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  1. Hi RedSonia, welcome to our sparse thread, thank you for sharing your input and concern. Could you explain in more detail what you are facing regarding the default of CMYK? If you don't like to use a "pess ready" preset each time you open a document to set the color mode to CMYK, why not try setting up a document "template"? You can create new document using a preset, open the tool panels you like to use and the layers you always have in a new document, as well as the color settings. Then go to file, export as template. You can then use this CMYK template in ever document. Just open AD, clik templates, click add folder (the one which you exported the template), and select it to be used as a new document. Could that help you default to CMYK? You have a good process of color usage, it sounds reliable with color guides. You can actually set up a standard CMYK color palette, I believe. You can go to the "swatches panel", in the options there, add a new palette, add in the fills or CMYK colors you use the most, and save export this document as a template. Every time you open AD and create a new document using this template you'll have these colors in that new color palette. I think this can be done that way. This was all on top of my head, If you need more in-depth guidance on any of these points feel free to ask in more detail about your concerns. Have a nice day!
  2. This makes the "make node smooth" feature accessible only by clicking on the corresponding button on the Context Toolbar when using the Node Tool. The Click + RightMouse feature is totally irrelevant. It's technically difficult to achieve because of the two mouse buttons need to be clicked simultaneously. Not to mention the right-click menu that shows up. If Click + Alt makes node sharp-edged, why not have Click + Control make a node smooth? Or vise versa. The idea is important. Whatever combination that includes a keyboard button instead of two mouse buttons is acceptable. That would make the "make edge smooth" much more accessible, just like the "force node into sharp point" feature. Do people here agree?
  3. I do agree with that now. My previous opinion was because I wasn't fully aware of the functionality.
  4. This is so annoying. The worst combination of keys is to click left and right mouse buttons simultaneously because it almost always brings up the right-click menu or doesn't work because the keys aren't pressed exactly at the same time. Even if it may take time to find a fix to this, does someone know how to assign a differnt key instead of this awful combination? I didn't find a way around in the shortcuts menu because this simply isn't a shortcut.
  5. Oh I figured out the meaning behind the horizontal line beneath layers. Here it is for those who also want to know. The blue line beneath each layer indicates the color of the "selection lines" that appear around the object when selected with the Move Tool. Here is an example where I changed the color of the layer to dark red using: Right-click a layer → Properties → Click on the current color to change it. Only layers will have such a line beneath them. Thank you @MattP for the explanation, it just took me some time to figure it out.
  6. I'm also for the line being on the right vertical side of the layers I still can't understand how the blue lines below each layer in the layers panel works. If the line appears only when I'm working on a current layer, why do I have blue lines on every layer in my document? Does someone know?
  7. You can download and install Adobe creative cloud application for desktop and from there you can try all the applications for 7 days as a trial version. Includes all the features in all the programs, so you can try Adobe Acrobat Pro without having to pay that expensive subscription in the first week. I didn't find an option in Designer to edit the output intent of the PDF file. Perhaps Affinity Publisher has more advanced exporting features, I have no idea since I don't have Publisher. However, I think Designer does it's job to export the graphics with the right color data and profiles, and from there the PDF reader takes over to finalize and optimize the rest of the configurations for print. PDF readers like Acrobat Pro have the tools to edit the output intent, I read on that article in previous answer. That's what will affect how the file is previewed and printed as you said. But I think these settings are not for the exported content itself and more about the printing of the document. Hence, it isn't available to tweak in Designer. That's what I think about the matter at least.
  8. Your most welcome. I came here while doing my RGB to CMYK conversion of my logos, and wanted to learn the difference between assign and convert as the title of this topic says. It turned out it only matters when changing color profiles within the same color model. Anyways, as per your question, I haven't been using Acrobat to change output intents before, or convert the color data. I think the color profiles should be assigned or converted in Designer, if any changes are needed, and then export a new PDF. Because I don't know if Acrobat can change color profiles. However, I do believe it is possible to change the output intent of the PDF since that cannot be done in Designer as far as I know. I can check that out if you want.
  9. Thanks, I see what you mean now. So ideally you need the PDF/X document to both have the graphics in RGB and the Output Intent to be in RGB, instead of SWOP CMYK? Perhaps you can create a new output intent in RGB and assign it do the document. I think it can be done in Adobe Acrobat Pro: (Read more) I've never done it, but maybe there is an option to create a new output intent as shown above, in a RGB profile. Then assign it to the previous CMYK output intent that you want to replace. Could that work for you?
  10. Yes, someone who works with these printing files should know. I'm just a little confused of why you would want a RGB profile as the Output Intent profile, instead of CMYK. If all the graphics in a PDF/X are in RGB, as you exported them in Affinity Designer, they stay in RGB. Only when printing the document all the profiles are overrided by the CMYK profile, not being converted as I thought earlier. So, even though every element in a PDF/X can be in RGB, the output intent profile in CMYK overrides them for the printing process. Why would you want RGB as a profile in the Output Intent? Isn't the whole point of theese sort of PDFs to use for printing? I don't know how you would print in RGB.
  11. Interesting thing you've got there. I think the these PDF files are not regular PDFs. The PDF/X file format is a different type of PDF specifically used to make the printing process easier. Perhaps that is the reason why you see the SWOP CMYK color profile. I read this as well: So even though the whole PDF/X document is in CMYK as a whole, each of the color-managed graphics (objects with an already assigned ICC profile?) can be sRGB, for example. Perhaps they get converted to a CMYK profile like SWOP when printing? I'm not sure, but @BofG, I assume that when exporting a PDF/X in sRGB all the graphics are assigned an sRGB color profile. As for your example, you are looking at the Output Intent. Since the PDF/X document is made for printing purposes, the Output Intent needs to be a "printer profile" (source) which I assume is SWOP CMYK in your case. The colors are actually in sRGB internally, I believe, but the printing process requires a conversion to CMYK once the document is printed. That is how I understood it, if someone knows more feel free to correct me
  12. There's so much interesting information going on here and I wonder how we got so deep into technical details from a single question about color profile conversion and assigning. I hope many will find this topic helpful when it comes to a lot things related to colors in the Affinity apps and more. Thanks to everyone for contributing with opinions and answers!
  13. I remember sometimes when I export JPEGs the colors become slightly light, or faint, as you call it. When I change the color mode to RGB this is fixed though. The issue can be with the embedded ICC profile or color space of the image. Have you checked the color options in Document Setup menu? You could also share the actual JPEG file so I can open it in Designer and check as well. You can click here to send a message to me privately and share the image, if it isn't confidential, you could share it here.
  14. If you're still looking to get a tablet, consider doing it now since the black weekend promotions. Xp-pen offers some great tablets below 100 USD. I personally got a Deco 01 v2 tablet and it works great. There are many options below 100 that are on great sale now. Perhaps the wacom also has a black friday/weekend promotion.
  15. Hey Sianblight, could you share the file you use to print? Are you printing from a PDF document or directly from Affinity Designer? Could be a an issue with opacity and transparency of layers. Perhaps the blending mode of layers. Are they all set to normal in the layers panel? What type of file format is used to print the images?
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