Affinity Designer V2 software

Illustration & design at its best

Affinity Designer is an award-winning vector graphics software setting the new industry standard in the world of design. Available for Windows, macOS and iPad, the super-smooth, feature-packed app is the choice of thousands of professional illustrators, web designers, game developers and other creatives looking to create high-quality concept art, print projects, logos, icons, UI designs, mock-ups and more.

Affinity Designer V2

No subscription

Purchase either the Windows or macOS version of Affinity Designer V2 for a one-off payment or get the entire suite on all platforms with the Universal Licence.

No monthly costs whatever you decide.


Live, responsive and fast, even on the most complex docs. Handle thousands of objects with no lag, organise with layer groups and colour tagging, make precise selections with live outline view, and zoom one million(!) percent and beyond.

Fully featured vector and raster workspaces. Add raster brush texture to your illustrations, edit single pixels on icons, mask and add grain to your crisp vectors, enclose and clip pixel layers… it’s true creative freedom at your fingertips.


Hundreds of timesaving tools and functions. Match attributes for easy editing, set up grids, guides and planes effortlessly, link symbols and constraints, customise keyboard shortcuts, save your favourite workspace setups and more!

Achieve pixel perfect designs every time. Use pixel preview mode to view vectors in both standard and retina resolution for a completely live view of how every element of your design will export.


Layout all your screens, pages, menus and other items across an unlimited number of artboards. Perfect for creating social media templates, website mock-ups, still frames and other digital content.


Ready to buy?

Get started on Windows or Mac now for a one-off payment, or on iPad (Designer). For the best value, purchase as part of the Affinity V2 Universal Licence and get the entire creative suite on all platforms.

No monthly costs whatever you decide.

Sophisticated typography options let you flow text along any path, produce your own custom typography and add everything from ligatures and artistic text to character and paragraph styles.


Professional output for digital, print or collaboration. Turn your work into whatever you want: merch, marketing materials, digital or print publications…

Any device, anywhere. Whether on Windows, Mac or iPad, the file format is exactly the same. This gives you and your team complete freedom to work on the same project across different devices, no matter where you are.


Extremely versatile, delightfully compatible. Combine colour spaces and work with all other major file types, including JPEG, PDF, SVG, PSD, PNG, TIFF, GIF and DWG/DXF.


And that's only half of it...


Vector WarpApply a non-destructive vector warp over any vector artwork or text. Editing any warp offers a super-fast live preview, even on complex illustrations and gives a true vector end result.


Contour tool Create abstract objects or increase the width of single open curves with the powerful contour tool.


Non-destructive adjustmentsThere are a range of adjustments which can be applied to your design as a new layer for creative or corrective purposes.


Xray view A new view mode to show the makeup of your work, particularly useful for targeted selection of a specific curve/object within complex artwork.


Shape Builder ToolAdd and subtract shapes and segments in an easy, interactive way. Simply drag to combine or hold to subtract.


Grids and guidesSet up grids and guides almost any way you want, whether it’s a standard grid pattern or full isometric with multiple planes.


Knife Tool Slice any shape, curve or text into component parts incredibly fast.




  • Mac Pro, iMac, iMac Pro, MacBook, MacBook Pro, MacBook Air, Mac Mini
  • Mac with Apple silicon (M1/M2/M3) chip or Intel processor
  • 8GB RAM minimum
  • Up to 2.8GB of available hard drive space; more during installation
  • 1280x768 display size or better

Operating System

  • macOS Sonoma 14
  • macOS Ventura 13
  • macOS Monterey 12
  • macOS Big Sur 11
  • macOS Catalina 10.15




  • Windows-based PC (64 bit) with mouse or equivalent input device
  • Hardware GPU acceleration*
  • DirectX 10-compatible Graphics Cards and above
  • 8GB RAM
  • 1GB of available hard drive space; more during installation
  • 1280x768 display size or better

* Requires:

  • Direct3D level 12.0-capable card

Operating System

  • Windows® 11
  • Windows® 10 May 2020 Update (2004, 20H1, build 19041) or later




  • Compatible with… iPad Pro (all models)*, iPad Air (2, 3, 4 & 5)*, iPad (2017 onwards), iPad mini (5 & 6)
  • *M1-equipped iPad models are recommended for more memory-intensive design

Operating System

  • iPadOS 15 or later

Purchase the Universal Licence for access to all apps on all platforms, or buy individual licences of the apps—it’s completely up to you.

