Design a Digital Planner in Affinity Studio

Design a Digital Planner in Affinity Studio
Serif recently released their next generation of professional creative software called Publisher, which revolutionizes their Affinity Studio. You will like how fast and responsive the software is compared to the bloated Adobe apps. With the StudioLink and the compatibility of Affinity native files, these three apps, Publisher, Photo and Designer, are a great combination for designing digital planners. In this series of tutorials, we will do just that.

While designing a digital planner, you will learn how to use the Affinity Studio software, as well as build several reusable templates that can be used to create any number of planners. This series is divided in to two sections. In one section, you will learn how to use Affinity Designer’s design aids and vector and raster tools to design the individual assets for the planner, such as the cover and binder rings, dividers and tabs, pages, stickers, washi tape and more.

In the other section, we will learn how to use Publisher’s design and layout tools to build templates, master page by master page, which can ease your workflow when creating digital planners to sell on Etsy and other marketplaces. You will learn how to use Publisher’s powerful linked/embedded Place feature to place and replace different assets in to the template placeholders. Using Publisher’s hierarchical master-on-master feature, we will progressively build our templates. The first page of the template will be a digital cover and binder rings, followed by several divider pages with blank customizable tabs. Next, we will design several basic page layouts, such as blank, dot, grid, lined, weekly, monthly, yearly and dashboard pages. Finally, we will use Publisher's drawing tools, Advanced Typography tools and the use of OpenType font features, to design custom stickers. Then all we need to do is a final check with Preview mode and export the template as a PDF for GoodNotes.

Design a Digital Planner in Affinity Studio

Designing Assets

Designing Templates

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