Affinity Designer

Graphic & vector design software for creative professionals

About Affinity Designer

Affinity Designer is a graphic design software, which helps creative professionals manage documents, create vector designs with gradients, blend modes, adjustments and effects, edit images, build artboards, and more using various built-in tools. The platform allows organizations to customize text topography and supports multiple image and vector file formats including EPS, PNG, TIFF, GIP, JPEG, PDF, SVG, and PSD.

Affinity Designer enables creative teams to add paragraph or character styles, frames, and ligatures to text, preview designs in standard or retina resolution, and create artboards of any size with screens, menus, and pages. Managers can set up column guides, isometric grids, and planes by defining spacing, sub-divisions, gutters, and angles, among other specifications. The application lets designers convert imported vectors, text, or primitives to editable curves, export artboards, and save stroke styles for future references. Organizations can also store design elements or assets to custom subcategories and utilize the corner tool to soften or round shapes and lines.

Affinity Designer helps users create customizable vector or raster brushes, configure tool behavior, and user interface (UI) settings according to requirements. Designers can also isolate, hide, rename, lock and merge layers, replicate symbols, and position objects based on specific values.

Pricing starting from:

USD 24.21/one-time

  • Free Version
  • Free Trial
  • Subscription

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Business size

S M L

Deployment

  • Cloud-based
  • On-premises

Markets

United Kingdom

Supported Languages

German

Pricing starting from:

USD 24.21/one-time

  • Free Version
  • Free Trial
  • Subscription

Top 5 alternatives to Affinity Designer

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Features

Total features of Affinity Designer: 17

  • 2D Drawing
  • CAD Tools
  • Collaboration Tools
  • Data Import/Export
  • Design Management
  • Document Storage
  • Drag & Drop
  • For Mobile
  • For Websites
  • Image Editing
  • Image Library
  • Multiple Format Support
  • Preview Functionality
  • Prototype Creation
  • Search/Filter
  • Templates
  • Text Editing

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Reviews

Overall rating

4.7 /5
(346)
Value for Money
4.8/5
Features
4.5/5
Ease of Use
4.3/5
Customer Support
4.5/5

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Alan Gerardo
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  • Industry: Marketing & Advertising
  • Company size: 2-10 Employees
  • Used Daily for 6-12 months
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  • Likelihood to recommend 10.0 /10

A great vector creation tool for iPad users

Reviewed on 27/07/2022

It’s been great overall. One purchase and you jump right in without worrying about renewing payment...

It’s been great overall. One purchase and you jump right in without worrying about renewing payment plans. At first it was a bit of a shock having such a high quality app for a table because it does things that you might not expect it to to do while at the same time not behaving exactly how you would expect. However it’s more because it must compromise in some aspects due to the fact that it MUST take into account both touch only controls as well as mouse and keyboad.

Pros

-Purchase once and use forever. You don’t need a monthly subscription fee to access every feature
-Accesible price, you don’t need to break the bank to purchase this app
-Rich interface and tools

Cons

-Interface and interactions may be hit or miss since it’s software built for tablets and may not always play nice when using mouse and keyboard
- Slight learning curve when coming from other options

Deborah
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  • Industry: Graphic Design
  • Company size: Self Employed
  • Used Daily for 6-12 months
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  • Likelihood to recommend 10.0 /10

Versatility and Easy to Learn

Reviewed on 01/07/2022

Time saving: - Repetitive tasks:
There are some intuitive features I'm learning about, while I was...

Time saving: - Repetitive tasks:
There are some intuitive features I'm learning about, while I was creating a template for printable stickers, I discovered after one 'duplicate' was dragged under the last, the next one would go to the space under that one (with just using the duplicate again). Saving time as I learn more and more.

Pros

This is the easiest to learn in graphic design software. I like that I can edit parts of a design and link or embed the update. I have created book covers (for print), e-book templates, and recently a sticker series (convention logo sticker items for event items). It has helped me save time (revising templates instead of building from scratch with each one), and I was able to create exactly what the client wanted.

I've also created marketing graphics for social and launches of books and media (for clients). I can create custom templates to save time with each project (and there are a lot of built in custom templates already).

Cons

The main thing I like the least is that the Affinity software is not 'one' integration. It is three different programs. This is not my favorite thing for a few reasons, but, mostly I wish they were one, because I have started at least three projects in the wrong one (of the three I have).

