Open documents and images

As well as opening previously saved documents, raster images (from camera, mobile device, or digital artwork) and vector images (SVGs) can be opened. A range of popular camera raw images and other professional design file formats can also be opened.

A key feature of the Affinity product range is the ability to seamlessly open any Affinity project file in any Affinity product, regardless of the original Affinity product it was created in. In doing so, you can enhance your design with another Affinity product's features with no concern over file compatibility on saving.

To open a document or image:
  1. Do one of the following:
    • From the File menu, click Open.
    • Double-click anywhere in the empty view. (Only available in Normal mode when no other documents are open.)
  2. Select the file you want and click Open.
To open a recently used document:
To open an image as a new document (via Finder):
  • Open Finder and drag the file to an off page area of your workspace.
To open an image as a new document (via Explorer):
  • Open Explorer and drag the file to an off page area of your workspace.
To add an image to a layer (via Finder):
  1. From the Layers panel, select the 'target' layer.
  2. Drag an image from Finder to your page. The image will be added to the selected layer.
To open Adobe PDF files:
  1. From the File menu, click Open.
  2. From the PDF Options dialog, you can choose:
    • A specific or all pages to import.
    • Set the resolution for the PDF content.
    • The document color space that PDF contents will use. The Estimate option senses the PDF file's color space and uses that.
    • If text is to remain more editable at the expense of accurate design reproduction.
    • If separate text lines can be treated as a single text frame to aid text flow.
    • To substitute a missing font with a similar replacement font.
To open a document template:
  1. From the File menu, click Open.
  2. Select the .aftemplate file you want and click Open.

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