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    Guyon got a reaction from William Overington in Need Expert Publisher Help   
    I am looking at making a comic (standard comic book size) as a test before I try out the real thing. But I am confused on how to do the page set up with trim and actual size.  I have seen singe page sheets and double wide so that it has a fold.  If you did the double-wide doesn't the center margin have to change size since the outside pages need to be bigger than the page at the centerfold?
    So I guess what I am asking can someone please make me a blank comic page (No panels) with the trim marks, and space for the header, page number etc?  And can that also be used for the cover? 
    Thanks for any help
     
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    Guyon got a reaction from dominik in EPUB, Mobi and other formats for ebooks   
    Sweet!  Thanks for pointing that out dominik!  Good eyes. +1
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    Guyon reacted to MikeW in EPUB, Mobi and other formats for ebooks   
    Not so. Fixed layout ePubs are all about precise layout. As well, they afford interactive features not possible in reflow type ePubs. 
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    Guyon reacted to ballardstudio in Publisher does not recognize WORD .docx files!   
    Importing Word documents is bad practice when creating layouts. The carried over character attributes are known for causing various issues that can lead to a series of problems, including file corruption. You're better off creating a plain text document and reformatting it
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    Guyon got a reaction from jasbury in Publisher does not recognize WORD .docx files!   
    Easy guys.  This is just a pre-release Beta. 
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    Guyon got a reaction from dominik in Major Complaints   
    I am seeing a lot of major complaints the first day.
    You need to remember this is a beta,  the same program we all have been begging for a release in any state. I have beta tested a lot of programs and you need to be in the right mindset.  So just sit back and enjoy the ride.  APub is really a pretty piece of software and already had some features better than InDesign.  And you ever tried to put text along a path you know what I mean 
     
    I hope the rest of you are having as much fun as me exploring APub! 
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    Guyon got a reaction from CartoonMike in Graphic Novel?   
    @CartoonMike
    I am humbled by your extensive answer.
    RE:  " To say it's (clip studio) lacking is like saying the Sun is just a tad hot. "  -  I actually laughed.
    RE: " So I had to go over each page,  select the text and choose the right font, one by one "    - and cried with you.  sorry I chucked.
    This is one of the best most extensive answers I have ever got for any question that I have posted or read by anyone else.  It was most appreciated.
     