Purchase the Universal Licence for access to all apps on all platforms, or buy individual licences of the apps—it’s completely up to you.

General UI

  • Redeveloped UI, tool and button icons
  • New monochromatic iconography via Preferences (User Interface)
  • High-contrast UI settings
  • Drag document tabs to new windows (Mac)
  • Restyled Studio panels via the Window menu (for desktop only)
  • Redesigned Export dialog offers “always on” export preview
  • Command controller for improved modifier-driven workflow (iPad)
  • Quick Menu for context-sensitive access to commands (iPad)
  • Compact Mode for Layers and Brushes Studios (iPad)

New document dialogue redesign

  • Easier preset management plus preset previews and favourites
  • In-dialog access to new document presets, templates, samples and your account details
  • Recent documents (grid or list) are searchable and support pinning (for desktop only)
  • “Always on” Document summary panel (for desktop only)

All new Layers panel

  • Much clearer drop zones for masking, clipping and reordering
  • Parent bar to easily collapse parent items and drop layers above/below current parent group
  • Unlimited levels of cropping/masking layers
  • Identify layer types by icon (curves, shapes, text, pixel, mask, adjustment)
  • Hide/show all other layers
  • Copy layer effects (FX) from one layer to another
  • Hover-over lock icon toggle (for desktop only)
  • Drag-down Visibility icon to turn on/off multiple selected layers

Content link

  • All Affinity apps on a device can now share brushes, styles, assets, application palettes and more
  • Avoids unnecessary exporting/importing of content between apps on the same device
  • Migration of custom 1.x content on upgrade (for desktop only)
  • Link custom content to share with other apps

New tools

  • Vector Warp applies a mesh warp to any vector object non-destructively
  • Shape Builder Tool for interactively adding and subtracting shapes and curve segments
  • Knife Tool for cutting up shapes, curves and text
  • Measure Tool displays scaled distances between any two points
  • Area Tool shows the area and perimeter length of objects and constructions
  • Style Picker Tool offers a dropper-based transfer of object styles (for desktop only)


  • More of Select Same/Select Object options with modifier support for multi-object selections
  • Select Next/Previous/Top/Bottom/Parent via right-click menu (for desktop only)
  • Move Tool option for automatically selecting inside groups
  • Align multiple objects to a nominated Key Object

Graphic design essentials

  • Drawing scale for real-world projects (different scaling per artboard)
  • Pencil Tool creates auto-closed or straight-line pencil strokes
  • Change stroke width with [ and ] keys; Shift key increases/decreases by an absolute amount
  • Scale multiple objects’ stroke widths using formula input (e.g., 200%)
  • X-ray (Wireframe) view mode shows semi-transparent fills to inspect document construction and aids hidden object selection
  • Multiple shadow, outline and overlay layer effects per object
  • Force scale of stroke width, layer effect radii, corner radii and text frame content on object resize

Redeveloped Boolean operations

  • Accurate results
  • Divide can use an open curve to slice a shape or split another open curve
  • Divide will punch out holes using a fully overlapping object
  • Nominate a Key Object to subtract from using the ALT key
  • Fill holes and remove inner curves

Curve drawing and editing

  • Red line indicator on all curve selections shows winding direction
  • Node Tool offers Split Curves, adding a new node in the geometric midpoint of a selected curve segment

Placing content

  • Resource Manager for controlling placed image and document resources (iPad)
  • Repeating objects in a grid
  • Layer visibility override for placed files (PDF/DWG/DXF)—turn off layers you don't need
  • Place linked web images using their URLs via ctrl+drag-and-drop (for desktop only)
  • Dropbox API integration to retain placed resource linkage across multiple devices

Raster brush improvements

  • Improved raster brush quality and accuracy
  • Distance controller changes brush characteristics with stroke length
  • Brush tip interpolation for improved tip quality
  • Wet edges on more brush tools
  • Recently used brushes can be seen and reselected for each raster layer
  • Paint Brush Tool now has its own B keyboard key shortcut
  • Brushes panel can display brushes as either nozzle thumbnails or strokes


  • AutoCAD DWG/DXF import, place and edit (maintaining layer structure and scaling)
  • HIF file import (HDR 10 bit PQ encoded) produced by newer Canon cameras
  • Drag/drop stock photos for new document (for desktop only)
  • PDF export will export hidden Affinity vector layers that have child layers as invisible layers
  • Save packaged document changes back to original folder

