Affinity Mac

Affinity Photo - redefines the boundaries for professional photo editing software for the Mac. With a meticulous focus on workflow it offers sophisticated tools for enhancing, editing and retouching your images in an incredibly intuitive interface with all the power and performance you need. What's new in Affinity Photo Version 1.9.3.

Adding Plugins to Affinity Photo on Mac

  • Affinity Photo has become the first choice for photography and creative professionals around the world, who love its speed, power and precision. Born to work hand-in-hand with the latest powerful computer technology, it’s the only fully-loaded photo editor integrated across macOS, Windows and iOS.
  • Optimized for the latest tech on Mac, Windows and iPad, Affinity Designer is setting the new industry standard in the world of design. Best in class for creating concept art, print projects, logos, icons, UI designs, mock-ups and more, it’s already the top choice of thousands of professional illustrators, web designers, game developers and other.
  • Affinity on Desktop Questions (Mac and Windows) Affinity on iPad Questions; Customer Service, Accounts and Purchasing; If you have any questions about Affinity.
  • It is not really the 'same' software, any more than Adobe's or Microsoft's software use the same code for their Mac & Windows products. The Affinity team has made the two versions as functionally identical as possible, but 'under the hood' they are quite different.

You can use Photoshop compatible plug-ins with Affinity Photo on Windows and Mac. Read the instructions for the Mac version.

    Note: The AKVIS plugins are compatible only with Affinity bought from the official web-site (, not in the App Store.


Learn how to install the AKVIS plugins in this photo editor on Mac (for Windows click here):

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Making an outline. Method 1.

Copy the plugin file into the plugins folder of Affinity Photo: HomeFolder/Library/Application Support/Affinity Photo/Plugins.

Method 2.

You can also add the plugins in the Affinity Preferences: Photoshop Plugins -> Open Default Folder in Finder. For example, you can choose the Adobe Plugins folder.


Enable Allow 'Unknown' plugins to be used.

Click on the Close button and re-start Affinity Photo.

To call the AKVIS plugins in Affinity Photo, choose Filters -> Plugins -> AKVIS and the plugin you want to use.

Note: To call the SmartMask plugin, make sure that the layer is unlocked.

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Selection made in Affinity Photo cannot be transferred to the Chameleon plugin with the Chameleon - Grab Fragment command. You can use the selection tools in the plugin.

Just as Serif is taking on Photoshop with its Affinity Photo editor and InDesign with Affinity Publisher, so Affinity Designer sees the company competing with Illustrator. This particular app was the first one to be released as part of the Affinity range, and over the course five years development has been strong.

Affinity Designer is a vector drawing app that, despite being amazingly cheap, offers professional-level tools that can be used for all manner of projects. While this is clearly a rival to the likes of Adobe Illustrator and Sketch, you'd be forgiven for initially dismissing it as being underpowered. But don't be fooled. Serif describes this software as a 'stripped back, pro-end workhorse', and it's absolutely right.

Designer can handle huge documents with ease and gives you the option of switching between vector and raster workspaces, and the ability to work in RGB or LAB color spaces at up to 32-bits per channel. There is a wide range of vector tools available in the app, and vectors can have an unlimited number of strokes and fills for maximum flexibility. Grids and guides are advanced and powerful, and the isometric option will be welcomed by many users.

For anyone switching from Illustrator or collaborating with Illustrator users, the good news is that Designer can open AI and EPS file, although sadly it's not possible to save as AI. There are a number of both pixel and vector brushes depending on which mode you're working on and, importantly, performance is impressive.

For all of its brilliance, Affinity Designer is lacking in a few areas. It's a shame to see that there is no support for scripting or animation, and also that there is no plugin support.

Ordinarily, there is a trial available that last just 10 days, but at time of writing this has been extended to 90 days. You'll need to register online though, as even the trial needs a serial code, which you can do here.

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Affinity Designer is an astonishing achievement by Serif; this is a highly accomplished design tool which fits beautifully into the Affinity range and serves as a genuine alternative to the big names such as Illustrator.