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    Guyon reacted to CartoonMike in Graphic Novel?   
    Oh yeah, the text handling in Clip Studio Paint. To say it's lacking is like saying the Sun is just a tad hot. When I was (plug time!) writing the Manga Studio 5 Beginner's Guide forPackt Publications, I had no nice words for the way It handled text. (for those not involved in comics, first there was Manga Studio then the same app got renamed Clip Studio Paint by the CelSys, the company that owned it. And of course the name change happened the very month my book was published!)
    The most glaring thing is that Clip Studio doesn't do anything beyond just rendering the letters of an OpenType font. No special characters, no ligatures, no replacement pairs, etc. The lettering in Clip studio would have to improve just to suck badly. I was burned once -- I had lettered an entire graphic novel, about 60-odd pages and for some reason Clip Studio just stopped acknowledging the fonts I chose for dialog and captions (two different fonts, btw). So I had to go over each page,  select the text and choose the right font, one by one. I'm sweating and getting the shakes just remembering it. 
    I mention this just as a way to show how badly independent comic creators need a good affordable lettering solution for comics. Comic Life is okay, but so far, my experience with Affinity Publisher Beta is very positive. I'm dealing with some medical issues (chemo is a bear!) and I've not messed around with a large page count yet. Hope to do that this week.
    As far as the tech side of APub for comics, Look at some of the templates around for comics. I suggest you go to Blambot and look at his downloadable templates (which Designer can open, I know because I bought a copy of the templates). What I like about those templates at Blambot is that they're set up for print and PDF export that ComiXology requires. Just make sure that when you export you select the "All Spreads" option in the PDF export setting. That way if you have any 2page spreads, they'll be kept together as ComiXology wants 'em. 
    I had to delete some of the template's "extra" stuff, like who's the letterer and other info. Mostly because I felt that since I was the only one to use this and it was going to be for my own work, it was superfluous and thus axed 'em all like Lizzy B. And the sublayers in the template are not named. Bad form, imo.
    But the important stuff is the "Safe Area", "Trim" and Bleed Area. I used the Blambot Template to get the measurements for those areas for both a single page and a double page spread and made both into Master Pages with just the graphics for the three areas and for page numbers. Outside and Inside covers along with Text pages each get their own Master Pages.
    Now if you do get the blambot template or just get the measurements and make your own (in which case I do recommend making the dashed rectangles for each area in Designer and  color them like Blue for the Safe area, Green for trim and Red for Bleed for example.) You'll want some layers for the lettering. Because of the way that APub currently treats Master pages, You'll have to create these layers and group them. Then make an asset of them. I've attached an image (APub_pageLayers_02) of how I have the layers set up. 
    But first, you should have some standard comic styles set up. Like Dialog, Caption and so on. If you're using fonts from either Blambot or ComiCraft, starting with about 8.3pt to 9pt is good. Make sure that the Leading is the same as the font size and adjust for the demands of the font you chose. Blambot has a good tip page for that (for sure, check out his site for lots of good lettering info, and ComiCraft's site, at https://www.comicbookfonts.com/Default.asp , has good info, too.). One thing to make sure of is that in the Paragraph setting, make sure that the next paragraph setting is zero, else you may have a challenge, as sometimes we just have to have a line break where we need 'em so we get the text in the nice diamond shape we need for dialog and we don't want a double spaced empty space in the middle of a villain's rant, for example.
    anyway...
    Here's a walk-through of the layers....
    The name I've given the group is Base Page Elements. Remember that it's easier to group things  and then make assets of them. You can, if you want, ungroup them once you've dragged the asset to the page. Hint: turn on snapping, make sure that Snap to Spreads is checked and any sub-options are checked too. That way when you drag the asset onto the page, you'll see the guides appear when you have the asset placed in the center of the page (or top/botton and sides).
    The first layer is for sound effects that appear over all the art and/or text. This can be custom lettering done in designer and imported, or some other format (esp. a format that has transparency.)
    The next layers we're interested in are the Lettering, Balloons, Tails and UnderBalloons. (the Lettering guides layer is from the Blambot Template and more info on that can be gotten from the website.) The lettering layer has all the text objects for balloons, caption boxes and other (non sound FX) text. First you make an ellipse (for dialog balloons) or rectangle (for caption boxes) and using the Frame Text tool, make the object into Frame Text. Then you either copy the text from the script (hopefully you're working from a script, if not, start writing the script now! It will really make things easier for you.) And then Paste without formatting, select the text and apply the text style you want. Rinse, lather repeat for each ballon or caption box.
    The next triad of layers are the Balloon, Tails and Under Balloons. Scot McCloud has a 2 part You Tube video on this technique, this should take you to the videos: https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=scott+mccloud+lettering Even though the videos feature Illustrator, the technique only requires a vector app that can create layers. The trick is the Balloon Layer has your balloon shape with no stroke, just a fill of the color you want. Then you copy the layer and either move it down to the Under Balloons layer and then give it a stroke that's twice the thickness you want. In my case I want the stroke to be 1.5 pts, so I stroke the Under Balloon shape to 3pt and make sure it's set to "Align Stroke to Center" and then I create a triangle in the Tail layer, set the fill to the color of the balloon and the stroke to the 1.5pt setting I want. And I get a seamless balloon with tail! And unlike a Single object,  I can move the tail around, add another one with no consequence at all. (It does help at this point to lock the Balloons layers so you don't accidentally select them)
    finally we have the Sound Effects Underall layer. This is for sound effects that are below the balloons/captions and/or art. You can use the excellent masking abilities that APub has to make precise masks around sound effects you want to appear behind things.
    And then in the artwork layer is where some magic happens. See the FullBleedMask is just a filled, unstroked white rectangle that is precisely the size of the page prior to any trimming. And since all the layers are empty, except for this (and the lettering guides which we'll not be getting into) layer -- we need something in this layer so the snapping mentioned earlier will work. And once placed, the rectangle could be resized to the Bleed area, if desired. When you import your artwork, make the artwork a child layer of the FullBleed Mask layer (just drag the artwork layer below the FBM Layer until you see the blue line indicating where the layer will be.) One thing I need to test out a bit more is the detection that imported graphics have been altered/changed. I think of it as the Refresh Graphics feature, off hand I don't remember what it's actually called and my copy of APub just crashed because I have Safari open at the same time as it it. Too lazy to reopen it and find out what that feature is called. But it's a sweet feature. Comic Life (a under $40 app, I mention in passing) had it when you chose reference exterior files instead of saving all in one file. This was nice for me, as I like to letter from my pencilled roughs and then export the lettering (with a transparent background) and import the lettering into CSP where i can then change the roughs if needed. It's like a second draft of the comic, and the second pass makes it better I feel, just like a novel goes though drafts, why not comics?
    Keep in mind that only if we have a lengthy text piece in our graphic novel, we need not worry about text flow or such. And in the case of a text piece, just create a master page that has a layer that has vector rectangles of the text in one or two columns or more. Then make your text frames the size of the vectors in your pages. You can eyeball the title of the text piece. Use examples from other graphic novels for guidance.
    So the answer to your question is yes, Affinity Publisher can be used for graphic novels. I suggest using the beta period as "practice time" to get used to the software and try out different techniques until the final release of APub 1.7. Hope this helps, if you have any more questions, ask and I'm sure that it will get answered. 

