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 Trial
  • One Time License

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Pricing starting from:

US$24.21/one-time

  • Free Trial
  • One Time License

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Features

Total features of Affinity Designer: 18

  • 2D Drawing
  • Asset Management
  • Collaboration Tools
  • Data Import/Export
  • Design Management
  • Document 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
(276)
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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Ronald L.
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  • Industry: Entertainment
  • Company size: 1,001-5,000 Employees
  • Used Weekly for 1-5 months
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  • Likelihood to recommend 10.0 /10

A game changer

Reviewed on 2/1/2021

I used to have a very specific workflow that involved the 2 most common image software on the...

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.

Viktoria J.
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  • Industry: Information Technology & Services
  • Company size: 2-10 Employees
  • Used Daily for 1+ year
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  • Likelihood to recommend 10.0 /10

The powerhouse of vector design

Reviewed on 10/2/2021

We use Affinity Designer for a myriad of things - from designing logos and graphics for websites,...

We use Affinity Designer for a myriad of things - from designing logos and graphics for websites, to making merch design for our web comic. The great UI and amazing performance are an upgrade from our previous vector design software.

Pros

Affinity designer is the software I was waiting for as long as I remember. It has all the options of the mainstream competition, but for the fraction of the price. The best part of it is that Affinity Designer does what it does perfectly. But, the thing that attracted me to the Serif software, Affinity Designer and it's sister products Affinity Photo and Affinity Publisher, is not only that. They offered their software for absolutely free for three entire months when the COVID pandemic started, and then for another three months later on. All the time, their price was down to 50% as well. They were not only the best, but the most human and kind. And that is the kind of company I want to give my money to.

Cons

A solid bitmap tracing option would be nice.

Boris T.
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  • Industry: Information Technology & Services
  • Company size: 2-10 Employees
  • Used Weekly for 6-12 months
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  • Value for Money
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  • Likelihood to recommend 10.0 /10

Best vector editor for a fraction of the price

Reviewed on 6/3/2021

We used Adobe for a long time but decided to switch to Affinity Designer when they offered the free...

We used Adobe for a long time but decided to switch to Affinity Designer when they offered the free trial and we are very happy we did! It saved us hundreds of dollars in just the few months that we were using it. If I could rate it any higher, I would! The entire Serif company is amazing at what they do and they are rolling out major updates very often. We use it for all of our graphic design needs, from logotypes to icons we use in our apps and, frankly, I will never look back to any other graphic design software.

Pros

It is super affordable! Affinity even lowered their prices 50% at the start of the pandemic and offered a three month free trial. It has all the options Illustrator has, and is as clean and usable as Illustrator.

Cons

There is nothing I could find so far that I didn't like! Affinity Designer is the way to go!

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.

Michael S.
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  • Industry: Computer Software
  • Company size: Self Employed
  • Used Daily for 1+ year
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  • Likelihood to recommend 10.0 /10

Excellent Product

Reviewed on 28/1/2021

My experience has been wonderful, I see some of the new AI-type features in CC, but for my purposes...

My experience has been wonderful, I see some of the new AI-type features in CC, but for my purposes the Affinity can do 98% of everything I might have ever wanted from CC and for a much better, one-time price.

Pros

I use the full Affinity suite (Designer, Photo and Publisher) and am VERY pleased with each. The ability to create and edit files in one and seamlessly switch to the other (e.g. edit photo in Photo and switch over to Designer to do some curved text or other vector work and then switch back to Photo) is amazing, and quite a time saver. I create several print-ready images every month and used to pay a LOT more for CC, which started to become a burden. Switching to Affinity saves me a lot of money (and also time)

Cons

Not a complaint, but if this software could somehow use all of the thousands of Photoshop plugins and filters out there, it would be incredible.

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Affinity Designer offers the following pricing plans:

  • Starting from: US$24.21/one-time
  • Pricing model: One Time License
  • 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.

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Affinity Designer has the following typical customers:

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

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Affinity Designer supports the following devices:

iPhone (Mobile), iPad (Mobile)

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Affinity Designer offers the following support options:

Email/Help Desk, FAQs/Forum, Knowledge Base

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