Jump to content

Glyphs

Members
  • Content count

    95
  • Joined

  • Last visited

About Glyphs

  • Rank
    Member
  • Birthday 05/17/1967

Contact Methods

  • Website URL
    http://www.ragewebsite.com

Profile Information

  • Gender
    Male

Recent Profile Visitors

471 profile views
  1. I just bought Publisher, and it does look great for optimizing my workflow, but I still have a few questions about StudioLink: Is there a way to have the same saved interface in Designer and Designer for Publisher for example? With the same Assets in the Assets panels, the same Brushes in the Brushes panels, and so on?
  2. Sincerely sorry for all this. What happened is that Kindle Tech support told me there was a problem with the black values, and I thought it came from… the black values. I have received my new proofs today, and everything is now fine. Here is what I did, and what (I think) happened: as the black values seemed to be fine in the original files, but seeing that Kindle's software had created a color difference between the layers, I thought the problem might come for the layers, so I flattened every layers on every page, so that each page actually contains only an image, and it worked. Now, of course, I have a new question since flattening the whole file page by page is time consuming, but I'm not sure if this question should be part of a new thread or not. Obviously, at first, I had exported a PDF with some kind of layers in it (or transparencies, as Kindle Tech Support seems to call it). I don't know how PDF conversion works, but it's obvious Kindle's software recognizes the same layers in the PDF file as in my original file. I have looked at Publisher's PDF export options, and don't know what option I should have checked to not have this layers problem, so my question is: is there a way to export a PDF with flattened layers, instead of flattening the layers in the Publisher's file itself, or if not, is there a way to add such an option? I understand that you couldn't answer questions about the files generated by Kindle's software without having a look at these files, but I can't ask Amazon to send me the files they use, and a lot of us are going to use Kindle's services to publish printed books, so this problem is bound to happen again. I think the simplest way to do this would be to add an option to have Publisher flatten the layers in the PDF only when exporting the file. Should I start a new thread with this question? UPDATE: Finally found out you can do this by exporting in PDF/X-1a: 2003. I didn't try the PDF (flatten) option yet, but I'll make a few tests with Amazon Kindle. Sorry for the trouble.
  3. I kept the default values for the Publisher document and the PDF export, so there shouldn't be any problem with the RGB file or the color profile. I copy files from Photo files. I select all the layers, then choose Merge Visible, and copy and paste the merged layer into a Publisher page. I am showing you the result of Amazon KDP conversion. The GIF image is what they sent me. I don't know anything else yet. I don't think I could ask Amazon to send me the converted file, but I could try anyway, adding to my request a link to this thread. I remembered yesterday that they sometime have a problem with what they call "Transparency" in a PDF. Maybe this whole thing actually comes from their process, so what I did is flatten all the pages layers, and send them a new PDF. I should receive a new proof in a few days.
  4. Yes, in my Publisher document, the pixel layers should be the Comic book Designer flattened file and the fill layer (that I copied from an Affinity Photo document). Fill layers help me create a resizable background for each of my documents, be it Designer, Photo or Publisher files. Kindle Support sent me the attached file about the PDF document I sent them. It shows that there really is a difference between the blacks. I did the same with the eyedropper in Affinity Publisher and didn't find any color difference in the blacks, so It looks like the difference appears only when the PDF is exported. I don't see any visible problem with the text. The colors are as they should be. The only problem is the background on which the pages have been pasted, but I can't seem to reproduce it. I even opened the original PDF in Affinity Photo. When I used the eyedropper on a page, there was no difference between the blacks either. I don't know how Amazon ended up with this result, but I do see that it has to do with the pasted images onto the black background. I am at a loss of ideas, at this point. Maybe I should try to flatten the layers in the publisher file, and send them the resulting PDF, to check if it solves the problem. If anyone has an idea, suggestions are welcome.
  5. Actually Amazon Kindle Direct Publishing is OK for RGB files, especially since the books are primarily intended to be published digitally. The print-on-demand service is an option Amazon offers to KDP publishers. It allows us to create a printed version of the book with Amazon's digital printing service, but it's not offset printing, so there's no real need for a CMYK file. Amazon can handle any conversion necessary, so I've always sent them RGB files (and everything has been fine with this process, so far).
  6. That's the problem. The Designer images and the Publisher file are both in sRGB/8 with the exact same profile, because I left the Default options as is in both apps. The black color is RGB = 0,0,0 in all the Designer files, and in the Publisher file. It's obvious in the printed book that the source of the problem is the difference between the black color in the Designer file and the black color in the Publisher file, but I don't know what option to change to make this right. At worst, I'll simply put a black fill background layer in each Designer file and paste the fill layer along with the image into each page. If the problem comes from pasting the Designer files, this solution might work, but it won't solve the overall problem. Is there some option to change in the Publisher and Designer files I posted to just make the Publisher file right?
