Affinity Designer

Developer: Serif Labs

Current Version: 1.5.5

Last Updated: 2 months ago

Download Size: 258.9 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:

Stability and bug fixes


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 1.5.5
Review by gandrews711

WARNING—You’ll be a “second-class” customer! - [This is essentially the same review I gave for Affinity Photo. The issues are identical.] Serif (the publisher of the Affinity line) claims they have no way of registering Apple customers, so they don’t. If you buy something directly from them, you’re registered. Of course, they only sell the Windows versions of the apps on their site, as well as an over-priced book you may or may not want. I put in a support request, got the usual “2 working days” automated response, and never heard anything back. Apparently their triage decision tree includes simply ignoring Apple users. I haven’t been able to even successfully register for their forums. Affinity Designer is a good app with great functionality, but the service for Apple customers is seriously lacking. It appears the only reason Serif is in the Apple Store is to avoid the security warnings that come with unvetted apps upon installation on a Mac. I sent copies of my receipts for purchasing both apps (Photo and Designer), but that didn’t even garner a response to my ticket (still open 10 days later). I’m not saying “don’t buy,” simply that you should be warned. If you want support, buy the Windows version, or sit in the back of the bus.

Found helpful by 7 out of 10 people
Version 1.5.5
Review by Dave from PR

Don’t waste your money. Useless. - Because I only ocassionally use Illustrator I I purchased this app as a replacement for illustrator. I am so sorry, but it is useless. I bought an stock illustration in EPS format. It took about 5 minutes to open the file and to do do anything with the file once opened was insuferable painfullly slow. Well, once I was able to turn off the layer containing the backgropund (too 45 seconds to turn off) I tried to export the file as a PSD and as a PNG. After waiting around 15 minutes the app never did export the file. Want my money back.

Found helpful by 7 out of 16 people
Version 1.5.5
Review by kiai

Great replacement for Adobe on a low budget - Running a nonprofit requires watching every penny. After the trial, during which we designed our logo, we waited to purchase until we needed it again. The price dropped! So pleased and plan to recommend Affinity to every company, student, and individual on a shoestring budget. The interface didn’t take long to get used to since it’s very intuitive. Would love to be able to assign keystrokes, especially for grouping/ungrouping objects. But I can’t complain for the price. The program does almost everything I need to design and illustrate. The only thing I found so far that I couldn’t do is simplify vector points, like you can on Inkscape. Unlike other users, I haven’t found many bugs. I’ve used Designer on Sierra and on Mountain Lion. Also don’t have Adobe installed.

Found helpful by 6 out of 6 people
Version 1.5.5
Review by Greedy013

Good Value vs Adobe Illustrator & Photoshop - Really solid app. I like that you can do vector and pixel illustrations in the same program. For me, this means I don’t need to have two programs, like I would need with the Adobe products. There are also some nice features that the Adobe programs don’t have, like smart shapes. The stroke profiles in vector mode are also much more versatile than Illustrator’s profiles. Illustrator and Photoshop are still more full featured by far, but for the vast majority of users, Affinity Designer will be able to handle their needs, and at a much, much more reasonable price.

Found helpful by 6 out of 8 people
Version 1.5.5
Review by stonehinge

A great alternative to Illustrator - I used Illustrator for many years (starting with version 1). BUT, as I am now a “retired" graphic designer and don’t need all of Illustrators features OR subscription cost, I have switched over to Affinity Designer. I have been able to do pretty much everything I want using Designer, albeit not as effieciently as I could with Illustrator. I attribute this partially to my unfamiliarity with the interface which is subtlely, but decidedly, different from Illustrator's. To me, it is not that intuitive, but probably that is because of preconceptions I have based on my years with Illustrator. I am surprised at some of the features that are still missing in Designer (like arrow heads on lines), but am sometimes equally surprised by features it has that are superior to Illustrator (like some of the dynamic shape tools). You really need to go through the video tutorials to get the most out of this program. I suspect some of the negative reviews I’ve read come from people who did not take this step. So far, I have been able to open my old Illustrator files with Designer with no problems. Designer has always been very responsive. I have not had any speed issues with it. As a tip, I think you will want to get WAY more involved with the Layers palette than with Illustrator. This can be a good thing as far as organizing your work goes, but it does extract its ounce of pain. I have now gotten into the habit of naming layers and grouping related elements much more than I ever did with Illustrator. And I can’t even tell you why it seems more necessary in Designer, but to me, it does. So, while it still takes me longer to do things in Designer than had I done them in Illustrator, I am VERY HAPPY with Designer. It is an AMAZING BARGAIN. It would cost me almost as much PER MONTH to subscribe to Adobe’s Suite. Designer still has room to grow though. I would give it 5-stars as far as functionality-for-price goes, but it is still lacks some features (e.g. arrowheads on lines) that reduce its efficiency — there are always work arounds, but I would prefer to avoid having to use them. In my search, I tried most of the Illustrator “replacements" out there and there is no question that for me at least, Affinity Designer is the best. I’ve also replaced Photoshop with Affinity Photo and have similar fellings about that program. Well worth the money. I hope Serif Labs will keep up the great work. They have done amazing things in a relatively short period of time. I’m looking forward to future enhancements.

Found helpful by 6 out of 6 people