Alternatives Considered

Krita and Adobe Illustrator

Reasons for Choosing Affinity Designer

GIMP does not have true CMYK option (for printing services who still use CMYK Printers), and Adobe is expensive in comparison (Affinity has NO monthly fee ).

Reasons for Switching to Affinity Designer

I chose Affinity over Adobe because of price, and over Krita because it seems to work best when I would drop a finished design into it and then adjust the CMYK (so I basically used GIMP and Krita together). It is easier to just use Affinity Designer (for designing and CMYK).
Simon
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  • Industry: Graphic Design
  • Company size: Self Employed
  • Used Daily for 2+ years
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  • Likelihood to recommend 0.0 /10

Not fit for purpose

Reviewed on 23/01/2019

Not really a finished app

I have been trying to integrate Affinity Designer into a professional...

Not really a finished app

I have been trying to integrate Affinity Designer into a professional workflow for a number of years now but I've come to the conclusion that it's just too painful and there is nothing to indicate that this will improve.

Back when I first purchased this app the developers were promising a roadmap of future improvements which would bring it closer to some of the industry-standard vector apps out there. It's been two years now and not a single thing on that list has been implemented. The few updates which have come down the line have focused on things like the app icon.

The developers have moved on to other projects, and it seems to me that for all intents and purposes, development on this software has been abandoned. I wouldn't wish to speculate if this software will even be supported in a few years.

So we're left with an app which lacks some of the most fundamental vector editing tools. With the exception of skew, vectors cannot be distorted in any way (including perspective) and it even lacks a knife tool. These are tools which are actually provided by many free editors.

Furthermore, many tools are very poorly implemented. Convert to curves produces hilariously unusable results and things like Offset Path simply don't exist. The developers themselves are notoriously unresponsive to please for further development.

Since going cross-platform there have been many reports of Designer's instability and since the implementation of Apples Metal API

Pros

It's cheap, although it still remains less powerful that some free apps

Cons

Development seems to have ground to a halt on this app. Investing time and energy learning could be a waste of time as it may not be around in the future.

Srdan
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  • Industry: Apparel & Fashion
  • Company size: 2-10 Employees
  • Used Daily for 2+ years
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  • Likelihood to recommend 10.0 /10

My essential UX, Vector Creating tool

Reviewed on 03/06/2022

I am very satisfied with the performance the look, style and usability of Affinity Designer I am...

I am very satisfied with the performance the look, style and usability of Affinity Designer I am also using the Affinity Photo and Publisher.

Pros

It's built for Mac OS, an it works flawlessly with my M1 MacBook and my Dell 27" external screen. It has all the features and tools as Adobe Illustrator and then some more. I absolutely love it!

Cons

Nothing that I can think of at the moment, all is rainbows and smiles after few years of using it.

Alternatives Considered

Adobe Illustrator

Reasons for Choosing Affinity Designer

Seamless and without any regrets, wouldn't go back to Adobe in a million years.

Switched From

Adobe Illustrator

Reasons for Switching to Affinity Designer

Pricing and plus I know the product for several years.
Marco
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  • Industry: Marketing & Advertising
  • Company size: 51-200 Employees
  • Used Weekly for 2+ years
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  • Likelihood to recommend 8.0 /10

The versatile tool for your graphics

Reviewed on 04/08/2022

For my graphic work, Affinity is sufficient.

For my graphic work, Affinity is sufficient.

Pros

Is much cheaper compared to competing tools.

Cons

It doesn't have as many features as photoshop.

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Affinity Designer FAQs

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Affinity Designer offers the following pricing plans:

  • Starting from: USD 24.21/one-time
  • Free Trial: Not Available

Affinity Designer is offered across three pricing plans, outlined below. A free trial is available. Mac: $60.54 Windows: $60.54 iPad: $24.21 Licenses for businesses and educational institutions are also available on request.

Affinity Designer has the following typical customers:

2-10, 11-50, 51-200, 201-500, 501-1,000, 1,001-5,000

Affinity Designer supports the following languages:

German

Affinity Designer supports the following devices:

iPhone (Mobile), iPad (Mobile)

Affinity Designer integrates with the following applications:

Adobe Photoshop

Affinity Designer offers the following support options:

Email/Help Desk, FAQs/Forum, Knowledge Base

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