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Download the very latest keyboard shortcuts for Affinity apps to view, print or customise.
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Tablets enhance the design experience in Affinity products, with the tablet pen (or pen stylus) providing a natural drawing experience, just like a household pen. Affinity does not officially support non-Wacom tablets. Please consult the original manufacturer for assistance with their tablet products. Save $80 on Intuos Pro Special Edition Pen & Touch Tablet Exclusive Offer for Adobe Users. Plug this stylish, innovative pen tablet into your Mac or PC and begin producing professional results with the precision and control you demand when using your Adobe software. Affinity Designer is one of the most promising design / illustration applications released within the last few years. It has a characteristic that sets it apart from all the others. While other programs work either for raster graphics (pixel-based) or vector graphics, Affinity Designer does both really well.

Keyboard shortcuts are one of the main ways you can boost your productivity and build a more fluid way of working. In this short article, you’ll be able to display, download, customise and print out the very latest keyboard shortcuts for Affinity Designer, Affinity Photo and Affinity Publisher, on macOS, iPad and Windows platforms.

Affinity Designer keyboard shortcuts

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English

  • macOS keyboard shortcuts (.pdf)
  • Windows keyboard shortcuts (.pdf)
  • iPad keyboard shortcuts (.pdf)

German

  • macOS keyboard shortcuts (.pdf)
  • Windows keyboard shortcuts (.pdf)
  • iPad keyboard shortcuts (.pdf)

Affinity Photo keyboard shortcuts

English

  • macOS keyboard shortcuts (.pdf)
  • Windows keyboard shortcuts (.pdf)
  • iPad keyboard shortcuts (.pdf)

German

  • macOS keyboard shortcuts (.pdf)
  • Windows keyboard shortcuts (.pdf)
  • iPad keyboard shortcuts (.pdf)

Affinity Publisher keyboard shortcuts

English

  • macOS keyboard shortcuts (.pdf)
  • Windows keyboard shortcuts (.pdf)

German

  • macOS keyboard shortcuts (.pdf)
  • Windows keyboard shortcuts (.pdf)

Customisable cheat sheets

If you like creating your own personalised shortcuts but maybe need a helping hand to remember your key assignments, feel free to customise our original Designer files to suit you. Why not print out or create PDFs of your own sheets?

Remember that you can open the files and edit them in Affinity Photo and Affinity Publisher too! To navigate between pages, use the Page Locator at the bottom left of the app.

English

  • macOS Designer shortcuts (.afdesign)
  • Windows Designer shortcuts (.afdesign)
  • iPad Designer shortcuts (.afdesign)
  • macOS Photo shortcuts (.afdesign)
  • Windows Photo shortcuts (.afdesign)
  • iPad Photo shortcuts (.afdesign)
  • macOS Publisher shortcuts (.afdesign)
  • Windows Publisher shortcuts (.afdesign)

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  • macOS Designer shortcuts (.afdesign)
  • Windows Designer shortcuts (.afdesign)
  • iPad Designer shortcuts (.afdesign)
  • macOS Photo shortcuts (.afdesign)
  • Windows Photo shortcuts (.afdesign)
  • iPad Photo shortcuts (.afdesign)
  • macOS Publisher shortcuts (.afdesign)
  • Windows Publisher shortcuts (.afdesign)

Other shortcut resources

The printed Affinity Workbooks offer the same shortcuts as above as tearout inserts at the back of the book. As they’re printed on card, you can place them on a document holder or on your wall for easy reference.

If you prefer the keyboard shortcuts in traditional table format instead, please visit the app help accessible via the app’s Help Menu, then search for keyboard shortcuts.

**Article updated for iPad cheat sheets (PDF and .afdesign) (26 Feb 2020)

Working with pen tablets

Your pen tablet is probably the most common peripheral you will use after your mouse. Tablets enhance the design experience in Affinity products, with the tablet pen (or pen stylus) providing a natural drawing experience, just like a household pen.

Affinity does not officially support non-Wacom tablets. Please consult the original manufacturer for assistance with their tablet products.

For optimal performance, you should ensure you have the latest drivers installed for your pen tablet. To download the latest drivers, visit your tablet provider's website or use a search engine to find drivers for your tablet.

Once the latest drivers are installed, it is a good idea to re-calibrate your tablet pen. This can be done from Apple>System Preferences.

Once the latest drivers are installed, it is a good idea to re-calibrate your tablet pen. This can be done from the Control Panel.

Tablet pen capabilities may vary depending on the pen you are using, with pen rotation and stylus wheel settings only supported on certain Wacom pens. For example:

  • Barrel rotation is supported when using the Wacom Art Pen.
  • The finger wheel is supported for Wacom Airbrush users.
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For some tablet pens, using the pen's eraser (found on the opposite end of the pen) will activate the Erase Brush Tool.

Affinity tools and pen tablets

Affinity Designer Wacom Pressure

A number of Affinity tools and settings can be used to provide perfect precision when using a pen tablet.

When drawing with a pressure-sensitive pen tablet, the Pen Tool, Vector Brush Tool and Pencil Tool stroke's variable width lines will automatically match the level of pressure applied. This can be controlled by adjusting the pressure sensitivity or pressure profile settings.

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When using the Paint Brush Tool, a number of controller options on the Brushes panel can also be adjusted to work alongside your tablet pen.

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Tablet input preferences

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To adjust the quality of your pen tablet's input when working with Affinity apps, you can use one of the tablet input options.