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  1. Hi all, I'm still on v1.8.3.641 as it's a production tool and I'd rather not worry about potential new bugs. I've now run into a particular font that won't boolean add (union) on some ligatures. Can someone please test the attached file to see if it works on the latest version? I've no way to roll back, so I don't want to update if it's still broken on there. Thanks! boolean-add.afdesign
  2. I'm not at a computer so I can't view the profile, but seeing it called "scannerprofile" makes me think it could be an RGB type with a wide gamut, which could explain why nothing in your document is falling outside of it. Soft proof is an on screen version of a hard proof - so the profile should be that of an output device. I can't see why you would use a scanner profile here (unless of course the file name is a red herring).
  3. I'm not at a computer so I can't look at the specific files, but the root of the issue is probably those online converters you are using. As another person pointed out, they don't use colour management so are in no way accurate. The range of CMYK colours is completely within the RGB range, with only some of the RGB being outside of what CMYK can achieve. Unless you are working with colours that are outside the CMYK gamut you won't see much difference. That is probably why you've not noticed much change before. If on your working file (the one you exported from to send to print) you add a soft proof adjustment layer at the top of the layer stack, with the fogra39 profile you should see that the document on screen matches your print (or close to it, depending on your screen's accuracy). This should always be turned off prior to print/export.
  4. This is going to sound harsh, so I apologise in advance, but the truth is you need to do some reading on the topic of colour management.
  5. Colour calibration is done through specialist software/hardware. Essentially you place a device on your screen and the software flashes up lots of pre-defined colours, reads what actually shows on the screen and calculates the adjustments - this is then saved as an ICC profile which gets applied at the operating system level. All you will need to with the screen's adjustment settings is put everything to default and set the brightness to match ambient levels. The calibration software does the rest.
  6. There's a behind-the-scenes colour space, known as the "profile connection space" (this is either CIE Lab or CIE xyz). When a profile is used, the conversions are done via this space, so in this instance the RGB data is moved first into Lab/xyz and then through the GRACoL profile into it's CMYK space. This happens in the soft proof and also when exporting the final file, hence the two match as they do exactly the same conversions.
  7. I don't have Photo, but is it not similar to Designer - can the source document not be left as RGB (with the necessary soft proof adjustment layer), and then on export be converted to CMYK with that ICC profile embedded?
  8. You are starting with one hand tied behind your back. I'd leave your working file in RGB, apply the GRACoL as a soft proof adjustment layer and make your edits to adjust for the colour difference, then turn off the soft proof and export to whatever format required applying the GRACoL profile. Of course, with an uncalibrated screen what you'll end receiving from the printers will be a mystery until you open the box
  9. You either need user permissions to install the fonts directly, or you'll have to persuade IT to let you have a font manager application. SkyFonts is pretty good, links with the main font providers and you can use Google fonts for free.
  10. Soooo, yeah, just being the bearer of bad news today... Any files you've saved won't open in an earlier version (I think it's just the point releases, so v1.8.xxx won't open in v1.7.xxx).
  11. Afraid not, initially it was said to be, but it's actually a design decision and was purposefully changed to behave as it now does. Somewhere in Serif Towers a developer looked at the huge list of user requests, and then decided to work on changing the alignment behaviour
  12. I don't quite understand the IngramSpark approach with that - the TAC is easily controlled by the colour profile. They should just be providing you with a profile to apply that is configured for the specifics of their press.
  13. This is something that keeps coming up, personally I think all of the blend modes and FX etc should only be accessible from the "pixel persona" so it's obvious that the file will no longer be purely vector. However that's not how it is, so you just have to be mindful of what you are doing.
  14. If you want to keep everything as vectors, then you have to avoid using any layer blend modes or layer effects. These trigger rasterisation on export so will result in simple bitmaps when opened in Illustrator. I don't think there are any other things to trip you up. As for pdf/svg there's not much in it, but you can embed fonts in the pdf if you are working on the file on a different machine.
  15. Glad that you brought it up with the relevant people at least @Dan C. For me it doesn't read that way, maybe because I do design for print, and then I hit "print"
  16. @R C-R I've seen people with MacOS say both that they can get CMYK and the opposite. Problem is that drivers are good at mapping cmyk primaries, so just printing those four blocks usually works out. More complex mixes are where it falls apart, and people testing it are trying to judge by eye. Unfortunately I don't have MacOS. Serif do, maybe one day they will produce a definitive printing guide. It's funny how the marketing department see how end-to-end CMYK and proper ICC support is important, but the software doesn't have it (on Windows at least) and maybe has it on MacOS but no one really knows
  17. In that case it should all be purely vector, so you don't need to worry about dpi. The only thing it might affect is the "native" size, but it's trivial for the printers to scale it as necessary.
  18. @R C-R it's not worded too clearly, but unfortunately it's the same on MacOS as Windows - you have to go via a PDF and print from elsewhere (albeit on MacOS you seemingly don't need any further software installed).
  19. @boza247 In the layers panel, are any of them labelled as "Pixel" or "Image"? Also, do any of them have a small "fx" icon on there?
  20. This is wrong. The camera profile's only function is to convert the raw colour data into the PCS (either Lab or XYZ). This is then used to generate the document profile as a standard type (e.g. sRGB). You've not said what colour space your printer profile is - the reason I asked is because Affinity DOES NOT WORK with CMYK profiles. Despite what they claim in their sales copy.
  21. @Dan C I think that's the article you linked to :) @DKRooms Which OS are you on? What colour space is your printer profile in?
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