Some important extras…

  • Import Affinity and Adobe® Swatch Exchange (.ase) palettes (iPad)
  • Drag-and-drop bitmap fill creation with intelligent scaling
  • HSL Colour Wheel has ‘box’ wheel type and offers recent colours and hex code readout/input
  • Convert artistic text to frame text, and vice versa
  • Paste Style support for copied text selections
  • Isolation (Solo) mode offers better group control
  • Rasterise selected layers simultaneously
  • Normals adjustment for editing normal maps from material and texturing workflows
  • Preference to Limit initial zoom to a maximum of 100% for icon designers

It’s Fast—Really Fast

  • Pan and zoom at maximum refresh rate (with ProMotion support for latest Mac displays)
  • 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 optimisation and hardware acceleration

Display support

  • Regular, Retina and expanded gamut DCI-P3 (Mac)
  • Wide colour gamut (Display P3) (Windows)
  • HiDPI
  • EDR (Mac)
  • HDR (Windows; >400 nits recommended)

Beautiful By Design

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

Highly Customisable

  • Light or dark user interface (for desktop only)
  • Create and save your own custom keyboard shortcuts
  • Create your own toolbars and toolbar layouts (for desktop only)
  • Reorganise on-screen panels, float or dock as preferred (for desktop only)
  • Create and save Studio Panel (and toolbar) presets (for desktop only)
  • Tweak UI tool size and choose monochrome or coloured buttons (for desktop only)
  • Use Preferences to set up Affinity Designer to your taste
  • Work in pixels, points, picas and physical document units

Naturally Easy to Use

  • Follows industry conventions for the most popular shortcuts
  • Use generic multi-button/wheeled mice and graphics tablets (for desktop only)
  • Check the Hint Line and Context toolbar for help with current actions (for desktop only)
  • Quickly hide all tools and panels for a bigger design preview
  • Work with multiple designs and multiple displays
  • Document presets or save your own custom document setups
  • Create new documents from delivery-ready presets
  • Create custom document setups and templates

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 favourite 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 even on different computers
  • Undo actions performed in other Affinity suite apps
  • Cycle Futures feature prevents history loss after editing from undos
  • A seamless AutoSave protects against unexpected shutdowns

Professional Samples

  • Peek into the minds of other illustrators with professional samples

No Subscription

  • No subscription charge! Designed for pros, priced for everyone
  • Updates available as we improve

Registration and Account Access

  • In-app registration (optional)
  • In-app access and viewing of your Affinity account
  • Affinity Store content synchronisation
  • Install free and purchased Affinity Store content (brushes, assets and more)


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

Rock Solid Pen Tool

  • 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
  • Apply pressure, scaling, drawing, mitre and line end settings for organic strokes
  • Create single polycurve from multiple curves
  • Snap control handles to geometry, node, grid or guide
  • Arrowheads (and tails)

Curve and shape editing

  • Multi-node selection using polygon/freehand lasso drawing
  • Align/distribute multi-node selections
  • Transform multi-node selections using Selection Box
  • Match active node’s geometry to that of another curve’s node geometry (for desktop only)
  • Construction snapping for finding control handle’s angles and distances (for desktop only)
  • Straighten or delete a curve's segment
  • Set precise straight line lengths using Transform Panel (for desktop only

Tool and Mode Switching

  • One tool flexibly selects, moves, rotates, scales, and skews
  • Switch to the Move tool any time with a key press (for desktop only)
  • Toggle between popular tools and temporarily change modes (for desktop only)
  • Intuitively edit objects within groups without ungrouping
  • Optionally move parent objects without their child layers


  • 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
  • Print artboards on separate sheets


  • Simultaneous and automatic editing of repeating design elements
  • Create symbols via easy access Symbols Panel
  • Replicate symbols as individual symbol instances
  • Synchronisation across instances by default
  • Switch off synchronisation 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
  • Max/min fit for fixed aspect ratios

Corner Tool

  • Neatly round and soften corners on shapes and lines
  • For single and multiple nodes

Pencil Tool

  • Draw lines with an intuitive balance of accuracy and smoothing
  • Adjust weight automatically based on velocity, pressure, or use fixed width
  • Use stabiliser for super smooth pencil strokes
  • Sculpt mode for repeating and continuing strokes
  • Arrowheads

