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Affinity Designer 1.8. From Zero To Superhero

A beginner’s guide to Affinity Designer 1.8. Learn how to use the hottest piece of design software on the market

4.45 (53 reviews)


2.5 hours


Apr 2020

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What you will learn

Affinity Designer 1.8 from the basic to inermediate level


If you’ve been looking for a cheaper and yet super powerful alternative to Adobe’s products, now you’ve found it.   

This course is all about you learning how to use Affinity Designer in its latest, 1.8 version.   

It’s a beginner’s comprehensive guide that will allow you to independently use all the tools and effects to create any design you wish.

And Designer now comes with A LOT of new features and improvements, covered in this course. Such as:

  • Multiple fills and strokes

  • Pen tool with rubber band mode for easier curves creation

  • Shape tools with custom presets

  • and hundreds of little tweaks and improvements!

This update is all about new features and tools, but also hundreds of little tweaks and enhancements that make using this software so much better.

And this course is all about getting you from the zero up to the superhero level.

That means you will learn all the basics that you need to get started, but also discover more advanced features of the software.

The true goal of this course is to give you all the knowledge you need to, ultimately, use Affinity Designer independently.

And if you've been holding out on picking up Designer, for whatever reason, now is the time to join the Affinity revolution.

Version 1.8 is a huge step forward in the development of the software that makes using Designer the best decision ever.

Here’s just a fraction of goodies you will find inside:

  • How to create new documents, templates and artboards

  • How to create, customize and transform your artwork, using new shape presets, Pen tool and Point Transform tool

  • How to work with text, including text on a path

  • How to use the most important panels, like the Layers, Stroke or History

  • Plus all the supporting files used throughout the course

Basically, all the things you will need to take your own designs from drawing the very first node to the last click on the Export button.

And don't forget that I am here for you - if you have a question regarding the course, ask away and I will gladly answer it.

Hope to see you inside!



Affinity Designer 1.8. From Zero To Superhero
Affinity Designer 1.8. From Zero To Superhero
Affinity Designer 1.8. From Zero To Superhero
Affinity Designer 1.8. From Zero To Superhero



What is Affinity Designer?

Let’s take a look around and explore the interface

Creating new documents

How to create new documents

How to manage already created documents

How to view your documents

How to use the view modes

How to use artboards

What are artboards

How to add and remove artboards

How to manage your artboards

How to export the artboards

How to draw shapes in Affinity Designer

The drawing shapes tools

How to use shape presets

How to use the Pen tool

How to use brushes in Affinity Designer

How to add gradients using the Fill tool

How to use symbols

How to use the drawing modes to simulate masking

How to customize your artwork

How to use the Corner tool

How to use the Point Transform tool

How to add multiple strokes and fills

How to Use the Vector Crop tool

How to transform your artwork

How to rotate, reflect move and resize objects

How to align and distribute objects

How to create complex shapes from simple objects

How to work with text in Affinity Designer

How to create artistic text

How to create paragraphs

How to create text on a path

How to add guides and column guides

How to use the most important panels

Working with layers and the Layers panel

Layer clipping and masking

How to use the Stroke panel

How to use the Effects panel

How to use the History panel

The Finishing touches

Saving and printing your artwork

Saving by exporting

Using the Export Persona


Thanks for taking this course


Robert29 May 2021

It's what I needed ... To understand the various tool sets is vital and you helped me with that. Very well done. Thank You!

Andrew19 March 2021

The course over all was basic, which as the description was a beginner's guide, I did however think there might have been a few working examples of the design aspect. over all it was a good course for someone who is completely new to this program

Janice22 February 2021

Thanks, Dawid, for another great class. Good overview of the changes in AD 1.8. There are no assignments to complete, but to be sure I was understanding what he was teaching, I went ahead and tried to recreate whatever art he had used in his demonstration. This was very useful to me because I was able to do a pretty good job, even without any step-by-step instructions. Showed me I'm starting to get the hang of creating designs in AD.

Annika10 February 2021

It has been very clear for me to understand what to do and expect from Affinity so far. I am at a very beginning stage of learning so am appreciating the detailed explanations.

Christian15 September 2020

It's a great course for beginners into affinity design, it explains with ease about the tools and how to use them, great to learn the basics of the whole program, obviously only for beginners, it has great content, and the instructor gives clear explanation on how to use.

Julianna4 July 2020

this was a good introductory course - I would not say that I now have superhero skills, but he covered the basics and introduced some new concepts to me. I would have liked to have had several pen tool and shape (for combinations) worksheets.

Deborah20 May 2020

This was a good basic course for learning Affinity Designer. I wish there were more projects in it to really get hands on with it.

Michael18 May 2020

Good introduction to discover Affinity Designer and getting started with the main features of the products.

Stanislaw6 May 2020

Some kind of warm-up for the begining, and some new interesting features for me. I really apriciate this course

Phyllis6 May 2020

Excellent course, I already had some knowledge of Designer but still managed to pick up a few new tips which will be useful

Dee6 May 2020

It was a very good course. The only problem I had was that I am using Affinity Designer for the Ipad and this was for the Desktop so it took me a little longer to get through it. But it was explained very well. Thank you.

Mary5 May 2020

The features were explained very well along with visuals to see how the specific tools worked. The course went at a good pace, not too slow or fast. I went thru the course just watching and listening, and plan to go back thru applying the different features to my specific designing. Thank you!

Maria5 May 2020

I have spent some time using Affinity Designer. This course answered several questions I had and showed some options I didn't realize existed. Only down fall was it would occasionally stop in the middle of a lesson causing me to selection a spot further in the lesson to continue. Thanks

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