Affinity Designer Overview

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 120fps
  • 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
  • Powerful contour tool to create abstract objects or increase the width of single open curves
  • 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
  • Switch between vector and raster workspaces with a single click
  • 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, including studio presets for the UI layout
  • Quickly access royalty free images through the Stock panel
  • Select Same and Select Object functions allow you to efficiently match attributes or select all objects of a certain type for easy editing
  • Linked images and resource manager
  • PDF passthrough
  • Package your document alongside all used image and font resources into a single folder

Perfect colour and output
  • Professional CMYK, LAB, RGB, PANTONE© and Greyscale 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
  • Fully compatible with macOS Big Sur
  • Optimised for Apple’s M1 chips as well as 64-bit and multi-core processors
  • 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
  • Supports regular, retina and multi-monitor set ups
  • External eGPU support for Intel Macs (M1 Macs get code specifically written to leverage the power of Apple’s SoC solution)
  • Modern, unified toolbar for more usable document space