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:

US$24.21/one-time

  • Free Version
  • Free Trial
  • Subscription

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Devices

Business size

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Markets

United Kingdom

Supported Languages

German

Pricing starting from:

US$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
(337)
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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Jeremy D.
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  • Industry: Media Production
  • Company size: 2-10 Employees
  • Used Daily for 2+ years
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  • Likelihood to recommend 10.0 /10

An Affordable Champion

Reviewed on 5/5/2022

I've been looking for an alternative to Adobe illustrator for years now, and Affinity Designer is...

I've been looking for an alternative to Adobe illustrator for years now, and Affinity Designer is the one. The interface is much faster to open and lighter in feel, and it offers pretty much all the features one could want from a vector editor. You can jump between vector and raster quite easily too.

Pros

Affinity Designer is very inexpensive, but you wouldn't know it from using it. This is a full-on, best-in-class vector graphics application for designing logos, icons, UI, mock-ups and more.

Cons

While Affinity Designer is very similar to Adobe Illustrator, it does behave quite differently in some ways, and will take a little longer to adjust coming from Illustrator. That being said, it's still very easy to use.

Alternatives Considered

GIMP (GNU Image Manipulation Program)

Reasons for Choosing Affinity Designer

Very affordable, no monthly contract.

Switched From

Adobe Illustrator

Reasons for Switching to Affinity Designer

Much more professional interface than Gimp.
Srdan P.
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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 3/6/2022

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.
Simon D.
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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 23/1/2019

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.

Hayden F.
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  • Industry: Media Production
  • Company size: Self Employed
  • Used Daily for 2+ years
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  • Value for Money
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  • Likelihood to recommend 10.0 /10

I love this software, beware Adobe

Reviewed on 5/5/2022

I use Affinity Designer on a daily basis, to create graphics and assets for video and animation, as...

I use Affinity Designer on a daily basis, to create graphics and assets for video and animation, as well as all the graphic design needs for my job. Strongly support the vision and accessibility of Affinity compared to the Adobe rent software model. Love the fact that all updates are also free and they just keep on improving, you go Affinity.

Pros

Very powerful and well rounded design software.
Inexpensive, yet a great alternative to Illustrator

Cons

Not many collaboration and no good perspective tools.

Alternatives Considered

CorelDRAW

Reasons for Choosing Affinity Designer

Pricing and features. Still use Adobe in some capacity.

Switched From

Adobe Illustrator

Reasons for Switching to Affinity Designer

Pricing and accessibility
Skyler B.
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  • Industry: Writing & Editing
  • Company size: Self Employed
  • Used Monthly for 1+ year
  • Review Source

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

The Perfect Adobe Illustrator Alternative

Reviewed on 10/5/2022

My experience with Affinity Designer has been great. I am a professional writer and only use...

My experience with Affinity Designer has been great. I am a professional writer and only use graphic design and photo editing software a few times per month. I kept Adobe CS6 until it was no longer supported, and then moved to an Adobe Creative Cloud subscription for a year. It wasn't worth the money for me considering how infrequently I used it. Affinity Illustrator and Photo have allowed me to cancel my Adobe subscription, and have a full-featured graphic design program which covers 95% of all my needs. For the price, there is not a better option anywhere!

Pros

I love that Affinity Designer has most of the essential graphic design features of Adobe Illustrator, for a fraction of the price. You can buy Designer outright with a one-time purchase for the price of just ONE month of an Adobe Creative Cloud All Apps subscription. The software is intuitive and easy to use, and is starting to become more popular amongst designers. If you come from Illustrator, there is only a small learning curve, and new features are constantly being added to bring it up to par with AI.

Cons

Some features are frustratingly similar to Adobe Illustrator, but slightly different, which can take time to figure them out, and slow down your workflow. Minor annoyances include not being able to trace a PNG into a vector, and not being able to merge vectors into one layer. Also, there aren't as many YouTube tutorials as AI, and Affinity only has videos for each function rather than a full course from beginner to pro, which makes it difficult to learn.

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Affinity Designer FAQs

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Affinity Designer offers the following pricing plans:

  • Starting from: US$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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