How to Export an Image in Affinity Photo | The Complete Guide

Have you ever wanted to export an image from Affinity Photo but didn’t know how? Don’t worry, you’re not alone! Exporting in Affinity Photo can be a bit confusing, whether you’re a newbie or an advanced designer. In this blog post, we will walk you through the process of exporting an image in Affinity Photo.

We’ll discuss the different ways to export an image, the different formats that are available such as PNG, JPG, JPEG, SVG, and much more, and how to ensure compatibility with other programs using the TIFF image format. We’ll also show you how to use the export persona and the methods for exporting slices. Let’s get started!

What is Exporting and what are the different ways it can be done?

Exporting an image in Affinity Photo simply means saving a copy of the image in a different format. Affinity Photo supports exporting to many different formats, including JPEG, PNG, TIFF, and PDF.

There are also two ways to export a file in Affinity Photo:

  • From the File menu
  • Using the Export persona

Now that we’ve covered the basics of exporting, let’s take a closer look at the different formats available.

What are the different formats in Affinity Photo?

These are the different export formats in Affinity Photo;

  • Adobe Illustrator(AI)
  • Adobe Freehand(10 and MX)
  • Adobe Photoshop(PSD)
  • Adobe Photoshop(PSB)
  • DNG
  • EPS
  • GIF
  • HEIF
  • JPEG
  • J2K,JP2
  • PDF
  • PNG
  • RAW
  • SVG
  • TGA
  • TIFF
  • WEBP
  • OpenEXR
  • Radiance HDR
  • FITS

The most common formats are:

  • JPEG– Best for standard online graphic photos. Also, it is highly recommended to compress images consisting of multiple ranges of colors.
  • PNG– Best for graphics with transparent backgrounds, images with high contrast, and retaining even the finest details during exports.
  • SVGs– Best for vector graphics and as the file storage is quite small, it saves a lot of space. It doesn’t lose the quality of images as well.

Next, let’s take a look at how you can export a document.

How to export a document from the File Menu

You can export an image by,

  • Going to File > Export > Export As and choose the desired format.
  • The Export Setting will vary depending on the file format selected. Adjust these settings as desired.
  • Finally select Export.

To preview your export:

  • From the File menu, choose Export.
  • Select a raster file format and click Preview from the dialog.

To create a unique preset:

  • Select Export from the File menu to create a copy of your project.
  • Select More.
  • Adjust the options in the dialog.
  • To create a new preset, go to the Manage Presets and click Create preset.
  • Click OK to save the custom preset in the Presets folder after entering a name.
How to Export an Image in Affinity Photo | The Complete Guide

Export size and resolution in Affinity Photo

Image density is the number of pixels per inch in an image. Affinity Photo uses a default resolution of 72ppi for new documents, but this can be changed by going to Image > Resize Document.

When you export an image, you can change the resolution of the image. The higher the resolution, the more detail will be retained in the image. However, exporting at a higher resolution will result in a larger file size.

It’s important to choose the right balance of resolution and file size for your needs. If you’re not sure, we recommend starting with a lower resolution and then increasing it if needed.

Also, different devices differ in screen size and have different resolutions and dimensions. You can export multiple resolutions simultaneously. The export sizes increase depending on the document’s dimension and DPI.

This is how you can export multiple resolutions simultaneously using the Export Persona:

  • When the slices’ export setup options are expanded, multiple export sizes are listed on the Slices Panel.
  • Select the + button beneath the expanded export sizes and customize your settings accordingly.
  • Finally select Export.

That’s it! Now you have a clear idea of how to export sizes and resolutions. Let’s see how you can make a document compatible with different software.

How to make the document compatible with different software?

A document can be made compatible with different software by:

Exporting it in TIFF format (Tagged Image File Format):

  • From the File menu, choose Export.
  • Click on the Format drop-down menu and choose TIFF.
  • Configure your export settings and click Export to save a copy of your Affinity Photo document in the chosen format.

Let’s look at what TIFF is all about.

TIFF (Tagged Image File Format) is the most suitable format for high-quality print graphics.

Because the image is not compressed when exported to this format, it is identical to a PNG file and therefore it is the most appropriate format for printing images in large sizes. It’s also a good choice for files that will be modified later since they can be modified without sacrificing picture quality. TIFF images preserve more fine details than many other picture types. They retain finer details more than most other image formats.

It is not the greatest choice if you’re looking for a web graphics format since it has a large file size. It’s typically not compressed, so it takes up a lot of storage space.

As TIFF files are so big, sending them as email attachments may be difficult. If you’re using this file type for an online graphic, it’s possible that the transmission will be slower because of its size.

That’s it! You’ve now learned how to create documents compatible with different software.

Export Persona in Affinity Photo

The Export Persona is a workstation dedicated to exporting Affinity Photo documents. It provides quick access to all the options you need for exporting, and you can even preview your document as you adjust the settings.

To access the Export Persona, select the Export Persona from the Persona Toolbar which forms part of the Toolbar. In the case that the Toolbar is hidden, click on the File menu and select Personas > Export.

Four main tools in Export Persona

You will see that this persona has four tools:

How to Export an Image in Affinity Photo | The Complete Guide
  • The Slice Tool– This is used for creating and editing slices. Slices are areas of your document that you want to export as separate images. You can use the shortcut S to use the Slice tool.
  • The Slice Selection Tool– This is handy for selecting and moving slices. You can use the shortcut L to use the Slice Selection tool.
  • The View Tool– It performs zooming and panning your document. You can use the shortcut H to use the View tool.
  • The Zoom Tool– It allows you to zoom in and out of your document. You can use the shortcut Z to use the Zoom tool.

The Export Persona allows you to generate several export slices, including layers, groups, and objects, at the same time. You’ll be able to save your own custom-drawn slices as well.

Slice creation is done using a combination of panels and tools in the Export Persona. Slice areas are export regions that you choose to output from your document. In Export Persona, the Layers panel, Export Options panel, and Slices panel are all used together. The Slice Tool is a unique tool in Export Persona for producing the above.

The interface of Export Persona

The interface of the Export Persona is made up of several different panels, namely the Layers Panel, the Slices Panel, and Export Options Panel.

The Layers Panel contains all the layers in your Affinity Photo document and determines which ones are exported.

The Slices Panel contains all the slices defined in your Affinity Photo document. It determines which ones will be exported.

The Export Options Panel contains all the options that are available for exporting Affinity Photo documents.

More information on the Export Persona and the other personas in Affinity Photo are found here.

Exporting slices

Exporting slices of an image is about taking a large image and breaking it down into small, more manageable pieces in order to export them. This is done so that the large images are loaded more quickly. The smaller images are easier for the computer to process and don’t take as long to load.

How to Export an Image in Affinity Photo | The Complete Guide

There are two main ways to export slices of an image in Affinity Photo, you can export through the Export Persona as well as the Slices Tool. The Export Persona is the best way to export multiple slices at the same time. You can also save your own custom-drawn slices as well. The Slices Tool is a unique tool in Affinity Photo for producing one-off slices.

A detailed article about exporting slices can be found here.


We have discussed the Affinity Photo, the different ways to export an image and the different formats available, and the Export Persona in-depth. In conclusion, we also looked at how to make the document compatible with different software and how to export slices by the Slice tool. We hope that this blog post has taught you all you needed to know about exporting in Affinity Photo!

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