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Twitchin Kitten

Some questions before I jump ship from Adobe

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I am very intrigued by this software but I have a lot invested in my current version of  "that other" application. I can't or haven't been able to find answers to a couple of questions that will have me buying and learning this today.

I see a lot of things can be imported like my brushes, color swatches etc, but can I import my custom shapes, gradients, plugins (Alien Skin Eye Candy etc), styles, patterns, textures etc. You see where I'm going here.

If these cannot be imported I have a lot of work ahead of me to recreate this stuff, but maybe there are converters out there?

Basically will this application accept all the file type extensions that I can import into Adobe Photoshop or will I be almost starting from scratch?

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Hi Twitchin Kitten,

Welcome to the forums :)

Unfortunately as far as I'm aware only your brushes (provided they are.abr) can be imported into Affinity. You can use certain plugins but not all you can find a list of compatible plugins below. Unfortunately I don't think there are any converters that would do what you are looking for.




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Remember that you an download the free trial of Affinity Photo which will work for ten days following your first use. You can try out your existing plugins to see if they work. In general, only 8bf plugins work, and only then if they conform properly to Adobe's specifications. But there are many that work perfectly.

Adobe actions and scripts will not work, but if you want a particuar action, then you might find that someone on this forum has written a macro that does the same job. (Then again you might not!)

Give it a try.


Windows 10, Affinity Photo and Designer, (mainly Photo), now ex-Adobe CC

CPU: AMD A6-3670. RAM: 16 GB DDR3 @ 666MHz, Graphics: 2047MB NVIDIA GeForce GT 630

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Remember when PS had that exchange? Does Affinity have something similar? I'm doing some digging around but things are so spread out... a little pointing in the right direction would be appreciated to no end.

I'll play with the trial when I have a full 10 days alone and in a row to dedicate to playing around. It's car show season and I show my car and my guy's band plays most shows and it gets a bit hectic until things slow down!

"Everyone" keeps telling me to go with GIMP but I'm not sold on it. Affinity is truly piquing my interest :)

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