Earl Gibson

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Earl Gibson

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Freelance Artist

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Unleashing Your Creativity: Creating a New Document in Affinity Designer 2 for iPadOS

December 14, 2023 Design
Unleashing Your Creativity: Creating a New Document in Affinity Designer 2 for iPadOS

Affinity Designer 2 for iPadOS has revolutionized graphic design on the go. Its intuitive interface and powerful tools make it a go-to choice for both seasoned professionals and budding artists. But before you unleash your creative magic, you need a canvas – a new document.


1. New Document, Endless Possibilities:

  • Open the App: Launch Affinity Designer 2. You’ll be greeted by the Home screen, showcasing your recent projects and Live Docs. 
  • Tap “New”: Look for the plus icon (+) in the top right corner. Tap it to reveal the New Document options.
  • Blank Canvas or Template: Choose “New Document” for a blank canvas, where your imagination takes flight. For a head start, explore “From Template” and select from a diverse library of pre-designed layouts.

2. Defining Your Digital Artboard:

  • Document Presets: Affinity Designer 2 offers a variety of document presets to cater to specific needs. Tap on a preset to see its dimensions, orientation (portrait or landscape), and color mode (RGB, CMYK, etc.).
  • Customizing Dimensions: Don’t see your ideal preset? Tap “Custom” and manually enter the desired width and height. You can even choose the units (pixels, inches, mm) for ultimate precision.
  • Orientation Matters: Tap the arrow icon next to “Portrait” to switch between portrait and landscape mode.
  • Color Mode: Depending on your project’s needs, choose between RGB for vibrant on-screen visuals or CMYK for professional printing.

3. Advanced Document Settings (Optional):

For experienced users, Affinity Designer 2 offers further customization options:

  • Bleed: Add a bleed area for printing purposes, ensuring your design extends beyond the document’s edge to avoid unwanted white borders.
  • Grids and Guides: Enable grids and guides for precise alignment and layout.
  • Slices: Slice your design into individual elements for easier export and use in other applications.

4. From Blank Canvas to Masterpiece:

Once you’re happy with your document settings, tap “Create”. Voilà! Your new document awaits, ready to be transformed into your next creative masterpiece.

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Bonus Tip: To quickly access your new document later, pin it to the Live Docs section on the Home screen.

With these simple steps, you’ve unlocked the door to a world of creative possibilities in Affinity Designer 2 for iPadOS. So, grab your Apple Pencil, unleash your inner artist, and start painting your digital dreams onto the canvas!

Remember: This is just the beginning of your Affinity Designer 2 journey. Affinity offers a wealth of tutorials and resources to help you master the app’s full potential. So, keep exploring, keep creating, and keep pushing the boundaries of your digital art!

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