If you’re looking for the best Photoshop alternative, then FYI, Affinity Photo is currently 50% off for the next 48 hours. Not only is Affinity the best Photoshop alternative but it’s also the best 360 photo editing app in my opinion. Best of all, it’s a one-time purchase with no monthly fees.
Adobe Photoshop is perhaps the most widely used image editing app. So much so that it’s become a verb.
The problem is that a few years ago, Adobe got greedy and had a diabolical idea: instead of selling the software outright, they would charge exorbitant monthly fees. Unfortunately, artists have grown used to Photoshop, Premiere and Lightroom — indeed dependent on them — which gave Adobe monopolistic power, so the creative industry bent over and took it.
There are several Photoshop alternatives such as GIMP but my favorite one is Affinity Photo, which has many of the capabilities of Photoshop and has a polished interface. Moreover, it has a budding community of users who have created tutorials for it. I also find it easy to transition from Photoshop to Affinity and most commands are similar. In fact, I use both apps regularly and I don’t have any problem switching back and forth between them.
In addition to being an excellent alternative to Photoshop, Affinity Photo is also an excellent app for 360 photo editing. Actually, it is even more powerful than Photoshop for 360 editing. Photoshop’s 360 photo editing often feels tacked-on as an extension to its 3D editing module. Affinity Photo’s 360 photo editing works intuitively, exactly as you think it should work.
Here is a recent virtual tour photo I edited with Affinity Photo:
With Affinity Photo, it’s easy to switch between 360 view and equirectangular view. You can apply almost any filter or effect in either view. You can straighten 360 photos. You can even edit 16-bit 360 photos.
There are still things that Photoshop is better for. For example, Photoshop has new features such as automatic subject selection and automatic sky replacement. I also prefer Adobe Camera Raw over Affinity’s Raw developer. However, for 360 photo editing, Affinity is still significantly better.
With such capable software, Affinity Photo has a mind-bogglingly low price. Whereas Photoshop feels overpriced (to non-professionals), Affinity Photo feels like it should be priced much higher: it costs only $50. That’s a one-time payment, not a monthly fee. There are no monthly fees. And for the next 48 hours or so, you can get it for 50% off at just $25. That’s an insane price for such a useful app and it would be insane to pass this up, even if you’ve never used it before.
If you want to learn how to use Affinity Photo for 360 photo editing, check out HQ Method for 360 cameras or Virtual Tour Edge 2.0 for DSLRs or mirrorless cameras.