BEST OF 2017

App of the Year

Hats off, Affinity Photo.

Affinity Photo

Professional photo editing


Affinity Photo is the 2017 iPad App of the Year because: It brings pro-grade photo-editing tools to the touchscreen.

Launched for iPad this year, Affinity Photo is a pro-grade photo editor and illustration tool that’s wowed professional users and enthusiastic amateurs alike.

Comprehensive and uncompromising, this studio-quality app offers hundreds of retouching tools, filter effects, brushes, and layering options.

Its image-selection tool is capable of picking out individual hairs, and the lighting tools let you add realistic digital light sources to images. Most important, you can view these highly complex edits in real time, without having to wait for them to render.

Affinity Photo is perfect for both slight photography edits and total transformations.

Drag your filters or effects over your image and immediately see the results, whether applying a mesh warp to melt physical objects or immersing yourself in a 360-degree photo and making alterations as you go. Edits are nondestructive, which means the quality of your base image is never compromised.

Paint illustrations from scratch, or tweak a photograph to create a stunningly surreal image.

Although Affinity Photo has been available on the App Store on Mac since 2015, it wasn’t until this past May that the developer, Serif, brought the app to iPad. The new touchscreen version, incidentally, is just as powerful as the desktop counterpart, offering iPad users tools previously found only in expensive software that practically required a master’s degree to use.

Make real-world objects look like toys with Affinity Photo’s powerful Tilt-Shift tool.

“The entire back end of Affinity Photo, be it on Mac or iPad, is exactly the same, and that’s a pretty unique thing,” explains Ashley Hewson, Serif’s managing director.

Affinity Photo, in other words, is no jack-of-all-trades; it’s a master of all.

    Affinity Photo

    Professional photo editing