We no longer support Internet Explorer. Please upgrade your browser to improve your experience. Find out more.
Affinity Designer

Affinity Designer Complete Feature List

Buy for macOS Buy for Windows

The Best Graphic Design Software Available

Improved Performance and Operation

  • New
    Even smoother panning and zooming
  • New
    Better handling of larger documents
  • New
    PDF export improvements including vector export of multi-stop gradients

It’s Fast—Really Fast

  • Pan and zoom at 60fps
  • Live previews of transforms in the correct Z-order
  • Real-time gradients, effects, blend modes and adjustments
  • Always fast, whatever the complexity or size of your artwork
  • 64-bit multi-core optimisation and hardware acceleration

Beautiful By Design

  • Built from the ground up for creative professionals
  • Designed by designers… stylish and uncluttered interface

Highly Customisable

  • New
    Light or dark user interface
  • Create and save your own custom keyboard shortcuts
  • Create your own toolbars and toolbar layouts
  • Reorganise on-screen panels, float or dock as preferred
  • Tweak UI tool size and choose monochrome or coloured buttons
  • Search Preferences and set up Affinity Designer to your taste

Naturally Easy to Use

  • Follows industry conventions for the most popular shortcuts
  • Use generic multi-button/wheeled mice and graphics tablets
  • Check the Hint Line and Context toolbar for help with current actions
  • Quickly hide all tools and panels for a bigger design preview
  • Work with multiple designs and multiple displays

Mixed Discipline Design

  • Task-focused design spaces create a clean, efficient environment
  • Switch between vector, pixel, and export modes
  • One Affinity file format is compatible with all Affinity suite apps

Over 1,000,000% Zoom

  • Zoom way beyond 1,000,000% — smoothly and quickly
  • See a reassuringly CAD-like level of precision
  • Instantly switch between favourite zoom levels

Rich History

  • Instantly undo/redo over 8,000 History steps
  • Store document states as Snapshots
  • Save History so you can undo steps later
  • Undo actions performed in other Affinity suite apps
  • A seamless AutoSave protects against unexpected shutdowns

Professional Samples

  • Peek into the minds of other illustrators with professional samples

No Subscription—Free to Try, One Price to Buy

  • No subscription charges! Designed for pros, priced for all designers
  • Buy through the Affinity Store, Mac App Store or Windows Store
  • Updates available as we improve

Languages

  • English (US and UK)
  • German
  • French
  • Spanish
  • Portuguese (Brazilian)
  • Japanese
  • Italian
  • Chinese (Simplified)
  • New
    Russian

Pro Vector Illustration

Rock Solid Pen and Node Tools

  • Instinctively and quickly create what you want with fewer clicks
  • Change node types on the fly without interrupting your flow
  • Switch between Pen and Node tools with a key press
  • On-curve and off-curve node snapping (with geometry snapping)
  • Apply pressure, scaling, drawing, mitre and line end settings for organic strokes

Tool and Mode Switching

  • One tool flexibly selects, moves, rotates, scales, and skews
  • Switch to the Move tool any time with a key press
  • Toggle between popular tools and temporarily change modes
  • Intuitively edit objects within groups without ungrouping
  • Optionally move parent objects without their child layers

Artboards

  • Create multiple artboards within one document
  • Use separate canvases for different versions of icons and other web/UI elements
  • Create stationery variants all in one design
  • Output artboards as separate pages in exported PDFs
  • Name artboards (including using emojis)
  • Apply custom grids and guides per artboard

Symbols

  • Simultaneous and automatic editing of repeating design elements
  • Create symbols via easy access Symbols Panel
  • Replicate symbols as individual symbol instances
  • Synchronisation across instances by default
  • Switch off synchronisation for isolated edits
  • Edit distinct object properties independently of each other

Constraints for UI Design

  • Avoids time-consuming design rework
  • Auto-layout on differently sized device artboards
  • Scale and/or anchor design elements to their 'parent' container
  • Select object edges to be constrained
  • Dedicated Constraints Panel for scale/anchor control
  • Max/min fit for fixed aspect ratios

