Affinity Designer

Developer: Serif Labs

Current Version: 1.6

Last Updated: 2 months ago

Download Size: 244 MB - Download


** Apple Design Award Winner 2015 **

Professional Graphic Design Software for the Mac.
Affinity Designer is the fastest, smoothest, most precise vector graphic design software available. Whether you’re working on graphics for marketing materials, websites, icons, UI design or just like creating cool concept art, Affinity Designer will revolutionize how you work.

It takes full advantage of macOS technologies such as OpenGL, Grand Central Dispatch, Core Graphics and is fully optimized for 64-bit and multi-core processors to squeeze every ounce of available performance from your hardware – so it’s seriously fast. Whether it’s a 100 megapixel image or the most complex vector drawing with thousands of curves, you still pan and zoom at 60fps, move objects in correct z-order and see live views of all adjustments, brushes and effects as you’re working with no compromise.

Experience the best PSD import engine out there – making it easy to collaborate with other creative professionals. Along with support for PSD, PDF, SVG, AI (PDF Stream), Freehand and EPS files you get all the flexibility you need so whether you switch to Affinity Designer for all your work, or just elements of what you do, it’s completely painless.

With professional color model support, full 16-bit per channel editing, real-time pixel preview, image slices, masks, adjustment layers and tablet support, Affinity Designer is a serious tool for creative professionals.

Real-time performance
• Panning and zooming is always live at 60fps
• Live gradients, transforms, effects and adjustments
• Optimized for documents of any complexity, zoom to over 1,000,000% for absolute precision
• Live pixel and retina view of vector artwork, wireframe view, split screen mode
• Seamless switching between tools and editing modes for frustration-free design

Perfect color and output
• Professional CMYK, LAB, RGB and Grayscale color models
• Full 16-bit per channel editing
• End-to-end ICC color management
• Advanced Lanczos 3 image resampling plus Bicubic, Bilinear and Nearest Neighbor methods

Truly multi-discipline
• Rock solid vector tools that work just the way you want them to
• Live effects, blend modes, image adjustments, and raster and vector masks for any part of your design
• Use the strengths of vector and raster behaviors for the best of both worlds
• The best pen tool, node tool, curve editing, geometry operations, and smart shape tools available
• Flexible text handling including comprehensive support for OpenType
• High quality raster tools for texturing, masking and finishing artwork. Create your own brushes too.
• Optimized workspaces give focus to design disciplines including web graphics, UI/UX, print, and concept art


Release Notes:

• New light user interface option
• New stroke stabiliser for all pencil and brush tools
• Metal 2 accelerated view optimised for macOS High Sierra
• New font chooser dropdown with recents, used fonts and favourites
• New Glyph browser
• Improved view pan/zoom performance
• Improved performance with large documents
• Align to key items
• Text frame vertical alignment options
• Fit frame to text
• Many PDF export improvements including vector export of multi-stop gradients
• Added 'Unlock All' and 'Show All' commands
• Numerous bug fixes and other improvements


Most Helpful Reviews

Version 1.1.2
Review by DarkKnight^^

An amazing illustration app that replaces most of Illustrator and Photoshop for me. - I’ve been using Affinity Designer for several months now. It is excellent and a pleasure to use. I haven’t been this excited to learn new software since I first started working with Photoshop. It still has some growing to do but the developers are continually improving it and listen to all the feedback. For me Affinity Designer has become an almost 100% complete replacement for most of my design and illustration work flows (at home and work) which often involved swapping between Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop. Now I can do everything inside of Affinity Designer, from sketching, vector drawing, to pixel-based work. This has become another excellent creative tool for me along-side Sketch 3. Overall Affinity Designer is the best alternative I’ve used to Adobe Illustrator and is well worth every penny I spent on it.

