When comparing Affinity Photo vs Capture One Pro, the Slant community recommends Affinity Photo for most people. In the question“What is the best photo editing software?” Affinity Photo is ranked 3rd while Capture One Pro is ranked 8th. The most important reason people chose Affinity Photo is:
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Pro Compatible with Photoshop PSD files
Affinity Photo can import and export .psd files.
Pro Interface will be familiar to those coming from Photoshop
The interface, especially the Photo persona, is laid out in way that's very similar to Photoshop - a panel for icons for tools on the left, a panel for information and settings on the right.
Pro Supports layer styles
Layer styles allow non-destructively applying effects to a layer.
Pro Personas allow separation of concerns
At a high level the interface is organized into broad groups of tools called Personas. Personas like Photo for in-depth image manipulation, Liquify for warping the image, Develop for basic RAW photo development and Export for exporting. Each persona displays only those tools that are needed for that task.
Pro Great performance
Uses the GPU extensively for fast speed on any platform.
Pro Powerful effects
Dozens of visual effects available. All run extremely fast with live previews
Pro Non-destructive adjustment layers
extensive adjustment layers are non-destructive.
Pro Well thought out tethered capture implementation
Once you hook up your camera to Capture One, the program offers a bunch of useful tools and workflows based on your needs.
For example, it has Composition Mode that allows setting up the shot without taking up hard-drive space by replacing the last image taken with the a one as soon as you take it. It has Hot Folder functionality that will keep an eye on changes in a set folder and as soon as any new images appear in that folder they will be added to Capture One; great for cameras that are not supported by Capture One natively and unlike other Hot Folder functionality in other programs C1 captures everything coming in quickly and imports all images as active. Many cameras can be controlled via the program and if the camera has live view, similar functionality can be enabled in Capture One. Plus, live view allows superimposing an overlay; great for cover shooting. There's also a overlay mask that shows wether a shot is in focus or not. And many other functions and design decision that help with ease of use.
Pro Capture Pilot enables using Capture One collaboratively during a shoot
Capture pilot is a feature that allows any web-enabled device to remotely connect to Capture One and use a subset of its functionality like view a selected catalogue, rate images and even make minor edits to photos. An iOS app for Capture Pilot is available as well that in addition to default functionality also allows controlling a tethered camera though that functionality has to be purchased separately.
Pro Clean and sharp default processing
Straight imports seem a bit sharper and more dynamic than many other RAW editors.
Pro Extremely robust color editing
A huge amount of color editing options, with the ability to modify overall, to extremely targeted ranges. Especially robust support for editing skin tones.
Con Limited selection of plugins
Plugin support was only recently added to AP and not many plugins have been created for the program so far.
Con Can not import gimp or krita files
Free alternatives like gimp (and krita) are sort of "go to" apps i can allways install and use for simple image editing or graphics on any computer. I find affinitys support for photoshop is great, but having support also for opening and editing gimp and krita would make the versatility and use of this program absolutely superb.
Con Doesn't support color checkers
Unfortunately, there's no way to create color profiles using the Color Checker Passport.
Con Asset management could be better
While it does have asset managment, it isn't as robust or intuitive as some of the competition, like Lightroom in particular.