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A guide to installing creative resources downloaded from the Affinity Store

If you’ve bought some creative resources from the Affinity Store and want to know how to install them into your Affinity software, you’ve come to the right place.

Extracting your resources from a ZIP archive

If you have downloaded content from the Affinity Store and you have received it in .ZIP format (compressed format), you will need to extract (uncompress) your files before you can install them. You can do this by double-clicking the file on macOS, or by right-clicking and choosing ‘Extract All’ on Windows.

Due to issues with accessing compressed files (ZIP files) on iPad, we endeavour to supply content through the Affinity Store in uncompressed formats. However, sometimes this is not possible. If you have downloaded content from us that you wish to use on your iPad, please extract the content on your desktop first. Then, move the content you want to install on your iOS versions of Affinity apps to a cloud location, such as iCloud or Dropbox, so you can access it on your iPad from there.

Installing brushes

Types of brushes and the .afbrushes format

Brushes created for Affinity software come in .afbrushes format. There are two types of brushes which you can get for Affinity software, raster brushes and vector brushes. You can install raster brushes in both Affinity Photo and Affinity Designer, but vector brushes will only work in Affinity Designer.

Identify your Affinity software and platform

The first thing to do is identify which types of brushes you have purchased and which app (and platform!) they have been created for. You will find this information on the product page where you purchased your brushes on the Affinity Store. Your purchased brushes will be compatible with one or all of these versions of Affinity software:

  • Affinity Designer for Desktop
  • Affinity Designer for iPad
  • Affinity Photo for Desktop
  • Affinity Photo for iPad

For each version, please see the relevant installation guide below.

Installing Affinity brushes on desktop

Within Affinity Photo or Affinity Designer, you will find a Brushes Panel (typically at the top right-hand side of your workspace). There are two ways of importing your brushes into this panel:

Importing brushes into Affinity software (on desktop)
  1. From the dropdown menu to the right, choose Import Brushes. Navigate to the .afbrushes file you want to import. Highlight the .afbrushes file and choose Open.
  2. From an Explorer (Windows) or Finder (macOS) window, locate the directory containing the .afbrushes file you want to import. Click-drag this .afbrushes file and offer it to the Affinity app you are using. The mouse cursor icon should change—you can now release the mouse button and a dialog will appear to confirm your brushes have been imported.

Once your brushes are imported, you can now select them from your Brushes Panel, choose a brush and begin using it with the painting tools.

Installing Affinity brushes on iPad

Firstly, make sure you have access to the content you want to install on your iPad. If you have downloaded content in a compressed file (ZIP) file, refer to the section Extracting your resources from a ZIP archive first. If the brushes you want to install on your iPad are currently on your desktop, please upload them to a cloud location that you can access from your iPad, such as iCloud or Dropbox.

Once you have access to the brushes on your iPad, you can install them into Affinity Photo for iPad and Affinity Designer for iPad by following these steps:

Importing brushes into Affinity software (on iPad)
  1. Open Affinity Designer or Affinity Photo on your iPad.
  2. Go to the Brushes Studio—you will find the Brushes Studio on the right-hand side of your workspace. Tap to open it. Tap Panel Preferences at the top and choose Import Brushes.
  3. Using the Files Browser, navigate to the .afbrushes file you wish to import and tap to select it.
  4. The brush category will be imported and displayed automatically. You can now select a brush and begin painting.

Watch this video for more information on managing Affinity brushes on iPad:

Installing fonts

If you have downloaded a collection of fonts from us and they have been supplied in a ZIP archive, please refer to the section Extracting your resources from a ZIP archive in this guide for help on how to access your files.

Installing fonts on Windows:

In an Explorer window, locate the font files and right-click on the font files you wish to install to show the Context Menu. From this menu, select Install—please note you may require administrator permission—you can then select multiple fonts and install them concurrently.

Once installed, the fonts will be accessible through all your programs.

Installing fonts on macOS:

To install fonts on your Mac you’ll need to use the Font Book app that is already installed on your Mac. There are two different ways in which you can install the fonts from here:

  1. For the first instance, open your Font Book app and click on the Add button + found in the toolbar, locate and select the font files, then click Open.
  2. Or, you can drag the font files from their saved destinations directly to the Font Book app icon.

