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Tom Krowka
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Am looking to add some entourage to 3D photorendering models. Am hesitant to use Photoshop as it seems its pretty complicated to learn. Not really thrilled about buying and learning new software, but do need to be able to upgrade the AC renderings. Adding 3D trees, people, cars, etc really increases rendering time and also doesn't get that POP that one used to be able to do by hand. Any recommendations?

Thanks Tom
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Aaron Bourgoin
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have a look at Affinity Photo. Available on Windows, MacOS and iOS. No subscription, just a one time outright purchase at a price that's a fraction of what Photoshop used to cost. Good support and good reviews.
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Tom Krowka
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Thanks Will check it out. tom
Tom Krowka Architect

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Tom Krowka
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Aaron wrote:
have a look at Affinity Photo. Available on Windows, MacOS and iOS. No subscription, just a one time outright purchase at a price that's a fraction of what Photoshop used to cost. Good support and good reviews.
Do you use it?
Tom Krowka Architect

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Aaron Bourgoin
Advisor
I do use it, but probably not the extent I could. That said, I think it would easily rival PS for the toolset required.

I say this having pored over architectural photoshop tutorials on YouTube. I don't see anything in them that couldn't be done in Affinity Photo.

lots of useful tutorials for the unfamiliar here: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCQZN-kIrZUQyoTnexM3jJAw Having watched many of these, I don't think the workflow differs significantly from what you'd do in PS.

When Affinity Publisher goes to public beta this month, Serif will have an Illustrator, Photoshop and InDesign rival running on three platforms without subscription.
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alemanda
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I use both Affinity Photo and Design. Great products!
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I'm still using photoshop CS4, still runs on windows10, even though it is 10 years old.

I don't know the price point for affinity photo, but I think you would be able to pickup a copy of CS4 design premium for fairly cheap on ebay or such. Just a thought.

I use GIMP at home, which is completely free (open source).
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Anonymous
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I also recommend Affinity, very inexpensive (I think I paid A$69), fast and a relatively small download

Regards
Scott

mikas
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Me too use Affinity Photo (and Affinity Designer a little bit too). I started from the Mac beta ~3,5 years ago, and gradually I moved from Pixelmator to use Affinity only. It's really good and fast nowadays, the company is doing great job developing it further.

I wouldn't say it's any easier to Photoshop, but I haven't used Photoshop for years, so not sure. The speed is good, and stability too. And supported formats are enough for me.

I have bought it once at 39,99€, and I can use it in 5 of my machines simultaneously (App Store family license or something..). Very admittable license I'd say. I am not sure about windows license, did not understand it thoroughly, but I am tempted to buy win version too. If I use my Z800, I would like to have that familiar and capable photo tool available on windows too.

There is a iPad version of Photo too, haven't tested it. It costs separately though, 15€.
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Ralph Wessel
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I also use Affinity Photo and Designer. I also still use Pixelmator for some tasks - it's more lightweight and hence quicker/easier for some tasks. But I rate the Affinity products very highly.
Ralph Wessel BArch

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I've been getting by with "Photoshop Elements".
It's a slimmed down version of photoshop. No subscription
and will be, some what, familiar if you're use to PS.
You can find current versions online for about $60 USD.
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Rick Thompson
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What does Affinity Photo offer that Pixelmador doesn't have.. at least for editing renderings? Thanks
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Tom Krowka
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Does Affinity have entourage.....trees, people, cars, etc included or must one purchase those items separately. Thanks
Tom Krowka Architect

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I don't think any image editing software will come bundled with that.
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Lingwisyer
Champion
Adobe Stock which comes with a CC subscription and is accessible through Photoshop CC might contain those things... But it you are not wanting to hop onto a subscription, you will need to put up with needing to find your own creative commons licenced, un-licenced or similar stock.


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jl_lt
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I cannot recomend enough using twinmotion.  With a little effort your need for post editing will be minimal

I 100 percent stand by twinmotion.

But

Photoshop allows actions and with the right ones if you do the right searches you can find them for free and create some really cool watercolor or other types of renderings easily once you've used twinmotion

 

 

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