Canvas Rotation

  • Rotate the page like you would when using paper to sketch
  • Maps to popular graphics tablet and keyboard controls
  • Disable canvas rotation to prevent accidental use

Corner Tool

  • Neatly round and soften corners on shapes and lines
  • For single corners/nodes, a selection, or all nodes at once

Pencil Tool

  • Draw lines with an intuitive balance of accuracy and smoothing
  • Adjust weight automatically based on velocity, pressure, or use fixed width
  • New
    Use stabiliser for super smooth pencil strokes

Live Gradient Fills and Transparencies

  • Draw gradients live in your design, instantly and smoothly
  • Apply colour and transparency gradients to fills and outlines
  • Easily adjust the nodes and rates of change for gradients
  • Use solid, linear, elliptical, radial, conical gradients and apply bitmaps
  • Aspect ratio control (bitmap fill/transparency only)

Textured Noise

  • Add noise to object fills and outlines, also as a gradient

Live Boolean Geometry

  • Join, intersect, subtract, divide and combine shape outlines
  • Boolean operations are editable (Compound Shapes) without using Undo

Editable Shapes

  • Regular shapes are naturally smart with unique editing nodes
  • Easily customise shapes, achieve neat results with snapping geometry
  • Create perfect squares and circles by constraining primitives
  • Apply special and rounded corners as absolute or % values
  • Customise cogs, stars, arrows, pies, and 14 other smart shapes

Advanced Layers and Masks

  • Organise using layers, groups, stacks and layer naming
  • Seamlessly mix vector and raster layer types
  • Isolate, rename, lock, hide and merge layers with easy shortcuts
  • New
    Unlock all locked objects simultaneously
  • New
    Show all hidden objects simultaneously
  • Clip and mask by dragging and dropping, masks remain editable
  • Apply multiple masks for complex transparencies
  • No limits on number of layers, masks, groups, or hierarchy of layers
  • Limit the affect of adjustments and layer effects by drag and drop
  • New
    Auto-scroll jumps to selected object in Layers Panel

Insert Inside, Paste Inside

  • Add artwork within shapes and layers using Insert Inside and Paste Inside
  • Also Insert Behind and Insert Above the current layer

Live Pixel and Outline Views

  • See in standard and retina qualities in Pixel view—while still editing
  • Wireframe Outline view distils your shapes and line art

Live Split Screen

  • Split the screen to show Regular and Pixel or Outline views together, live
  • Drag the splitter across your design in real time
  • Continue designing, the view is totally live

Convert to Curves

  • Convert primitives, imported vectors, and text to editable curves
  • Optionally convert some objects to curves at export time

Expand Stroke

  • Detach outlines from vector objects to create new shapes
  • Add new outlines to expanded strokes

Power Duplicate

  • Duplicate objects and repeat transforms all in one go
  • Create geometric patterns or repeating, scaling, rotating designs

Powerful Snapping

  • Snap to grids, guides, canvas edges, margins, gaps and more
  • Tailor for different use cases or choose task-based presets
  • Force Pixel Alignment snapping option for UI and web design
  • Snapping candidate control (last six selected or layer based)
  • Dynamic alignment works smoothly on snapping candidates
  • Save favourite snapping settings as new presets
  • New
    Exclude objects from snapping

Layout Grids

  • Create standard square and rectangular grids
  • Create axonometric grids (isometric layouts and more)
  • Custom grids (Triangular, 2-axis and 3-axis)
  • Change grid colour and opacity
  • Add gutters and minor/major gridlines
  • Snap to standard and custom grids for accurate designing
  • Simplified Grid & Axis Manager

Misc Design Aids

  • Inter-object measurement guides
  • Clip to page/artboard canvas

Aligning and Distributing

  • Align to left, centre, right, top, middle, bottom
  • New
    Works to selection bounds, spread (artboard), margins, first/last selected
  • Automatically distribute objects horizontally or vertically
  • Distribute to your choice of spacing
  • Change object Z-order

