Document templates contain reusable text styles, graphics, and layouts, giving you a file that's ready to go from the moment you open it.
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:
From the New Document dialog, with Templates selected from the left-hand side, click Add Folder.
A file browser window will appear, allowing you to specify a folder location.
To save a file as a template:
From the File menu, select Export as 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:
From the New Document dialog, with Templates selected from the left-hand side, click on one of the available templates to select it.
From the right-hand side of the dialog, an enlarged preview of the template will be displayed. Double-click on the template, or click Create to create a new untitled document from the template.
To open a template for editing:
Do one of the following:
From the New Document dialog, right-click on the template's thumbnail and choose Open Template for Edit.
From the File menu, choose Open.
To remove a template folder:
From the New Document dialog, with Templates selected from the left-hand side, click Remove Folder.