Alternatively, you can double click on the font you wish to install and choose Install Font in the resulting dialog.

Installing fonts on iPad (for use in Affinity apps only):

Open up an Affinity app (this can be either Affinity Designer for iPad or Affinity Photo for iPad) and touch the Preferences icon in the top right corner of the Home screen. Choose the Fonts tab and then either the Cloud or Dropbox icon. You can then select or multi-select the desired fonts. Click Open and the fonts will install and be ready to use in any Affinity software on iOS.

Watch this video to see how to install fonts into Affinity apps on iOS:

Installing Assets

Assets are stored design elements which can be accessed from any document you have open. They can be quickly added to your page by simply dragging and dropping the thumbnail from the Assets Panel (on desktop) or the Assets Studio (on iPad).

To install Assets, you will need to import them from within the software. To do so, load up your Affinity app on your required operating system and follow the below steps.

Installing Affinity Assets on desktop

  1. First, you will need to open the Assets Panel. To do so select the View menu from the top toolbar and select Studio followed by Assets.
  2. To import your assets use the Assets Panel—click Panel Preferences and choose Import Assets from the drop-down menu.
  3. Navigate through the loaded Finder window to locate the necessary .afassets file and click Open.
Importing Assets into Affinity Designer (desktop)

Your newly imported Assets, located in a new category, will now be available to choose from the pop-up menu.

Installing Affinity Assets on iPad

  1. Open Affinity Designer or Afifnity Photo on your iPad.
  2. Go to the Assets Studio—you will find the Assets Studio on the right-hand side of your workspace. Tap to open it. Tap the small Preferences icon at the top and choose Import Assets.
  3. Using the Files Browser, navigate to the .afassets file you wish to import and tap to select it.
  4. The Asset category will be imported and displayed automatically.
Importing Assets into Affinity Designer for iPad

Installing Macros (Affinity Photo only)

Macros are sequences of operations that have been recorded to be used for both corrective and creative effects in Affinity Photo. The aim is to reduce workflow processes by automating steps.

Installing Affinity Macros on desktop

  1. To install Macros in Affinity Photo, you will need to access the Macro Panel from the Photo Persona; this can be switched on by selecting View>Studio.
  2. From the Macro Panel, click the Import Macros option. A file import dialog will appear. Navigate to the .afmacro files you wish to install, select (or multi-select) and click Open.
Importing Affinity Macros on desktop (Affinity Photo only)

The macro operations will then populate the macro operations list. You can then modify, play back or save the macro.

Installing Affinity Macros on iPad

  1. Open Affinity Photo on your iPad.
  2. Go to the Macro Studio—you will find the Macro Studio on the right-hand side of your workspace. Tap to open it. Tap the small Preferences icon at the top and choose Import Macros.
  3. Using the Files Browser, navigate to the .afmacro file you wish to import and tap to select it.
Importing Macros into Affinity Photo for iPad

The macro operations will then populate the macro operations list. You can then modify, playback or save the macro.

Installing Swatches Palettes (desktop versions only)

Swatches Palettes are predefined colour palettes, making it easy to store your own predefined colour swatches, or share colour swatches with others.

To install Affinity Swatches Palettes:

Within Affinity Photo or Affinity Designer, you will find a Swatches Panel (typically at the top right-hand side of your workspace). To import swatches into this panel:

  1. From the dropdown menu to the right, choose Import Palette.
  2. Next, choose if you want to import your palette as a Application Palette (a palette saved within Affinity Designer or Affinity Photo—these palettes are available to any Affinity Designer or Photo document), a System Palette (palette saved to your operating system) or a Document Palette (palette saved within your current document).
  3. Locate the .afpalette you want to import and click Open.
Importing Swatch Palettes into Affinity software

The newly imported palette will now be available to choose in the palette pop-up menu.

Still need help?

If you have read this guide and you still need some help installing content downloaded from Affinity, please contact us on affinitysupport@serif.com.