Affinity Designer 2 4+

Vector graphics & illustration

Serif Labs

    • 4.8 • 579 Ratings
    • Free
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The next generation of the award-winning vector graphics software, Affinity Designer 2 is setting the new industry standard in the world of design. Packed with tons of new features and hundreds of enhancements to optimize your workflow, you can now create high-quality concept art, illustrations, logos, icons, UI designs, mock-ups, and other projects more seamlessly than ever before.

• Fully redeveloped UI, tool, and button icons
• Completely revamped Layers Panel
• Vector Warp
• Shape Builder Tool
• Knife Tool
• X-ray view mode
• Measure and Area tools
• Style Picker Tool
• DXF/DWF import
• Drawing scale, including ability for different scales set per artboard
• Drag/drop bitmap texture fills
• Pencil Tool creates auto-closed or straight-line pencil strokes
• Multiple shadow, outline and overlay layer effects per object
• Force scale of stroke, effect and fills on object resize

• Fully optimized for the latest Mac hardware and operating systems, including M1 chips and macOS Monterey
• Pan and zoom at 60fps
• Live gradients, transforms, effects, and adjustments
• Optimized for documents of any complexity, zoom to over 1,000,000% for absolute precision
• Live pixel, retina, wireframe, and x-ray views of vector artwork in and out of split screen mode
• Seamless switching between tools and editing modes for frustration-free design
• Incredibly accurate results with minimal nodes

• Rock solid vector tools that work just the way you want them to
• The best pen tool, node tool, curve editing and smart shape tools available
• Powerful contour tool to create abstract objects or increase the width of single open curves
• Pencil and brush stabilization for drawing super-smooth curves freehand
• Non-destructive Boolean operations
• Live effects, blend modes and image adjustments
• Incredibly smooth gradient and transparency controls

• Switch between vector and raster workspaces with a single click
• Use the strengths of vector and raster behaviors for the best of both worlds
• High quality raster tools for texturing, masking, and finishing artwork – you can even create your own brushes
• True creative freedom not found in other apps

• Flexible text handling including comprehensive support for OpenType
• Artistic text and text frames
• Full control over character and paragraph styles
• Flow text along any drawn path

• Unlimited artboards
• Savable history with alternate futures
• Customizable keyboard shortcuts
• PSD, AI, PDF, EPS, SVG, JPG, JPEG XL, TIFF, EXR, DXF and DWG file support
• Set up grids and guides almost any way you want, whether it’s a standard grid pattern or full isometric with multiple planes
• Linked symbols and constraints
• Save documents as template files to re-use time and time again
• Customize savable presets, including studio presets for the UI layout
• Quickly access royalty free images through the Stock panel
• Select Same and Select Object functions
• Linked images and resource manager
• PDF passthrough
• Package your document alongside all used image and font resources into a single folder

• Professional CMYK, LAB, RGB, PANTONE© and Greyscale color models
• Full 16-bit per channel editing
• End-to-end ICC color management
• Slice export for exporting multiple elements in a single click
• Live pixel preview to see exactly how your design will export

What’s New

Version 2.5.1

2.5 is here! Free for all V2 customers, the latest update to Affinity Designer brings some key new features and improvements, including:

• Variable font support – allows you to work with fonts that provide fine-grained control of aspects of their appearance
• QR Code Tool – makes it easy to add QR codes to documents, which can be scanned to perform actions such as visiting a web page of your choice
• Typography dialog turned into a panel
• ‘Default preset’ for grid
• Stroke Width Tool –gives you an on-document way of editing the pressure profile of any curve
• Pencil Tool improvements – new curve-smoothing algorithm and ‘Auto-close’ method
• DWG polylines import improvements
• Many more improvements and bug fixes

Ratings and Reviews

4.8 out of 5
579 Ratings

579 Ratings

Archi Andre ,

Fun, powerful, and the perfect solution for architects.

I originally switched from Adobe because I couldn't justify the price for something I only used a few times a month.

Switching was awkward as I learned the tiny ways that Designer is different from Illustrator. But once I learned, I think that in most cases Designer has a better way of handling those subtle UI areas.

Now that I've gotten used to it, I LOVE it. Instead of just using it once in a while when I "needed" too like with Illustrator, I enjoy drawing more in Designer and use it all the time.

Interestingly, I have it on both desktop and iPad and use it differenty in both places. I draw with it much more on the iPad and use the desktop version for more precision or "graphic design" work. Mostly the choice comes down to screen size but also because it's just more fun to draw on the iPad version.

The most recent update includes a killer feature for me. DWG support. As an architect, my world revolves around CAD and BIM formats and I've always wanted a lightweight, graphic friendly program for creating content to bring into my work (but is still powerful and reliable). Designer is powerful and reliable and now I can draw content like logo's, people, or trees on my iPad and bring them into my drawings in a way I've dreamt of for 30 years.

Thank you!

Btowers ,

My Go-To Vector App

I've been a marketer and graphic designer for a decade and I always loved the giant-that-will-not-be-named's apps. Their entire suite is great, right? But, ever since I first purchased Affinity Designer (and Photo, and Publisher), I have completely changed over my workflows to Affinity products.

Even when I have both apps on my desktop, I still find myself choosing Designer over AI. I know of no higher a complement to make.

There are still frustrations, though minor, and these apps are mature enough and have a large enough following now (vs. when they first came out) that any question I might have is quickly and properly answered.

Most of all, I appreciate their business model: charge for a major release, but not a subscription. It works way better for an occasional user and frankly better for those like me who use the tools often enough but the designs are not the bread and butter of their business, just secondary, though critical, pieces of it.

Lightly Salted ,

Very buggy and difficult to use

Software has great set of features for a reasonable price, but unfortunately it is extremely buggy and at times insanely difficult to use. For example, if you want to resize a page it will not let you use a custom size that is different from your current aspect ratio. If you try to set a new size it will force the other dimension to preserve the same aspect ratio. If you look online there are long pages of tips of how to do a page resize, something that should be extremely simple to do (and is simple in every other program I have ever used). In this case you have to create a new document with the correct size and copy everything over. This is just one example. This is NOT the software you want to be using when you have an upcoming deadline.

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