Affinity Designer

Affinity Designer

By Serif Labs

  • Category: Productivity
  • Release Date: 2018-08-06
  • Current Version: 1.6.4
  • Adult Rating: 4+
  • File Size: 865.23 MB
  • Developer: Serif Labs
  • Compatibility: Requires iOS 11.0 or later.
Score: 4
From 281 Ratings


** Affinity Designer for iPad supports iPad Pro, iPad Air 2 and iPad (early 2017 onwards). Please note that older iPads are not supported. ** Affinity Designer is the fastest, smoothest, most precise vector graphic design software available for the iPad. Whether you’re working on graphics for marketing materials, websites, icons, UI design or just like creating cool concept art, Affinity Designer will revolutionize how you work. Everything you would expect from your professional graphic design software that you can just pick up and take wherever you go, totally free from the confines of your desk. Welcome to your new reality. Built with input from some of the world’s leading designers and based on Apple Design Award-winning technology, Affinity Designer for iPad takes all the power and precision of our outstanding desktop app and converts it into a stunning immersive experience. Optimised for iPad • Metal-accelerated to achieve blazing-fast performance. • Sensitive to pressure, tilt and angle, Affinity Designer harnesses the full power and precision of Apple Pencil. • Full iCloud drive integration allows for seamless file management, storage and sharing. Real-time performance • Panning and zooming is always live at 120fps. • Live gradients, transforms, effects and adjustments. • Live pixel and retina view of vector artwork, wireframe view, split screen mode. • Seamless switching between tools and editing modes for frustration-free design. Perfect color and output • Professional CMYK, LAB, RGB and Grayscale color models. • Full 16-bit per channel editing. • End-to-end ICC color management. • Advanced Lanczos 3 image resampling plus Bicubic, Bilinear and Nearest Neighbor methods. Truly multi-discipline • Rock solid vector tools that work just the way you want them to. • Live effects, blend modes, image adjustments, and raster and vector masks for any part of your design. • Use the strengths of vector and raster behaviours for the best of both worlds. • The best pen tool, pencil tool, corner tool, curve editing, geometry operations, and smart shape tools available. • High quality raster tools for texturing, masking and finishing artwork. Create your own brushes too. • Artboards, symbols, constraints and stored assets give the ultimate flexibility for UI and graphic design.



  • Worth it but with some flawed basics

    By idontwantafrigginnickame
    I haven’t used it extensively yet, so I’ll edit my review as necessary. I’m so glad there’s finally a decent vector program for iPad. I do think it is worth the money, and I will continue to use it, despite some pretty major frustrations. -Selection is appallingly imprecise. When I try to select a node or path somewhat close to another one, without fail the other one is selected. Zooming does not help in any way. I have a huge screen and am using an Apple Pencil, and this still happens. -I don’t expect desktop-level capability in an iPad app, but I’m pretty shocked there’s no rulers, or eraser in the vector persona. -There are some occasional glitches, like my guides just ... disappearing? And yes, I’ve made sure that they’re set to “visible”. That being said, it still does quite a bit, and despite the inconveniences, I’m pleased with it. Quite a few features are packed in there, and it has lots of potential. It takes some getting used to, but so does any program. Plus: No subscription!
  • On its way to perfect

    By Intox9
    So far so good. Clearly the best app for designers, by far. I’m still learning it ... but here’s some feedback based off my first experience. The bad: (1) There’s a flaw in the logic with creating brushes. If you create a new solid brush via the panel menu ... you set its setting, which for example is size ... and then you immediately start using the brush .. the size isn’t the size you just set, but instead is the size of the last previously used brush. This in it of its self is not a big deal per se ... the problem is ... the new brush NEVER retains its size value. So ... if it’s a 5px size brush ... you will never get that size. You can change the size in the contextual menu ... but that’s independent of what it’s natural size should be. ... ok ... you’re asking .. how can this be? Ok ... so, here is the work around. You need to open the settings of your new brush, and then click duplicate, and then ... the second new brush will retain its size value. Then delete the first brush. Ugh. (2) Where is the eraser tool for vectors? Seriously? Pixels mask? No. (3) Installing fonts can only be done one at a time. So, a family of 10 fonts would take like 5-10 minutes to install. (4) There’s something corky with the logic of when a new layer gets created after you deselect from a pixel layer. It’s like if you touch the screen then start painting it creates a new layer, but if you don’t touch after deselecting then it doesn’t. Umm ... could just be that I need to use the app more to get control of it. Maybe. (5) One click to unlock a layer but to lock it you need to search through a menu? Slows you down. The good: (1) It’s the best app out there. Yes, it’s not pure perfection ... but it’s light years ahead of anything else. 90% of its features no other app has. (2) The brush stabilizer is smooth as butter and is second nature to use. Nicely done. (3) Ability to work with text as outlines, just like in Illustrator is amazing. (4) Well integrated with cloud services. (5) Well worth $20, well worth 10x the price. All of the tools are rich in options. It’s everything you expect from a professional grade design app.
  • Meh

    By bilancio
    I wanted to love this app but after giving it a few tries I just can’t see myself using this over illustrator on desktop. The interface is so clunky and unintuitive. It’s cool that you can switch between vector and raster, but the raster tools are subpar compared to photoshop or Procreate.
  • Proper pan support?

