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    Lvis reacted to loukash in 1 bit TIFF/Bitmap support please   
    +1024 for direct 1-bit editing and export, but…
    On Mac, there is an easy workaround using built-in MacOS tools:
    in Affinity, paint directly with b/w pixel brush
    or convert an existing image via Adjustments > Threshold to undithered bitmap (nondestructive)
    or via Filters > Colors > Monochrome Dither (destructive)
    etc., whatever brings the best preview Document > Resize Document > "DPI": 1200 (you need to type the value) > Resample: OFF export as PNG > Grayscale 8 > Nearest neighbor > Matte: white > ICC: Black & White (don't embed) > Palettized > Palette: Black & White open your exported PNG in Preview.app Save As > Format: TIFF > Depth: 1-bit > Compression: none or Packbits Voilà.
    Upon checking in Photoshop CS5.5, the resulting file is a genuine 1-bit TIFF @ 1200 ppi
    PNG-to-TIFF conversion can be automated using Folder Actions and Automator workflows/apps/services, albeit "out of the box" it runs without the compression option, as far as I can tell. (note to self: check out if TIFF compression is scriptable)
    Example from this very thread, with Posterize and Brightness/Contrast adjustments, Monochrome Dither, the exported PNG then converted to TIFF using a "quickie" Automator droplet that I made on the fly:
    Capture_000658_1b.tif
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    Lvis reacted to gunbunny in 1 bit TIFF/Bitmap support please   
    I'm going to go ahead and +1 this topic.
    I started in prepress-land in the mid-90's. And I can tell you unequivocally that 1-bit TIFF support is crucial for production purposes.
    First, there is the need for "copy-dot" operations where you have a halftone that you don't want to rescreen. You'd scan this at 100% at a resolution of at least 1200dpi, but preferably 2400-4800dpi. When saved as a bitmap 1-bit TIFF, it outputs at the max resolution of the output device and is not rescreened, and hence, no moire pattern.
    Second, and similar to the First, is doing a "copy-dot" on engravings and lithographs. Again, you want those fine detail lines output at crazy-high resolution and not screened.
    Third, there is the need for "line art" illustrations. Again, once scanned at a high dpi and placed in the page layout or illustration program as a 1-bit TIFF, it outputs at the max resolution of the device. This yields nice, razor-crisp illustrations for things like instruction manuals, B&W catalogs, and cartoons.
    Fourth... this is a curve ball... there was a program waaaaaay back in the MacOS 8 days that I've never seen replicated. (And the name of which I can't remember.) You'd import your 1-bit TIFF, then you could colorize it: either paint the black or else "color inside the lines" in solid colors. It would then be saved as an EPS that would output at... you guessed it... the max resolution of the output device. It was phenomenal for super-crisp catalog work where you are given a hand-drawn lineart that needs colorized, not vectorized. (An example)
    Regardless, 1-bit TIFFs, when exporting as a PDF, the data becomes part of the vector data, as opposed to raster data, even though it's technically raster data. The RIP then processes it as part of the line file and it isn't halftoned (unless, of course, it's set to a tint of a spot color, or a CMYK color.) Either way, it's still output at ultra-high resolution. Which is the point. 
    Bottom line, this is a crucial missing feature in Affinity Photo, and I sure do hope that it's addressed sooner rather than later.
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    Lvis reacted to Chris L in 1 bit TIFF/Bitmap support please   
    I used to use the 1 bit bitmap tiff an awful lot as an Adobe user. I can't find a simple way to drop a bitmap into a document and colourise it within the document, and also have a transparent background. I know I can create a png with transparency and drop that into a designer or publisher file, but this is no good when working with line art. You simply can't do it with the same quality.
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    Lvis got a reaction from Fixx in 1200PPI (bitmap tiff) OR DIE ​; )   
    Hi Affinity Team,
    So looking forward to have implemented 1-bit tiff in your Designer app.
    Why? you may ask.
