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  1. Select all, enter "50%" into W or H field ;) I do get what you are saying you want, I'd like to know what use it has? If you are drawing to scale, then just draw at that scale, no?
  2. I had never tried going back to RGB, I see the same as you do - both options are greyed out. No indication of whether it's assigning or converting. I can only assume that is a bug. I'd recommend working in RGB, so your file is not confined to a small gamut, and use a soft proof (layers, adjustment layer) for whatever device you are designing for. Then convert to that on export.
  3. In "Document Setup.." > Colour tab you can choose either "assign" or "convert" Assign is non-destructive - the source colour data is maintained and the new mapping is applied as you view the document (or print it depending on print settings). You have to have a local copy of the profile when viewing the file. Convert is destructive - it changes the source colour data to match the chosen profile directly. You don't need a local copy of the profile after this is done (so you can send someone the resulting file and they won't need the profile file to get the same colours).
  4. While some RGB gamuts do entirely contain the CMYK one, it's not a simple mapping - there is a complex conversion process. This is why you'll see options like 'relative colourmetric', 'absolute colourmetric' and so on. On top of this you'll have a colour profile as well. It's a very complex area, and not one I claim to fully understand. I tend to take the pragmatic approach of 'what is the file for?' You say the client wants it in two colour spaces, what are they doing with them? If one is for print, then the output is down to the printer - I'd be inclined to give them the just the RGB, or maybe ask for the print profile to assign to the document. The other question is how will they be viewing the RGB file? Unless it's purely on some quality monitors that are correctly profiled to match the physical printer, nothing will look exactly the same anyway.
  5. There's an odd behaviour with Designer related to the dpi the document is created at. Make a 300dpi document, and then a 72dpi document - copy paste between them and watch as the object changes size Maybe related to what you are seeing? Try creating your document at different dpi settings and see if it changes anything with the output.
  6. That's a good point, no way of knowing how many people it's put off actually purchasing. I can sort of understand the idea behind a quick toggle between tools, I'm baffled as to why it cannot be a separate key for it and the other shortcuts just stick to selecting the assigned tool.
  7. I think it's a case of the squeaky wheels get the oil. The devs must have a frighteningly long list of requests, so there has to be some way of prioritising things. Three people wanting a change to tool selection probably doesn't register too highly
  8. I agree, there should at least be the option to turn this cycling off. I'm forever dragging things across the canvas when I mean to zoom etc. At least ctrl+z behaves normally lol I did make a feature request for a toggle to turn the behaviour on/off but only one person backed it.
  9. This is correct, I was assuming the question was for assigning a profile but reading it again (properly) I see the OP mentioned converting. When a profile is 'assigned' it maps from the original colour space (say a nice wide RGB gamut). Changing the assigned profile multiple times destroys nothing - the profile still works off the original colour space. When an image is 'converted' to a new profile, the result of that mapping is then set as the original. Subsequent conversions work from that changed set. So if you convert an RGB image to a CMYK profile, the next conversion (or assignment) will be working from that smaller CMYK gamut rather than the full RGB original. This is my understanding, I have been known to be wrong at times
  10. From what I understand ICC profiles are simply a mapping which sit between the source file and the output device (be it a screen, printer etc.) They don't change the file in the way that saving in a different colour space would therefore they should be non-destructive. It's more like a tag to say "take this file and process it this way" rather than "change all the colour properties of this file"
  11. If you are looking to create your own profiles the colormunki photo is a good option. By using custom profiles you also take into account the environment the printer is in, and if things drift you can just re-run the calibration. I found with my printer the difference between the printer's default and a custom profile was minimal, but it does make a difference. Whether it's worth the cost and effort is another question
  12. The profile name suggests it's for a different printer (rx590). My understanding is a profile has to be for the exact model and paper being used.
  13. As per this thread: Please can we have a toggle for the toggle behaviour of the tool selection
  14. I hadn't realised the irony of it, but you are right... I think I'll name the feature request "tool toggle toggle" I saw the cat tool, but assumed it was something to do with concatenation (like the Linux cat command). I guess one of the devs had a bit of spare time lol.
  15. That face pretty much sums up my feelings on how this works I can't see any logic to it, I'll often zoom in, pan around, work with the layers window, then I'll hit 'z' and drag to zoom - ah nope, I've drawn a nice large box over everything I've checked the cheat sheet - 'z' is for 'zoom', hmm... The question is, can this toggle be turned off? Barry
  16. Hmm, interesting.. I'm on Windows and it definitely cycles back to the previous tool if I press the key assigned to the tool I'm currently on. If you press 'm' once, then 'v' and then 'v' again do you have the select tool remain active or does it go back to the shape tool?
