Affin­ity De­signer

At­trac­tive vec­tors Can Serif’s new app top­ple the vec­tor king?

ImagineFX - - Reviews -

If you want to de­sign or cre­ate with vec­tors, most peo­ple would turn to Adobe Il­lus­tra­tor. But with Affin­ity De­signer, one of three apps be­ing re­leased by Serif this year, Il­lus­tra­tor has a se­ri­ous con­tender, and one that now op­er­ates on Macs – a first for pub­lisher Serif.

On launch­ing AD you’re pre­sented with a stylish, dark in­ter­face. In terms of the toolset, it ri­vals Il­lus­tra­tor pretty closely: the nor­mal Bézier fea­ture set means you can draw pre­cise curves; Lay­ers make it pos­si­ble to or­gan­ise your art­work and edit on an ob­ject-level; and the Brush tools en­able you to cre­ate cus­tom brushes and ap­ply nat­u­ral-look­ing vec­tor strokes. There’s also some great ef­fects tools, in­clud­ing nifty Layer Ef­fects.

But the best thing of all? The speed. Affin­ity De­signer is fast (try out the beta at the link above). And you can work in CMYK mode, mean­ing it can be used not only for dig­i­tal out­put, but print as well. With a flat price of £35 when re­leased in Oc­to­ber, those look­ing for a fast, pow­er­ful vec­tor tool with­out pay­ing a monthly sub­scrip­tion charge (as with Adobe) should check it out.

With Layer Ef­fects you can add drop shad­ows, glows and more by us­ing a fa­mil­iar panel.

Affin­ity De­signer is pow­er­ful and best of all, sig­nif­i­cantly cheaper than Adobe’s Il­lus­tra­tor.

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