    Let's your/our friends at True Grit give a reasonable explanation:
    https://www.truegrittexturesupply.com/blogs/news/1200dpi-or-die
    All the best and keep the good work!
    Luis
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    Lvis got a reaction from mackleys in 1200PPI (bitmap tiff) OR DIE ​; )   
    Hi Affinity Team,
    So looking forward to have implemented 1-bit tiff in your Designer app.
    Why? you may ask.
    Let's your/our friends at True Grit give a reasonable explanation:
    https://www.truegrittexturesupply.com/blogs/news/1200dpi-or-die
    All the best and keep the good work!
    Luis
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    Lvis got a reaction from Wosven in 1200PPI (bitmap tiff) OR DIE ​; )   
    Hi Affinity Team,
    So looking forward to have implemented 1-bit tiff in your Designer app.
    Why? you may ask.
    Let's your/our friends at True Grit give a reasonable explanation:
    https://www.truegrittexturesupply.com/blogs/news/1200dpi-or-die
    All the best and keep the good work!
    Luis
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    Lvis reacted to Dochgu in text ruler still missing in 1.8.2.260   
    For the last hour I was trying to find it but I wasn't successful even with the Help tool.
    I do wish the text rulers would be available in Affinity Designer too and not only in Affinity Publisher. It is quite handy and I used it a lot in Adobe Illustrator before.
    Would be awesome if you guys could implement that in another update.
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    Lvis reacted to maxen in text ruler still missing in 1.8.2.260   
    I'm still missing the text rulers in Designer. The help says there should be an icon for activating them, but that simply doesn't show up. There also no entry in the view menu.
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    Lvis reacted to evtonic3 in Frame Text Ruler   
    Would love to see this added to Designer, sometimes for simple documents (maybe less than 5) I need this feature to see quickly create tabs! PLEASE CONSIDER! This is one of the things that's not that intuitive with the tabs panel now, I can't see where the next tab will be.
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    Lvis reacted to nicolasbulb in Saving a 1-bit black & white graphic   
    Mmmh… in artschool, silkscreen and Riso are back for some time now in the "young" ones for small press publication. And even when working with tech printing for luxury watchmakers with CMYK + 1 or 2 spots inks, the ability to add some supercrisp 1200dpi bitmap at 1-bit is still super handy, especially when you're working with trapping that let the original artworks remain crisp. So yeah, Affinity, I'm an independent graphic designer and image production tech for more than 25 years, and I truly believe 1-bit is still super useful. The recent update of Affinity Photo with some better channel option is going into the right direction but for highly efficient and professional works sadly the whole Affinity suite is not ready yet despite all the magnificent features.
    It's lacking:
    - the ability to work with true 1-bit bitmap, with the ability to spot colorizing
    - the ability to properly assign overprints and knockouts.
    - the ability create spot colours channels with transparency options in order to emulate some opaque inks like metallic ones and blend them with standard offset transparent ones.
    - the ability to preview channels one by one before exporting to a PDF in order to spot some eventual problem with overprints or knockouts.
    - a true Acrobat Pro PDF like software in the suite in order to check trap inks, etc.
    - the ability to scripts all the app in the Suite in order to automate some crucial professional workflow.
     
    Well… 7 years after I've bought the first beta of Affinity Designer, I still hope and believe you can do it. It's almost there.
     
    Thanks.
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    Lvis reacted to Medical Officer Bones in 1 bit TIFF/Bitmap support please   
    Converting 1200ppi 1bit images to vector is just not a feasible workflow in stressful production scenarios. Aside from the problem that for very detailed line work it produces very heavy and difficult to process vector files, for more detailed inked art work it just can't resolve the details sufficiently.
    Take comic printing as an example: it is entirely impractical to convert hundreds of pages of line art... And having to check each page for problems.
    And, as @MikeW pointed out earlier, as long as imported high resolution 1bit artwork isn't even retained in the PDF output, the whole point is moot.
