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Do I need Designer or Publisher (or both)?


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5 hours ago, MrsCleaves said:

I am a new beginner and wondering should I first purchase Affinity Publisher or Design; or will I need both? I will be creating a little of everything for our women's ministry. I look forward to your response. Thanks

This really depends on what you will be designing.  Publisher has limited ability for design, more accurate to say though is this, Publisher has sufficient ability to manipulate what you have already designed, for example, colour, shapes, tones and highlight and shadow adjustments and few other things.  Best if you google Affinity Publisher and watch a few videos and then you will be better informed about what it can actually do.  designer is of course, the full creative designing package.

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11 minutes ago, Chris26 said:

Best if you google Affinity Publisher and watch a few videos and then you will be better informed about what it can actually do.

Best if you try them out for yourself and see if they do what you need them to do!

 

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Welcome to the forums @MrsCleaves

In addition to the advice above, if you can give us some more specifics about the work you will be doing then you should get some advice that is tailored to your requirements (“a little of everything” is a bit vague).
In particular, will you want to:
* produce multi-page documents?;
* often manipulate line-art (vector) graphics, and in which ways?;
* remove backgrounds from images?;
* often manipulate images (pixel/raster), and in which ways?;
* create tables of contents or indexes?;
* easily export parts of your work in different ways?
* etc. etc.
The more detail you can give us, the better the help you should receive.

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17 hours ago, GarryP said:

Welcome to the forums @MrsCleaves

In addition to the advice above, if you can give us some more specifics about the work you will be doing then you should get some advice that is tailored to your requirements (“a little of everything” is a bit vague).
In particular, will you want to:
* produce multi-page documents?;
* often manipulate line-art (vector) graphics, and in which ways?;
* remove backgrounds from images?;
* often manipulate images (pixel/raster), and in which ways?;
* create tables of contents or indexes?;
* easily export parts of your work in different ways?
* etc. etc.
The more detail you can give us, the better the help you should receive.

@GarryP thanks for responding. I am so new at this, but I love art, designs and color! I was recently appointed lead over our women's ministry at my church and usually ask a friend who has photoshop to design things like announcements, flyers, surveys, etc. I most admit, I am totally unfamiliar with the items you mentioned, however, those that stood out to me were; produce multi-page documents, manipulate line-art and images, export parts of my work in different ways. I will definitely watch the tutorials to learn as much as possible, but wanted some advice on what to purchase first. Hope this helps. Thanks and I look forward to hearing back. 

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18 minutes ago, MrsCleaves said:

and usually ask a friend who has photoshop to design things like announcements, flyers, surveys, etc.

Affinity Photo will be able to do all the things your friend did for you using Photoshop. (Affinity Photo is the nearest equivalent to Photoshop of all the Affinity products)

Affinity Designer will also be able to do announcements, flyers, surveys etc (Just in a slightly different manner at times). It also supports multi "page" designs better than Affinity Photo

Affinity Publisher is geared more towards making books. It can do the above but is probably the least suited to the task.

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3 hours ago, MrsCleaves said:

I was recently appointed lead over our women's ministry at my church and usually ask a friend who has photoshop to design things like announcements, flyers, surveys, etc.

If only because of the tables: Publisher

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