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  1. Wosven - Thanks for the info. Tomorrow I’m gong to try that as well. What really interesting is usually when the PDF comes into us (the printer) we use our press profile or digital file, for example Indigo. Most clients today supply a PDF file unlike the old das when the supplied a folder with all the Indesgin or Quark files. I’ll let you know what I find.

    Thanks again,


  2. OK, I did another "experiment". In Afdesigner I opened the Vince's file again and changed the profile to Sheetfed uncoated. I created a new Afpub doc using the same profile. I then placed the Afdesigner file, with the same profile,  and exported it two ways. One with the embedded profile and one without the embedded profile.The PDF with the embedded profile had all the black as a four color build. The one without the embedded profile had all the black as 100% as it should be.

    Second "experiment". I left the Afdesign file as Uncoated sheetfed (same as before). I then created a new Afpub doc with a different profile (coated sheetfed). This time embedded or non-embedded both the PDF exports were a four color build. So right now it seems that you want both the Afdesign and Afpub docs to have the same profile. 

    I did try changing the Afpub profile to Sheetfed coated and as you said that did not work at all - embedded or not.

    I also left the Afdesign profile as Sheetfed Uncoated then assigning the Afpub to the same when I exported to a PDF with the same results. 

    Or for now, it does seem that is the answer - not a good one but an answer. Keep the profiles the same in Afdesigner and Afpub, don't embed and it works. I tested in my original Afpub file and that worked.

    I do hope the developers know about this issue and resolve it. BTW, I heard a great interview with Serif's Managing Director this on the Pod Cast TWIP (This week in Photo). Nice interview -Looking forward to versions of 1.7 photo/designer.

    Thanks again for all your help. This has been very helpful since I work In printing industry (offset and high end digital).


  3. Many thanks for all you help on this issue. I did the same. Created a file in Designer with a box that was 100% black and one that was around 270% four color build. The profile I used was sheetfed uncoated. I then created a Afpub document with the same profile then placed the Designer file I created with the same uncoated sheetfed uncoated. I then exported the Afpub file to a PDF but embedded the profile. When I went into Acrobat and checked separations, the 100% was now a four color build and of course the other object was still a four color build but not the same percentages I used in Designer. I then exported another PDF from Afpub but this time I unchecked. To embed the profile and when in Acrobat and checked separations the 100% was indeed 100% black and the other element the correct four color build. So it does appear there is a work around but I think this issue should be provided to the developers as this could be a issue in the print industry. Many times the creative will create the files and provide them to the printer who upon receiving the file ma not know what profile was used plus the printer will use their own press or digital profile.

    Any additional thoughts?? Thanks again. I’ll mess more with this later today. I love Affinity Photo and Designer and it’s nice to have a option against Adobe and their subscription model. I also love having both apps on my iPad Pro.

    Thanks again!


  4. Thanks - Actually I thought that was the issue but I did have it set for CMYK. Here is another interesting item. I saved the same file as an EPS from Designer then imported it into InDesign CS5. Same thing when I export the InDesign file to Acrobat and check separations, the black still shows as a CMYK build. This is very weird. No clue why creating a PDF out of Affinity Design works just fine but out of Affinity Publisher or InDesign, the file gets converted to a four color black build. I'm stumped on this one.

    Thanks again


  5. In the context tool bar, it does show the vector file to be 100% black. If you double click on the vector image, in Publisher, it opens to it's art board. All the elements and text show as 100% black not a CMYK build. If I export the Designer file to a PDF, it works just fine meaning if I create a PDF Acrobat sees the file as 100% black. It's only when I import the designer file into Publisher and then export the Publisher file to a PDF that the Designer file is then converted to a process color build not the 100% black it was in Publisher. I hope this makes sense. When converting the file to a PDF publisher is doing something to the Design file.


  6. I imported a Affinity Design file which contain an image and text that was only 100% black into Publisher Beta (latest). Color format was CMYK. Other elements in the Publisher file were CMYK and contained 100% black as well. When I exported the Publisher file to a PDF the Designer file, which was 100% black now became a CMYK black. Why is this happening?? I've experienced this before as well. 

    Any ideas??


  7. Thanks for your reply. PrePress? Me? As a student at RIT in the 60’s my first part time job was setting Linotype 3 days a week!! I use a lot of targets for press and paper testing as well digital equipment testing. Not the norm I would agree but many others in the printing do for the same reason. I always want a good competitor to Adobe and hope for Affinity to be that. 

    Thanks again for your reply and agree, I think Serif needs to address this issue.



  8. Designer, Photo and even Publisher Beta has issues with importing prepress or print targets. When Importing the app will just freeze at the importing window or if the EPS is imported it is incorrect, missing elements or converts colors such as 100% black to 400% black. If all three programs are going to work in the printing industry these targets must work! I have attached a sample EPS target.

    Something with the core programs must have a problem interpreting the EPS files. I'd be interesting in Serifs thoughts.

    Jim K


  9. I did download Designer best 1.7 (I'm also testing Publisher beta). I still got the same results with the EPS file you sent me. I have attached a screen shot so you can see how the file either opens or places. Also, where 100% black solids are designer "sees" them as 400% black. You can see in the attached images how some things are missing when you compare to the original EPS image I sent you yesterday.

    Let me know what you think and thanks!

    Jim K


  10. V_kyr - thanks for all your help but I solved the issue. Usually when you give a PDF off to a printer (offset or digital) they will add their own profile. What I needed to do was not use a preset (I’ll create my own) and uncheck to “embed profile”. I also unchecked honor spot colors (since I had none) and over print black as I wanted black type at 100% so it would knock out underneath. That work perfectly. If you are handing off the Affinity Designer file (or any Affinity file or folder (Publisher) you can leave a profile. The printer then can change or use the one you selected. I.e. Uncoated sheetfed, etc.

    Anyway, problem solved. I was just use to using Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign and in the very early days Pagemaker and Quark!!!

    Thanks again.


  11. V_kyr - thanks for your reply. I do understand the difference between True black and Rich black. In my case I did set the type to 100% black, C, M, Y at 0%. When I bring the PDF file into Acrobat and check separations - only when the profile is set to Generic CMYK does it show the black at 100%, and CMY at 0%. If I change the profile to, for example, Web coated black is a combination of CMYK. Illustrator does not do that. I’m trying to understand why the values are changing. I know the printer will apply their own profile.



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