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    Guyon got a reaction from zorica3000 in Book publishing   
    I would really like to see a 'print ready' book format, as well as an epub export.
    I expected this to be an uphill battle vs InDesign but never for a second that PagePlus would be better in any aspect.
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    Guyon got a reaction from zorica3000 in Book publishing   
    I would really like to see a 'print ready' book format, as well as an epub export.
    I expected this to be an uphill battle vs InDesign but never for a second that PagePlus would be better in any aspect.
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    Guyon got a reaction from zorica3000 in Book publishing   
    I would really like to see a 'print ready' book format, as well as an epub export.
    I expected this to be an uphill battle vs InDesign but never for a second that PagePlus would be better in any aspect.
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    Guyon got a reaction from dominik in Major Complaints   
    I am seeing a lot of major complaints the first day.
    You need to remember this is a beta,  the same program we all have been begging for a release in any state. I have beta tested a lot of programs and you need to be in the right mindset.  So just sit back and enjoy the ride.  APub is really a pretty piece of software and already had some features better than InDesign.  And you ever tried to put text along a path you know what I mean 
     
    I hope the rest of you are having as much fun as me exploring APub! 
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    Guyon reacted to GreyEyes in Book publishing   
    I wasn't expecting to see designer with master pages.. no ebook export... a lot of self publishers out there could benefit from what page plus offered with this modern approach... just looks like a graphics package.  I can design my flyers, etc in Designer, so i don't need this product unless it allows a full blown publication.  PDF export gets slammed for ebooks, better to have the epub export format.   They shouldn't have retired PagePlus if they're not going build on that with a fresh modern approach.
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    Guyon got a reaction from SrPx in Affinity Publisher Release Date Change!   
    It's out.
    Thank you Affinity!!!!!!
     
     
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    Guyon reacted to MEB in Affinity Publisher Release Date Change!   
    Hi Guyon,
    Affinity Publisher Public Beta will be available before the end of August. You can sign-in to our newsletter here to be notified about its release.
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    Guyon got a reaction from R C-R in Affinity Publisher Release Date Change!   
    I prefer to think of it like this:
    A master with a lesser tool, trumps a novice using the best tool.

    It's all about the inner artist.
    I have dropped all Adobe products, and also switched from MS Office with no regrets at all.
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    Guyon reacted to Filo63 in Affinity Publisher Release Date Change!   
    KipV, there are two things that you do not consider, the first is that it is not important how many times you update a program but the quality of the new features offered.
    The second is that even just looking at AD you realize that in addition to the things you can not do yet there are many that Illustrator can not do even today after thirty-one years !!!
    So I could expect that APub will do things that XPress does not do in spite of being thirty one years old
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    Guyon reacted to KipV in Affinity Publisher Release Date Change!   
    The reason I am here is I feel that Designer had the potential to crush Illustrator but we haven't seen a feature update to that program on Mac or Windows in over a year. Instead they are putting the time into developing features that competitors are already doing well.
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    Guyon reacted to Guyon in Affinity Publisher Upgrade Suggestions.   
    While you will not be able to import the file into Affinity Publisher.  Neither will you if you get tired of waiting and move to a different product.
     
    My idea is to get people that need a desktop punishing program now, with a monatary upgrade path to Affinity Publisher.
     
    So say you buy PagePlus X9 is now for $30. then when Affinity Publisher comes out you just pay the difference and you stay a customer.  Any other scenario they will either have people complain poisoning the product, or just leave for another software solution.
     
     
    @MikeW- Is Scribus a worthwhile compromise?  i have not tired it.
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    Guyon got a reaction from Josephmt in Pen Pressure Q   
    What do I have to do to get pen pressure working?  When I draw a line on my Surface Pro 3 the line stays the same even with changing how hard I press.
     
    Thanks
     
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