Made in Photoshop
Image made in Photoshop. Because I upgraded to OS Catalina, and it does not support 32bit files, I am now using the subscription model of Photoshop. A pretty seamless transition, and Photoshop is nice to work with, as is Lightroom.
I have Affinity Photo, but I am not that impressed with it: It is not a Photoshop replacement and it doesn’t handle text very well. I will plug away at it when I have time to see what I may be doing wrong or missing.
I also have Capture One Pro 20 and that is a superb RAW converter.
Update 24 November 2020
In the end I decided to take up the Photoshop subscription plan. It has worked well. The only thing I don’t like is the thing I have always not liked, which is that if one stops one’s subscription then you can’t open your own PSD files. Well, you can because there are other programs that will open them. But still, it rankles. It’s not a problem now because I am using it and I am impressed with how much better it is than Photoshop CS6 that I used for years.
I tried Affinity Photo again with an image that is a bit noisy, shot in poor light. And I tried it with Photoshop 2021 and here is a screen grab of a part of the image as rendered by the two programs. Click the file to see a larger version.
I also went back and tried the text tool in Affinity Photo. And I read the book (Affinity Photo Workbook) that I bought ages ago from Affinity in the hope that it would teach me the tricks of how to use text. But the program is not really designed for detailed text use. You can tell that from the index in the boo, which barely mentions text. So for me, it is a so-so RAW converter and not what I need for using text.
There’s something else, but this may be an unusual use case, so I won’t make a big thing about it. But for my work it is essential.
That is that I use layers with a cut-out in one of the layers. I copy the layer with the main image but cropped to square format, then reduce it to about 47% of size and then reposition beneath the layer that has the cut-out.
If you are wondering what the purpose is of doing it, it’s for the back of our greeting cards. On the back of the card we show a small cropped version of the main image. It is super easy to do in Photoshop and for all I know it may be easy in Affinity Photo, but I don’t see it.