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  1. Amen to that I used NeoFinder to put in metadata with keywords and the Adobe Stock site picked them up - see the attached screenshot. Maybe that would work on the other sites? I discovered that you can save XMP metadata and paste it to other files.
  2. Hi all, I'm late to this conversation but the Metadata issue is an important one for me too. I was hoping that you could clear a few things up for me: 1. As an editorial illustrator, the IPTC meta info seemed to be important -it meant I could put in © info and make my images searchable in newspapers' systems and therefore get extra usage out of an image. Affinity Photo doesn't seem to read IPTC info at all; is this because IPTC info is not necessary these days? 2. I've been using NeoFinder lately as it seems to be faster on my Mac than the native search function. I can enter all the info I need , including IPTC and it seems to stay put after exportation. Has anyone else had experience with NeoFinder? I've also been using EXIF Editor but I find it's not as useful as NeoFinder. Screenshots supplied.
  3. The original fitted into my A4 scanner, so I scanned it at 150dpi and vectorized it using a Mac app called Image Vectorizer. That bit was simple.
  4. I haven't read Moorcock. He's added to the list of holiday reading.
  5. Excellent, Alun. I never heard about Serif before Affinity burst onto the scene. If I had, I may have started all this stuff earlier! I also had a Lambretta at one time -around 1980. I completely resprayed it in my garage and painted a version of a cover image from one of the Thomas Covenant trilogy books on the side panels. I think it may have been 'Lord Foul's Bane'. I can't remember which now. I used an airbrush and a compressor that I still have... I prefer my scooters in their original livery now. Kevin
  6. That Youtube embed didn't seem to work. If you're interested, here's the link:
  7. Jesus, my eyesight. I'm rushing around so much today I didn't even cop that there was a link... Thanks for your help, O. Kevin
  8. Indeed you're right. I was thinking of an online vectorizer. I'm happy enough with my clunky process -it's reasonably straightforward.
  9. Hi all, This is one of my latest projects for the Scooterola brand. If you can't see the video here, you can get it on http://scooterola.com/index.php/2019/02/24/the-illuminati-stole-my-scooter/ It's hand drawn, vectorised and worked up in AD. I made a little 4 minute film of the process below: <iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/lP0KV1V15jw" frameborder="0" allow="accelerometer; autoplay; encrypted-media; gyroscope; picture-in-picture" allowfullscreen></iframe>
  10. I've had the same problem on several projects and it can be frustrating. The 'increasing the size' remedy doesn't seem to work for me. However, I'll tell you what I did as a workaround. First you will need a piece of vectorizing software (I use Image Vectorizer' on my Mac. It's the simplest and best I've tried so far and it's not costly.) I isolate the bits that need to be expanded and copy and paste into a new doc which I then I export as a jpg and vectorize the file. Then bring it back in to the project doc. Not exactly, 'Hey Presto!" but it worked for me. It'll be great when this gets sorted.
  11. It's not in the version of AD that I have anyway. Could be they won't have that function in AD -I'm sure they want people to buy Apub! I'm happy to have the complete suite.
  12. Hi, I just downloaded the 1.70 Beta of APub. and was testing out the hyperlinks function. I've attached PDF that contains two links to the same URL. APub seems to default to https if http isn't typed. So the first link jumped to https (hence it goes nowhere) and the second jumps to my site perfectly well (I'll have to upgrade my web site). Anyway, that's a very small issue as Apub records the URLs nicely in the source field. Perhaps https has become the most common prefix. Is it possible to format the linked text such that it doesn't have the underscore? Maybe that's already possible and if anyone could point it out to me, I'd be grateful. It's really great to see the improvements. Thank you all. affinity pub 1.70 hyperlink test.pdf
  13. Pencils, lots of tracing paper, Indian ink and AD. I've created a series of these retro style posters around the theme of the 1960s, modernism, etc. You can see them all here: https://www.facebook.com/scooterola/
  14. I love that Vespa illustration over on your Behance site, by the way. Italian scooters are an interest of mine!
  15. Thank you very much Toltec, that's very helpful. In fact, gradient fills were also causing problems in my files when exported to PDF. If there was a curve containing a gradient fill or a transparent gradient, it sometimes wouldn't export that curve. All the best and thanks again, Kevin
  16. Hi all. I wasn't sure where to post this question, since I can only see an option to post questions for the iPad. Mine is about Designer in OS X. Please move the topic if it's in the wrong place. I create posters -usually around A1 physical size, they're a mixture of sometimes very complex vector layers (as I convert mono drawings as in the example attached) and raster layers for ageing and texture. They can be around 150 -200MB. I also create them in CMYK since I was told that the colour space has a wider gamut. I have converted to RGB for one large format printer and they've had no problem at all outputting posters. Now -the problem: I sent these files as CMYK PDFs (reduced in physical size to A3) to a different printer, since that's what they wanted and my files caused all sorts of problems. Crashed the RIP (whatever that is) and generally took aeons to process. I had to cancel the task before I alienated this chap. Anyway, he said that the files weren't flattened -and that there were thousands of vector curves and the RIP couldn't handle them. So my question is -doesn't exporting to a PDF do the flattening anyway? Even after I exported to TIFF and then again to PDF, there were still problems. Can anyone tell me what best practice is for sending to a trade printer who wants CMYK files? Looking forward to hearing from anyone with expertise! Best regards, Kevin
  17. Hi all. I have more or less the same issue. I create posters -usually around A1 physical size, they're a mixture of sometimes very complex vector layers (as I convert mono drawings as in the example attached) and raster layers for ageing and texture. They can be around 150 -200MB. I also create them in CMYK since I was told that the colour space has a wider gamut. I have converted to RGB for one large format printer and they've had no problem at all outputting posters. Now -the problem: I sent these files as CMYK PDFs (reduced in physical size to A3) to a different printer, since that's what they wanted and my files caused all sorts of problems. Crashed the RIP (whatever that is) and generally took aeons to process. I had to cancel the task before I alienated this chap. Anyway, he said that the files weren't flattened -and that there were thousands of vector curves and the RIP couldn't handle them. So my question is -doesn't exporting to a PDF do the flattening anyway? Even after I exported to TIFF and then again to PDF, there were still problems. Can anyone tell me what best practice is for sending to a trade printer who wants CMYK files? Looking forward to hearing from anyone with expertise! Best regards, Kevin
  18. Dammit! Thank you -I was going up and down the View menu like Mr Magoo. I had forgotten it's called the context toolbar. It's all good now -thanks again to you both. Kevin
  19. Hi Stokerg, Thanks for getting back to me -I've attached another screenshot -same problem though:
  20. Hi all, I hope you can help me with this: I can't find the 'Refine' button. It used to be there but I've somehow lost it. I tried 'reset studio' but still no button. I'm know I'm overlooking something obvious but a hint will do! Looking forward to hearing from you, Kevin
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