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Introduction to Affinity Designer

By Juan José Ros , Graphic Designer

Graphic Designer. Madrid, Spain.
Joined February 2011

Learn how to use the software from scratch to elevate the quality of your vector designs and improve your productivity

  • Domestika Basics 7 coursesBest seller English, Spanish
  • 98% positive reviews (193)
  • 5771 students

Learn how to use the software from scratch to elevate the quality of your vector designs and improve your productivity

Domestika Basics · 7 courses included

Become a master of Affinity Designer, the revolutionary vector design software with Ros, a graphic designer and vector expert specialized in data visualization and high-end presentation design. Since the launch of Affinity Designer in 2014, the software has accumulated several prestigious awards, namely the Apple Design Award and Windows Developer Award.

Understand how Affinity Designer works in this seven-part Domestika Basics. Learn Ros’ easy-to-follow method and apply what you learn in each lesson with a practical exercise.

To start off, get familiar with the software’s interface, its different modes (called Personas), and see how to create a new document.

In the second course, learn how to navigate a project and see how to design and modify basic shapes using different vector illustration tools.

Discover the range of tools used to create gradients and transparencies, the color combination creator, and some different ways of organizing samples and styles.

In the fourth course, learn how to work with layers, groups, and symbols by applying a clipping mask, adjustment layers, effects, and fusion modes. See the text tools and learn how to manage typographies and glyphs.

One of the most appealing features of Affinity Designer is the ability to edit and work with the software’s isometric drawing tools. In the fifth course, learn how to create elements with different perspectives and see how to simulate 3D objects.

In the sixth course, discover how to edit rasterized images: from the selection and crop, to basic photography editing, to drawing with the pixel brush. Discover unique techniques for applying realistic textures and moods.

Lastly, review the many exporting formats, both print and digital, and create different file formats like PSD.

Technical Requirements

    ⦁ A basic knowledge of graphic design theory is recommended.
    ⦁ A computer with Affinity Designer 1.8.3 or higher installed. You can use macOS 10.9 or higher, with 2GB RAM or Windows® 10 (anniversary update 1607 or a previous version), Windows® 8.1, Windows® 7 (Service Pack 1; Aero enabled) with 2-4GB RAM.
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English, Spanish
  • 98% positive reviews (193)
  • 5771 students
  • 37 lessons (4h 1m)
  • 7 courses
  • 22 downloads (10 files)
  • Online and at your own pace
  • Available on the app
  • Audio: English, Spanish
  • Spanish, English, Portuguese, German, French, Italian, Polish, Dutch
  • Level: Beginner
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Juan José Ros

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Graphic Designer

Ros is co-founder of Sigma Rocket, a studio specializing in communication with investors. Throughout his twenty years of experience working with visual arts, he has led projects for major infrastructure and telecommunication companies like Cisco, Movistar, and Ferrovial, as well as projects for independent companies in the fields of software development and music promotion.

For over twelve years, he has been specializing in data visualization and the design of high-end presentations. In early 2020, he became Managing Director Amp FeQQ, a music software company based in London and Madrid that develops sound processing apps for DJs and music producers.


Course 1: First Steps with Affinity Designer

  • U1


    • Presentation
  • U2

    Downloading and installing

    • Downloading and installing
  • U3

    Our First Document

    • Our First Document
  • U4

    Personas and Their Interfaces

    • Personas and Their Interfaces
  • U5

    Work Tables and Aids

    • Work Tables and Aids
  • U6

    History and Snapshots

    • History and Versions
  • U7

    Practice: Create and Organize an RGB Document with Multiple Artboards

    • Create and Organize an RGB Document with Multiple Artboards

Course 2: Using Basic Tools

  • U1

    Pen, Pencil and Vector Brush

    • Pen, Pencil and Vector Brush
  • U2

    Shape Tools

    • Shape Tools
  • U3

    Transformation and Geometry

    • Transformation and Geometry
  • U4

    Duplication, Alignment and Distribution

    • Duplication, Alignment and Distribution
  • U5

    Embed Documents

    • Embed Documents
  • U6

    Practice: Design a Monochrome Icon

    • Design a Monochrome Icon

Course 3: Color

  • U1

    Understanding Color

    • Understanding Color
  • U2

    Color Swatches and Chords

    • Color Swatches and Chords
  • U3

    Gradient, Patterns and Transparency

    • Gradient, Patterns and Transparency
  • U4

    Appearance and Styles

    • Appearance and Styles
  • U5

    Practice: Design Patterns and Create Styles

    • Design Patterns and Create Styles

Course 4: Objects, Layers, and Groups

  • U1

    Objects, Layers, and Groups

    • Objects, Layers, and Groups
  • U2

    Adjustment Layers

    • Adjustment Layers
  • U3

    Layer Effects

    • Layer Effects
  • U4

    Symbols and Resources

    • Symbols and Resources
  • U5

    Text Creation

    • Text Creation
  • U6

    Character and Paragraph Styles

    • Character and Paragraph Styles
  • U7

    Practice: Design a Logo

    • Design a Logo

Course 5: Grids and Isometrics

  • U1

    Grid and Isometric

    • Grid and Isometric
  • U2

    Flat Editing

    • Flat Editing
  • U3

    Practice: Illustrate an Isometric Mixer

    • Illustrate an Isometric Mixer 1
    • Illustrate an Isometric Mixer 2

Course 6: Persona Pixel

  • U1

    The Perfect Selection

    • The Perfect Selection
  • U2

    Painting Pixels

    • Painting Pixels
  • U3

    Essential Retouching

    • Essential Retouching
  • U4

    Practice: Designing an Album Cover

    • Designing an Album Cover

Course 7: Exporting

  • U1

    Simple Export

    • Simple Export
  • U2

    Export Persona

    • Export Persona
  • U3

    Export to PSD

    • Export to PSD
  • U4

    Practice: Multiple Export

    • Multiple Export

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About Domestika Basics

Domestika Basics is a series of courses focused on teaching the most commonly used software by creative professionals worldwide.
The content has been meticulously curated and is intended for both students going into a new creative field and more experienced professionals who want to polish their skills.

Learn with the best Domestika teachers through practical lessons, tons of resources, and a progressive difficulty that'll allow you to see results from day one.

Domestika Basics will allow you to step up your professional game and be prepared to score better projects.

  • Without prior knowledge.

    Domestika Basics gives you everything you need to get started in a new creative field and become an expert in it.

  • Focused on the tool.

    Discover its main components, techniques, and the tried-and-true methods you need to master it.

  • Learn fast

    With a straightforward, step-by-step approach, our outstanding professionals will teach you how to get the most out of the program.

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Introduction to Affinity Designer. Design & Illustration course by Juan José Ros Best seller

Introduction to Affinity Designer

By Juan José Ros
Graphic Designer. Madrid, Spain.
Joined February 2011
  • 98% positive reviews (193)
  • 5771 students