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.