Serif’s Affinity Designer has been increasing in popularity over the last couple of years. The main appeal is that the program is a viable alternative to Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Illustrator. One significant advantage that Affinity Designer has over Photoshop is that you can export vector files for sharp images.
Affinity Designer’s fixed price means that anyone wanting to create designs for print will be able to do so without having to pay a monthly subscription.
So how do you create and export print-ready files in Affinity Designer? We’ll break it down for you.
Creating Your Print Files
- Start Affinity Designer and click ‘File’ at the top of your screen.
- Click ‘New’ in the dropdown menu; This will show you a dialog box in which you’ll create your document that will be print-ready.
- Most of our files, with a few notable exceptions, are required to have 1/16” bleed or an additional 0.0125” added to each file. Here is where you enter your product dimensions with bleed.
- Next, you will want to make sure your color format is in CMYK as that is also one of our file requirements four our printers. All CMYK 4-Color Process printers, such as ourselves, are unable to guarantee a 100% color match. We can guarantee that the color will print within CMYK industry standards. A color conversion may result in a more significant color shift.
Exporting Your File(s):
- Click ‘File’ and then navigate down to ‘Export.’
- A dialog window will appear that shows all of the different file types that you can export your document as. For print files, we recommend exporting your file as a PDF to retain its vector properties. Make sure ‘Raster DPI’ is set at 0 so that nothing gets rasterized (turned into pixels).
That is it! You’re ready to upload on our site with your print-ready file.
If you would like some help creating your print-ready files, feel free to reach out to our excellent graphic design team by completing the online form.
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- How to Make Print Ready Files for Etsy:
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- The Difference Between CMYK Color vs. RGB For Printing:
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