Setting Up a New Document in Affinity Photo

Are you new to Affinity Photo? You may therefore be wondering how to set up a new document in Affinity Photo. Don’t worry – we’re here to help!

In this blog post, we will explain the different types of documents you can create in Affinity Photo, how to create them, and the most common way to open an existing document. We’ll take a look at the document dialog box and explain all of its options. We’ll also show you how you can create a custom preset and a custom template. In the last section, we will explain how you can open a downloaded template.

Different types of Documents in Affinity Photo

There are three main types of documents in Affinity Photo:

  1. Presets
  2. Templates
  3. Custom documents

Presets are the most common and easiest way to set up a new document. Affinity Photo comes with a set of document presets. A Preset is a document with specific dimensions, resolution, colour modes, and other settings.

While templates are similar to presets, they are a little more customizable. The template is a document with placeholder content that you can use to create new or open document templates.

Custom documents give you complete control over all of the settings for your new document. Custom documents is a documents that you set up with the preferred dimensions, color mode, and resolution, amongst other settings.

Let’s get started by looking at the most common way to set up a document.

Setting Up A Document in Affinity Photo

The common way to set up a new document in Affinity Photo is to open an existing image or raw file.

If you want to open an existing image or raw file follow the following steps:

Setting Up a New Document in Affinity Photo: Raw file
  • Click on the “File” menu and select “Open”.
  • A new window will appear. From here, you can browse your computer for the file you want to open. Click on it once you find it and select the “Open” button.
  • The file will open in Affinity Photo.

Let’s take a look at the different options available in the document dialog box.

The Document Dialog

There might be instances where you might want to do some compositing or print work. This is when you have to open a new document to start up your work.

If you want to open a new document in Affinity Photo:

Setting Up a New Document in Affinity Photo
  • Click on the “File” menu and then select “New“.
  • A new window will appear. This is the Document Dialog Box.

From this dialog box, you can choose a preset or create a custom document. These are a few examples of the presets available:

  • Print preset
  • Press ready preset
  • Photo preset
  • Web preset
  • Devices presets
  • Architectural preset

On the right-hand side of the dialog box, we can see the Settings Pane which can be customized to set up our document:

  • Layout- describes the document height, width, DPI, Document units, and Orientation.
  • Color- describes the colour format and colour profile.
  • Margin- describes the left, right, top, and bottom margin.
Layout:
  • Add New Preset- Click to save new Presets from the custom settings.
  • Preset- The type of document preset. If you modify the settings, this will change into Custom.
  • Page width/height- To generate a custom page size, change the height and width.
  • DPI- This changes the resolution of your document. For high-quality printing, use a resolution of 300 dpi.
  • Document units- Measurement units are displayed in pixels, points, picas, or physical measurement units.
  • Orientation- The orientation your document will be displayed in portrait or landscape.
  • Image placement policy- By default, images or documents are linked or embedded in the document.
  • Actual Size Zoom- Used to control how the document is displayed at “actual size” on the screen when it’s opened (from the View menu). This option is only accessible if the document units are set to pixels, or points. Choose one from the pop-up menu.
Color (management):
  • Color Format- The Color Mode is set to RGB (8, 16, or 32-bit HDR), Grey (8 or 16-bit), CMYK (), and Lab (16-bit).
  • Color Profile- Sets the color gamut for the chosen color format.
  • Transparent background- To make your page background transparent, first check that the transparency option is selected.
Margins:
  • Include Margins- Check to make sure that the page margins are enabled.
  • Inner, Outer, Top, Bottom- The status bar shows an indication of the printer’s margins.

When the Templates option is selected, you can see the following options:

  • Folder– The current directory, which is likely to be the template folder, displays all folders. You can export your file as a template (.aftemplate) to this folder using File>Export as Template. Add Folder- Designates a folder as a template folder. Templates saved to these folders will show in the main pane.
  • Remove Folder– Removes the specified templates folder.
  • Show in Finder– Opens a new file browser window to the templates folder where you may see all of your completed and active project files.
  • Search– This allows you to search for existing document templates. The main pane of the dialog will display these.
  • Preview– This allows you to see a bigger preview image of the chosen template, as well as its file path (click to go to the file’s folder location).

The next section explains the way you can create a custom preset.

How To Create A Custom Preset in Affinity Photo

In Affinity Photo, you can create custom presets according to your preferences as well as necessities.

To create a custom preset,

  • Click on the File menu and then select New.
  • A new window will appear. This is the new document dialog box.
  • In this dialog box, you can choose from a variety of preset options or create a custom document. To create a custom document, click on the Custom option. A new window will appear.
  • In this new window, you can choose the width, height, DPI, and document units for your document. You can also choose the color format and color profile. Once you’ve made your selections, click on the Create button.
  • The custom document will now be created!

The next part is about how you can make a unique template in order to personalize the user interface.

How To Create A Template

A Template is a document that provides you the features such as creating new or open document templates. Templates have a .aftemplate file extension.

Follow these steps to learn how you can create a Template:

  • Click on the File menu and then select New.
  • A new window will appear. This is the new document dialog box.
  • In this dialog box, you can choose from a variety of preset options or create a custom document. In order to create a Template, click on the Template option. A new window will appear.
  • In this new window, you can choose the width, height, DPI, and document units for your document. You can also choose the color format and color profile. Once you’ve made your selections, click on the Create button.
  • Your Template will now be created!
How to create a new document from a template?

The following demonstrates how to create a new document from a template:

  • Click on one of the available templates in the New Document dialog to pick it.
  • From the right-hand side of the dialog, you may see an enlarged preview of the template. To create a new untitled document from the template, double-click on it or click Create.
How to set up a new template folder?

Setting up a new Template folder:

  • From the New Document dialog, choose Templates from the left-hand side and then Add Folder. A file browser window will appear so that you can select a destination folder.
How to save a file as a template?

Saving a file as a template:

Setting Up a New Document in Affinity Photo: Template
  • From the File menu, select Export as Template.
  • A bar will appear next to the option and change its appearance, while the template name will be visible in a pop-up dialog. Also, the target template folder you previously defined will be used unless you exit from this folder and export. If you move away from it and export again, the new folder location will be automatically remembered.
How to remove a template folder?

To remove a template folder:

  • Remove the folder from the New Document window by choosing Templates from the left-hand drop-down menu and clicking Remove Folder.

In the last section, we will look at downloaded templates.

Downloaded Templates in Affinity Photo

Sometimes you may wish to use a downloaded template. You should remember the location where you saved such templates in order to make use of them.

If you want to load downloaded templates,

  • Click on the File menu and then select New.
  • A new window will appear. This is the New Document Dialog Box.
  • In this dialog box, click on the Template option. A new window will appear.
  • In this new window, you can choose Add Folder from the options available below. Then, navigate to the desired template folder and Choose the folder.
  • To load a downloaded template, initially select it and choose to Create.
  • Your Template will now be opened and you can start using it!

Conclusion

To sum up, we covered all there is to know about setting up a new document in Affinity Photo. In conclusion, this blog post shed light on the different types of documents and how to create custom presets and templates. We also looked at how you can make use of downloaded templates.

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