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Signguy

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  1. Another update from Apple 10.11.4 and still no fix for searching within an open dialog box.  WHAT A JOKE!  

    El Capitan is most definitely a downgrade from Yosemite not an upgrade.  

    With over 500 Affinity files on my laptop now, not being able to do a simple search within an open dialog is just downright laughable.  

     

    I can't even do a quick look on my files once I put anything into the search box on the open window.

     

    Thanks for letting me vent my frustration on this forum.

  2. When I have a document open and I want to save it as a different name and click on File/Save As..., the dialog pops up with the file name field greyed out.  It will not let me change the name.  I have to close the window and try again.  It usually opens the second time with the ability to change the file name.   

     

    This happens quite frequently.  I can duplicate it more when switching from AD to another application and then switching back into AD. 

  3. Are they PRINTING it onto the vinyl or cutting the vinyl in the shape of it?

     

    True vectors are just the shapes that you make, no gradients, no nothing just the shape (and the fill). Modern vector editors (like Illustrator and Photoshop) often add affects that can take that vector and apply effects that give them things like blurs, gradients, and all kinds of things like that, but those are all always being drawn on the fly by the program every time you load the file.

     

    If you want those effects to work in anything that isn't an Affinity app, you need to export it at whatever resolution you need it at. Because those effects are raster, they're just being redrawn every time you make a change. :) (Hope that made sense?)

    Thanks David for the info.  Yes, they are printing onto vinyl.  

     

    So what you are saying is that all modern vector editors can share vector shapes (i.e. eps, svg, pdf) but the effects that you can add to them are not sharable between applications without first being rasterized, correct?  (There is NO STANDARD to vector effects they are all proprietary)

     

    If you created a graphic on a 12" x 22" artboard and you want to send that graphic to a print shop to be printed on a 12 foot by 22 foot mural, you only have a few options.

     

    1. Design the graphic in the same software as the print shop so that the image can be easily scaled without it being rasterized (This option would necessitate the need to purchase an Adobe CC subscription).  Almost ALL print shops use Windows computers because their printers software is ONLY available on Windows.  And since they use Windows, they use Adobe Illustrator and will probably never use a Mac or Affinity Designer unless a version is made for Windows. (And even if there was a Windows version, how many professional print shops would ditch the ever popular Adobe format?)

     

    2. Scale the image to the desired output size and then save the image to their preferred file format (this option would rasterize all special effects).  If your image is going to be scaled and rasterized, why would the print shop even need the file in a vector format?  You may as well send them a png of the graphic.

     

    3. Not use any effects at all when using Affinity Designer. (This is not likely to happen)

     

    The issue that I have is that when I send a file to the print shop to be printed, I now have to have first hand knowledge of each of the printers that they use.  Some of the Eco-solvent printers on the market can print anywhere from 800 dpi up to 1440 dpi.  The Latex printers can print up to 1200 dpi (maybe more).  Without knowing the make and model of the printers, I would never know exactly what I should be setting my rasterization dpi setting to.  Why wouldn't I want to utilize the maximum dpi that the printer supports?  This is precisely why they want the graphic file in vector format in the first place.  They can scale it and print it at the highest dpi that their current printers support. 

     

    So, the next time my print shop wants me to send them a vector of my image, what dpi setting should I choose to get the best quality? (Yes, I need to know how to convert Chicken McNuggets into a soft drink)  Even if I choose the industry standard of pdf which is supposed to be a file format used to "present and exchange documents reliably, independent of software, hardware or operation system", vector shapes can be saved and be scaled within a pdf file, but any effects that you give those shapes will always be rasterized and will not scale without being "pixelated".

     

    Long winded I know but this thread certainly leaves more questions than answers.

  4. … and how do you think would it be possible to save a smooth(!) shadow as a vector element?

