Editing PSD without Photoshop

over 7 years ago from Ivan Kutskir, Programmer

  • Tristam GochTristam Goch, over 7 years ago (edited over 7 years ago )

    Affinity Photo/Designer generally handle PSD files really well

    Seems risky building software solely on the principle of handling another company's proprietary files...

    7 points
    • Ivan KutskirIvan Kutskir, over 7 years ago (edited over 7 years ago )

      Thanks for your comment. Affinity is quite expensive, while Photopea is free. I've heard that Affinity has problems with export to PSD.

      The fact, that each editor has its own format, is quite sad. Once you start using a specific program, it is hard to switch to another, because you already have lots of work in this format. I decided to support PSD, since it is the most common format among designers. If they would not be able to use PS, for some reason, all their PSDs would become useless.

      Adobe has online PSD specification , but I think they should put more effort into presenting PSD as "open format for everybody", just like Microsoft did with .docx , and encourage others to implement it.

      2 points
      • Account deleted over 7 years ago (edited over 7 years ago )

        Affinity is quite expensive? nope, but I can understand your thoughts.

        0 points
        • Ivan KutskirIvan Kutskir, over 7 years ago (edited over 7 years ago )

          Well, Affinity is definitely cheaper than Adobe's products :)

          1 point
        • Cody SanfilippoCody Sanfilippo, over 7 years ago

          50 bucks can be very expensive to some people. Nothing wrong with a free alternative!

          28 points
          • Patrick SmithPatrick Smith, over 7 years ago

            Is it expensive because: - Their income doesn’t cover it easily? - They prefer to pay for only for their most trusted and core tools?

            How much do some of these people pay for hardware?

            Curious for any answers, sorry if it comes across as ignorant!

            0 points
    • Mohsin NaqiMohsin Naqi, over 7 years ago

      Your point is moot because Affinity software are not even cross-platform, whereas the only requirement of this product is that you have a web browser, whether you're on MAC, Windows, or Linux.

      1 point