Notes on Capture One 11 and Affinity Photo

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Having tested the trial of Capture One 11, I concluded that satisfy my requirements: local adjustments using layers, most of the editing tools available for use. Shortcoming in this area made me switch in late 2015 from Capture One Pro 9 to Affinity Photo.

Capture One 11

  • The mask painting brushes are intuitive and extensively controllable. 
  • Adjustment layers are defined prior to painting a mask. This allows for other tools to be used after a mask have been defined. Also, it does allow to use further tools.
  • I was missing the print module, which is quite extensive.
  • Metadata entry is quite extensive.
  • Non destructive editing, which results in smaller file sizes.
  • Good RAW converter.

Affinity Photo

  • Good cleaning and repair tools
  • Layers more comprehensive.
  • RAW converter not so good.
  • Print module not so good.
  • Metadata EXIF information not so good.
  • It seems to be more flexible with the use of saturation, particularly in black and white conversion.
  • It generates fat files: heavy on storage resources.
  • Allows to use plug ins, such as the Nik software.

It seems that I will be using Affinity Photo mainly to clean, and repair, scans and, when necessary, using the extra layer functionality. Otherwise, Capture One will become, again, my main photo editor.


Capture One 11

Capture One 11 interface

Affinity Photo with Nik software

However, I did not spend much time on this particular editing, so the comparison is quite unfair.

Affinity Photo


Over a year, editing , from an aesthetical point of view, have changed.