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  1. This blurryness drives me nuts. macOS suffers from it too in various places. It's because the controls haven't been aligned to a whole point (pixel) boundary. The OS therefore can't directly blit (copy) the image, but instead has to resample pixels and that ends up blurring it. For iOS the simulator has the ability to tint unaligned images to make this sort of issue easier to spot.

  2. It's a question of knowing when and where in the print process that AD is going to transform objects, to avoid surprises - I wasted ink and paper discovering this.

    The surprise for me was that when printing AD is rasterising semi-transparent shapes by some (apparently uncontrollable) DPI value. I'd at least have expected a small warning on the print dialogue saying "(Some areas will be rasterised)" like you get on the export dialogue.

  3. 33 minutes ago, walt.farrell said:

    Sometimes it is necessary to Export to PDF, and then print the PDF.

    So I'm interested to know how "sometimes" is defined. Is AD's Print dialogue essentially unpredictable for .. printing?

    The printers are a couple of Canons, but I'm not sure knowing that helps much. I can meddle colour formats and management options all day long and hit the same basic problem: a simple, albeit semi-transparent, shape prints as mush.

  4. Hi,

    I've got an Affinity Designer document here that I've just printed out and found unexpected mushy pixel halos around some shapes. The problem shapes are plain vectors, but semi-transparent. Clearly these shapes have been rasterised but I'm failing to find an option in AD to stop it from happening.

    Not wanting to burn through my ink and paper I'm testing this by using the Print dialogue and using PDF > Open in Preview. Is this the same stream that the print driver receives?

    I've tried boosting the DPI in the Document Setup dialogue but that has had no effect. I can however export PDFs which dodge the issue.

    AD 10.10.4 running on macOS Big Sur 11.6.2


  5. Hello,

    When I draw using Affinity's Pencil tool I find that it won't recognise sharp edges and that it generates far too many nodes, yet it doesn't have any options for me to tweak to try to get the output I expect.

    I like to find a constructive workaround but in this case I can't see any options to change the behaviour of the Pencil tool. I'd expect some sort of smoothing, tolerance or accuracy control. The stabiliser controls don't seem to affect the quality of the path generation.

    I get the feeling that it's trying to be too accurate.

    I've compared it with Illustrator and Xara Designer Pro's pencil tools which both trounce it.

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