AlternativeTo Logo
Affinity Designer icon

Affinity Designer

The complete graphic design solution

  • Mac
  • Windows
  • iPad
Avg rating of 4.3 (23)| 23 comments
Screenshot
Screenshot
Screenshot
Screenshot
Screenshot
Screenshot
Screenshot
Screenshot
Screenshot
Screenshot
What's New in Affinity Designer 2
 Suggest and vote on features

Affinity Designer Features

  1.  Support for LayersAffinity Designer supports the organization of elements through a hierarchical order that can be manipulated/viewed independently.
  2.  Works OfflineAffinity Designer can be used without the need to connect to the internet.
  3.  Extensible by Plugins/ExtensionsAffinity Designer can be extended with add-ons, plugins and extensions.
  4.  Support for scriptingAffinity Designer supports scripts and macros to automate or customize tasks.
  5.  Ad-freeAffinity Designer doesn't contain any form of external advertising.
  6.  Dark ModeAffinity Designer supports dark mode for comfortable usage in low light conditions.
  7.  Color PickerAffinity Designer allows you to select and copy a color property from an image, object, or shape.
  8.  Support for CMYK ModeAffinity Designer allows you to work using the color scheme for printing, combining the primary pigments (Cyan, Magenta, Yellow, and Key).
  9.  No registration requiredYou can use most of the features in Affinity Designer without registration.
  10.  Drawing Tablet SupportAffinity Designer supports the use of external drawing tablets as input devices.
  11.  Custom BrushesYou can use modified/custom brushes in Affinity Designer.

Affinity Designer information

  • Developed bySerif Ltd
  • LicensingProprietary and Commercial product.
  • PricingOne time purchase (perpetual license) ranging between $50 and $80.
  • RatingAverage rating of 4.3 (23 ratings)
  • Alternatives51 alternatives listed

Supported Languages

  • English
  • German
  • Italian
  • Spanish
  • French
  • Chinese
  • Portuguese
  • Japanese

Our users have written 23 comments and reviews about Affinity Designer, and it has gotten 342 likes

Affinity Designer was added to AlternativeTo by MacAffinity on and this page was last updated .

Comments and Reviews  Post a comment/review

 all • positive • negative      relevance • date
Kagerjay
  
Top positive comment ago
Copy a direct link to this comment to your clipboard   
If this Review contains spam or other abuse, notify admins about it.   

I've used adobe CS6 suite for the longest time, needed a new replacement program for handling vector files and doing light editing that I would normally do in paint.net. Mostly for creating simple graphics as well for webdesign.

I wanted something similar to Apple's Sketch since windows unfortunately didn't have any close equivalents. This is the closest thing to it

I would describe Affinity Designer as a mix of Apple Sketch and Illustrator, with Photoshop (Raster image tools) baked in. There's also a seperate program specifically for working with photos, that's called affinityphotos

PROS:

  • Loads up quickly
  • Unbloated
  • $50 one time fee
  • Export Persona is amazing for quickly creating png files

The problem with using illustrator is I didn't use it everyday, so sometimes I would forget all these quirky workflows when working with it, and it'd take far too long to get something done.

I was able to create simple graphics without looking at tutorials, its very intuitive.

Show entire comment
6
sun80
  
Top positive comment ago
Copy a direct link to this comment to your clipboard   
If this Review contains spam or other abuse, notify admins about it.   

It's lightning fast and a lot more simple than illustrator. It's loaded with tons a features. At this price you don't need to think twice!

Show entire comment
6
daninsky
  
Top negative comment ago
Copy a direct link to this comment to your clipboard   
If this Review contains spam or other abuse, notify admins about it.   

Decent for exporting in different formats and color systems, but nothing more, it lacks basic editing tools, you can't use it in any real project, the AD editing capabilities aren't bad, they just don't exist, it's a brick. Don't buy it. There are better alternatives, even FOSS.

Show entire comment
0
audpher
  
Positive comment ago
Copy a direct link to this comment to your clipboard   
If this Review contains spam or other abuse, notify admins about it.   