Live Gradient Fills and Transparencies

  • Draw gradients live in your design, instantly and smoothly
  • Apply colour 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)
  • Linear and radial gradients respond to object scaling/shearing with skewed fill handle editing

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 customise shapes, achieve neat results with snapping geometry
  • Create perfect squares and circles by constraining primitives
  • Apply special and rounded corners as absolute or % values
  • Customise cogs, stars, arrows, pies, and 14 other smart shapes
  • Presets for shapes or save your own shapes (for desktop only)

Advanced Layers and Masks

  • Organise using layers, groups, stacks and layer naming
  • Seamlessly mix vector and raster layer types
  • Thumbnail sizing - Small, Medium and Large
  • Isolate, rename, lock, hide and merge layers with easy shortcuts
  • Unlock all locked objects simultaneously
  • Show all hidden objects simultaneously
  • 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
  • Auto-scroll jumps to selected object in Layers Panel
  • Colour tagging (retains PSD layer colours)


  • Add artwork within shapes and layers using Insert Inside and Paste Inside
  • Also Insert Behind and Insert Above the current layer

Convert to Curves

  • Convert primitives, imported vectors, and text to editable curves
  • Optionally convert some objects to curves at export time

Multi Stroke and Fill

  • Appearance Panel for all multi stroke/fill management
  • Stack strokes and fills like layers
  • Any stroke can have its own stroke width
  • Any stroke or fill can have its own blend mode and colour gradient
  • Save as custom Style for later use
  • Place stroke in front or behind fill

Expand Stroke

  • Detach outlines from vector objects to create new shapes
  • Add new outlines to expanded strokes

Contour Tool

  • Offset a curve or shape's outline and stroke
  • On-page radius control
  • Fill control: Auto close, Force open or Force close

Power Duplicate

  • Duplicate objects and repeat transforms all in one go
  • Create geometric patterns or repeating, scaling, rotating designs

Layout Grids

  • Create standard square and rectangular grids
  • Create axonometric grids (isometric layouts and more)
  • Isometric Panel (desktop) or context options (iOS) for easier grid creation, transforms and plane switching
  • Transform objects directly onto grid planes
  • Custom grids (Triangular, 2-axis and 3-axis)
  • Cube mode for custom grids from transformable cube
  • On-page draggable grid origin with grid axis scaling and angle adjustment
  • Snap grid to object angles to reconstruct useful grids from finished artworks or sketches
  • Snapping and constraining axis (for desktop only)
  • User-definable axis subdivisions for intermediate angles (for desktop only)
  • Change grid colour and opacity
  • Snap to standard and custom grids for accurate designing
  • Presets for Grid & Axis Manager or save your own grid

Selecting, Aligning and Distributing

  • Drag-over marquee selection
  • Easy selection of overlapped and grouped objects
  • Select multiple objects by type, colour, stroke weight, transparency, and more
  • Align to left, centre, right, top, middle, bottom
  • Works to selection bounds, spread (artboard), margins, first/last selected
  • Automatically distribute objects horizontally or vertically
  • Distribute to your choice of spacing
  • Alignment handles for precise alignment of a selection to a position on page
  • Change object Z-order


  • Accurately position and scale objects to specific values
  • Use functions like +50% to scale objects (for desktop only)
  • Apply transforms about an anchor point selected in the Transform panel
  • Rotate using dedicated lollipop handle
  • Set a custom centre of rotation
  • Reposition objects by their custom transform origin
  • Skew using on-screen controls or the Transform panel
  • Flip objects with handy buttons
  • Point Transform Tool scales and rotates about a chosen point
  • Transform selected objects separately

Assets for easy access to stored design elements

  • Dedicated panel for asset storage
  • Store any object to a custom subcategory
  • Import/export assets


  • Save combinations of fill, line and effects settings for reuse
  • Apply styles for design consistency, e.g. your favourite 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 behaviours and UI settings in Preferences
  • Zoom, select, nudge and more the way you like


  • Better snapping performance with complex geometries
  • 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 favourite snapping settings as new presets (for desktop only)
  • Snap to pixel selection bounds

Ruler, guides and column guides

  • Switch on vertical/horizontal rulers that use document measurement units (for desktop only)
  • Create guides in any measurement unit or by percentage
  • Spread origin repositioned from ruler intersection
  • Multi-column guide support
  • Customisable bleed and margin colours

