Some recent articles indicating that Adobe might raise the price of their Photography Program made me decide to look at Affinity Photo as a pixel editor and, in particular, its ability to run both Sharpen AI and Denoise AI. The first thing I found is that Affinity Photo does not even display either AI plugin as a plugin and I could not even find either the Denoise AI or Sharpen AI plugins anywhere on my Mac.The apps, yes. The plugins, no.
My backup method for calling those would be to use Topaz Studio, which Affinity Photo can successfully call as a plugin, but when I did that I realized that the “Plug-ins” dropdown menus when called by Photoshop or Affinity Photo differ. The Photoshop call displays 10 command pulldowns, including “Plug-in”. The Affinity Photo call displays 9command pulldowns, and does not include “Plug-in” even though both Studio plugins are the same version (1.14.4).
Here is a screen shot of the Studio when loaded by Photoshop:
You can see that there are 10 pulldown commands listed, including “Plug-in”.
Here is a screen shot of Studio when loaded by Affinity Photo:
You can see that there are 9 pulldown commands listed, and that “Plug-in” is not displayed, so some questions.
Why the difference? Does Studio know, when it is being loaded, that it can not call the plugins and hence not display the Plug-ins pulldown? Or is something else going on here?
Where are the Sharpen AI and Denoise AI plugins on my Mac? I can not find it anywhere. Perhaps if I can point Affinity Photo directly to them it will display and call them.