  17. Hi all, I've developed a bad habit in "the other software" of hitting the key for the tool I want as I go to use it, regardless of whether it's the current tool or not. With Affinity Designer this is now causing me problems, as I if have for example the Pen tool active and I want to use it, I'll hit the 'P' key and go to use what I think is the pen, but it will now be whatever I had selected prior to the pen. It's driving me crazy I've tried searching for an answer but haven't found anything, does anyone know of a way to stop this cycling back to previous tool behaviour? Thanks, Barry
  18. I've noticed this too. I had some AI documents set up with elements set to actual size. Copy-pasting the elements from AI > AD resulted in different sizing. Matching the DPI of the AD document to the AI doc was the only way I found to get the sizing correct. I've only been using AD a few weeks though, so maybe there is another solution. As a vector process, in theory the DPI really shouldn't matter - something Xmm should always be Xmm, but it seems that AD is using the DPI in it's display calculations somewhere. Barry
  19. The problem there is that I loose the controls of the colour profiles, maybe assigning the profile to the document carries over to Adobe Acrobat Reader, I'll have to try. Opening in Illustrator would work for sure, but that defeats the purpose of trying to switch to Designer. There's a lot to like about Designer and I don't want to be too down on it, but the printing output is maybe just a little too far behind the competition right now to be able to fully switch to it. I'm loosing the ability to control the lpi of the output, not able to print duplex or even run out a multi-page document without having to stay attached to the computer and click print for each page. It does seem that development is at a good pace though, so hopefully someday soon I'll be able to go 100% over to it. I'm keen to drop the CC $ubscription.
  20. Thanks Carl, I did see that option, just was hoping there was a way to print the 'document'. I'm a very lazy individual If that's the only way to handle multiple pages, then proper duplex printing is definitely not possible, right? Apart from printing a batch of side one, reloading the paper and then printing side two. Barry
  21. In Designer, I'm trying to set up a document with two pages for print, this is what I am doing.. File > New > [Type: Print, Size: A4, Create Artboard: Checked] Choose artboard tool, click "Insert Artboard" I now have two A4 pages in the document. On the first page, add text "P1", on the second page add text "P2". File > Print > [Range: document, uncheck auto rotate, set to portrait, fit type scale, 100%, ensure that printer is set to A4] > OK I only get one page out of the printer containing the second half of P1 and the first half of P2. The print preview in Designer shows this as the output, and indeed it does print like it. It doesn't matter what I try, different printers, drivers, duplex on or off, Designer will put every page (artboard) in the design document onto a single printed page. I would expect two sheets to come out (or one duplex if set). I'm on windows 10, Designer version from the Windows Store. Am I just going about this the wrong way? I would assume that using an artboard per page is the correct approach, but maybe I'm missing something here? Thanks. Barry
  22. In general it does seem that Designer is atypical in it's text handling - everything from a physical book to a printing press to other design software treat the y origin of text as the baseline, and space according to the metrics of the font - which accounts for the ascender/descender etc. even when the word or line in question doesn't feature any of those characters. Using a tight bounding box to the actual contents is a bit odd. Carl, thank you for your input - it never crossed my mind to try all caps, I've now got an AutoHotkey script that changes the case, aligns vertically and changes the case back. One key press, happy days. You've saved me hours! Barry
  23. Hi MEB, I'm working with files that are generated elsewhere, they come in with separate text elements. I guess I'll have some manual work to do, either copying into a text frame, or adjusting positions. Thinking out loud, it would be fantastic if the 'Draw' persona worked off the text baselines (like a page layout package would), and the 'Pixel' persona used the pixel bounds. Thanks again, Barry
  24. Well, it seems I should not try and test these things whilst rushing to get other jobs done... On further testing of this it's only matching the baselines when side-by-side (horizontal), the vertical snapping is still based off the pixel bounds not the baseline. The image shows what I get - it snaps to the even spacing between the descending 'g', which is below the baseline of the text. For proper alignment the 'D' from the centre line should be equidistant to the 'N' in the lines above and below. Also, how would I evenly distribute more than three items? It seems the distribute tool is the only way, but it needs a baseline option? Regards, Barry
  25. Hi MEB, Thanks for your reply and the welcome. That does the trick Well, on the default setting it only snapped to the pixel bounds, but changing the preset to "Page layout with objects" made it snap to the baselines. While I have your expert knowledge.. any ideas on duplex printing? I've tried asking in another thread and put a feature request. Not sure if it's genuinely not possible, or if again I'm just missing something.. (having experimented further, it's actually not just duplex related, having two artboards doesn't even print two pages - it just forces half of each onto a single page from the printer even with duplex turned off). Thanks, Barry
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