Specifications of Affinity Designer (Part-2)

Specifications of Affinity Designer (Part-2)

In the previous article we have discussed the Specifications of Affinity Designer part-1; in this article, we are going to discuss more specs of the same. Let’s see the entire list of specifications. 

Professional Color, Compatibility, and Output

Specifications of Affinity Designer (Part-2)

Professional Color

  • True end-to-end CMYK for professional workflows
  • RGB, RGB Hex, LAB, CMYK and Greyscale color models
  • PANTONE®color swatches
  • ICC color management profiles supported
  • Seamlessly jump between color modes

Pantone® Color Matching

Specifications of Affinity Designer (Part-2)

  • PANTONE®GoeBridge
  • PANTONE®+ Solid
  • PANTONE®+ Color Bridge
  • PANTONE®+ Metallic, Neon, and Pastels
  • Coated and uncoated variants

Full PSD SupportSpecifications of Affinity Designer (Part-2)

  • Accurate opening/saving of Adobe® Photoshop® PSD files
  • Open very large PSB files
  • Maintain layers, groups, gradients, blend modes, paths, masks and more

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 (v9-11)

PDF and PDF/X compatible

  • Save designs as PDF for sharing
  • Edit and save PDFs for round-trip app compatibility
  • 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 colors
  • Overprint controls
  • Trim, bleed and crop marks

Open and Save SVG and EPS

Specifications of Affinity Designer (Part-2)

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

Smart Color Picker

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

Palettes and Swatches

  • Use colors and palettes based on all the available color models
  • Automatically create palettes based on document colors
  • Import Adobe® Swatch Exchange (.ase) files
  • Display palettes created in other apps using Apple System Color Palettes
  • Create complementary, analogous and other color chords
  • Generate palette from any image
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Global Colors

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

Advanced Rendering

  • Per-object gamma blending
  • Use some adjustments across color modes
  • Live wireframe and pixel views
  • Split screen views


Full Open or Import List

Guide to Affinity Designer

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  • Adobe®Photoshop® PSD
  • 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 Designer native file

Full Save or Export List

  • Adobe®Photoshop® PSD
  • PDF (can be opened in Adobe® Illustrator®)
  • SVG
  • EPS
  • TIFF
  • PNG
  • JPG
  • GIF
  • EXR (Open EXR)
  • HDR (Radiance)
  • Affinity Designer (Affinity common file format)
  • great export/ import in specifications of affinity designer

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 image sets (Xcode asset JSON)
  • Xcode path templates
  • JSON export for Spine
  • Export to absolute sizes

Export Presets

Specifications of Affinity Designer (Part-2)

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

Advanced Scaling and Resampling

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

Efficient Affinity File Format

  • Compact and fast native file format
  • Fully editable in Affinity Photo and our future DTP app

16-bits per Channel Support

  • 16-bits per channel mode for accurate color processing
  • Works on all supported hardware and OS X versions without limits

Live Blend Modes, Adjustments, and Effects

Specifications of Affinity Designer (Part-2)

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
  • Selectively recolor artwork and designs without laborious reworking

Live Adjustments

  • Levels
  • White Balance
  • HSL
  • Recolor
  • Black and White
  • Brightness and Contrast
  • Posterize
  • Vibrance
  • Exposure
  • Shadows/Highlights
  • Threshold
  • Curves
  • Channel Mixer
  • Gradient Map
  • Selective Color
  • Color 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
  • Color Overlay
  • Gradient Overlay

Live Blend Modes

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

Professional Sketch, Paint and Texture Tools

Specifications of Affinity Designer (Part-2)

Paint and Design Professionally

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

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 watercolor, ink, paint and pastels
  • Edit vector brush strokes, pen lines, and pencil lines anytime
  • Separate head, body and tail sections, plus corner treatments
  • Change path, weight, color, fill, pressure gradient, opacity, and blend mode

High-Quality Raster Brushes


  • Brushes are responsive and natural, whether painting with a pen, mouse or pad
  • Add easy shading and highlights using a standard pixel brush
  • Paint with added depth using photo-quality scalable nozzle textures
  • Change size and color on the fly
  • Customize opacity (accumulation), hardness, spacing, flow, shape, rotation, luminosity, and texture scale
  • Pressure responsive (Jitter) to above brush properties

Custom Brushes

Specifications of Affinity Designer (Part-2)

  • Create completely custom vector and raster brushes using your own textures
  • Choose behavior 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 color 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 coloring 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 re-sampled

System Requirements

Specifications of Affinity Designer (Part-2)

OS X/MacOS System Requirements


Mac Pro, iMac, MacBook, MacBook Pro, MacBook Air, Mac Mini


Intel 64-bit Core 2 Duo or better (from 2007)


2GB RAM minimum


Mac OS X 10.7.5, 10.8, 10.9, 10.10, and 10.11
Lion, Mountain Lion, Mavericks, Yosemite, and El Capitan


10.12 Sierra

Hard Disk

  • 890MB of available space; more during installation
  • Cannot be installed on removable flash storage or a volume with a case-sensitive file system


1280×768 display size or better
Supports regular, retina, and expanded gamut DCI-P3 displays

Input Devices

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


  • Grand Central Dispatch for multiprocessor, multi-core systems
  • Quartz Extreme Core Graphics and OpenGL hardware acceleration
  • Optionally force use of onboard graphics to save power where applicable
  • Share with other apps and backup to iCloud
  • App Nap
  • Full Screen
  • Split Screen



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