Transforms

  • Accurately position and scale objects to specific values
  • Use functions like +50% to scale objects
  • Apply transforms about an anchor point selected in the Transform panel
  • Rotate using dedicated lollipop or from outside corner handles
  • Set a custom centre of rotation
  • Skew using on-screen controls or the Transform panel
  • Flip objects with handy buttons

Switch Views

  • Save favourite view settings in the Navigator panel
  • Quickly switch from one part of a document to another at different zoom

Multiple Views

  • See the same design, live, with different pan, zoom, or view modes
  • Work on objects close up separately from the parent design
  • Work on website and UI elements as part of a larger mock-up

Assets for easy access to stored design elements

  • Dedicated panel for asset storage
  • Ready-to-go iOS design elements (icons, bars, controls, and more)
  • Store any object to a custom subcategory
  • Import/export assets

Styles

  • Save combinations of fill, line and effects settings for reuse
  • Apply styles for design consistency, e.g. your favourite letterpress
  • Optionally scale styles with objects
  • Search for styles by style name

Embed and Place Artwork

  • Embed PSDs, Affinity Designer files and others as part of larger designs
  • Double-click to open and edit embedded designs and PSDs
  • Place regular artwork and edit in-situ as normal
  • Use embedded document’s artboards selectively
  • Maintain embedded contents as vectors on export

Program Defaults

  • Apply your preferred object settings as defaults

Work the Way You Want

  • Tailor tool behaviours and UI settings in Preferences
  • Zoom, select, nudge and more the way you like

Raster Design Tools

Apply Raster Techniques to Vector Art

  • Switch to the Pixel persona, select a brush, and start shading or texturing
  • Finesse artwork with Dodge, Burn, Smudge and Sharpen brush tools
  • See a live preview at the brush tip before you retouch your design

Pixel Selections

  • Isolate parts of your design to constrain raster retouching
  • Use regular shapes, pixel-width regions, freehand lasso, and selection brush
  • Select regions based on colour and tonal ranges
  • Grow, shrink, feather, smooth and outline selections

Add Bitmaps to Your Designs

  • Place bitmaps and scale non-destructively
  • Apply raster adjustments at the object level upwards
  • Treat images as objects or as pixel-based layers

‘Magic Wand’ Selection Brush

  • Create selections quickly using a smart selection brush
  • Automatically grow regions to detected edges, whether raster or vector

Refine Selections

  • Select fine detail like hair and fur with advanced refining
  • Set refinement border width, smoothness, mode, and feather size
  • Output refinement as a selection, mask, new layer, or new layer with mask

Professional Typography

Pro Font Support

  • Create elegant text with OpenType, Type 1, and True Type fonts
  • Use advanced OpenType features including Ligatures
  • Insert placeholder text while constructing designs
  • Insert special characters and symbols
  • Copy and paste style between objects
  • Font fallbacks

Live Font Previews

  • Fonts are previewed instantly while creating or customising text
  • Access fonts by collection for efficiency
  • New
    Browse recent, used or your favourite fonts

Live OpenType Feature Previews

  • Typography panel shows live feature previews
  • Easily select the right Stylistic Set every time
  • Preview Ligatures, Contextual Alternates, Swashes and more

Glyph Browser

  • New
    Quickly insert special characters into your text
  • New
    Display in glyph or Unicode order
  • New
    Filter by font subset, e.g. cyrillic
  • New
    Search for phrase, glyph value or Unicode value

Character and Paragraph Panels

  • Style text with on-screen panels you can dock, move, and resize
  • Adjust kerning, tracking, shear, baseline and other character attributes
  • Easily set leading, indents, tab stops and justification

Art and Frame Text

  • Adding scalable art text in is perfect for quick headlines and callouts
  • Add body text to designs using frames as containers
  • Create containers of any shape
  • Control alignment, justification, character and paragraph settings
  • Optionally scale text content when scaling the parent text frame
  • New
    Vertically align frame text
  • New
    Fit text frame to contained text

Text-on-a-Path

  • Type text along a custom curve
  • Control start and end points
  • Set text on both or either side of lines
  • Convert shapes to text paths
  • Control all the normal text attributes including baseline