Misc Design Aids

  • Inter-object measurement guides
  • Clip to page/artboard canvas

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

Switch Views

  • Save favourite view settings in the Navigator Panel
  • Quickly switch from one part of a document to another at different zoom

Multiple Views (for desktop only)

  • 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

Canvas Rotation

  • Rotate the page like you would when using paper to sketch
  • Maps to popular graphics tablet and keyboard controls (for desktop only)
  • Disable canvas rotation to prevent accidental use
  • Rotate document view (canvas) with CMD/CTRL+mouse scroll wheel

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 apply your stroke (for desktop only)

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 colour and tonal ranges
  • Grow, shrink, feather, smooth and outline selections

‘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

Add External Content to Your Designs

  • Stock Panel to access free and royalty-free image resources
  • Place content and scale non-destructively
  • Treat images as objects or as pixel-based layers
  • Multi-file placement click-by-click (for desktop only)
  • Linked resources (for desktop only)
  • DPI/scaling control for placed images and documents (for desktop only)
  • PDF passthrough for absolute output fidelity (for desktop only)

Packaging (for desktop only)

  • Share projects easily
  • Original document remains unaffected
  • Include fonts and linked images
  • Show restricted fonts on package opening

Resource Management (for desktop only)

  • Missing resource alert on document load
  • Linked/embedded placed image policy at document setup
  • Dedicated Resource Manager for image/document management
  • Display placed image (or document) status
  • Convert resources from embedded to linked (and vice versa)
  • Recursive resource links are honoured
  • Collect linked resource into a ‘sidecar’ folder for project portability
  • Relink multiple missing ‘same folder’ images in one operation

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 customising text
  • Access fonts by collection for efficiency (for desktop only)
  • Browse recent, used or your favourite fonts (for desktop only)

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

Glyph Browser (for desktop only)

  • Quickly insert special characters into your text
  • Display in glyph or Unicode order
  • Filter by font subset, e.g. cyrillic
  • Search for phrase, glyph value or Unicode value

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
  • Optical character alignment (hanging punctuation)
  • Comprehensive bullets and numbering (for desktop only)

Art and Frame Text

  • Adding scalable art text 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
  • Vertically align frame text
  • Fit text frame to contained text
  • Live spell checking


  • Type text along a custom curve or shape
  • 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

Text Styles (for desktop only)

  • 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 Colour

  • CMYK professional workflows
  • RGB, RGB Hex, LAB, CMYK and Greyscale colour models
  • PANTONE® colour swatches
  • ICC colour management profiles supported
  • Seamlessly jump between colour modes
  • Lock to prevent colour mode switching (for desktop only)

Pantone® Colour Matching

  • PANTONE® Goe
  • PANTONE® GoeBridge™
  • PANTONE®+ Formula Guide Solid (V2)
  • PANTONE®+ Colour Bridge (V2)
  • PANTONE®+ Metallic, Neon, and Pastels
  • Coated and uncoated variants

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
  • PSD flattened image representation

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 (versions 9-11)

PDF and PDF/X compatible

  • Save designs as PDF for sharing
  • Edit and save PDFs for round-trip app compatibility
  • PDF passthrough for absolute display/output fidelity
  • 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 colours (for desktop only)
  • Overprint controls (for desktop only)
  • Trim, bleed and crop marks
  • Bleed preview

Open and Save SVG and EPS

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

Smart Colour Picker

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

Palettes and Swatches

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

Global Colours (for desktop only)

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

Advanced Rendering

  • Blend ranges (Blend options)
  • Per-object gamma blending
  • Per-object hierarchical antialiasing
  • Use some adjustments across colour modes
  • Live wireframe and pixel views
  • Split screen views

Full Open or Import List

  • Adobe® Photoshop® PSD
  • Adobe® Photoshop® PSB
  • 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 Publisher native file (includes page navigation)
  • Extensive RAW import library (auto-process on import)
  • DNG
  • HEIF with depth map (as separate layer)

Full Save or Export List

  • Affinity template (.aftemplate)
  • Adobe® Photoshop® PSD
  • PDF
  • SVG
  • EPS
  • TIFF
  • PNG
  • JPG
  • GIF
  • EXR (Open EXR)
  • HDR (Radiance)
  • Affinity common file format

Export document

  • Export as entire document or current selection
  • Exclude background from selection
  • Resampling
  • File size calculator

