Affinity Publisher

Graphic designing software for creative professionals

About Affinity Publisher

Affinity Publisher is a graphic designing software that helps creative professionals and publishers combine images, texts, and graphics to create personalized layouts for books, website mock-ups, and marketing materials. Administrators can unify text style across multiple pages, add lines or borders, and manage the baseline grid.

The platform enables managers to embed images, pin graphics, add drop caps, and type along curves to visualize text on a unified interface. Affinity Publisher allows teams to place files in PSD, PDF, AI, JPG, PNG, and TIFF formats on customizable layouts. Operators can also edit hues, saturation, opacity, and luminosity shifts, facilitating crucial image corrections across documents.

Affinity Publisher lets businesses control gradients, add shadows, bevels, glows, and other layer effects, and use bitmap fills to create and edit vector graphics. Designers can also add, subtract, divide, and combine shapes to streamline Boolean operations on a centralized dashboard.

Pricing starting from:

USD 29.79/one-time

  • Free Version
  • Free Trial
  • Subscription

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Business size

S M L

Deployment

  • Cloud-based
  • On-premises

Markets

Brazil, China, Germany, Spain, France, United Kingdom, Italy, Japan, Russia

Supported Languages

Brazilian Portuguese, Chinese, English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Russian, Spanish

Pricing starting from:

USD 29.79/one-time

  • Free Version
  • Free Trial
  • Subscription

Top 5 alternatives to Affinity Publisher

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Features

Total features of Affinity Publisher: 6

  • Content Management
  • Data Visualization
  • Design Management
  • Image Editing
  • Preview Functionality
  • Text Editing

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Reviews

Overall rating

4.8 /5
(26)
Value for Money
4.8/5
Features
4.6/5
Ease of Use
4.3/5
Customer Support
4.1/5

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Rogelio
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  • Industry: Online Media
  • Company size: 2-10 Employees
  • Used Daily for 2+ years
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  • Likelihood to recommend 10.0 /10

Perfect choice for books and magazines design

Reviewed on 13/04/2022

I use this to design books and, as I am also the artist, I can switch easily and draw something...

I use this to design books and, as I am also the artist, I can switch easily and draw something related to the story and then jump back to my book and keep working.
This allows me to offer more services to my clients who are always consuming services on-demand, and also allows me to create a product on record time.

Pros

Affinity Publisher allows you to create a whole set of text styles you can switch from master to master. So, on a single file you can have all different sections of a Magazine and all the different styles and you don't need to work them separately.
If you have a one-man-army designer who does it all, this is the best tool as you can switch easily between Photo editing, to vector editing and back to document editing on a mouse-click.
You also have the flexibility of a text processor like Word where you can create the table of contents, for example, but you can now add different styles to this so you can have an attractive table of contents.
If you buy a set of brushes for Photo or Designer, you have them available also here.

Cons

Basically nothing. But this isn't a software meant to be used alone without it's companions Photo and Designer.

Aleksandar
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  • Industry: Media Production
  • Company size: 2-10 Employees
  • Used Daily for 2+ years
  • Review Source

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  • Value for Money
  • Ease of Use
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  • Likelihood to recommend 10.0 /10

Proffesional DTP solution on the market, with the best Price-Value ratio

Reviewed on 20/03/2022

After a many years of Adobe Indesign QuarkXpress using, we switch to Affinity Suite. Our main...

After a many years of Adobe Indesign QuarkXpress using, we switch to Affinity Suite. Our main products are magazines and catalogues, and other predominantly graphical creations. And we are absolutely happy with our Affinity solution for now. Excellent merge of DTP, photo and vector is came to you with full Affinity suite: Affinit Publisher + Affinity Photo + Affinity Designer. One must have trio.

Pros

It is fast - build on game engine in core. You can work with one page document or hundreds of pages with a lot of images and different text styles, but speed will never drop down. It is stabile software and with excellent colour reproduction.

Cons

Affinity Publisher lack of some usefull but not mandatory features. There are no classical character and paragraph styles, but there are no combined styles like QuarkXpress have. The are no good indexing and footnote/endnote manipulation.

Alternatives Considered

QuarkXPress, Adobe InDesign and CorelDRAW

Reasons for Choosing Affinity Publisher

First reason is subscription. Second is price. Third is speed. Fourth is creativity....

Switched From

QuarkXPress and Adobe InDesign

Reasons for Switching to Affinity Publisher

We try and feel every solution. Indesign is to heavy, and for full DTP solution - price is to high, same story with Quark. Speed is problem with Quark and Corel. Ragtime is solid. but retro solution with high price, but excellent table data management. All in all, Affinity suite do our job with the most style of all of them.
Leah
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  • Industry: Nonprofit Organization Management
  • Company size: 2-10 Employees
  • Used Monthly for 1+ year
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  • Likelihood to recommend 5.0 /10

If you need data merge, this product isn't for you.

Reviewed on 09/06/2022

Disappointed.

Disappointed.

Pros

It's inexpensive. If all you are doing is designing flyers or other static publications, it's fine.

Cons

If you need mail or data merge, don't get this product. I've been using it for over a year and I still can't make it work. It mysteriously skips creating left or right side pages of two page layouts, and/or skips data records for no apparent reason. I've spent my entire career figuring out software, and this just doesn't work.

Deb
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  • Industry: Graphic Design
  • Company size: Self Employed
  • Used Daily for 1+ year
  • Review Source

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  • Value for Money
  • Ease of Use
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  • Likelihood to recommend 10.0 /10

Exception Replacement for similar Adobe software.

Reviewed on 08/03/2022

The devs are great about helping with anything at all! They also promote addons (created by other...

The devs are great about helping with anything at all! They also promote addons (created by other users/contributors) at reasonable prices. So, if we need to add new brushes (for example) there are a lot to choose from.

I've primarily used Adobe and GIMP before finding Affinity. I still use GIMP for quick or online graphics. But for Print I always use Affinity.

Pros

Being a small office (Just myself) it was increasingly a concern that I was paying a monthly subscription fee and some months it wasn't worth the time at all. With Affinity I can work daily or skip a month and I've already paid for the software.

Cons

The only inconvenience, is that Affinity software is separated. Publisher (is great for anything, especially Hard Print Quality, Pre-Flight tests, and even online publishing). But, because they are separate products most of us will need to buy all three (Photo, Publisher, and Designer). That said, it is still worth the value compared to the alternatives available.

Bryant
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  • Industry: Airlines/Aviation
  • Company size: Self Employed
  • Used Weekly for 1-5 months
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  • Value for Money
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  • Likelihood to recommend 7.0 /10

One of the best!

Reviewed on 16/12/2021

This is probably the best software that I've used where it's advanced but not overly difficult....

This is probably the best software that I've used where it's advanced but not overly difficult. It's difficult at first, but there really wasn't a huge learning curve for me compared to Photoshop. I like everything streamlined and right where I need it. The menus in Affinity are well organized where other programs I ask myself why they put something here or there and it doesn't make sense.

Pros

I like how easy it is to select what you'd like to do with photos. With drone photography (especially at night), you most likely will be taking photos with the auto exposure bracketing (AEB) setting which takes several photos really fast to allow the most light into the sensor to help the photos appear brighter at night. You'd simply take all of the photos and combine them. With a drone, you have to account for any type of movement like wind and the drone itself adjusting to the gps position where you have it hovering so each photo may be slightly off. Affinity has a photo combining/stacking option. When you combine the photos... it does a great job at stacking without it looking blurry. You can choose 3 settings that will show the difference in any effects used. You have a before/after (side by side is best), the before and after split photo then the regular photo itself that will show you the difference once applied.

Cons

I haven't figured this out yet, but when working with stacked photos I have a hard time seeing the difference in the before and after photo when doing side by sides. Maybe it's just me but I don't really see the difference unless I do a large effect like making the contrast really dark.

Alternatives Considered

AfterShot Pro

Reasons for Switching to Affinity Publisher

It's easier to use, streamlined and has more editing options for sure. I also think the cost is less which is a huge win.
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Affinity Publisher offers the following pricing plans:

  • Starting from: USD 29.79/one-time
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Affinity Publisher is available on a one-time license basis.

Affinity Publisher has the following typical customers:

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

Affinity Publisher supports the following languages:

Brazilian Portuguese, Chinese, English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Russian, Spanish

Affinity Publisher supports the following devices:

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Affinity Publisher offers the following support options:

Email/Help Desk, FAQs/Forum

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