Live Spell Checking

  • Spellcheck on the fly, or on demand, and customise the dictionary
  • Check against any dictionary installed

Text Styles

  • Ensure text appears consistent
  • Apply character and paragraph styles
  • Easily update styles cross-document
  • Design from scratch or from text selection
  • Style hierarchies
  • Style groups

Professional Colour, Compatibility, and Output

Professional Colour

  • True end-to-end CMYK for professional workflows
  • RGB, RGB Hex, LAB, CMYK and Greyscale colour models
  • PANTONE® colour swatches
  • ICC colour management profiles supported
  • Seamlessly jump between colour modes

Pantone® Colour Matching

  • PANTONE® Goe
  • PANTONE® GoeBridge
  • PANTONE®+ Solid
  • PANTONE®+ CMYK
  • PANTONE®+ Color Bridge
  • PANTONE®+ Metallic, Neon, and Pastels
  • Coated and uncoated variants

Full PSD Support

  • Accurate opening/saving of Adobe® Photoshop® PSD files
  • Open very large PSB files
  • Maintain layers, groups, gradients, blend modes, paths, masks and more

Open Files from Other Apps

  • Open PDFs, Adobe® Illustrator® files containing a PDF stream
  • Edit objects in their native form—shapes, text, images
  • SVG and EPS supported for vector designs
  • Illustrator objects, groups and effects maintained where possible
  • Open and edit Adobe® FreeHand® files (v9-11)

PDF and PDF/X compatible

  • Save designs as PDF for sharing
  • Edit and save PDFs for round-trip app compatibility
  • Create and edit CMYK PDF/X files for pro printing
  • Compatible with PDF/X-1a, PDF/X-3, and PDF/X-4

Professional Printing

  • Full CMYK handling and ICC profiles
  • Spot colours
  • Overprint controls
  • Trim, bleed and crop marks

Open and Save SVG and EPS

  • Open, edit, and output industry standard EPS and SVG files

Smart Colour Picker

  • Dedicated Tool for Draw and Pixel Persona
  • Accurately pick colour using a magnifier over any part of your display
  • Point or colour averaged sampling
  • Sample from current or all layers
  • Grab in the source colour space including CMYK, RGB and LAB colour
  • Simple panel-based Colour Picker as alternative

Palettes and Swatches

  • Use colours and palettes based on all the available colour models
  • Automatically create palettes based on document colours
  • Import Adobe® Swatch Exchange (.ase) files
  • Display palettes created in other apps using Apple System Colour Palettes
  • Create complementary, analogous and other colour chords
  • Generate palette from any image

Global Colours

  • Update objects in your document when their base colour changes
  • Tint levels are retained when base colour updates
  • Use as solid colours or in gradients

Advanced Rendering

  • Per-object gamma blending
  • Use some adjustments across colour modes
  • Live wireframe and pixel views
  • Split screen views

Full Open or Import List

  • Adobe® Photoshop® PSD
  • Adobe® Photoshop® PSB
  • Adobe® Illustrator® AI (containing PDF stream)
  • PDF
  • SVG
  • EPS
  • Adobe® FreeHand® (versions 9 to 11)
  • PNG
  • TIFF
  • JPG
  • GIF
  • EXR (Open EXR)
  • HDR (Radiance)
  • Affinity Photo native file
  • Affinity Designer native file
  • Extensive RAW import library (auto-process on import)
  • DNG

Full Save or Export List

  • Adobe® Photoshop® PSD
  • PDF (can be opened in Adobe® Illustrator®)
  • SVG
  • EPS
  • TIFF
  • PNG
  • JPG
  • GIF
  • EXR (Open EXR)
  • HDR (Radiance)
  • Affinity Designer (Affinity common file format)

Retina @2x/@3x Web and UI Assets

  • Output standard and retina resolutions in one go
  • Retina versions are auto-named with @2x and @3x suffix
  • Create complete icon or sprite sets within one document
  • Prototype whole web pages or create individual web graphics
  • Deliver UI asset designs easily
  • iOS Application/Universal icon presets
  • Batch Builder for multi-slice imagesets (Xcode asset JSON)
  • Xcode path templates
  • JSON export for Spine
  • Export to absolute sizes