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) (for desktop only)
  • Xcode path templates (for desktop only)
  • JSON export for Spine
  • Export to absolute sizes (for desktop only)

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


  • 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 (for desktop only)
  • Apply slice presets to selected slices (for desktop only)
  • Multiple export setups, formats and resolutions per slice (for desktop only)
  • Hide layer contents during export process
  • Exclude layer content from export
  • Export at multiple resolutions in one operation (for desktop only)
  • Output all slices at once, just one slice, or selected slices
  • Export image sizes individually (for desktop only)
  • Copy/paste export setups and formats between selected slices (for desktop only)

Advanced Scaling and Resampling

  • Optionally scale content when resizing documents
  • Mixed format artwork scaled intelligently for highest quality
  • Lanczos 3, Bicubic, Bilinear and Nearest Neighbour resampling methods

Efficient Affinity File Format

  • Compact and fast native file format
  • Fully editable in Affinity Photo and Affinity Publisher

16-bits per Channel Support

  • 16-bits per channel mode for accurate colour processing
  • Works on all supported hardware and macOS versions without limits

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
  • Blend modes work on masks and adjustments
  • Selectively recolour artwork and designs without laborious reworking

Live Adjustments

  • Levels
  • White Balance
  • HSL (with hue colour ranges and colour picker)
  • Recolour
  • Black and White
  • Brightness and Contrast
  • Posterise
  • Vibrance
  • Exposure
  • Shadows/Highlights
  • Threshold
  • Curves
  • Channel Mixer
  • Gradient Map (with global colour support)
  • Selective Colour
  • Colour 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
  • Colour Overlay
  • Gradient Overlay
  • Layer Effects (with global colour support)

Live Blend Modes

  • Normal
  • Darken
  • Darker Colour
  • Multiply
  • Colour Burn
  • Linear Burn
  • Lighten
  • Lighter Colour
  • Screen
  • Colour Dodge
  • Add
  • Overlay
  • Soft Light
  • Hard Light
  • Vivid Light
  • Pin Light
  • Linear Light
  • Hard Mix
  • Difference
  • Exclusion
  • Subtract
  • Divide
  • Hue
  • Saturation
  • Luminosity
  • Colour
  • Average
  • Negation
  • Reflect
  • Glow
  • Contrast Negate
  • Erase

Paint and Design Professionally

  • Give curves, lines and outlines a natural weight with graphics tablet support (for desktop only)
  • 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 (for desktop only)
  • Control size, pressure, and speed interactivity with live brush settings

Stroke stabilisation

  • Enable Stabiliser for super smooth brush strokes
  • Rope or Windows mode for different smoothing behaviour

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 watercolour, 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, colour, fill, pressure gradient, opacity, and blend mode
  • Non-pixel aligned head/tail offsets when dragging

High Quality Raster Brushes

  • Brushes are responsive and natural, whether painting with a pen, mouse or pad (for desktop only)
  • Add easy shading and highlights using a standard pixel brush
  • Paint with added depth using photo-quality scalable nozzle textures
  • Pick up brush colour as you paint
  • On-page brush preview sets width, hardness, nozzle spacing and rotation
  • Customise opacity (accumulation), hardness, spacing, flow, shape, rotation, luminosity, and texture scale
  • Pressure responsive (Jitter) to above brush properties
  • Wet edge support with customizable ramp profiles
  • Multi-brushes
  • Brush symmetry (up to 32-way) and optional brush mirroring (up to five-way reflections)
  • Brushes with multiple nozzle textures can set their own nozzle controller/ramp
  • Wet edges and accumulation now on colour brushes/brushes with HSL variance
  • Nozzle rotation using left and right arrow keys (before and during stroke application)
  • Paint straight strokes constrained to X or Y axis
  • Create image brushes from any pixel selection
  • Create intensity brushes from any mask's pixel selection

Custom Brushes

  • Create completely custom vector and raster brushes using your own textures
  • Choose behaviour 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 colour 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 colouring 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

OS X/macOS

  • Pressure-sensitive graphics tablet and pen
  • Force Touch and regular Trackpad
  • Mac keyboards
  • Touch Bar
  • Magic Trackpad and Magic Trackpad 2
  • Magic Mouse and Magic Mouse 2
  • Generic multi-button and wheel mouse
  • Dictation offered by OS X


  • 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)
  • Surface Studio with Surface Pen/Surface Dial
  • 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