    Did you ever try to convert Chicken McNuggets into a soft drink? :)

    MH, how does Affinity save a smooth shadow as a vector element?  Apparently it's possible within Affinity when you do a "file/save" so I guess they have the formula for your Chicken McSoft Drink figured out.  ;)

    I was just trying to figure out how to save it so that Ai can import it or how to save it at the highest dpi that a printer can print.  

     

    It's nice that Affinity has the option to add effects to vector shapes but it's a little proprietary if it can't be used with other apps when it needs to be shared.

  5. Hi Signguy,

    You can export at a higher setting than 400 dpi. Click on the input box and write the value you need.

    Thanks MEB,  That is what I was looking for.  I had an epiphany this afternoon as I was walking the Dog and taking in some fresh air and I figured that the input box was probably editable even though it has a drop-down list.  Came back home and exported at 1200 dpi and sent it to the printers.  They said it imported just fine.  

  6. Signguy,

     

    It is unfortunate, but if you use the effects like 3D or Shadows, then your file is going to be rasterized (or at least part of it will be). The only way to avoid  the rasterizing is to not use those kinds of effects. It seems odd to me that they require a vector file and yet they specify a dpi.

     

    Hokusai

    They do require a vector and they don't specify a dpi.  I am just trying to export an Affinity Designer vector image that uses 3D and shadow effects and AD doesn't export them as vectors so apparently the only option that I have is to export the objects as a rasterized images which then uses a dpi.  They prefer the file in Adobe Illustrator format but since I can't do that, I'm trying to keep my images as vectors. 

     

    Seems a little counter intuitive that I can give a vector shape a 3D or Shadow effect but there is no way to export the image as a vector shape to share with a print shop.

  7. What is the best way to export an image without rasterizing text that has 3D effects and Shadowing?   I need to send a graphic created in Affinity Designer to a printing company that prints on vinyl using a latex printer capable of printing 1200 dpi or higher.  They need to be able to use some type of vector image and of course they prefer Ai but what can I use to prevent rasterizing?  It appears that I can only export to a highest setting of 400 dpi.

  8. Not sure what you did in the latest MAS version but my issues seem to be mostly fixed now.  I still have an issue with the first color not being recognized in my cutting software if the first color is black (one gets subtracted from the color, e.g. RGB color 111 becomes 000) but I think that it is the cutting software issue now.  

    Thank you for your continued work on this!

  9. I've been having an issue with AD and my vinyl cutting software not recognizing colors.  The vinyl cutting software company is telling me that I need to export PDF files without compression.

     

    AD does not appear to offer any settings for PDF compression.  How can I be certain that no compression is being used when exporting to PDF?

     

    I export using (Acrobat 5) 1.4 Compatibility

     

    Here was their quote: This has to do with the pdf-compression that makes the first color-parameter in the file to be corrupted, we've done a special-hack to solve this issue but it has only to do with saving Adobes AI-files as embedded PDF-files. If you save the file without compression, it should always work.

  10. The operating system is a fundamental part of the user experience!  There is simply no way that the level of fluidity and speed could have been accomplished had this been created on the Windows platform.  There are simply far too many PC variants out there.  The DLL's and drivers that would have to be created would make this just as bloated as anything else that is currently offered on a PC.  

    Thank you Affinity for not only designing an awesome program, but also for mating it with its Operation System in a way that makes those PC guys envious.  

    ​You could create the best program in the world on a PC but you would have been limited by its Operating System and its inefficient memory management.

  11. Hi signguy,

    I wasn't creating a mask. Layer masking and Layer clipping are different things.

     

    Got it.  I'm used to masking by dragging the thumbnail over the top of the other thumbnail.  My mistake.  I forget that there are multiple ways to do things sometimes and that's what makes these forums so invaluable.  Thank you MEB!

     

    I do prefer to use the masking option over the clipping option so that way you can add effects like a gaussian blur to the object/shape and not the entire image.  Depends on what kind of results you are trying to accomplish.  The original thread was about talking about masking so that is why I chimed in with my 2¢.

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