Recently a company called Serif presented to the world a new vector editor which also includes a lot of raster tools. Developers claim that Affinity Designer is the fastest and the most exact vector application since it is created on an entirely new, more effective and multifunctional code. Will Affinity Designer become a worthy alternative to Adobe Illustrator? The video which you find in this article will definitely impress you and the prices are very pleasing, but unfortunately the Affinity Designer is available only for Mac OS users.
First Introduction of Affinity Designer
Speed of image processing
Zooming in Affinity Designer happens at a rate of 60 frames per second. Transformation of objects, placing them in correct sequence, effect and correction applications will never make application hang even when you work with a complex vector illustration which contains thousands of curves.
Vector tools of Affinity Designer include the Node Tool, the Pen Tool, the Pencil Tool, the Vector Brush, the Gradient Fill Tool, the Transparency, the Crop, the Targeted Insert, the Text and the Alignment Guides.
Raster Tools of Affinity Designer include: the Lasso Tool, the Selection Brush, the Pixel Brush, the Paint Brush, the Eraser, the Dodge, the Burn, the Smudge, the Blur and the Sharpen.
Due to the Pixel preview in standard or retina resolution with the help of only one click you peep at what you’re going to get.
You also have an opportunity to split the screen into two parts and preview your work in Standard and Outline preview.
Due to dockers and pop-up interfaces you can configure your workspace for your current task. The app supports all functions of Mac OS X, including the iCloud, Full Screen and Spaces.
Vector and pixel Brushes
Affinity Designer allows you to add a texture of a brush stroke without losing the properties of the vector object. You can also create shadows, highlights and textures with the help of the pixel brushes while all your vector curves remain untouched. You can draw inside the object by choosing the appropriate mode. The Clipping Mask is created automatically.
The editor contains an extensive library of basic forms which you can control with the help of indicators and Boolean geometry operations such as Unite and Divide.
The application completely supports AI (PDF), PSD, PDF and SVG formats.
You can work in the following color models: the RGB, the CMYK, the LAB and the Grayscale.
You can export a selected field, layer or object by controlling its parameters independently. For web design and UI a standard and a retina version of elements is been created automatically.
- Not destructive setting of vector and raster objects.
- Glow, Shadow and Blur could be applied to any object and layer.
- Blending Modes could be applied to raster and vector objects.
- Max. zooming is 1 000 000%
- History panel allows you to come back to previous stages of your work instantly. A full list of functions of the Affinity Designer could be found here…
You can buy Affinity Designer in Mac App Store with a 20% discount for $40. This offer expires by October, 9. After October, 9 the price for the application will be $50. This is a one-time payment. You’ll also get all updates in the course of two years.