Try the free beta of Affinity Photo

Serif has released a public beta of Affinity Photo, its upcoming sub-$50 but “unashamedly pro” image-editing software – and it looks worth checking out as a potential alternative to Photoshop.

Affinity Photo has the basic features you’d expect in a professional application (layers, masks, adjustments, 16-bits-per-channel editing, PSD support), plus some interesting advanced tools.

We can’t find a complete list online, but the video above shows tilt-shift blur, relighting, a looks gallery, a perspective tool, and ‘inpainting’, Serif’s version of Photoshop’s Content Aware Fill.

The beta is free, but even on release, Affinity Photo will only cost $49.99, and its one-time-payment policy looks calculated to appeal to anyone alienated by Adobe’s Creative Cloud subscriptions.

The software is Mac-only (a Windows version may follow, but not any time soon, it seems), so if you’re running OS X, check out the link below.

Register for the public beta of Affinity Photo

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Jim Thacker is a contributing editor for ArtStation Magazine.