Affinity Photo Not Exporting? [How to Fix It]

Affinity photo is extremely helpful for graphic design projects and tasks; however, it does have its issues that show up from time to time. Those who have used Affinity for a while may be able to fix it quickly without issue, but for new users, it can be frustrating to find a solution. 

If your Affinity Photos isn’t exporting, it could be for a few reasons, and you can fix it by doing things such as:

  1. Purchasing or downloading fonts
  2. Save As Affinity Files
  3. Flattening Your Image
  4. Export As A PDF
  5. Use The Export Persona Option
  6. Use Customer Support Forums

While there are usually many solutions for Affinity problems, and it may seem frustrating to work through all the possible solutions, chances are, one of them will fix your problem. 

How To Fix The Export Issues With Affinity Photo

One of the biggest issues with Affinity photo after finishing your project is the inability to export or save your file the way you want or need to. However, there are fixes for the problem depending on what type of project you need.

Thankfully, Affinity has many experts who have worked through several possible solutions and fixes for an exporting issue and have narrowed down solutions to a few that solve the problem. 

1. Purchasing Or Downloading Your Fonts

In some cases in Affinity, you can use fonts in your design without having to purchase, install or fully download them into your file. 

When you do this and continue on with your project, you often forget your fonts are fully integrated with your project, and when it comes time to export, this is an issue. 

When you go to export, you may receive an error message or just an inability to export your file, but either way, you won’t be able to. You will have to integrate your fonts into your file fully. 

Whether you need to finish the purchase process or fully download the fonts, once you do this and apply it to your file, you should be able to export it. 

2. Save As Affinity Files

When you go to export your file, sometimes there is an issue with the software that doesn’t allow you to pick your export file type as a JPEG. The only option you have when you are attempting to save, or export is to do it as an Affinity File. 

While it may seem like you aren’t able to export it as a JPEG, exporting it as an Affinity FIle is doing the same thing as a JPEG. Once you go through the process, you will see that it ends up exporting it as a JPEG and nothing more. 

3. Flattening Your Image

If you have a file with a lot of layers, you may need to flatten your image before you attempt to save it or export it. To do this, you can simply choose the option to “flatten all layers”  from the document menu. 

Once your layers are flattened, you can begin the save or export process, and everything should run smoothly since you have only one layer instead of multiple. 

Usually, when you attempt to export a file with multiple layers, your computer or the software gets confused while trying to export a file with so many layers. 

You could always try to restart the software after saving your file and try to export again, but most likely, you will need to flatten the layers. 

If you can try to create files with a small number of layers while you are working, it can make it easier to process export, and it may stop you from needing to flatten your image every single time. 

4. Export As A PDF

For reasons that haven’t been figured out quite yet, sometimes you are only able to export your file as a PDF, especially when it has multiple layers. While it doesn’t fully make sense, exporting it as a PDF work almost every time as a fix for the issue. 

Now, there is always the chance that if you save your file and restart the software, you may be able to export your file with any kind of file type you want, but if that does work, you may have to stick with exporting it as a PDF for a while. 

If you need a file type other than a PDF, you can usually save the file as a pdf and try to open it as another file type to get what you need. It may not always work, but this gives you the option to export your file. 

5. Use The Export Persona Option

While sometimes you can use just the export option from the file menu, sometimes it works better when you use the export persona option instead. 

Usually, if you are trying to export multiple sections all at the same time, or if you are exporting one specific section instead of the whole file, you need to use export persona instead of just export. 

6. Use Customer Support Forums

If none of these options work to fix your issue with exporting your file, the only option left is to visit and contact the customer support forums on the topic of exporting files. 

The experts that run these forums are equipped to talk you through a laundry list of solutions to ensure you have a fix before returning to work on your project again. 

These forums are designed to help people with solutions that have already been figured out or worked through by other users and experts. You can search through these forums for a number of solutions and fixes to any problems you may have with Affinity Photos. 

Final Thoughts

Affinity Photos is a fantastic way to edit and finish graphic design projects with various settings and different options for your images and designs. 

The issue is when you attempt to export a project, and it doesn’t export correctly or at all. Thankfully, Affinity has multiple fixes for an issue with exporting that you can use to solve your issue.