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  1. Hello, I'm a beginner, making progress but slowly. I'm getting better at making selections, masks and layers but keep having the following problem. I'm working on a photo that was taken in terrible lighting conditions. Seascape, sea, islands far out and sky. I have made separate selections for the sky, the sea and all the land (foreground and islands). There are in separate layers with corresponding adjustments and each, separately, looks fine. However, when I view all together, there are "halos" between the sky and sea and sky and land. Is there a way that I can either avoid it in the first place or fix it now? I have looked through the book and tried many things but simply can't find anything that works. Best regards to all, Robin
  2. This is amazing input Dave. Thanks. I noticed that, if I select Crop Marks, then the preset goes away. But this is only the beginning. It is a small book I am making myself and have been worrying about which colour space to use etc. Which ICC profile etc. I will (come the time) be using fairly high quality inkjet photo paper and have the ICC profiles for these papers with the printer I will be using (Canon PRO-100). But there are so many links in the chain: camera colour spaces, what happens within Affinity Photo, then Publisher, then when I convert to PDF for printing, then the final printing. Is there any publication that can help me keep all this colour management straight? And what about the dpi (or ppi)? I was planning to print a few test images at different dpi (on the paper I plan to use) and then see if I can tell any difference. Thanks, Robin
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    Missing fonts

    I followed the suggestion in a reply I got; copied the text into Notepad, then copied from Notepad back into Publisher, then set the font I wanted. That worked fine. Publisher is fantastic. My problem is that I am new to this entire area and do NOT have any book that can explain things to me. I hope that Serif brings out a book like the one for Photo. Actually, even that is not quite enough. For someone like me (new to the entire area) I need more than a book that tells me how to use certain features. I, first, need a book that tells me what features might help me solve a problem I have. I recall when I was still a mathematician. I was telling an academic colleague about some consulting I was doing with a computer company. He was envious and said "Let me know if they have any integral equations to solve." I replied "Industry never has integral equations to solve. In fact they never have mathematical problems to solve. They have 'problems'. They don't know that they may be mathematical ones. It is the job of the mathematician to decide if there is any mathematics that can help and, if so, to do it - no matter what it is." So, I got fantastic help from someone who suggested I use a Gaussian (Gauss was a mathematician) blur. My problem was not being able to find a Gaussian FX. It was so much more fundamental. It was in knowing that a Gaussian blur would solve my problem. Sadly, that's the level that I am at. People like yourself are enormously helpful to me but I keep worrying that I am so stupid with my questions that I am wasting your time. Cheers, Robin
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    Missing fonts

    Great idea Walt. I copied the text into Notepad then, from there, back into Publisher and saved as a new file. No error message when opening it! Good. However, the Font Manager claims there is Arial (not ArialMT) but, on location, it is NOT Arial at all. So, still something strange but at least I don't get the error massage anymore. Where would I be without the Forum and people like you?! Thanks, Robin
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    Missing fonts

    Hello Walt, The document was set up in Publisher but a lot of the text was copied and pasted from a (very similar) PagePlusX9 document. There have been so many changes since - all in Publisher - that I cannot say for sure if the text, that the Font Manager sends me to, originated in Publisher or in PagePlusX9. I suppose I could try deleting it all and retyping it. Cheers, Robin
  6. Additional input. My comment about the preset PDF (for print) was incorrect. I had tried it on part of the document and it did fine. However, I have now tried it on the entire document and, while one part was fine, another part (one that had been fine before) was now very faded. Sorry for the confusion. I cannot bypass the PDF stage as I need to send a pdf file to an editor. So getting a pdf that looks like what I see in Publisher, is important. Sincerely, Robin
  7. Hello, I am experiencing strange behaviour with images exported as a PDF. I also need to have crop marks and registration marks. The biggest problem is with images when I export as a PDF. Some of the images, but NOT all, come out very faded. Some are jpgs, some tiffs, all use the same ICC profile and the same color space. It is much better if I use the PDF (for print) preset. However, when I use that I can't get crop marks and this is essential for my purpose. Firstly, I don't understand why some of the images come out fine and others don't. Can anyone explain? Secondly, is there a way that I can get the equivalent of what happens with the "for print" preset but with crop marks? Thanks, Robin
  8. Hello, I get a message saying that ArialMT is missing. Then, in the Font Manager, I select that entry and use the Locate button. It takes me to a text box. This is when I get confused. The Font Manager says that Palatino Linotypre was used as a substitution for the ArialMT. However, when I examine the text box that I had been taken to, ALL the text is Book Antiqua (or so the Character Panel says), which happens to be the font I wanted. I have not, consciously, used ArialMT anywhere in the document. I have the following problem: Is the entire issue a bug and so I should just ignore it? Have I, without knowing it, used ArialMT somewhere but the Font Manager has given me the wrong location, in which case, I better scan the entire document to find the offending ArialMT? Is the font in the text block actually ArialMT, even though the Character Panel says it is Book Antiqua, in which case there is a bug in the Character Panel? Any ideas? Sincerely, Robin
  9. Utterly brilliant!! I have been struggling with this problem for over a year (PhotoPlus, PagePlus, then Photo and Publisher). You have solved the problem for me. Many, many thanks. I hope there will be a book for Publisher. The one for Photo is very helpful indeed. Robin
  10. Hello, I responded immediately but now think that I did not do it the correct way and you may not have received my reply. Any assistance in helping me get a round-cornered rectangular transparency box would be great. Cheers, Robin Transparency test.afpub
  11. To Old Bruce, Thanks. I'll remember that one. From now on, in moments of despair, I will say to myself "Never mind, I had the chance to have something in common with Mark Twain." Robin
  12. Thanks for the comments. My problem (not well described I'm afraid) was not just getting the page numbers (I had done that as you suggest) but in defining the starting page. I have several pages of acknowledgements, copyright info, etc. and the story starts on page 6. However, I want that page to be considered as page 1. I did this fine in PPX9 but can't find out how to do it in Publisher. I have also looked at the section manager and notice that I can ADD to the initial count (so that, if I enter 10 then page 6 becomes page 16) however, I can't put in a negative number say -5 in which case page 6 would become page 1 - which is just what I want. But I'll keep trying. I am desperately trying to get the story to an editor by the end of the month but am experiencing too many setbacks. (The latest makes the text fuzzy! I can't send that to an editor.) Cheers, Robin
  13. Hello, I have just installed - and all the text is fuzzy. I am using several fints: Courier New, Freehand591 BT, Book Antiqua, Andulus, and Palatino Linotype. Some text is (now) almost unreadable. Is there a magic fix, can I go back to the previous version (which did not have this problem), when is the next version coming out? Cheers, Robin
  14. Hello, I have a story with photos on every page. Parts of the photos are made transparent so that text, which is on top of the photo, is readable. When I export as a PDF for printing purposes, the transparency is not handled well. I believe that the appropriate PDF standard to accomplish this is the VT standard. Are there plans to support this PDF standard? If not, does anyone know a work around that I might use? At this point in time, I simply don't know how to control the transparency from Publisher (where it is great) to the PDF. Sincerely, Robin McLeod
  15. This is a fantastic tool and I am using it a lot in a book where text is on top of a photo and I need to lighten (make more transparent) the photo under the text so that I can see it clearly. There is, however, one additional shape I would like, a rectangle. The text blocks are rectangular and I would like to be able to have a rectangular (actually, a rectangle with curved corners) transparency shape. Currently, I have to use an elliptical shape. Great product. Thanks, Robin