of options. By a lot, I really mean a lot, so much that it can be intimidating on your first try. Also honestly speaking, you absolutely will have no need for all of that stuff available, you just need to learn how to tweak and use the most important ones. The learning phase is the most difficult part but once you are past that, RawTherapee is smooth. Compared to “Lightroom”, it lacks a catalog feature and that is troublesome when you have tons of photos.
A workaround for this weakness is to use google photos for free backups. Just sync a folder where you keep all these photos. Initially use the powerful search of google photo to find it in the cloud and then use the reference of the picture to locate it back from the plethora of pictures on your local system.
Also, did I mention? It’s free and open source, just like I like things.
Here are some of the post processing works I did with Rawtherapee.
The individual pictures in this video were also batch processed using RawTherapee.
I know people will expect the industry standard Adobe suite from this one but I will steer clear of adobe.
Because right now I disagree with their current practice; I find it greedy and unsustainable for any beginner/casual photographer/ student/ designer for that matter. Just because it is the most popular and current industry standards, It does not mean it is the best. Adobe is currently forcing the subscription-based pricing down the throat of every consumer. Broadly speaking, you will never own the products, you will just loan the services. For them it is good, they have a nice and predictable inflow of revenue. But for you, in the long term, you will end up paying for lots of stuff you will essentially never use or need. Here’s a bit of Maths, the combo of Adobe Photoshop + Lightroom package dubbed “Photography” for a Month will start at $9.99 (MUR 333.99), a year will cost you $119.88 (MUR 4007.89), 5 years will likely cost you $599.4 (MUR 20039.44). If you need the complete suite package which is according to them the most popular one, It starts at $49.99 (MUR 1671.29) a month, $599.88 (MUR 20055.49) a year and $2999.4 (MUR 100277.44) for 5 years assuming the price is constant. But can you really trust them to keep prices constant? If they see people are willing to pay more, they will increase the price next time either you pay to keep using the services/products on you go out of business. Essentially as a renter, your business model is dependent on the whims of the landowner/platform owner. This is known as “Digital Sharecropping” and I invite you to read more on the subject here. Adobe is soon making the non-perpetual licensing a relic of the past for its offerings. They quietly broke their promise and we no longer have the option to buy a non-perpetual license for Adobe Master Collection CS5, CS6 or Lightroom classic. Everything has been branded and made part of the “Creative Cloud”(CC). Those who have past non-perpetual licenses with older versions are lucky, but what about the rest of us? Basically, those are barriers to entry for beginners if you had to rely solely on Adobe suites. If you are a student and using a cracked software as they are prevalent, just do yourself a favor, switch to these more affordable options and avoid the risks. Unless you are already making big money I do not recommend using Adobe suite; actually, even if you are making big money and want to save some I will recommend you to find alternatives.
If you still like and want Adobe products then check out Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop for post-processing. They are powerful and will do the job. I do not use them, I do not find the bloated prices value for money. I recommend Affinity and Rawtherapee with google photos for cataloging.
Reference to pricing is here.
Mauritian rupees was taken at day value of $1= MUR 33.43