Affinity For Tattooists

Is affinity better for Tattooists

By 30 May 2022 No Comments
Is Affinity better for Tattooists? Despite lacking a few features that might be crucial to some photographers and designers. Affinity Photo is more than capable of taking over the digital editing needs for the majority of Tattooists. If you could create your own photo editing software, it would work like this. Whether it’s quick corrections, delicate retouching or immersing yourself in complex fine art with hundreds of layers. Affinity Photo has you covered.

The 3 Main Benefits

  • Affinity Photo is available for a low one-time payment
You can get Affinity Photo from the Mac App Store / Microsoft Store in Windows 10, or you can download it directly from Serif’s website for a one-time price of £48.99.
The iPad version of Affinity Photo costs £19.99.
  • Photoshop is subscription-based
A Photoshop subscription comes with Lightroom at a monthly price of £9.98, which is the cheapest option.
If you just want Photoshop as a Creative Cloud subscription the price changes to £19.97.
In the 2020 version of Photoshop, the iPad version is included in the monthly subscription.
The price difference is substantial as you can see.
By comparison, if you were to buy both Affinity Photo for Mac + iPad you would look at a total price of £68.98. I bought Affinity Photo from version 1.5, and three years later, I haven’t been asked to pay for any upgrades.
One year of subscription to Adobe’s Creative Cloud Photography plan would be approx. £120. Two years of subscription would be £240 and three years would be £360.
Over three years’ time, you would pay roughly £290 for the extra features in Photoshop plus Lightroom.
A tattooist doesn’t necessarily need those features so you don’t have to pay for things you’d never use.


Affintys iPad app is built for iPad. It’s a full version of the desktop application running on your iPad that has been built to take advantage of all the touch controls and gesture we already use.
The iPad is fast becoming the creative tool of choice for us and the best device for tattooists. The ability to draw and manipulate photos on a device returns creating tattoo designs to the tactile, organic thing that we all love. No keyboard required.
You can switch if prefer your laptop for certain design tasks because  The desktop version is exactly the same and you can easily switch between devices during your creation process. Create the design on your laptop, switch to drawing on it on your iPad and then return to outputting it on laptop if you want!
This is miles ahead and certainly NOT what Adobe currently offer in their iPad photoshop apps.


  • You can revert to any undo stage no matter where in the editing process. EVEN if you close the document. Affinity Saves undo history even after closing. This is a huge benefit for busy artists.