Affinity Designer

Graphic & vector design software for creative professionals

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Affinity Designer Overview

What is 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.

Affinity Designer Overview

Pricing

Starting from
US$24.21

Pricing options

Free Trial
One Time License
Value for money

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 Features

Devices
Business size
S M L
Markets
United States
Supported Languages
English

Media

Affinity Designer adjustment layers
Affinity Designer isometric
Affinity Designer pen tool
Affinity Designer screenshot: Affinity Designer adjustment layers Affinity Designer screenshot: Affinity Designer isometric Affinity Designer screenshot: Affinity Designer pen tool

Affinity Designer Reviews

Affinity Designer Reviews

Overall rating
4.7
/
5
Excellent
193

Very good
52

Average
4

Poor
2

Terrible
0

Value for Money
4.8
Features
4.4
Ease of Use
4.3
Customer Support
4.4
98% recommended this app
Ronald L.

A game changer

I used to have a very specific workflow that involved the 2 most common image software on the market. These are expensive for the kind of tasks we were doing and a recurrent payment. Affinity Designer (and it's brother, Affinity Photo) replaced these with a one-time payment so we were able to get exactly the same results, same quality and same effiency.


Verified Reviewer

Budget alternative to Adobe's increasingly expensive product line..

The pricepoint and feature set make this a steal when you compare it to Adobe's competitor Illustrator. We bought a single license and had our most experienced designer test drive it. He ultimately recommended it and we've enjoyed a huge cost savings for software, while not missing a beat in terms of workload and output.


Simon D.

Not fit for purpose

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


Rajesh K.

Ditch Adobe Illustrator. Get Affinity Designer NOW

I love this tool for graphic design. The learning curve is short, the tool itself is inexpensive (no recurring cost) and I look forward to use it on a daily basis - it's so intutive.


Matthew W.

Great product if you are interested in moving away from subscription software.

I have used Affinity designer for a number of years and the product has exceeded my expectation for the price of the software. It continues to receive useful updates and remains a strong competitor to other design software offerings.


Ronald L.
Industry: Entertainment
Company size: 1,001-5,000 Employees

A game changer

Used Weekly for 1-5 months
Reviewed on 2/1/2021
Review Source: Capterra

I used to have a very specific workflow that involved the 2 most common image software on the market. These are expensive for the kind of tasks we were doing and a recurrent payment. Affinity Designer (and it's brother, Affinity Photo) replaced these with a one-time payment so we were able to get exactly the same results, same quality and same effiency.

Pros

It allows you to do all the advanced stuff you need to do. Of course, there are some industry-standards out there this software will be compared to. Affinity Designer will for sure save you money after you spend some time in the initial adaptation translating all your knowledge from other tools to it. It sounds scary but it isn't. Things are just called differently and some others just have a different shortcut, but all what you know should still apply. A very cool thing I saw is that the developers are always interacting with users and they do listen to the requests! It's very, very lightweight (v. 1.8.5 is less than 500mb). Updates happen frequently but it's up to you to install them. Also it's equally lightweight in terms of resources used when running. The industry standards require everytime more and more ram and cpu while Affinity Designer runs very smoothly on all low-mid range pcs.

Cons

The documentation isn't always super super clear. As it's an evolving sofware and features are being added or changed, this is really important. A couple of times i had to rely on youtubers to find how to do certain things.

Rating breakdown

Value for Money
Ease of Use

Likelihood to recommend: 10.0/10

Verified Reviewer
Industry: Information Technology & Services
Company size: 2-10 Employees

Budget alternative to Adobe's increasingly expensive product line..

Used Monthly for 2+ years
Reviewed on 14/9/2020
Review Source: Capterra

The pricepoint and feature set make this a steal when you compare it to Adobe's competitor Illustrator. We bought a single license and had our most experienced designer test drive it. He ultimately recommended it and we've enjoyed a huge cost savings for software, while not missing a beat in terms of workload and output.

Pros

This is a fantastic alternative to Adobe's Illustrator, especially at Affinity's pricepoint. To be fair, we're not a design agency first, we make websites and do marketing primarily. However, when we do want to work with vector graphics, Affinity Designer matches up almost 1:1 with Adobe Illustrator. The real pro is the one-time fee of $50 instead of a full adobe suite subscription. This allows our small team to effectively open, edit, and export vector graphics, without having a several hundred dollars per month bill to foot. For small teams, this is a huge win. I'd imagine some experienced designers will scoff that a few of their old shortcuts don't work, but all in all, the interface and function almost mirrors Adobe's for a fraction of the cost. We also use their photo editing software too, which replaces Photoshop.