    The preferred solution is for [1] Affinity Photo to natively support 1bit images at any resolution, and allow these to be edited that way. [2] Publisher and Designer should be able to process them, and output to a PDF. Colorizing should be possible in Designer and Publisher.
    The developers have already stated that [1] will never be implemented. (I suspect this might be related to them wanting to avoid a complete re-haul of the core processing engine.)  Instead, they have seemingly decided to output 1bit images only. Which leaves [2] - and this must be added before Publisher can be fully integrated in many regular prepress conditions and workflows.
    [2] is absolutely essential for prepress work. Simple as that. No workarounds, no excuses. That said, I am pretty certain the devs are aware of this, and will implement support for this at some point. It should be given top priority after the latest 1.9 release.
    I agree with @loukash: be software agnostic. If Affinity or other software will not provide what is required to pull off a job without turning upside down and twisting left and right, then switch to other software that can. I still use InDesign for FXL ebook work, because Affinity Publisher lacks this option.
    Similarly, any 1bit high resolution artwork editing I do in PhotoLine, which is the only image editor that I know of that allows for native 1bit editing AND use layers! Nothing else on the market, including Adobe Photoshop, handles 1bit images that well. Being able to edit layered 1bit images is pretty darn awesome when an important part of my workflow revolves around manipulating 1bit high resolution imagery. 😎
    Same for indexed pixel art jobs: Affinity Photo, Photoshop, PhotoLine, and just about any other general image editor out there cannot handle 8-bit  (or less) indexed fixed colour palettes with full layer support. Either it is not supported at all (Photo and PhotoLine) or the editing is severely hampered (Photoshop only allows for a single layer in indexed colour mode).
    Which means I use alternative dedicated pixel art software (ProMotion NG, but there are other options).
    Anyway, what I am trying to say: the job at hand should, in the end, dictate what tool fits best to handle that job. Endless work-arounds may be helpful in the odd unexpected bind, but are useless and time-consuming if used in a common day-to-day pipeline and workflow. Then it's time to find an alternative solution to fill the gap.
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    Lvis reacted to Chris L in 1 bit TIFF/Bitmap support please   
    This was my point exactly. And it's also neat being able to scan bits of line art and colourise with a transparent background. 
    I'm surprised Serif is being so stubborn about not implementing this feature. It's almost like 'Er, no. We don't want pro studios using our product, so we'll hobble it' 🙄
    But at least we can now select items with the same fill/stroke. Yay!
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    Lvis reacted to gunbunny in 1 bit TIFF/Bitmap support please   
    Ye gads I remember that. And the 8,000,000 nodes it would create. Would cause our Scitex rips to choke, sometimes taking 45 minutes or more to process one image. There were basically 2 Streamline options: 1) Preserve detail and have an overly-complex vector file, or 2) lose all the fine detail but have a more manageable number of points. Ultimately, there's a good reason why it's no longer being developed.
    Attaching a file that needs 1-bit TIFF at 1200+ dpi, that is unable to be easily vectorized. This is a type of image I deal with all day, every day.
    Obviously there needs to be some sort of algorithm(s) employed for dithering, stochastic, or halftone screening. Tinrocket makes HyperDither that has a few different methods, but as of right now they output RGB files.
    When sent to PDF, these are downsampled to 300dpi, and all the crispness of the linework is lost. If a 1-bit TIFF, when sent to PDF they retain 1200+ dpi and are outputted at the max resolution of the output device. As previously noted, they can also have a solid color (i.e. spot color) applied.

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    Lvis reacted to puntdepica in 1 bit TIFF/Bitmap support please   
    In the study we bought 4 licenses of AD, APu and APh some time ago. We work in packaging design and for us it is important to be able to work with images of 1bit at 1200dpi that we can color with pantone in AD or APu.
    Has no sense:
    a) Use 8-bit images at 1200dpi as if they were 1bit (An 8-bit image occupies 8 times what a 1-bit one and has no transparent background).
    b) vectorize complex images
    For now, unfortunately, we will leave those licenses in the drawer
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