Found helpful by 47 out of 48 people
Version 1.4.2
Review by FriedButtermilk

Great promise, way short on delivery - I have used computer graphics programs, including Illustrator, FreeHand, CorelDraw and Canvas, for twenty-five years. When I first saw AD (Affinity Designer) I was impressed, especially with its similarity to Canvas, the best I have ever used. Unfortunately, I soon discovered that AD was missing the inredible intuitiveness of Canvas. In fact, I have struggled in the few months I have had the app to acquire the knowledge to satisfy my needs, to no avail. There is no user’s manual. The online forum was no help at all. I simply cannot find out how to do some very simple tasks with this program without just going through the very extensive menu system line by line looking for appropriate settings to tweak. There remains at this writing several issues that keep me from constructing a simple vector drawing and being able to manipulate that drawing with the tools provided. Two examples: I was not able to draw a straight line (a very simple procedure in most apps - simply click and hold, drag the line out to the proper length and then release the button leaving the line on the screen. When I released the button the line always disappeared and I could not find any help either in-app, from the manufacturers or from the online user’s forum. I had some graphics objects in a library that I created. Each object was built up of graphics elements and then GROUPed. Now, all of those objects cannot be ungrouped for editing. Really? That means I have to redraw them, with no assurance that the same thing won’t happen. I give this program 5 stars for promise, 1 star for usability, until (and if) the company makes it much more intuitive or produces a comprehensive user’s manual, at which point I would be willing to edit this review. Until then, find something else.

Found helpful by 14 out of 24 people

More Reviews for Current Version

Version 1.6
Review by Dr. Remulac

Good Illustrator alternative… if only I coud save my files... - There’s a lot to like about Affinity Designer, but since installing this latest update, I’m getting permissions problems when trying to save files — so the app has pretty much become useless to me. I looked on the Affinity web site and most of the advice there blames Mac sandboxing and the number of fonts installed on my machine. I’m a designer so I have a lot of fonts — I need a lot of fonts. Adobe Illustrator has no problem handling the number of fonts I use so I don’t accept that I should live with a font limitation with Affinity. Sounds like a bug to me, and a serious one at that.

Found helpful by 5 out of 5 people
Version 1.6
Review by pik80

This pretty much killed Illustrator for me - I am in love with this drawing app what an Incredible bargain! Absolutely blows ‪Adobe Illustrator‬ out of the water in many ways. Has the user friendliness of Freehand but it is much better. I can't wait to see where this program goes in the next year and how the remaining programs in the suite (photo manipulation and layout) will work with it. The two Affinity programs work really well together, they have even tighter intigration then the Adobe apps. Managing and finding fonts got way better in 1.6. Canvas rotation is a feature that even Illustrator doesn’t have and is a wonderful addition to a drawing program. Affinity Photo looks to be a very interesting Photoshop / Camera Raw competitor that Design works very well with, in fact it has even tighter intimation then the Adobe apps do. I do have on main complaint with Designer though. I find that working with gradients is more difficult than other drawing programs such as iDraw and FreeHand. For an example if I have a color in the middle that I want to drag to the end this is not so easily done. I would like to think that this will get fixed at some point but talking to the developers they didn’t seem to see this as being a problem. Other then that my interaction with the developers at Serif has been fantastic and they have already fixed some of the problems I had with earlier versions of AD.

Found helpful by 36 out of 37 people
Version 1.6
Review by Kwilda

Impressive - I was looking for something to replace Illustrator. What I got was something that surpasses it! This does exactly what I needed and I’m so happy to find it.

Found helpful by 2 out of 2 people
Version 1.6
Review by TucsonDude

Truly Excellent - This is a great piece of software. With the exception of a few missing features, Affinity Designer is a worthy competitor for Illustrator. For the price, it gets the job done. I’m super impressed with the extremely intuitive and logical GUI. The level of Mac OS integration exceeds that of products from Adobe. I’d like to see updates a tad more frequently, and like I mentioned, the inclusion of just a few missing features will put this application on-par with the best of the best (if not at the top of the heap).

Found helpful by 2 out of 2 people
Version 1.6
Review by Matt Foley, Motivator

Love it! - I’m not a power user or full time graphic designer, but it’s a great replacement for Adobe Illustrator for what I use it for. Works great with my Wacom tablet, too. Thinking about getting Affinity Photo for another Mac, and hoping Affinity Designer comes out soon!

Found helpful by 2 out of 2 people