    By Jonathan Acinity
    This is annoying. I can’t even pan around my document at a fixed zoom level without the entire document zoom level resizing. This is because when you use the same two fingers to also zoom, there will almost always be a mixture of the two functions occurring simultaneously. There should at least be a standalone pan tool located in the toolbar. How could the team miss such a obvious feature that should have been implemented before any other tool? Some people need there document to be zoomed to 100% for there own reasons, which I obviously do.
  • Where is the return/refund department?

    By kamakalama
    Affinity Designer iPad is a disappointment. In the past I purchased other apps from Serif for PC and Mac and been very pleased. I’m surprised to discover however that Affinity Designer iPad has major issues with the most basic vector function of creating and editing paths. Trying to work with the Apple Pencil will have you zooming in and out all over the place massively trying to compensate for inaccurate and laggy AP precision. It’s shockingly bad. I don’t understand why Serif would release it. I have several other vector apps on my iPad. None of them have this issue. The Affinity Designer forum is full of complaints about this and plenty of other issues including lag, responsiveness, and confusing interface . I’m also surprised that warp, distort, and B-spline features are absent as they have been available on other Serif vector apps for several years. I hope Serif fixes the AP issue soon as this app is not useful as it is.
  • I'm sorry but it's not for professionals

    By JChristianvt
    it may work very well with digital projects but, when you try to use this app to do print jobs, it does not work, this app does not have any real support for printed arts ... you may only have the option to choose CMYK, the profile of color and size in inches ... but even so it is limited for printing jobs. the inches do not have 4 digits in decimals, you will not be able to configure 0.0625 for the bleeding of the document in its four sides ... you will not be able to configure bleeding guides, it has no rule, there are no tools for the view-over-printing. etc ... so, if you think about doing professional design in this application, do not make the mistake that I made, buy an ipad pro and buy and install graphic design applications that are sold as professionals. and they are not
  • Great Unusable App

    By Jankadoodle
    Wow, Designer is an Adobe killer on iPad- but it's unusable in its current state!! Painting with the Apple pencil is so buggy that you literally have to go back and manually edit EVERY SINGLE STROKE in order to remove unsightly artefacts. The tool is just broken, and according to the forums, has been for quite some time. This seriously calls in to question the developers ability to support the app, which in turn makes me nervous about committing to it as a professional tool at this point in time. Here's hoping this gets fixed ASAP.
  • Can’t save to camera roll anymore

    By SailorTriforce
    This feature used to work, but it’s broken/not working now... exporting and trying to save to the camera roll causes Affinity Designer to entirely crash/force close. :/ Additionally, all exports now export pixelated.... which should not happen with vector graphics.
  • So close!

    By how high are you
    This would be a 5 star app in my book if only it recognized layer naming and grouping! I’m working on a file for Character Animator, and losing all the layer info makes this unusable for my purpose (Character Animator relies on layer naming and order/grouping to determine body parts and assign functions). Please add this feature so I can give a great app the rating it deserves and can finally use my pencil for real design work!
  • Great app but not so much if you don’t have ipad pro

    By piscesjustin
    I use the app a lot and it is comparable to adobe illustrator for ipad. I do have a few gripes with it though. If you do not have an iPad Pro then you are pretty screwed. It does not support any 3rd party stylus pressure sensitivity and since a normal iPad only supports 3rd party stylus, you might as well be using your finger. I own an Adonit Pixel which is top of the line but yah not supported by Affinity Designer. Also the App was crashing all the time for me and freezing up and it took me a while to figure out that it was because I was trying to work on a large file size. I would image it might be more stable on the pro but I don’t know. So if you need to print in high resolution for posters or what ever, you need to work in low res and then export it as a high resolution (just took me a while and a lot of frustration to figure out what was causing all the freeze ups). I like they they give you freedom on document size but they should make it clear that high file size might cause instability, I wanted to throw my iPad through a wall a few times and if they just made that clear it would have saved me a lot of frustration. So to sum it up, probably fantastic if you own an iPad Pro but leaves a lot to be desired on an normal current gen iPad sadly. Also looks like they only update it like once every 2 months it seems not sure why they are not giving the iPad version much love. I would much rather have a good version on my iPad than on a macbook or what ever. I would give this 5 stars if they added 3rd party stylus support/pressure sensitivity.