Export Presets

  • Create your own export presets for consistency across projects
  • Use popular presets that are supplied with Affinity Designer
  • Set your default export format

Slices

  • Output individual pages/artboards, objects, groups, layers as slices
  • Draw custom slices from scratch or modify from object slices
  • Automatically create slices from layer contents
  • Auto-name exported files using layer/slice names
  • Slice presets for popular image formats and for UI design
  • Apply slice presets to selected slices
  • Multiple export setups, formats and resolutions per slice
  • Hide layer contents during export process
  • Exclude layer content from export
  • Export at multiple resolutions in one operation
  • Output all slices at once, just one slice, or selected slices
  • Export image sizes individually
  • Copy/paste export setups and formats between selected slices

Advanced Scaling and Resampling

  • Optionally scale content when resizing documents
  • Mixed format artwork scaled intelligently for highest quality
  • Lanczos 3, Bicubic, Bilinear and Nearest Neighbour resampling methods

Efficient Affinity File Format

  • Compact and fast native file format
  • Fully editable in Affinity Photo and our future DTP app

16-bits per Channel Support

  • 16-bits per channel mode for accurate colour processing
  • Works on all supported hardware and OS X versions without limits

Live Blend Modes, Adjustments and Effects

Non-Destructive Editing

  • Apply to any object, layer, group—whether vector or raster
  • See effects, blend modes and adjustments instantly with no lag
  • Completely finish designs without switching to another app
  • Edit any time—all effects, adjustments, and blend modes are non-destructive
  • Set blend modes for strokes, layers, objects, groups, and masks
  • Selectively recolour artwork and designs without laborious reworking

Live Adjustments

  • Levels
  • White Balance
  • HSL
  • Recolour
  • Black and White
  • Brightness and Contrast
  • Posterise
  • Vibrance
  • Exposure
  • Shadows/Highlights
  • Threshold
  • Curves
  • Channel Mixer
  • Gradient Map
  • Selective Colour
  • Colour Balance
  • Invert
  • Soft Proof
  • 3D LUT (3D Look Up Table for complex adjustments)
  • Lens Filter
  • Split Toning

Live Effects

  • Gaussian Blur
  • Outer Shadow
  • Inner Shadow
  • Outer Glow
  • Inner Glow
  • Outline
  • 3D
  • Bevel/Emboss
  • Colour Overlay
  • Gradient Overlay

Live Blend Modes

  • Normal
  • Darken
  • Darker Colour
  • Multiply
  • Colour Burn
  • Lighten
  • Lighter Colour
  • Screen
  • Colour Dodge
  • Add
  • Overlay
  • Soft Light
  • Hard Light
  • Vivid Light
  • Pin Light
  • Linear Light
  • Hard Mix
  • Difference
  • Exclusion
  • Subtract
  • Hue
  • Saturation
  • Luminosity
  • Colour
  • Average
  • Negation
  • Reflect
  • Glow
  • Contrast Negate
  • Erase

Professional Sketch, Paint and Texture Tools

Paint and Design Professionally

  • Give curves, lines and outlines a natural weight with graphics tablet support
  • Create paintings at any size, you’re not limited to HD, 4K, 8K etc.
  • Use tablet shortcuts and controls to switch tools and control Affinity Designer
  • Control size, pressure, and speed interactivity with live brush settings

Stroke stabilisation

  • New
    Enable Stabiliser for super smooth brush strokes
  • New
    Rope or Windows mode for different smoothing behaviour

Edit Pressure Profiles

  • Add style to lines manually with a built in pressure graph
  • Store pressure profiles for reuse

Flexible Vector Brushes

  • Natural media vector brushes include watercolour, ink, paint and pastels
  • Edit vector brush strokes, pen lines and pencil lines any time
  • Separate head, body and tail sections, plus corner treatments
  • Change path, weight, colour, fill, pressure gradient, opacity, and blend mode

