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£29.99 Devel­oper Ser­i­flabs, affin­ity.serif.com Re­quires OS X 10.7 or higher

Win­ner of an Ap­ple De­sign Award at WWDC 2015, Affin­ity De­signer is a beau­ti­fully pow­er­ful graph­ics de­sign app for the Mac that’s mainly for cre­at­ing and edit­ing vec­tor graph­ics but can open pixel-based im­ages too. “This is an ex­cel­lent ex­am­ple of what a state-of-the-art Mac app should be,” Ap­ple ex­plains, point­ing out that the 64-bit soft­ware takes full ad­van­tage of OS X tech­nolo­gies like OpenGL, Grand Cen­tral Dis­patch and Core Graph­ics. The ap­pli­ca­tion also sup­ports tablets and the Force Touch track­pad, so you can use it to draw and paint with a de­gree of pres­sure sen­si­tiv­ity.

The user in­ter­face is highly in­tu­itive and con­tex­tual, which means that not only are the tools you need are easy to find, but those avail­able to you will change to re­flect what you are try­ing to do, speed­ing up pro­duc­tiv­ity. The pow­er­ful fea­ture set also in­cludes flex­i­ble layer man­age­ment, ad­just­ment lay­ers, vec­tor blend modes and an im­pres­sive range of high qual­ity raster tools for fin­ish­ing. The save­able undo history means you can step back through ed­its from any ses­sion.

Ad­di­tional fea­tures in­clude live pan­ning and zoom­ing at 60fps, over one mil­lion per­cent zoom so you can work on the finest de­tail with­out a loss in qual­ity, and much more. We love it so much we de­cided to bring you a whole se­ries of ex­pert tu­to­ri­als on how to use it. Turn to page 50 for part two on mas­ter­ing brush tools.

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