A high-end rival to Photoshop, Affinity Photo, launches today in free beta.

For Mac photographers and bitmap artists, Affinity Photo offers high end photo editing to take images beyond professional adjustment and correction. With instant redraw from its live tools and effects, Affinity Photo presents a refreshingly fluid editing experience, the highest quality retouch tools, deep and accurate colour, and great compatibility. Jaw-dropping quality and speed optimisations for all Core 2 Duo and upwards Macs allow more people than ever to enjoy the benefits of this highly accurate photo tool.

Compatible with OS X Lion 10.7.5 and newer on Intel 64 Macs, it’s available in English, German, Spanish and French. And users of Affinity Designer will be pleased to know that moving assets between the two tools is smooth and intuitive.

Affinity Photo is available to download now in free beta from affinity.serif.com/photo.