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  1. Ok, so I started by resetting Windows Colour Management to sRGB as per @- S -'s linked post. Opened Designer and created a new document. The colour profile was set for ROMM RGB!!?? Checked Designer prefs and the RGB Colour Profile is set for sRGB. Closed that doc and started fresh again resetting the colour profile to sRGB in the new doc dialogue. Then I took @firstdefence's advice and used the RGB sliders at 0,0,0 to draw a lovely black box, added a new layer, set the sliders to 256,256,256 and did a little scribble. Now that is black & white! Re-opened my org chart thingy and now it looks the same in Designer as in the exported PDF. Just for giggles I went back to my scribble, changed to the HSL wheel, dialled in a red and then upped the luminosity to 100. Looks the same as my 256 RGB. So it appears the issue was Windows Colour Management all along. I vaguely remember trying a profile from somewhere off the web for my cheap-ass Acer but I thought I'd reset that ... obviously not! All seems to be good now. Thank you all for your efforts in helping me track this down.
  2. No idea Pretty much a newb to Designer and was just trying to mock up a quick design. More interested in the structure than the colours at that stage. So grabbed the tool/s made some shapes and went "yeah, that'll do". Then created a PDF to send via email to get some feedback and went "huh?"
  3. @- S - will have to try your suggestions tonight ... at work now. Including the obvious: did you try opening a blank document?? ... Doh!
  4. @firstdefence ... right, so your PDF at least looks like what I'm seeing in Designer. But as @R C-R pointed out I'm actually working with a colours with 0% saturation (don't ask me how I did this - newbie mistake with the colour wheel I imagine) so shouldn't it be grey? Had one more play following @R C-R's post and went back and changed some of my 0% saturated colours to some very saturated (and garish) colours (see attached). I would say the fuchsia and purple/blue is acceptably similar between the two. The white is definitely not white though! Enough for tonight. Will check in tomorrow. Thanks again all.
  5. 100%. Only 1 file with that name and I just opened it again (directly from Widows Explorer) to check. Looks exactly the same in Designer as what I posted earlier. Wasn't my intention to go with 0% saturation but I was just playing with an outline rather than worrying about the colours. The bizarre thing is that the preview pane in Windows Explorer shows it desaturated too (see attached)! Enough for tonight. Bedtime here in Aus. Thanks for the replies.
  6. @firstdefence, Thanks for the reply. For PDF export I just did File -> Export and selected PDF (for print). I tried for web too, just to make sure the print version was trying to convert to CMYK or something. Files attached ... cloudCOLOUR-TEST.pdf cloudCOLOUR-TEST.afdesign
  7. Hi all, Probably a really obvious error on my part but the colours shown in Designer are not coming out the same when exported to PDF. I realise my system is not calibrated but I can't understand why there is a difference when viewing the working document and the exported document on the same screen? See attached which is a screen grab of the open PDF sitting in front of Designer's workspace. Any help appreciated.
  8. Thanks v_kyr ... but you're hurting my brain This is enough for me:
  9. Hi firstdefence, No, I haven't tried any other software. I'm too cheap to spend money on something like Vuescan when I can get NAPS2 for free! So from that screen grab you posted does that mean I should be able to scan at 1200 dpi? I'm not sure what Interpolated scan resolution and Scan resolution from ADF refer to???
  10. Ok, so I've had another look at NAPS2 and have been able to get it to spit out a 600DPI Tiff ... even though 1200 was appearing in the options my scanner is limited to 600 so that may have had something to do with it defaulting to 200 ... who knows. Anyway, I still had a similar issue. After completing the scan if I zoomed in while previewing in NAPS2 the scan looks excellent. When I save as tiff I'm seeing pixelation. The properties of that tiff tell me it's 600DPI and the quality was the best so far ... but still not as good as when viewing in NAPS2. Shouldn't it be the same? Tiff is lossless right? Anyway, I thought I'd try saving as a png, just for the heck of it ... and guess what? Perfect! I can't see a difference between the saved png and the preview in NAPS2. So, I don't know why, but there's something weird going on with saving to Tiff from NAPS2 on my machine. PNG, however, works perfectly. Thanks again Walt for pointing me back to the source of the issue.
  11. Hi Walt , Don't be sorry. I now have one more piece of information. So either I haven't got the settings right in NAPS2 or there is some kind of incompatibility with my scanner. I'll investigate further what's going on with the initial scan as I'd imagine AP has no issues importing a 1200DPI Tiff. Stew
  12. Hi, I'm a relative newb to Affinity Photo but have some photo editing experience with Photoshop & others. The issue I'm having is with scanning an image at the highest resolution for editing in AP. I have a Brother Ds-720D and am using NAPS2 as the scanner software on a Windows 10 machine. I am scanning at 1200 DPI. Scanned images when viewed in NAPS2 when zoomed to the extreme (1000%) show almost no sign of pixelation. When I try to export in any photo image format - png, jpeg or tiff - the output file is quite pixelated. Viewing the file properties of the exported file shows it's reduced the image to 200DPI. From what I can see I've set the NAPS2 preferences for the highest quality output. So ... I tried exporting as PDF and the output file when viewed using Adobe Reader with extreme zoom (1000%) looks identical to the image as viewed in NAPS2. Ok, so now I seem to be getting somewhere ... However, when I try to open the PDF in Affinity Photo the maximum DPI I can select for the import is 400. If I go with that setting the imported PDF is significantly better than the tiff import but is still quite a bit more pixelated than viewing the PDF in Adobe Reader. [example below with the AP import on top with the Adobe Reader view below] BTW, I've set the View Quality setting in AP to Bilinear (Best Quality), so that is not the issue. Is there any way to import my PDF at 120DPI? If not, can anyone suggest a better way to get the highest quality scan into AP? The image is a crusty old, low-quality set of four snaps from a photo booth (yeah, a real one) from when my wife & I first started dating over 20 years ago. We'd like to crop the four images, clean them up somewhat and blow up prints from them. I realise they'll always look like low-quality photos and I'm happy to roll with those artefacts. What I want to try to avoid is adding additional processing artefacts. Hope you can help. Cheers, Stew

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