Adobe Indesign to Affinity Publisher

Adobe InDesign to Affinity Publisher


Boost your skillset with our InDesign to Affinity Publisher course and learn what’s the same and what is different, adapt to where functionality has moved to, the different approaches that Publisher takes, Personas, Colour and take a look at InDesign functionality that is not available in Publisher and vice versa.

A 1-day course to help experienced InDesign users convert to Affinity Publisher


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Environment and Navigation

  • Interface – A look at the overall environment
  • Tools 
    • new tools where InDesign doesn’t have them, e.g. for shapes, opacity, cropping, tables
    • missing tools that are now elsewhere
  • Menus – Understanding the new setup – no Object menu, but a layer menu that is similar, a Document menu a bit like the InDesign Layout menu
  • Panels – a slightly different arrangement:
    • a look at the things that are the same (eg Character and Paragraph, Transform, Styles, Pages, Hyperlinks etc)
    • a look at some of the things that are new (eg History, Pinning, Constraints, Anchors)
    • a look at some things that aren’t panels any more (eg Text wrap, Links)
  • Keyboard shortcuts


Object controls

  • Shapes, boxes, fill and stroke, alignment and pathfinder
  • Snapping
  • Effects


Text Controls

  • Character, Paragraph and Styling in Publisher
  • Text wrap
  • Glyphs
  • Tables and Cells
  • Find & Change, Spellcheck, Baseline Grid, Cross References



  • Making sense of Publisher’s different approach to Swatches and Swatch Libraries, adding and removing Palettes, Recent Colours, Global • Palettes



  • Placing and embedding
  • Enhanced ‘Photoshop-like’ controls in Publisher
  • Jumping directly to Affinity Photo
  • Resource Manager instead of links


Document Management

  • Document Setup
  • Pages Panel, masters – unlocking master items, multiple masters
  • Grids, Guides, Rulers, Preview Mode
  • Sections, alternate page sizes, facing pages



  • Exporting (PDF, JPG, etc)
  • Hyperlinkss



  • Personas – jumping to Affinity Designer and Affinity Photo from within Publisher
  • Preferences and Help
  • Templates
  • Vector Drawing, text on a path
  • Managers – fonts, resources/images, sections, guides
  • What’s missing – (eg Creative Cloud Libraries, Based-on Masters, Content Conveyor)
  • Changing Defaults

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