Affinity Designer

Affinity Designer for PC and Mac

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  • Category: Graphics & Design
  • Release date: 2022-03-15
  • Licence: $54.99
  • Software version: 1.10.5
  • File size: 392.17 MB
  • Compatibility: Available on Windows 11, Windows 10, Windows 8, Windows 7, Vista and Mac OS 10, 11 10.7
  • How it works | What is Affinity Designer?

Whatʹs Great

1. Built from the ground up over a five-year period, every feature, tool, panel and function has been developed with the needs of creative professionals at its core.

2. Affinity Designer is the fastest, smoothest, most precise vector graphic design software available.

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Affinity Designer Features and Description

Key Features

Latest Version: 1.10.5

  • Licence: $54.99

  • What does Affinity Designer do? ** Microsoft Design Award Winner ** Affinity Designer is the fastest, smoothest, most precise vector graphic design software available. Built from the ground up over a five-year period, every feature, tool, panel and function has been developed with the needs of creative professionals at its core. With continuous innovation and development, the result is a ground-breaking application that will revolutionise how you work. Real-time performance • Pan and zoom at 120fps • Live gradients, transforms, effects and adjustments • Optimised for documents of any complexity, zoom to over 1,000,000% for absolute precision • Live pixel, retina and wireframe view of vector artwork in and out of split screen mode • Seamless switching between tools and editing modes for frustration-free design • Incredibly accurate results with minimal nodes Precise vector tools • Rock solid vector tools that work just the way you want them to • The best pen tool, node tool, curve editing and smart shape tools available • Powerful contour tool to create abstract objects or increase the width of single open curves • Pencil and brush stabilisation for drawing super-smooth curves freehand • Non-destructive Boolean operations • Live effects, blend modes and image adjustments • Incredibly smooth gradient and transparency controls Raster or vector, you decide • Switch between vector and raster workspaces with a single click • Use the strengths of vector and raster behaviours for the best of both worlds • High quality raster tools for texturing, masking and finishing artwork – you can even create your own brushes • True creative freedom not found in other apps Sophisticated typography • Flexible text handling including comprehensive support for OpenType • Artistic text and text frames • Full control over character and paragraph styles • Flow text along any drawn path Built for your workflow • Unlimited artboards • Saveable history with alternate futures • Customisable keyboard shortcuts • PSD, AI, PDF, EPS, SVG, JPG, TIFF and EXR file support • Advanced grids, snapping and alignment • Linked symbols and constraints • Save documents as template files to re-use time and time again • Customise saveable presets, including studio presets for the UI layout • Quickly access royalty free images through the Stock panel • Select Same and Select Object functions allow you to efficiently match attributes or select all objects of a certain type for easy editing • Linked images and resource manager • PDF passthrough • Package your document alongside all used image and font resources into a single folder Perfect colour and output • Professional CMYK, LAB, RGB, PANTONE© and Greyscale colour models • Full 16-bit per channel editing • End-to-end ICC colour management • Slice export for exporting multiple elements in a single click • Live pixel preview to see exactly how your design will export Built for Windows • Fully compatible with PC Big Sur • Optimised for Microsoft’s M1 chips as well as 64-bit and multi-core processors • Takes full advantage of the latest PC technologies including Metal compute, OpenGL, Grand Central Dispatch and Core Graphics • Full support for PC's Touch Bar and Force Touch trackpad • Supports regular, retina and multi-monitor set ups • External eGPU support for Intel Macs (M1 Macs get code specifically written to leverage the power of Microsoft’s SoC solution) • Modern, unified toolbar for more usable document space

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    Software Installation Requirements

    PC Compactibility/Requirements for Installation

    Compactible OS list:
    1. Windows 11
    2. Windows 10
    3. Windows 8.1
    4. Windows 7
    5. Windows Vista

    Requirements for MacOS Installation

    Intel, 64-bit processor, OS X 10.7 or later.

    Compactible OS list:
    1. OS X 10.10: Yosemite
    2. OS X 10.11: El Capitan
    3. macOS 10.12: Sierra
    4. macOS 10.13: High Sierra
    5. macOS 10.14: Mojave8
    6. macOS 10.15: Catalina
    7. macOS Big Sur (macOS 11)


    Affinity Designer - Is it safe to download?

