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    Spot White Printing

    Well Mike, I sure appreciate all your help. It's a bit of a bummer, but I'll stick to exporting and adding the white in with PS... for now at least. Jory
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    Spot White Printing

    Yes, using them as vector shapes will totally work. That was the first thing I double-checked as well. My problem here is that if I print the file that way, the white bottom print is the same size as the print on top of it, and you can see a thin white outline peeking around the color print. If I'm able to contract my spot color by just a couple pixels, the problem is solved. But I can't simply 'contract' a vector shape, that I know of at least. That issue aside, I'm not always lucky enough to have a client with crisp vector artwork like I sent. Sometimes I'm stuck using only a flat raster file that a customer provided. It's not reasonable to go in and draw a vector shape manually for the spot color every time this happens. Especially when I can just open the file in photoshop and highlight the pixels I want to be white.
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    Spot White Printing

    Whoops, here's the file. Spot White Logo.afdesign
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    Spot White Printing

    That's what I thought. I tried making a square of spot white, then I masked it with my selection. When exported out, the rip only saw my spot white as the magenta color. I'm printing a logo which will need spot white under all of it, and to keep the white from showing through the outer edges, I contracted my selection for spot color by 3 pixels. I'll attach my file so you can see what I mean.
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    Spot White Printing

    After some further experimentation, I've gotten my spot white print working alright now. It seems I can only make vector shapes work, though. Do you know if there is any way to make a raster selection into a spot color?
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    Spot White Printing

    Okay. Good news, the printer recognized the spot white color on your file. I think that actually clears everything up. Thank you very much for your help.
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    Spot White Printing

    Thank you! I'll run a test print with your file quickly and see if it recognizes the white.
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    Spot White Printing

    To clarify, I'm not just printing on paper. We're printing direct-to-substrate onto wood panels. Since the wood is brown, not white, we print a spot layer of white ink below certain prints using our printer's white ink. Sometimes, it's under a vector logo, where we only need white under the certain colors. Sometimes I'll need to print a photograph, and I have to print white under the photo. Using photoshop, I just make a selection of where I want to print white, and create a new channel from that alpha. Here's how I'm used to doing it. https://helpx.adobe.com/photoshop/using/printing-spot-colors.html I just really want to move my entire workflow onto affinity instead of adobe.
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    Spot White Printing

    When I create the channel in photoshop, if I don't name the channel 'spot white' explicitly, the rip doesn't know to use the channel as spot white. I think it's just a default on the rip software, I've never known to do it any other way.
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    Spot White Printing

    Sorry, the 'Industrial UV Printer' was a bit of unnecessary info; I meant UV-cured ink, not like a UV spot coating. Although, I'd think it should be a very similar process. I did find that thread when I searched earlier for a solution, but didn't find anything I haven't tried already. I think I'd just need to create a spot white channel for the rip software to find, but I've tried adding a 'spare channel' and naming it spot white in Affinity Photo and that didn't work for me. I've also tried to use the affinity spot color function (and I've changed the name of the spot color to match the name the rip software needs to find), the rip software still doesn't see any information for spot white. Maybe I'm off base, but could it be that my PDF export mode doesn't support spot colors or extra channels? I usually just use the 'PDF for Export' preset.
  11. I've been using Affinity nearly daily since designer was still in beta, and there is only one crucial thing I'm missing. We print using an industrial UV printer that utilizes spot white ink, and in the past (with adobe photoshop) I needed to create a new channel called 'spot white' and export the document as a PDF document. Then the rip software would recognize this 'spot white' channel and know to print white where indicated. As of now, I'm still exporting from designer or photo and then adding the white with photoshop. It's a very tedious process that loses me several hours a week. I've tried many times to achieve the same results from affinity designer and affinity photo with spot colors or attempting to add a new channel. Am I missing something, or is this simply a feature that affinity software isn't capable of at the moment?
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