High Quality Raster Brushes

  • Brushes are responsive and natural, whether painting with a pen, mouse or pad
  • Add easy shading and highlights using a standard pixel brush
  • Paint with added depth using photo-quality scalable nozzle textures
  • Change size and colour on the fly
  • Customise opacity (accumulation), hardness, spacing, flow, shape, rotation, luminosity, and texture scale
  • Pressure responsive (Jitter) to above brush properties
  • New
    Wet edge support with customizable ramp profiles

Custom Brushes

  • Create completely custom vector and raster brushes using your own textures
  • Choose behaviour for pressure and velocity variance, corners, repeating areas and many other controls

Combine Raster and Vector Art

  • Seamlessly mix vector and raster design and art techniques
  • Apply blend modes, opacity and colour changes to achieve a perfect finish
  • Drag and drop in the Layers panel to control where and how brushwork is added to your vectors
  • Preferences let you fine tune how vector and raster techniques behave
  • Resize documents with or without resizing your artwork

Fill and Erase Tools

  • Solid colouring regions is simple with a raster flood fill tool
  • Create shapes for smooth gradient fills
  • Erase selectively without destroying vectors

Incredibly High Quality

  • Native vectors and gradients are output at any size with no loss of quality
  • Mixed media artwork is intelligently scaled and resampled

System Requirements

Mac System Requirements

Hardware

Mac Pro, iMac, iMac Pro, MacBook, MacBook Pro, MacBook Air, Mac Mini

Processor

Intel 64-bit Core 2 Duo or better (from 2007)

Memory

2GB RAM minimum

Operating System

  • 10.9 Mavericks
  • 10.10 Yosemite
  • 10.11 El Capitan
  • 10.12 Sierra
  • 10.13 High Sierra
  • 10.14 Mojave

Hard Disk

  • 890MB of available space; more during installation
  • Cannot be installed on removable flash storage or a volume with a case-sensitive file system

Display

1280x768 display size or better
Supports regular, retina, and expanded gamut DCI-P3 displays

Input Devices

  • Pressure-sensitive graphics tablet and pen
  • Force Touch and regular Trackpad
  • Touch Bar
  • Mac keyboards
  • Magic Trackpad and Magic Trackpad 2
  • Magic Mouse and Magic Mouse 2
  • Generic multi-button and wheel mouse
  • Dictation offered by OS X

Optimisations

  • Grand Central Dispatch for multiprocessor, multi-core systems
  • Quartz Extreme Core Graphics and OpenGL hardware acceleration
  • Optionally force use of on-board graphics to save power where applicable
  • Share with other apps and backup to iCloud
  • App Nap
  • Full Screen
  • Split View (El Capitan and above)

Windows System Requirements

Hardware

Windows-based PC with mouse or equivalent input device. DirectX 10-compatible Graphics Cards and above.

Memory

2GB RAM (4GB RAM recommended)

Hard Disk

624MB of available space; more during installation

Operating Systems (64 bit)

When app purchased from Affinity Store:

  • Windows® 10
  • Windows® 8.1
  • Windows® 7 (Service Pack 1; Aero enabled)

When app purchased from Microsoft Store:

  • Windows® 10

Display

  • 1280x768 display size or better

Technology and Input Devices

  • DirectX 11 and Direct 2D rendering with Windows Advanced Rasterization Platform (WARP) fallback
  • Hardware accelerated for smooth panning/zooming and rendering
  • Optimised for Surface Pro 3, Surface Pro 4 and Surface Book (including support for detachable screen)
  • New
    Surface Studio with Surface Pen/Surface Dial
  • Gesture, Pen, and Touch Screen input support
  • Generic multi-button and wheel mouse
  • Wacom (and other WinTab devices) support
  • Uses Microsoft Concurrency Runtime to fully utilise/scale across modern CPUs
  • High DPI support across multiple monitors
Key:
New
= Functionality new to version 1.6.

Affinity Designer

Professional graphic design software

Spring Sale 20% off

Buy for macOS Buy for Windows