** Affinity Designer for iPad supports iPad Pro, iPad Air 2 and iPad (early 2017 onwards). Please note that older iPads are not supported. **
Affinity Designer is the fastest, smoothest, most precise vector graphic design software available for the iPad. Whether you’re working on graphics for marketing materials, websites, icons, UI design or just like creating cool concept art, Affinity Designer will revolutionize how you work.
Everything you would expect from your professional graphic design software that you can just pick up and take wherever you go, totally free from the confines of your desk. Welcome to your new reality.
Built with input from some of the world’s leading designers and based on Apple Design Award-winning technology, Affinity Designer for iPad takes all the power and precision of our outstanding desktop app and converts it into a stunning immersive experience.
Optimised for iPad
• Metal-accelerated to achieve blazing-fast performance.
• Sensitive to pressure, tilt and angle, Affinity Designer harnesses the full power and precision of Apple Pencil.
• Full iCloud drive integration allows for seamless file management, storage and sharing.
• Panning and zooming is always live at 120fps.
• Live gradients, transforms, effects and adjustments.
• Live pixel and retina view of vector artwork, wireframe view, split screen mode.
• Seamless switching between tools and editing modes for frustration-free design.
Perfect color and output
• Professional CMYK, LAB, RGB and Grayscale color models.
• Full 16-bit per channel editing.
• End-to-end ICC color management.
• Advanced Lanczos 3 image resampling plus Bicubic, Bilinear and Nearest Neighbor methods.
• Rock solid vector tools that work just the way you want them to.
• Live effects, blend modes, image adjustments, and raster and vector masks for any part of your design.
• Use the strengths of vector and raster behaviours for the best of both worlds.
• The best pen tool, pencil tool, corner tool, curve editing, geometry operations, and smart shape tools available.
• High quality raster tools for texturing, masking and finishing artwork. Create your own brushes too.
• Artboards, symbols, constraints and stored assets give the ultimate flexibility for UI and graphic design.
- Support for new iPad Pro.
- Support for new Apple Pencil.
Ratings and Reviews
This app makes the iPad Pro the premiere platform for digital illustrators and artists that it was always meant to be. Affinity Designer is a first-rate vector drawing program, comparable to Adobe Illustrator, but carefully designed for a screen-only experience. When combined with Savage’s Procreate (for digital painting) and Serif’s own Affinity Photo (for photo editing), Designer makes the iPad Pro a high-powered studio tool, capable of creating the type of artwork previously only possible on a high-end Mac — but now that artwork can be done in a natural, direct way with a drawing tool that feels like a drawing tool.
The depth of this software is really amazing. Out of the box, it allows you to use multiple art boards, layer styles, raster painting (better than Illustrator’s, by a long shot), first-rate text tools, plus a host of other powerful abilities all enhanced by incredible speed and what seems to be infinite or near-infinite zoom.
Granted, this is 1.0 software, and I’ll be lying if I said it was perfect. Too many useful tools are hidden behind flyout menus. Zoom to fit, and zoom to 100% definitely need easier access (can I suggest imitating Procreate‘s pinch-to-fit function?), and while it’s great that you can import fonts, you need to be able to batch import take advantage of the function. Still, this app feels like it’s taken my iPad Pro from 0 to 100 instantly. This is going to change my workflow forever.
Great app, Affinity can free you from Adobe!
These apps are great! I will update this review as I use the program, but I am THRILLED so far. I have just bought the desktop app a day after I bought this for iPad, and plan to buy Photo as soon as I find need of psd replacement. I should point out that this app also has pixel features, so it is a mixed medium program.
After that A+ review, I have a complaint. I am a senior designer, and speaking as a professional, I hate the way the iPad version saves files. I found it difficult to save versions, which is standard practice. I am sure I will get a work around, but then this happened: I “closed” a file from the documents page, and it DELETED IT PERMANENTLY. I lost a days work, the whole file. I have it saved as a png, which I can salvage, but I have NEVER heard of an app CLOSING a file actually DELETING a file. CLOSE and DELETE do not have the same meaning. Sheesh. (still an A+)
7 stars for a power app! 3 stars for a confusing UI
It’s quite impressive that this app can handle the main functions of illustrator on a portable iPad Pro, and at a very reasonable price! ...with no subscription nonsense.
It seems a must-have for graphic designers.
Every review says that, but I would have to add -
The user interface seems “counterintuitive“ – it is more difficult to figure out then it needs to be.
And the default settings of tools etc. seem incorrect, IE
The brush tool works nicely with the Apple Pencil to make painterly lines - after you change a bunch of settings to make it do so. The settings are found on multiple tabs, when it should all be on one in plain sight.
Later on it will return to those defaults, and you have to make the settings again.
Make sure to watch the tutorial on the layers pallet, because by default, the paths don’t go into any layer.
That’s ridiculous - usually nothing exists not in a layer.
( you have to create a new layer, and then select that while doing your artwork. )
If dragging to the bottom of the layers pallet, your selection can “fall off the bottom”.
I hope the UI gets adjusted,
If you’re used to Illustrator, etc. prepare for a learning curve
I like the app Graphic - admittedly more simple than this, but the UI seems better set up for obvious uses.
- Serif (Europe) Ltd.
- 907.3 MB
- Requires iOS 11.0 or later. Compatible with iPad.
- English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Portuguese, Russian, Simplified Chinese, Spanish
- Age Rating
- Rated 4+
- © 2018 Serif (Europe) Ltd
With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.