    Yes. The app is 100 percent (100%) safe to download and Install. Our download links are from safe sources and are frequently virus scanned to protect you

    Software Reviews and Critisims

    • By Tx_arcade

      Long time Adobe Ilustrator & Corel Draw User, but worth the switch

      I’ve been using Corel Draw and Adobe Illustrator for years for graphic design and in the sign business. When Corel in it’s infinte wisdom decided to dump support for the PC by telling customers to switch to Windows to upgrade, I in turn dumped Corel and focused exclusively on Adobe products. However after Adobe abandon their CSx version license model in favor of an overpriced “Cash Grab“ CC Subscription model, I was forced to limp along with previous versions of Adobe Creative Suite with little to no support from Adobe. After much frustration I decided to try Affinity Designer as the cost the of the program was roughly two months of subscription fees from Adobe. I must say after using the product for a few weeks I am very impressed with what it can do. The hardest part is unlearning to do things the archaic Adobe way. Once you get past that and learn this program, you’ll see it’s much more intutive to a modern OS and you find yourself asking why you didn’t do this sooner. Thus far the only thing I haven’t been able to do (but I assume there is a way in the program to it) is autotrace a JPG or other drawing format to create a rough vector drawing (aka digitizing). That in itself if the only thing I’ve seen I still need to load my older Adobe programs for, but again this program is great. My next step is to download and attempt to dump Adobe Photoshop in favor of Affinity Photo.

    • By Dr. Nostrand

      Affinity Designer does the job for me

      I have been using Adobe software since the early 1990s. Thus far, the Affinity suite pretty much replicates what I was using Adobe software for. I primarily use either for book cover design and similar tasks. Affinity Designer has almost all the features that I expect. Affinity Designer has the usual facilities for supporting layers, embedded fonts, graphics, photograph inclusion, and drawing. It also exports to a variety of formats. Although the printer specifies Illustrator, they have had no problems with PDFs generated by Affinity Designer instead. Affinity Design has a handy file export feature which facilitates this. Fonts are subsetted and included in PDF files by default. The user can select PDF standard and resolution for rasterized images in the export popup window. Affinity Designer also generates EPS and Photoshop PSD files along with a range of vector graphic file formats. Adobe Illustrator also uses PDF files as an exchange medium. As PDF files preserve layers, there is little need for cutting and pasting between the two applications. This is facilitated by the PDF for export option in Affinity Designer which also supresses rasterization. My three wishes at the moment are: support for 600 DPI B&W rasterization in Affinity Designer, a trace feature in Affinity Photo, and release of the hinted at alternative to inDesign.

    • By shanghai road

      Update to 5 stars

      Update: the issue is this... when you reset the width and height of the image as you export, example... from 3399 height and 5100 width to the size of 850 px height and 850 px width... when you enter the NEW dimensions, you must tab out of each field to set the new value, if you set the height and tab to the width field and set the width and don't tab out of the width field the new value will not be set for the width field... the height value is OK because you tab out of the height field to the width field, but because you submit and don't tab out of the width field the width field isn't set... I've been using for about 2 weeks... I purchased for 2 basic reasons... Price and Vector... I'm not adventours with how I use... NOW... main problem I have is I can't export an image at a reduced size consistently... an image that is 5100 px by 3300 px reduced to 850px by 850px (which is the optimum size for face book...)... when I export and change the width and height to 850 px, the resulting image is always either the default width or height by 850 px... so I've discovered that it is less time consuming to export at the default and use Capto to create the 850 px by 850 px image... so my basic reason for 3 stars is I can't export like I want to export....

    • By crabtrem

      My go to apps.

      I have come to love the entire Affinity suite of tools, and can't imagine not having all three apps, since they compliment, and work so seemlessly together. It is where I go first to accomplish everything I want to. I had used Adobe, and Macromedia, and Corel, and Microsoft; but it wasn't until Affinity's structure, workflow and apps that I really got it. I used to struggle with concepts, and I had difficulty comprehending artistic flows in the digital and vector worlds. I seemed dependent upon Corel to do it for me automatically; but try and modify and use a Corel drawing traced automatically; what a nightmare. Affinity gives me the tools to accomplish everything, and really understand why and how I'm doing it. Photoshop tutorials used to just baffle me; why are you doing that, and what the heck are you talking about. Since I jumped in to the Affinity line of Designer, Photo, and Publisher I feel more confident that I can figure out a solution to any task that I can readily take with me and utilize in an unlimited number of variations and scopes. And not to have to be bound by a binding and limiting subscription fee that holds your work hostage from you. I love the Affinity apps, workflow, and empowerment. Thank you.

    • By TheWholeEnchilada

      Not just a replacment for Illustrator, an improvement over Illustrator

      I was forced into getting Affinity Designer when I updated my OS and my version of Illustrator was no longer supported. I couldn't fork out the outrageous monthly fee Adobe is now charging so I decided to look elsewhere.
After doing some googling I saw a lot of good things about Affinity so I decided to try it out. The price certainly can’t be beat if it really is equal to Illustrator. You can buy Affinity outright for what Illustrator will run you in two months.
After looking at some tutorials and trying it out I have come to realize that this really is an amazing program. There is, of course, some pain in the transition if you are used to Illustrator and all the little ways you do things with it, but you can work though that easily enough (most things are pretty close to the same, even key commands) and man it is worth it! I’ve found most of the changes in workflow are more intuitive and easier than AI once you get them down and it’s super fast because it is so much less bloated.
At this point I would choose Affinity over AI even if it wasn’t just for the savings.
Never looking back.