Cons

Some of the terminology and keyboard shortcuts made the onboarding slightly more difficult for our long-time Adobe Illustrator users, but they've adopted nicely over time. There's always growing pains when you switch tools, but there are many more features that do match up 1:1 that this was a no brainer for our company.

Rating breakdown

Value for Money
Ease of Use

Likelihood to recommend: 10.0/10

Simon D.
Industry: Graphic Design
Company size: Self Employed

Not fit for purpose

Used Daily for 2+ years
Reviewed on 23/1/2019
Review Source: Capterra

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.

Rating breakdown

Value for Money
Ease of Use
Customer Support

Likelihood to recommend: 0.0/10

Rajesh K.
Industry: Design
Company size: Self Employed

Ditch Adobe Illustrator. Get Affinity Designer NOW

Used Monthly for 2+ years
Reviewed on 7/10/2020
Review Source: Capterra

I love this tool for graphic design. The learning curve is short, the tool itself is inexpensive (no recurring cost) and I look forward to use it on a daily basis - it's so intutive.

Pros

The best thing about Affinity Designer is not that it is feature rich, but that it has all the essential features for designing/illustration. This software can be bought for a low price (one-time) unlike Adoble Illustrator which demands you pay monthly license fee. The software is easy and intutive to use and I was able to learn the essentials within a week or so. You get basic photo editing features like selection tools for cropping, blending modes, etc.

Cons

Certain useful features like gradient map, 3D, mockups, etc. that are available in Illustrator may not be available with Affinity Designer. But I am OK with this - too many features make us forget essential ones. Besides, the magic wand tool available in Affinity Photo is not available in Affinity Designer - for precise cropping of people, etc. I wish Affinity Designer and Affinity Photo were a single software.

Rating breakdown

Value for Money
Ease of Use
Customer Support

Likelihood to recommend: 9.0/10

Matthew W.
Industry: Religious Institutions
Company size: 2-10 Employees

Great product if you are interested in moving away from subscription software.

Used Weekly for 2+ years
Reviewed on 12/1/2021
Review Source: Capterra

I have used Affinity designer for a number of years and the product has exceeded my expectation for the price of the software. It continues to receive useful updates and remains a strong competitor to other design software offerings.

Pros

I love that the Affinity Designer software is a one time purchase and has not become a subscription product like many others have. The product has all the features you need for advanced design work any is a great value for the price that you pay. There is a full range of features and instruction on using the various tools is more and more widely available.

Cons

Sometimes I find that the tools in Affinity are not quite as intuitive as some other design software programs but generally a quick internet search will provide the instructions I need to get over the hurdle.

Rating breakdown

Value for Money
Ease of Use

Likelihood to recommend: 9.0/10

User recommendation
9.1/10
Based on 251 user ratings
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Affinity Designer Pricing

Affinity Designer Pricing

Starting from
US$24.21
Free Trial
One Time License
Value for money

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 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.

Value for Money
4.8/5
Based on 251 user ratings
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Affinity Designer Features

Affinity Designer Features

API
Activity Dashboard
Automatic Notifications
Content Management
Customisable Branding
Customisable Templates
Data Import/Export
Drag & Drop Interface
Electronic Payments
Inventory Management
Order Management
Product Catalogue
Reporting & Statistics
SEO Management
Search Functionality
Social Media Integration
Template Management
Third Party Integration
Website Management
eCommerce Management
Features
4.4/5
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Additional information for Affinity Designer

Additional information for Affinity Designer

Key features of Affinity Designer

  • Data Import/Export

Affinity Designer FAQs

Affinity Designer FAQs

Below are some frequently asked questions for Affinity Designer.

Q. What type of pricing plans does Affinity Designer offer?

Affinity Designer offers the following pricing plans:

Starting from: US$24.21

Pricing model: One Time License

Free Trial: 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.

Q. What are the main features of Affinity Designer?

Affinity Designer offers the following features:

  • Data Import/Export

Q. Who are the typical users of Affinity Designer?

Affinity Designer has the following typical customers:

Small Business, Large Enterprises, Mid Size Business

Q. What languages does Affinity Designer support?

Affinity Designer supports the following languages:

English

Q. What type of pricing plans does Affinity Designer offer?

Affinity Designer has the following pricing plans:

One Time License

Q. Does Affinity Designer support mobile devices?

Affinity Designer supports the following devices:

iPad

Q. What other apps does Affinity Designer integrate with?

We do not have any information about what integrations Affinity Designer has

Q. What level of support does Affinity Designer offer?

Affinity Designer offers the following support options:

FAQs, Forum, Knowledge Base, Online Support, Video Tutorials