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Affinity Designer

Affinity Designer Complete Feature List

The Best Graphic Design Software Available

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 optimization and hardware acceleration

Beautiful By Design

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

Highly Customizable

  • Create and save your own custom keyboard shortcuts
  • Create your own toolbars and toolbar layouts
  • Reorganize on-screen panels, float or dock as preferred
  • Tweak UI tool size and choose monochrome or colored 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 favorite 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
  • Updates available as we improve

Languages

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

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, miter 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
  • Synchronization across instances by default
  • Switch off synchronization 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

Live Gradient Fills and Transparencies

  • Draw gradients live in your design, instantly and smoothly
  • Apply color 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 customize shapes, achieve neat results with snapping geometry
  • Create perfect squares and circles by constraining primitives
  • Apply special and rounded corners as absolute or % values
  • Customize cogs, stars, arrows, pies, and 14 other smart shapes

Advanced Layers and Masks

  • Organize using layers, groups, stacks and layer naming
  • Seamlessly mix vector and raster layer types
  • Isolate, rename, lock, hide and merge layers with easy shortcuts
  • 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
  • Easily find objects within the Layer panel hierarchy

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 favorite snapping settings as new presets

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 color 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

Distribution

  • 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 center of rotation
  • Skew using on-screen controls or the Transform panel
  • Flip objects with handy buttons

Switch Views

  • Save favorite 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 favorite 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 behaviors 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 color 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 customizing text
  • Access fonts by collection for efficiency
  • See recently used fonts first

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

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

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 customize 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 Color, Compatibility, and Output

Professional Color

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

Pantone® Color 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 colors
  • Overprint controls
  • Trim, bleed and crop marks

Open and Save SVG and EPS

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

Smart Color Picker

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

Palettes and Swatches

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

Global Colors

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

Advanced Rendering

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

Full Open or Import List

  • Adobe® Photoshop® PSD
  • 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

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 Neighbor 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 color 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 recolor artwork and designs without laborious reworking

Live Adjustments

  • Levels
  • White Balance
  • HSL
  • Recolor
  • Black and White
  • Brightness and Contrast
  • Posterize
  • Vibrance
  • Exposure
  • Shadows/Highlights
  • Threshold
  • Curves
  • Channel Mixer
  • Gradient Map
  • Selective Color
  • Color 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
  • Color Overlay
  • Gradient Overlay

Live Blend Modes

  • Normal
  • Darken
  • Darker Color
  • Multiply
  • Color Burn
  • Lighten
  • Lighter Color
  • Screen
  • Color Dodge
  • Add
  • Overlay
  • Soft Light
  • Hard Light
  • Vivid Light
  • Pin Light
  • Linear Light
  • Hard Mix
  • Difference
  • Exclusion
  • Subtract
  • Hue
  • Saturation
  • Luminosity
  • Color
  • 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

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 watercolor, 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, color, 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 color on the fly
  • Customize opacity (accumulation), hardness, spacing, flow, shape, rotation, luminosity, and texture scale
  • Pressure responsive (Jitter) to above brush properties

Custom Brushes

  • Create completely custom vector and raster brushes using your own textures
  • Choose behavior 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 color 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 coloring 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

OS X/macOS System Requirements

Hardware

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

Processor

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

Memory

2GB RAM minimum

OS X

Mac OS X 10.7.5, 10.8, 10.9, 10.10, and 10.11
Lion, Mountain Lion, Mavericks, Yosemite, and El Capitan

macOS

10.12 Sierra

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
  • 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

Optimizations

  • 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 Screen

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)

  • Windows® 10
  • Windows® 8.x
  • Windows® 7 (Service Pack 1; Aero enabled)

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)
  • 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

Affinity Designer

Professional graphic design software

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