Affinity Designer Workbook… for iPad pro?

cover of affinity designer workbook. a text book cover for a vector graphics application

Ok, so back in March of 2016 I went all in on an iPad Pro as my only computer when my computer decided quite gloriously to kick the bucket. At the time there weren’t many options for digital drawing (other than Procreate and Paper by 53). These apps are wonderful and Procreate, Adobe Fresco and Linea (a newer sketchbook app that I prefer to Paper) have to this day been my go-to drawing apps over absolutely anything else.

While those apps are great they are not true vector graphics or photo editing and I who have next to no idea or skill when it comes to vector was fine with that because other than one Illustrator class there isn’t much I can contribute skillfully to that arena.

Enter Affinity’s creative suite. They just launched version 2 on November 9, 2022.

I have been using photoshop since college so when Affinity Photo for iPad came out I was excited to have a real photo editing app on my iPad. Adobe has since launched its iPad version of Photoshop, however, it isn’t as full-featured, costs an arm and a leg, and honestly doesn’t work as well as affinity so I rarely open it let alone use it.

Then came Affinity Designer; however, while am now an illustrator I still rarely work in vector so I bought the workbook to learn more about the app and improve my vector skills.

After buying The book I realized that it was meant for the Mac or PC versions not so much the iPad but I thought it might be an interesting experiment to see how using the book with the iPad version might make a difference.

I plan to force myself to do the projects on a timely basis and post the results here. Hopefully, you all will enjoy my attempts and frustrations and hopefully, you wonderful artists will all keep learning and creating as well.

As always, thank you for taking the time to read 🖤. Till next time, Happy Designing 🖤!

This article was originally published in September 2019 to go along with the original version of Affinity Designer for iPad. It is being updated to reflect changes in my work life and the new version 2 that was released.

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