Last week came some big news for the web and graphic designers community – the long awaited Beta release of Affinity Designer for Windows is finally here, currently for free.
Affinity Designer is considered one of Adobe Illustrator's most serious rivals. Its successful combination of vector and raster tools, along with a reasonable pricing, made it a preferable choice – though only for Mac users. Until now.
Below we've selected some of Affinity Designers most intriguing features:
Creation and a wide range of modifications of about 20 vector shape objects.
2. Power Duplicate
Creates multiple copies of an object along with the transformations assigned to it.
3. Stroke Profile
Modifies the width alongside a vector drawn line for styling purposes (like when you are not using a tablet pen) or even for creating objects.
4. Transparency Tool
Applies different transparency modes to objects and provides further adjustments of the transparency intensity, direction and range.
5. Corner Tool
Rounds, fillets, concaves or cuts out a corner of an object.
6. Global Colors
To change a color everywhere it is used in a document by a single click.
7. Nondestructive Booleans
Allows boolean functions such as add, substract, intersect or divide while preserving both objects intact.
8. Color Palette From Document
Extracts a custom color palette using all colors in a document.
A significant newly developed feature in Affinity Designer is the implementation of the so called “constraints” in multiple artboards that mimic the behavior of a responsive layout – really great news for all who do mockups.
Another interesting concept is that of “symbols” – turn a group of objects into a symbol and then modify all its occurrences in the document at once.
Affinity comes with three “personas” that function as workspaces: for pixel drawing, vector drawing, and export, allowing for a more convenient workflow with no need to manually rearrange toolbars.
Worth mentioning are also the custom grid and snapping options, split screen viewing of two states, real-time pixel preview, as well as history save so that it is still present at document reopening.
You can sign up for a free download of the current Beta release of Affinity Designer for Windows on their official website: https://affinity.serif.com/.