Affinity Designer

Developer: Serif Labs

Current Version: 1.8.4

Last Updated: 3 months ago

Download Size: 571.5 MB - Download


** Apple Design Award Winner **

Affinity Designer is the fastest, smoothest, most precise vector graphic design software available. Built from the ground up over a five-year period, every feature, tool, panel and function has been developed with the needs of creative professionals at its core. With continuous innovation and development, the result is a ground-breaking application that will revolutionise how you work.

Real-time performance
• Pan and zoom at 60fps
• Live gradients, transforms, effects and adjustments
• Optimised for documents of any complexity, zoom to over 1,000,000% for absolute precision
• Live pixel, retina and wireframe view of vector artwork in and out of split screen mode
• Seamless switching between tools and editing modes for frustration-free design
• Incredibly accurate results with minimal nodes

Precise vector tools
• Rock solid vector tools that work just the way you want them to
• The best pen tool, node tool, curve editing and smart shape tools available
• Pencil and brush stabilisation for drawing super-smooth curves freehand
• Non-destructive Boolean operations
• Live effects, blend modes and image adjustments
• Incredibly smooth gradient and transparency controls

Raster or vector, you decide
• With a single click switch between vector and raster workspaces
• Use the strengths of vector and raster behaviours for the best of both worlds
• High quality raster tools for texturing, masking and finishing artwork – you can even create your own brushes
• True creative freedom not found in other apps

Sophisticated typography
• Flexible text handling including comprehensive support for OpenType
• Artistic text and text frames
• Full control over character and paragraph styles
• Flow text along any drawn path

Built for your workflow
• Unlimited artboards
• Saveable history with alternate futures
• Customisable keyboard shortcuts
• PSD, AI, PDF, EPS, SVG, JPG, TIFF and EXR file support
• Advanced grids, snapping and alignment
• Linked symbols and constraints
• Save documents as template files to re-use time and time again
• Customise saveable presets and benefit from thumbnail previews
• Quickly access royalty free images through the Stock panel

Perfect colour and output
• Professional CMYK, LAB, RGB, PANTONE© and Grayscale colour models
• Full 16-bit per channel editing
• End-to-end ICC colour management
• Slice export for exporting multiple elements in a single click
• Live pixel preview to see exactly how your design will export

Built for Mac
• Takes full advantage of the latest macOS technologies including Metal compute, OpenGL, Grand Central Dispatch and Core Graphics
• Full support for MacBook Pro's Touch Bar and Force Touch trackpad
• Fully optimised for 64-bit and multi-core processors
• Supports regular, retina and multi-monitor set ups
• External eGPU support
• Modern, unified toolbar for more usable document space


Release Notes:

Various stability and performance improvements


Most Helpful Reviews

Version 1.6.1
Review by Tx_arcade

Long time Adobe Ilustrator & Corel Draw User, but worth the switch - I’ve been using Corel Draw and Adobe Illustrator for years for graphic design and in the sign business. When Corel in it’s infinte wisdom decided to dump support for the MacOS by telling customers to switch to Windows to upgrade, I in turn dumped Corel and focused exclusively on Adobe products. However after Adobe abandon their CSx version license model in favor of an overpriced “Cash Grab“ CC Subscription model, I was forced to limp along with previous versions of Adobe Creative Suite with little to no support from Adobe. After much frustration I decided to try Affinity Designer as the cost the of the program was roughly two months of subscription fees from Adobe. I must say after using the product for a few weeks I am very impressed with what it can do. The hardest part is unlearning to do things the archaic Adobe way. Once you get past that and learn this program, you’ll see it’s much more intutive to a modern OS and you find yourself asking why you didn’t do this sooner. Thus far the only thing I haven’t been able to do (but I assume there is a way in the program to it) is autotrace a JPG or other drawing format to create a rough vector drawing (aka digitizing). That in itself if the only thing I’ve seen I still need to load my older Adobe programs for, but again this program is great. My next step is to download and attempt to dump Adobe Photoshop in favor of Affinity Photo.

Found helpful by 301 out of 308 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 1.8.4
Review by Terry cole

loving it - I cannot tell you how nice it feels to be liberated from the absolute misery and incompetencies of adobe illustrator I will soon be unsubscribing from creative cloud, which is a nice thought. This app is clearly leauges better designed and optimized for mac, which i am grateful for—among the slough of other little features I'd always wished illustrator had. Like center justifying text in a frame!!! This costs less than one month of CC and is miles better than what I was paying for and what was bringing me daily agony and rage. Im happy there's a product out there that reflects a bit more respect for creative humans. It does crash now and then and have plenty of glitches, and i would like to see those fixed. but it's not even appropriate to compare the minor glitches with the countless times I lost all my progress in illustrator, or had to use the program at 2fps because of a lack of hyperthreading support. The other feature I am dissapointed not to see is out of the box optical kerning. that is really important for me when it comes to typography and I hope to see that implemented in a more substantive manner than just allowing people to do things manually. soon i'll be moving out of photoshop & indesign as well.

Found helpful by 1 out of 1 people
Version 1.8.4
Review by nippondaimyo

Good app, great value - Has most of what I need for vector graphics. I don't use Designer as much as Photo. I do wish Designer had a mode that worked like Sketch for occational icon design. And wish it would import older AI or EPS files.

Found helpful by 0 out of 0 people
Version 1.8.4
Review by dataskatt

New Version Buggy - First of all, I loved the previous version of Designer. But with the update to 1.7, the program has become very buggy. It frequently locks up and I have to sit and wait for the color wheel to stop spinning. Granted, I have an older Mac that is running High Sierra, but if it is not compatible, why would you allow the app to update to the latest version? Also, be aware that you can NOT go back to a previous version unless you saved a copy somewhere. I HIGHLY recommend you do this! Affinity needs to make previous versions available on their website as they do for Windows users. It’s a great program, but it does not work on my computer anymore. I am very upset! Update: as of 8/15/20 this program is completely unusable on my computer, so I am lowering my rating. It cannot even perform minor adjustments without my computer locking up. Affinity will not give me support. In fact, they claim that I do not have an account. I guess because I purchased it on the App Store. If you do try their programs, buy directly from them and not through the App Store.

Found helpful by 0 out of 0 people
Version 1.8.4
Review by ryanlelek

What a joy to use - Great program. I used it for the first time and felt right at home. Sure, some things are in different places but the UI made sense and I was able to accomplish what I wanted quickly, using my dated knowledge of Illustrator 10 years ago. -- Buy it!

Found helpful by 0 out of 0 people
Version 1.8.4
Review by texarado

Affinity Designer is Excellent - Having migrated from Freehand to Illustrator many years ago, I was dismayed that Illustrator CS5 is not supported in newer versions of the Mac OS. To my great delight, however, I found Affinity Designer, and I absolutely love it. It's feature-rich and easy to learn. I enthusiastically recommend Affinity Designer!

Found helpful by 0 out of 0 people