I just wanted to add and it's about what others have said that Affinity Designer lacks of basic editing tools and can't be used on any projects. I totally disagreed! If you say basic tools for editing I am just wondering what kind of basic tool you meant? Just imagine what Illustrator can do, Affinity Designer can do it too and it even surpasses the Illustrator especially in performance. Maybe when you try to use Affinity Designer it's not that deep or maybe there are times when you don't get what you want to do in Affinity Designer and you give up. Affinity Designer is actually very easy to use as easy compared to that of Illustrator. As for an example, a basic editing for an element like "Clipping Path" that was used also in Illustrator. This basic editing into an element like clipping path is you can do this also in Affinity Designer in just two or three steps. If you have an image in your layer just add any shape do you like, for example a star tool shaped and positioned that shape on top of the image on the layer. Now the image that was below of the star tool shape just simply click and drag to the bottom layer onto the top layer. And you will see the result in just a few steps. We come to another basic of editing tools like the multiple pages. In illustrator when you edit multiple pages it will inevitably lag, especially if there are many pages. In Affinity Designer the multiple pages in artboards mode, it works like a charm. It's like you're only working on a single page, it's not slowing down, even if you are dragging it right and left using with the hand tool it does not change. If you're just looking for basic editing tools, you'll find them all on the left side of the toolbar in the Affinity Designer workspace.

Show entire comment
0
audpher
  
Positive comment ago
Copy a direct link to this comment to your clipboard   
If this Review contains spam or other abuse, notify admins about it.   

I've been using Affinity Designer since 2017 and it hasn't let me down in four years. The performance is so far excellent than the Illustrator. I don't use Illustrator since then I used to do vector graphics when I was working in pre-press it was Freehand developed by Aldus. I was just compelled to use Illustrator due to that time there was no already application to choose from because the Adobe company had bought Aldus and consolidated it as one company under the Adobe system. When Serif Draw Plus first came out in 1994 I stopped using Illustrator, Photoshop and all Adobe products and switched to the Serif product which I have been using ever since. When Serif announced that they were discontinuing Serif Draw Plus as well as Serif Web Plus I was saddened because I would no longer be able to use Serif Web Plus to build my website projects. It was then that I was relieved that the Serif company had once again developed a product for an application used for designing and for creating two-dimensional vector graphics. Although Serif says that they will not develop an application to work on website design but I still hope that they will revive Serif Web Plus. I strongly disagree with what others have said or commented that Affinity Designer is lack of basic editing tools and you can't use it on any projects. Maybe, but those are their opinions and this is my experience. Yes, at first I was stunned because there are some occasions that a simple text format style like sentence case I can't do in Affinity. It's not that big deal because Affinity Designer can do it and you can even do it with a simple command just go to the File menu and switched to Affinity Publisher and all problems with the text format style are solved. Yes, you will be more productive if these three applications are installed on your computer which is the Affinity Designer, Affinity Photo and Affinity Publisher, and you do not have to look for other application its either effects or filters to use for it in your design. There was a time that was bothering me and it was about on how can I edit PDF files, but eventually I found out that it is easier to edit in Affinity Designer than in Adobe Acrobat so Acrobat is no longer needed. I manage to opened 50 pages of A4 paper size of PDF files with varying size of the images within the application even without struggling the performance of Affinity Designer. Even if I do the dragging from right to left using the hand tool, even copying another page using the Shift+Alt by dragging it on the layout of the 50 pages that I have laid out on the screen, I don't experience any lag. Be warned, you can't do that in Illustrator without chirping the fan on the processor, which getting louder and caused hotter of your laptop. And another thing I was pleased with what I discovered in Affinity Designer is its SVG file format. I made an animated circle menu in Saola Animate and all the elements I used were SVG files because of it's lightweight. I thought it would be better to use those codes inside the SVG itself and that's what I copied from the element of SVG file whose shapes I created in Affinity Designer. I copied the code generated by Affinity Designer from SVG file and paste it in my HTML code. And it works like a charm. My final thought for an application to be used for designing a vector graphic image is none other than Affinity Designer, Photo and Publisher. And for doing website design it is a good combination option using Saola Animate altogether with all the three Products of Affinity. And in collaboration with VSCode to lay down your code of HTML, CSS and Javascript codes. And that's it! You don't need another application like Adobe Animate to create HTML5 animation.

Show entire comment
0
BubbleTea
  
Positive comment ago
Copy a direct link to this comment to your clipboard   
If this Review contains spam or other abuse, notify admins about it.   

You buy it once, you own it forever. The software goes on sale often too! I've used it for all kinds of graphic design work for years and love how intuitive it is. I'm happy with my purchase.

Show entire comment
1
FlorianWendelborn
  
Positive comment ago
Copy a direct link to this comment to your clipboard   
If this Review contains spam or other abuse, notify admins about it.   

Easy to use, almost as powerful as Adobe Illustrator but very cheap in comparison.

Show entire comment
1
Show more comments
7 of 23 comments

Tags

  • Responsive design
  • Vector Graphic
  • Graphic Design
  • illustration
  • raster-editor

Recent user activities on Affinity Designer

AlternativeTo