The Affinity Designer Crash Course
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The Affinity Designer Crash Course

Learn everything you need to create amazing vector graphic illustrations!
4.6 (604 ratings)
Course Ratings are calculated from individual students’ ratings and a variety of other signals, like age of rating and reliability, to ensure that they reflect course quality fairly and accurately.
2,426 students enrolled
Created by Brad Colbow
Last updated 5/2018
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This course includes
  • 3.5 hours on-demand video
  • 22 downloadable resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
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What you'll learn
  • Students will learn all the tools necessary to take their sketches and turn them into finished professional looking vector artwork.
  • You will need Affinity Designer installed on your PC or Mac (iPad coming soon!)

Creating art is fun and your online courses should be too.

In this light hearted course I teach my zombie friend how to break down a complex poster design into small easy to create chunks just like the pros do. We learn all the tools you need one at a time by actually creating art with them and adding them to our poster.

By the end of this course you will be able to turn your sketches into professional high quality vector illustrations that will blow away your friends and family.

About Affinity Designer

Affinity designer is a fairly new program but is gaining traction fast due to it’s deep feature set and its place as an inexpensive Adobe Illustrator replacement. It is available on bot Windows and on Macs.

Affinity for iPad

There is an iPad version of this course available here on Udemy. Search for "Vector Drawing on the iPad with Affinity Designer". If you're using the iPad I would recommend that course over this one, the interface is much different.

Who this course is for:
  • Beginners who want to learn how to make digital art
  • Adobe Illustrators users who are looking for an inexpensive alternative
Course content
Expand all 26 lectures 03:30:49
+ Introduction
2 lectures 12:34

In this section we cover what you can expect from this course and how it is laid out. We will also cover what is included and what you need.

Preview 03:43

This is a brief tour of the interface. The goal is to cover the high points before we dig in so you understand where the tools, settings, and options are.

Interface Tour
+ The Core Tools
8 lectures 49:54

Now we’re getting to the good stuff. In this section we’re going to start drawing and learning about the shape tool and how it’s used in illustration.

Preview 04:35

Now that we understand the shape tool a little more we’re going to start modifying the shapes we make.

Modifying Shapes

The text tools in Affinity Designer are pretty good. In this session we will be using the text tool to add some text to the letter we drew in the last section.

The Text Tool

The snapping options in Affinity Designer are really granular. In this section we’re going to be adjusting the snapping settings and using them in conjunction with the grid to help us draw.

Snapping and the Grid

The geometry tools are used to combine shapes or cutting elements out of shapes. We review those ideas in this lesson.

Geometry Tools

The gradient tool in Affinity Designer is really easy to use and just plain fun to fiddle with. We will be using it in our illustration here.


The color picker works a little different than it does in Adobe Illustrator. We also review styles and how it can be used in conjunction with the color picker.

The Color Picker and Styles

Global colors are incredibly useful when used in your illustration. In this section we go over how to set up global colors in your swatches.

Color Swatches and Global Colors
+ Creating a Haunted House
5 lectures 48:25

It’s project time. The first step of any project is the research. In this section I walk you through my research and sketching phase of the project.

Step One - Inspiration and Sketching

In this part of the project we block out the basic shape of the house we will be creating getting the largest sections in place first.

Step Two: Laying Down the Basic Shapes

Now that we have laid the base it’s time to start adding details and making this look more like a house.

Step Three: Adding the Details

There is still more detail we can add. In this section we will be adding shadows and transparency to add some depth to our house.

Step Four: Adding Shadows and Transparencies

Now that we have a nice house it’s time to age it and make it a haunted house. That means making some broken windows and making those shutters look older.

Step Five: Making it a Haunted House
+ More Tools
4 lectures 26:21

This is an introduction to the pixel person. In the pixel persona you can draw with traditional raster tools.

The Pixel Persona

Before we get to our next project we need to go over how layers work and understand the concepts of masking.


The pen tool is one of the most powerful tools in any vector program. It also takes some getting used to. In this section we will be using it and getting in some curve drawing practice.

The Pen Tool

Now that we understand shapes and the pen tool it time to combine some of the concepts and take our designs to the next level.

Advanced Shapes
+ The Final Project
6 lectures 01:03:56

Now we’re starting a new project. In this section we review tracing and drawing with the pen tool to draw zombie’s head.

Part One: Tracing with the pen tool

We go on to finish the foreground elements in this section. And by foreground elements I mean the zombie’s body.

Part Two: Finishing the foreground elements

This poster needs a logo. In this section we take what we’ve learned about the type tool and about layers and we use it to create a logo.

Part Three: Designing a logo

This is a pretty big background. Let's take it in chunks. We start in one one side and start detailing things out.

Part Four: The Background art part one

We bring in our haunted house and add more and more detail to the background.

Part Five: The background art part two

In this section we play with some of the special effects in Affinity Designer and talk about how they can add a little extra flair to your illustrations.

Part Six: Effects and finishing touches
+ Extras
1 lecture 09:39

But wait! There’s more! On things that didn’t fit into the main course was some of the cool things you can do in the pixel persona. In this section I cover some of those techniques.

Preview 09:39