Document templates

Document templates contain reusable text styles, graphics, and layouts, giving you a file that's ready to go from the moment you open it.

Document templates
Templates folder showing available templates in New Document dialog.

About document templates

Affinity Publisher allows you to create (export) and open document templates, which typically contain placeholder picture frames and text. Templates have a .aftemplate file extension.

When saving a template, a preferred set of defaults will be saved with it. Text attributes, object properties, stroke/fill colour, ruler and column guides, as well as grid setup, and more can be associated with a template.

From the New Document dialog, you can browse, preview, and search for existing document templates, as well as set up target template folders.

Template folders establish a 'target' folder in advance of exporting placeholder-rich Publisher files to it. It can be useful to store templates in a globally accessible location from which a publishing team can access a pool of managed documents.

To set up a target template folder:

A file browser window will appear, allowing you to specify a folder location.

To save a file as a template:

A pop-up dialog will appear, prompting you to enter a name and choose a location for your template. By default, the target template folder you set up previously will be used; if you navigate away from this folder and export, then this new folder location will be remembered on subsequent exports.

To create a document from a template:
To open a template for editing:

Do one of the following:

To remove a template folder: