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  1. Thanks... will do. I will report back - but I'm not going to know until I next send this particular file to the printers (maybe in a month or so - we rotate the advertisements). It's not happening with anything else, although I will use PDFX-4 across the board from now on. 🙂
  2. I'm just going to treat it as one of life's little mysteries. If it happens again, I'll try to work out what the common factor was. The only different about that particular white text to the white text at the bottom was the text effect. The shadow. I'll look at other files to see if the blend mode is different - that's the only remaining thing I can think of.
  3. OK, thanks everyone. No PDFs embedded in any way in the file I sent. All text is just that - text. The 4 cover images were jpg. And everything else was drawn in Designer. I'll try the export option you suggest. Weird that this is the only one this happens with. 😞 Alison
  4. I have rung them this morning about something different and got to talk to them to find out when the problem was occurring... apparently, they put the file into InDesign to do their pre-print process, and that's when it shows the white background. I basically get a white rectangle the size of the text box containing white text and a black surround. I've saved the PDF settings as a preset as I use them all the time. Sending it as a TIFF enables them to print, but I'd still like to know how to avoid it. I have access to InDesign through a third-party and I'm going to ask if it would be OK to try it out. 🙂 I think they'll say OK... hope so. Any tips gratefully received. Alison JoinACCU-2.pdf
  5. Hi guys. I've created a cover for a journal I typeset. It has some words in white text on a transparent background overlaid on a blue background. It looks fine in Designer. It looks fine in the PDF I generate to send to the printer. BUT the proof I get back from the printer has a white box (background) around the words. The transparency is ignored. I don't know if this is a one-off anomaly or whether I'm missing some setting somewhere. The only way we've got round it is for me to export the cover as an image, not a PDF. On the same advert is another area (down the bottom) with white text set on a blue background - and that works fine. The only thing I can think of is the effects on the upper text. It's not a big deal in this case, but I would like to understand why it isn't working so I don't keep making the same mistake. If I could see a difference here, I could play with settings until I fix the problem - but all looks fine at this end. It even prints OK on my own printer. Thanks in advance for any tips/pointers... Alison
  6. Hmmm... I also find that misleading. From other apps, I think of paragraph formatting as being indents, leading, fonts, etc applied to the whole paragraph (and I can't normally change leading at a character level, although I can raise or lower individual characters). I think I need to play some more. As I started by saying, it's possibly me trying to use workflows I've learned from other applications. 🙂
  7. No, not mathematical. If it's inheriting 12pt from its parent ("no style"), it wouldn't be +12pt in the same way that if the parent style had italics set and the current style (body, for example) had "no change", I wouldn't expect to see "body + italics". I'm not going to worry about it any more... I had 12.6 for most styles body styles, and I'd expected 105% for headings, but I'd lost the link to Base (now restored). I can't remember now whether I'd resized a frame using its outer handle or not... certainly not deliberately, but it's impossible to be 100% certain that I didn't accidentally drag that slightly. Now I know about the "T" option, I can live with that. I've also found that if a style INSISTS on picking something I don't want (another brand new document kept adding "+ Default paragraph style" to Body... if I cleared everything and reapplied Body, it came back!), I can change it to "No character style" then update the paragraph style. It's an annoying extra step, but I can live with it. Thanks again for all the help and suggestion. It is very much appreciated. 🙂
  8. Thank you, Thomaso. That's the bit I was missing... I hadn't spotted the T icon! Thank you so much! I've reapplied the style so many times...! 🙂 Maybe that's the problem... the leading is defined in the Base and is set to 105% and at one point Heading Styles was based on Base. At some point, I've managed to lose that link. But if they are based on No Style and it has 12 pt set, that explains why it IS 12pt, but not why it's + 12pt. They did clear when I chose to "Apply Heading 1 to Paragraphs and Clear Character Style" but I don't know why they were there in the first place. I didn't want to send the whole magazine, so I just sent the one page. 🙂 I also hadn't realised that "No Style" actually had a specification attached - although I suppose it's obvious it needs something to display. I'll re-attach my heading styles to Base... although that doesn't account for the Body styles that did the same thing in another document, and they were definitely attached to Base. I have a feeling it's user error - I just haven't yet worked out what! Thanks again.
  9. It's doing it again. I attach a very small document. The text frame was added to the page, the style set and I started typing. The heading style has a 12pt leading applied that I can't remove. It also (magically) had a character outline that wasn't specified in any of the levels of the styles (Base, Heading Styles or Heading 1) , and a few other character bits that I had never specified, but that vanished when I reapplied the Heading 1 style. It's not a huge issue, but the whole point of styles from my perspective is that my document is consistent throughout, and one edition to the next is also consistent. I just can't work out where the + Leading: 12pt is coming from. I'm happy to be told I'm doing something wrong... I just need to know where. And it would be REALLY useful to be able to remove all style overrides and reapply a paragraph style without them... removing any paragraph overrides (such as leading) as well as any character overrides. Thanks in advance for any help, Alison Test.afpub
  10. Thanks again, Walt. It hadn't dawned on me to check character styles for leading. I've tried the "clear character formatting" option and that doesn't do anything. I may deliberately set something else, then go back (same as I did with the paragraphs).
  11. Thanks guys... both useful. 🙂 If I notice the error almost immediately (I've changed the image when I meant to resize the frame), I correct it by undoing. It's when I don't notice straight away, have worked another day or so on the magazine, and I get the error pop-up in the preflight checks that this option is useful. The amounts of stretch/squash are usually small (or I would have spotted it at the time)... but sometimes I'm so focused on one part of an image that I don't notice I've negatively affected some smaller part until later. My usual fix is to replace the image... if I have it (which I do, 90% of the time), but I may have to redo any corrections I made to it. The "original size" button is the thing I was looking for. It's useful to see how much of a difference it makes visually and whether it's worth worrying about.
  12. I'm jumping into this thread because I have a similar problem, and I'm not 100% sure that it's not just my lack of understanding. I've just set up the template for a new journal. I want to be able to apply a style (e.g. "Body") and choose to apply it without any style overrides (so just "Body", no "+") but I can't seem to get rid of some of the +. Each article in my publication is in a set of connected frames, but there are no connections between articles. Articles are sent to me in all sorts of ways (email, Word documents, etc). I'm copying/pasting in the text (I missed the "Paste Special" option initially) and inherited the look from the source. Not a problem, as I thought I could just apply the style. I've found 2 (related) issues: The pasted text was going into the document showing the "style" of the paragraph it was pasted into, but with the look of the source document (a lot of "+"). To get away from this, I tried applying the style I wanted again. I even tried applying the style and clearing character formatting... but it didn't get me back to a clean look. So I changed the style completely (to a heading, for example) then back to Body... and that worked! For one of the articles, I can't get rid of the "+"... but I'm not sure it really exists! See screenshot below. I have checked the Base, Body Styles and Body, and the leading is NOT set to 13 pt anywhere. It's set in Base at 105% (which in the Paragraph panel shows as 12.6 pt for the same paragraph that the Text Styles tool shows as a + 13 pt (I accept it might be rounding, but why the +?) and then cascades down. I can't see that there should be a +? (I had it happen with another - it had + for a lot of what I would consider to be paragraph settings... indents and so on... but applying the style and clearing the character-level formatting removed them... just not this one!) For this particular edition, it's not hugely important... it "looks" OK, and the articles are on separate pages so very minor differences (as this is) are not likely to be noticed... if they really exist at all. 🙂 I just want to understand what I'm doing wrong and how to correct it in future as I'm possibly lucky that the changes are relatively minor. Thanks in advance, Alison
  13. I've come to Affinity Publisher from Serif PagePlus - and am looking for a feature I found useful there. If I had inadvertently resized an image and changed its proportions, I could see the "percentage of original size" so I could put it back without a lot of trial and error. Is there such a feature? Thanks in advance, Alison
  14. Great - thanks. 🙂 I'd already exported my custom palettes (the correct ones) to import onto my laptop ready for when working away from home, so I should be OK. I'd rather have to recreate the dozen or so colours I may be missing than have to live with the mess I've currently got (I tried creating a palette from the document, and ended up with a lot of duplicates... or so they seem to the naked eye, anyway). I'd looked in Preferences and Colours... didn't think of Miscellaneous.
  15. I was busy creating swatches from a colour palette in a style guide and realised as I finished that I'd added them to the "greys". It's not the end of the world, and I've since added the colours to their own palette... but I would quite like to be able to get back to the default for Greys (I've now put the newly created set in its own area). I can't find any "restore defaults" option or any way of deleting a swatch from a palette. Does anyone know? Alison
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