Affinity Designer Reviews

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AD has many merits. First and foremost as a direct competitor to Illustrator it has a one time purchase payment model, and at an affordable rate, too. It is faster, too!

Most features Illustrator has, AD has too, partially improved, like a gigantic zoom (we're talking 1 Million Times!), realtime previews, smooth & responsive Interface ergonomics, de-cluttered UI (workflow-specific "personas").

But not all features are represented, like the shape builder, mesh transformation or smart objects. But the dev team is working constantly on adding features and improving existing ones and the community feels friendly, open and helpful.

So if you're workflow in Illustrator isn't too specific you willfind AD to be able to fill the spot perfectly and you get way more value due to the payment model. And even if you want to keep using Illustrator AD will still be a worthwhile addition to your repertoire!

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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 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


  • 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.

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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!

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I have seen a lot tutorials, so i am planing to buy after market recerge


Great program

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Great program, definitely deserves a little more love here at


I totally agree. At just $50 (currently), it's a painless replacement for Illustrator that also provides some much needed improvements over it.

As far as the love here at AlternativeTo, it's just a matter of people logging in and adding their "Like". Please feel free to share it to try and get some more Likes added. I'll be doing the same. :)

Best regards, David