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Affinity Photo vs Photoshop: Automating your Workflow

In this article, we cover the differences when it comes to automating your workflow in Affinity Photo vs Photoshop.

Automating Photoshop

Photoshop Actions

In Photoshop, you can create an action for just about anything. Open the action panel and hit record to capture all the steps of your workflow. Then play the action on another image, to edit the image the exact same way without doing all the steps.


Photoshop also allows for automating the image editing process by using script language. However, this is mostly applied to very routine tasks, like saving in multiple formats or applying a watermark file when saving. Affinity Photo doesn’t support scripting.


You can save presets for just about anything in Photoshop. Gradients, brushes, cropping presets, and so on.

Custom Panels

Photoshop supports adding custom panels to Photoshop. You can download panels from the Adobe CC marketplace or by getting them from other websites. The Raya Pro plugin developed by Jimmy McIntyre is an example of a plugin that helps you with exposure blending for landscape photography. Affinity Photo on the other hand doesn’t support custom panels.

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Automating Affinity Photo


Affinity Photo does have an equivalent to actions. These are called macros. You can record steps from your workflow and save them as a macro. However, not all things you can do in Affinity Photo can be saved into a macro. For instance, you cannot save layer reordering into a macro. You also cannot select another layer two layers above the active layer in a macro.

Affinity Photo will throw an error at you if you try to do so. This limits the use of macros in Affinity Photo a bit, but you can still create awesome macros in Affinity Photo.

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Like Photoshop, Affinity Photo also enables you to save presets for most tools. This can help you speed up your workflow quite a lot if you are used to using the same values for some tools, or i.e., usually crops your images to the same aspect ratio that isn’t one of the default ratios in Affinity Photo.

For adjustment layers, you will see a thumbnail-sized preview of the preset, applied to your image before selecting it.

Concluding words

Photoshop has the upper hand when it comes to automating your workflow when compared to Affinity Photo.

What is your experience when it comes to automating your workflow in Affinity Photo or Photoshop?

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