Creating a new document in Affinity Publisher V2 is no different than V1, but the New Document Window may look a little different, especially the arrangement of the templates.

The process is similar in Designer, here is the tutorial for Designer.

To create a simple document, follow these steps:

1. File–>New

Click on the File menu. From the dropdown select New.

Screenshot of the File menu in Affinity Publisher V2

2. Choose a template

In this example, I will create a simple one page document in Letter size. Choose Letter from the list of available presets.

In the Layout tab, you can adjust the dimensions, the units you want your document to use, and whether you want any inserted images to be embedded or linked.

3. Pages Tab

On the Page tab, I am de-selecting the Facing Pages option so that I have a single page on my screen at a time.

If you know you will need multiple pages, you can select how many pages you would like. I usually start with 1 and add pages as needed later.

4. Color Tab

If your document will be professionally printed, you will want to set this to RGB or CMYK here, depending on what your printer specifies. If this document is for home printing, you can just leave this alone.

5. Margins Tab

In this tab, choose whether you want margin guides. This can help with aligning your content on the page, and does not print out on your document.

In the boxes you can type in how far from the edge of the page you would like your margin guides.

If you don’t want to see your margin guides, just de-select the checkbox next to Include Margins.

If you want all margins to be the same size, you can click the little chain link symbol to the right of the dimensions boxes (yellow highlighted area) and you will be able to type in your margin amount once and it will apply to all four margin dimension boxes.

6. Bleed Tab

Bleed is used when you have design elements (images or text) that extend to the edge of the page.

Bleed places a guide around your page to help you to place your design elements slightly over the edges.

Bleed is required for professional printing where elements extend to the edge of the page to compensate for printing and trimming errors.

For home printing, it is recommended if you are extending elements to the edge of the page to preven any white space. Please note that not all home printers allow for printing to the edges of the page and/or you may need to adjust your printer settings.

7. Create et Voila!

Click Create and your new document will appear.

If you ever want to change anything you just set up, don’t worry, you can.

I will show you that in a future tutorial.