  7. OK, so this means that the software is fine, but the files have to be converted. All the book pages are RGB Designer files, and I need to send KDP an RGB PDF file. I suppose the fastest way to do this should be to paste each flattened RGB Designer file into an RGB Publisher file, and then export it into PDF. I thought that’s what I did, but obviously, I have it wrong. What would be the options to check in the Publisher file so that the pasted RGB Designer files, and the black background rectangle into the Publisher file have the exact same black values?
  8. It will be faster with the real pages, since they are already done. Sorry about the free publicity, I'm really trying to have this book released. Here is the flattened Designer document, with its associated Publisher Page. The designer Page has been cut and pasted onto the Publisher Page, and a black background has been created as a master for the Publisher Page. Rage_Page_Designer_Sample.afphoto Rage_Page_Publisher_Sample.afpub
  9. Sorry about the black values:) You're right for the Designer and Photo values, so the problem might not come from it (which is kind of worrying) Here are the images I sent to Amazon Kindle Support once I received the proofs of my books (photos of two of the book's pages). As you'll see, there's a difference between the black values, and I know for a fact that the differences are between the images I pasted into Publisher from Designer flattened files, and the Background rectangle I created in the Publisher Master Page of the book. I am trying to solve this, and am open to any idea.
  10. Same reply as for Alfred: The files are in RGB/8 and I let them as is.The only thing I do is exporting the document to PDF. What I find is wrong is this: Create a new document, choose the Print option in the Type menu, set the Colour Format to RGB/8 if it's not already set this way, click OK, then create a rectangle. Click the Fill color thumbnail on top of the document. In the Color Tab, set every slider to 0 in the RGB Sliders menu to fill the rectangle with black. Then click the RGB Sliders menu, and choose CMYK sliders. You'll see that the sliders have been automatically set to C: 72 M: 68 Y: 67 K: 88. Choosing CMYK Sliders isn't like converting the whole document to CMYK. It would be more akin to checking if the CMYK values are right. I believe in this case, the values for Black should 100 for every slider.
  11. It shouldn't be an issue because I don't convert the files. The files are in RGB/8 and I let them as is.The only thing I do is exporting the document to PDF. What I find is wrong is this: Create a new document, choose the Print option in the Type menu, set the Colour Format to RGB/8 if it's not already set this way, click OK, then create a rectangle. Click the Fill color thumbnail on top of the document. In the Color Tab, set every slider to 0 in the RGB Sliders menu to fill the rectangle with black. Then click the RGB Sliders menu, and choose CMYK sliders. You'll see that the sliders have been automatically set to C: 72 M: 68 Y: 67 K: 88. Choosing CMYK Sliders isn't like converting the whole document to CMYK. It would be more akin to checking if the CMYK values are right. I believe in this case, the values for Black should 100 for every slider.
  12. OK if we create a document for offset printing, but we publish eBooks too nowadays. And then, there's Print-On-Demand services, who tell us to send them RGB files, and handle the CMYK conversions themselves. If it has to do with the TAC, I believe it should be part of a setting instead of being here by default.
  13. Thanks:). The penciler is Alex Nascimento, and it's been colored by Dijjo Lima. The color format is RGB/8, so I don't see any reason why the CMYK option shouldn't display 100 for each value in this case. Maybe this has to do with the color profile, but I can't be sure. To check it, just create a new document, set it to RGB/8, then create a rectangle. Click the Fill color thumbnail on top of the document. In the Color Tab, set every slider to 0 in the RGB Sliders menu to fill the rectangle with black. Then click the RGB Sliders menu, and choose CMYK sliders. You'll see that the sliders have been automatically set to C: 72 M: 68 Y: 67 K: 88. I still don't understand why that is. At this stage, having a way to change color values for all objects at once would be a great help.
  14. I have been trying to publish the latest issue of my comic at Amazon Kindle. Usually, I just create the pages in Designer, then compile a PDF to create the comic, and send it to Kindle in RGB. Kindle then handles the RGB to CMYK conversion, and the printed result is always fine. But this time, I used Publisher. I cut and pasted the flattened Designer pages into a Publisher document, then exported the book to PDF, and sent it to Kindle. As I needed a black background for the pages, I created a black fill rectangle in the Master Page, and applied it to all the pages. As you can see in the sample page I added to this post, the black color looks right (to my eyes, at least). But actually, it isn't. There's a slight difference between the blacks of the Designer page I pasted in the Publisher document, and the black background I used for the fill rectangle. So I checked the colors of the fill rectangle, and the RGB sliders are all at 0, as they should be. Then, I chose CMYK Sliders and I have the following values: C: 72 M: 68 Y: 67 K: 88. To be sure, I created a new document, created a black fill rectangle and checked the values. These are the same default values. I suppose this is where the printing problem is coming from, and these CMYK default values might be a way to have the black color look better in offset printing, but why are these values displayed by default instead of being part of some kind of Color Conversion setting, and why are the RGB sliders all at 0 while the CMYK values are not at 100? Shouldn't the RGB values reflect the CMYK values in this case? PDF Page Test.pdf
  15. Thanks! I didn't notice the "Replace existing" option in the Apply Master's dialog. It's going to make me save a lot of time!
×