Affinity Designer

What Is Affinity Designer?

Vector graphics tool designed to help graphic designers, web designers, game developers, and professional illustrators create UI/UX designs, typography, icons, and concept art. Affinity Designer provides a contour tool, which enables designers to create abstract shapes for logos or architectural designs using artboards of any size. The solution also offers 100 percent zoom and pixel preview functionality, which lets teams view vectors in retina resolution to maintain the accuracy of the artwork.

Who Uses Affinity Designer?

Professional graphic designers or businesses needing graphic design.

Where can Affinity Designer be deployed?

Cloud, SaaS, Web-based, Mac (Desktop), Windows (Desktop), iPhone (Mobile), iPad (Mobile)

About the vendor

  • Serif

Countries available

United Kingdom

Languages

German

About the vendor

  • Serif

Countries available

United Kingdom

Languages

German

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Features of Affinity Designer

  • 2D Drawing
  • CAD Tools
  • Collaboration Tools
  • Data Import/Export
  • Design Management
  • Drag & Drop
  • Image Editing
  • Prototype Creation
  • Templates

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Reviews of Affinity Designer

Average score

Overall
4.7
Ease of Use
4.3
Customer Service
4.5
Features
4.5
Value for Money
4.8

Reviews by company size (employees)

  • <50
  • 51-200
  • 201-1,000
  • >1,001

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5
76%
4
22%
3
1%
2
1%
Alan Gerardo
Alan Gerardo
Director in Mexico
Verified LinkedIn User
Marketing & Advertising, 2-10 Employees
Used the Software for: 6-12 months
Reviewer Source

A great vector creation tool for iPad users

5.0 2 weeks ago New

Comments: It’s been great overall. One purchase and you jump right in without worrying about renewing payment plans. At first it was a bit of a shock having such a high quality app for a table because it does things that you might not expect it to to do while at the same time not behaving exactly how you would expect. However it’s more because it must compromise in some aspects due to the fact that it MUST take into account both touch only controls as well as mouse and keyboad.

Pros:

-Purchase once and use forever. You don’t need a monthly subscription fee to access every feature -Accesible price, you don’t need to break the bank to purchase this app -Rich interface and tools

Cons:

-Interface and interactions may be hit or miss since it’s software built for tablets and may not always play nice when using mouse and keyboard - Slight learning curve when coming from other options

Deborah
Artist in US
Graphic Design, Self Employed
Used the Software for: 6-12 months
Reviewer Source

Alternatives Considered:

Versatility and Easy to Learn

5.0 last month New

Comments: Time saving: - Repetitive tasks:
There are some intuitive features I'm learning about, while I was creating a template for printable stickers, I discovered after one 'duplicate' was dragged under the last, the next one would go to the space under that one (with just using the duplicate again). Saving time as I learn more and more.

Pros:

This is the easiest to learn in graphic design software. I like that I can edit parts of a design and link or embed the update. I have created book covers (for print), e-book templates, and recently a sticker series (convention logo sticker items for event items). It has helped me save time (revising templates instead of building from scratch with each one), and I was able to create exactly what the client wanted. I've also created marketing graphics for social and launches of books and media (for clients). I can create custom templates to save time with each project (and there are a lot of built in custom templates already).

Cons:

The main thing I like the least is that the Affinity software is not 'one' integration. It is three different programs. This is not my favorite thing for a few reasons, but, mostly I wish they were one, because I have started at least three projects in the wrong one (of the three I have).

Simon
Freelance Designer and Web Developer in UK
Graphic Design, Self Employed
Used the Software for: 2+ years
Reviewer Source

Not fit for purpose

2.0 4 years ago

Comments: Not really a finished app I have been trying to integrate Affinity Designer into a professional workflow for a number of years now but I've come to the conclusion that it's just too painful and there is nothing to indicate that this will improve. Back when I first purchased this app the developers were promising a roadmap of future improvements which would bring it closer to some of the industry-standard vector apps out there. It's been two years now and not a single thing on that list has been implemented. The few updates which have come down the line have focused on things like the app icon. The developers have moved on to other projects, and it seems to me that for all intents and purposes, development on this software has been abandoned. I wouldn't wish to speculate if this software will even be supported in a few years. So we're left with an app which lacks some of the most fundamental vector editing tools. With the exception of skew, vectors cannot be distorted in any way (including perspective) and it even lacks a knife tool. These are tools which are actually provided by many free editors. Furthermore, many tools are very poorly implemented. Convert to curves produces hilariously unusable results and things like Offset Path simply don't exist. The developers themselves are notoriously unresponsive to please for further development. Since going cross-platform there have been many reports of Designer's instability and since the implementation of Apples Metal API

Pros:

It's cheap, although it still remains less powerful that some free apps

Cons:

Development seems to have ground to a halt on this app. Investing time and energy learning could be a waste of time as it may not be around in the future.

Srdan
Operations Manager in Portugal
Apparel & Fashion, 2-10 Employees
Used the Software for: 2+ years
Reviewer Source

Alternatives Considered:

My essential UX, Vector Creating tool

5.0 2 months ago

Comments: I am very satisfied with the performance the look, style and usability of Affinity Designer I am also using the Affinity Photo and Publisher.

Pros:

It's built for Mac OS, an it works flawlessly with my M1 MacBook and my Dell 27" external screen. It has all the features and tools as Adobe Illustrator and then some more. I absolutely love it!

Cons:

Nothing that I can think of at the moment, all is rainbows and smiles after few years of using it.

Marco
Consultant in Czechia
Marketing & Advertising, 51-200 Employees
Used the Software for: 2+ years
Reviewer Source

The versatile tool for your graphics

5.0 last week New

Comments: For my graphic work, Affinity is sufficient.

Pros:

Is much cheaper compared to competing tools.

Cons:

It doesn't have as many features as photoshop.