Affinity Publisher - The Essentials for Beginners

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Affinity Publisher - The Essentials for Beginners

Learn Affinity Publisher and Create Exciting Documents for Web, Print & Social Media

updated on icon Updated on Oct, 2023

language icon Language - English

person icon Tim Wilson

architecture icon Design,Graphic Design & Illustration,Affinity Designer

Lectures -86

Resources -1

Duration -5 hours


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Course Description

Welcome to my Affinity Publisher - The Essentials for Beginners Course.

You don't need any experience to complete this course as I take you from the very beginning through to a point where you can confidently create your own media.

Affinity Publisher is one of the best publishing pieces of software around and a strong (and more affordable) contender for Adobe InDesign.

It allows you to create beautiful books, magazines and marketing materials through to social media posts, website mockups and a variety of other projects. This modern publishing app gives you the power to combine beautiful type, exciting images and amazing graphics to create stunning layouts ready for publication.

It has an easy-to-use interface to help you work in a fast and intuitive way.

The course includes the following:

  • Overview of what Affinity Publisher actually does

  • Looking at the interface and where to find things

  • How to setup and create various types of documents

  • Principles of color (such as RGB and CMYK)

  • Interaction with the Photo persona (part of the Affinity Suite)

  • The basics of typography and how to use it within Affinity Publisher

  • Working with images and graphical shapes to make your projects "pop"!

  • Working with double page spread documents

  • Using image frames with intelligent scaling options

  • Creating text wrapping with fine padding control

  • Linking multiple text frames together across your document

  • Exciting projects to help you remember and put into practice what you've learned

With powerful features like master pages, tables, text flow and professional print output and other awesome features, Affinity Publisher has everything you need to create the perfect layout – whether it's for commercial printing, home printing, web or social media projects.

Who this course is for:

  • Those who would like an alternative to Adobe InDesign
  • Those who want to learn Affinity Publisher
  • Those who would like to learn to create their own marketing materials
  • Those who want to create their own or edit existing newsletters, brochures etc
  • Those who would like to create exciting social media posts

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What will you learn in this course:

  • The Essentials of Affinity Publisher for those new to the software

  • How to find your way around the software

  • How to set up a new document with images and text

  • How to work with different types of images and text

  • How to create social media posts, brochures, newsletters

  • Differences between InDesign and Affinity

  • How to create documents for both web and print


What are the prerequisites for this course?

  • No experience necessary but a copy of Affinity Publisher

Affinity Publisher - The Essentials for Beginners


Check out the detailed breakdown of what’s inside the course

What Does Publisher Do?
5 Lectures
  • play icon Getting Started with Affinity Publisher 00:27 00:27
  • play icon What Does Publisher Do? 01:05 01:05
  • play icon Getting the Know the Interface 03:48 03:48
  • play icon Tools Overview 01:51 01:51
  • play icon Studio Link 02:10 02:10
Creating a Document
18 Lectures
Create Professional Looking Text
31 Lectures
Working with Images
13 Lectures
19 Lectures

Instructor Details

Tim Wilson

Tim Wilson

Taking the mystery out of design software!

Tim became an Adobe Certified Expert and Instructor and is a partner with his wife Ally at Red Rocket Studio. His goal is to share his extensive knowledge and skillset. Tim is also passionate about helping Graphic Designers learn the tools of their trade. He has been described in reviews as “an excellent teacher who is friendly, patient and knowledgeable” and this is demonstrated by clients who continue to rebook different courses to continue with their professional development. These can be at an international level with a large corporate company or one to one teaching in someone's home office.

Tim's clients have included BBC, Sky, Ford, Virgin, Barclays, Disney, British Airways, the NHS and The Times as well as smaller start-up companies.

Also a professional photographer and Graphic Designer, Tim shares his knowledge of Adobe with free tutorials and seminars on YouTube to help people as much as he can and share his knowledge around the world. Tim co-authors his travel photography blog, Image Explorers with Ally, where he posts free tips, tricks, and tutorials on photography techniques, getting professional results without having to buy the professional equipment. Within this blog, there are also invaluable Adobe training guides with screenshots, as well as stunning examples of his work from over the world, including his hometown Durban, South Africa, where he graduated from Durban University of Technology and started out as a commercial photographer, before coming to the UK where he became a Forensic Photographer for Scotland Yard – London Metropolitan Police. Apart from his time here, he has spent most of his time in the creative industry.

Tim has also been a university lecturer for Graphic Design and Photography honour degree students in Essex and his presence on the internet via YouTube and blog sites has been incredibly helpful for his students, as well as his clients and his goal is to help designers get the most out of their Adobe software. Even when not working, Tim can be found doing his own illustrations and designs using a variety of graphics software.

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