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Posts posted by ffca

  1. I have a long document going. I've created a Paragraph Style called "Initial Paragraph" that utilizes the Initial Words feature. That section identifies the first 5 words of the paragraph to take on the formatting of a Character Style that has two simple formats applied: font weight Bold and All Small Caps. 

    However, when I apply "Initial Paragraph", the first 5 words are correctly made Bold, correctly take on All Small Caps, but incorrectly changes the font even though "No Change" is selected in the font section of the Character Style. The font it is changing to happens to be a font that was selected when I first created the document.

    Restarting does not fix the issue.

    The only way to I could get it to work was to specifically select the same Body font of the Paragraph style within the Character style, and then select the desired weight from the "Font Trait" dropdown, as "Font Weight" became greyed out after selecting a Font Family.

    I feel like the issue has to do with the confusing fact that a font's weight can be specified in two locations: Font Weight and Font Trait.

    When I selected "No Change" in Font Family, I had options under Font Weight (such as Extra Bold) that didn't exist in the body font I was using. But when I selected a Font Family (redundantly, since Font Family was already specified at the Paragraph level), its Weight variants appeared under Font Traits.

  2. I created a new 28 page document. My initial Margin settings were far too small, so I updated the Margins on the Master page to the correct size. Then I applied the Master to all pages. Margins all updated accordingly.

    However after saving and restarting, all the Margins on the working pages are back to their initial dimensions. The Margins on the Master page are the new, correct size.

    I'm not sure whether this is a problem with Margins, or whether it's a problem with Publisher remembering that I have applied Master pages.

  3. It seems that when you try to Place a PNG with no color profile in APub, the software does not respect the "Convert opened file to working space" setting. 

    Attached are two unprofiled versions of the same 3D render. One is a JPG and one is a PNG. In a CMYK APub document, when I place the JPG it looks correct. However when I place the PNG the contrast is too low and there's a color shift.

    In contrast, when I try opening the unprofiled PNG directly into a new APub document, the profile was automatically assigned (expected behavior). 


    See initial post here for more info: 



  4. MikeW,

    Thanks for the response. I use Blender for 3D, and it does not assign profiles on export.

    When I open the PNG in APhoto and then change the color space to CMYK, I see what I expected to see in the other programs—a slight shift in values but nothing extreme. After poking around in Designer and Publisher, I think I found the reason. It's because Photo automatically assigns a profile when the image is placed, whereas the other two Serif programs do not because of my preference settings. I had "Convert opened file to working space" disabled in Designer and Publisher.

    Now that I understand this, it looks like Publisher does not honor the "Convert opened files to working space" setting when placing an image.

    I enabled that option, and placed the PNG with the same washed out results, even after restarting Publisher. However when I tried opening the PNG into a new document, the profile was automatically assigned. When I then switched that new document to CMYK space, the conversion was as expected—just a slight shift in colors.

    Do you agree that this is unexpected behavior, and should I make a new post about it?

  5. 1 hour ago, walt.farrell said:

    It may be relevant that the PNG image format  does not support CMYK. But I'm not precisely sure how that should affect your file.

    Hmm maybe that has something to do with it. I never have this problem in InDesign though or other CMYK spaces like Illustrator.

    Your comment prompted me to check the behavior of Affinity Designer, and it shows the same odd rendering. So this is either a bug in code shared by both programs, or it's simply the way Serif intended PNGs to look. But if I didn't know, I would think there's something wrong with my render and make a new version overcompensating for a problem that never existed. So to me that makes it a bug. 

  6. EDIT 2: See updated topic here

    I saved out two versions of the same 3D render. One JPG and one PNG. The scene shows 2 wine bottles on a gray surface.

    I create a new document in AP, in CMYK color space.

    When I place the files into AP, the JPG looks correct but the PNG looks wildly off. Very low contrast and some odd color shifts. If I switch the document to RGB color space, both the JPG and the PNG look the same.

    Linked PNGs seem to be rendering incorrectly in CMYK space, unless there is some hidden setting that is causing the issue.

    Curiously, the preview thumbnail for the page has the opposite problem. It represents the PNG correctly, but gives the JPG a very blue cast. Again the problem is solved when switching the document to RBG space.

    I've attached both images.

    EDIT: After I uploaded both images into the browser, I saw that the version I exported as a JPG (file name PNG_bug.jpg) appears bluish green just like the Thumbnail. Yet on my computer the exported JPG looks neutral gray. So I took a screengrab of what I see in AP, which shows the pretty neutral gray on both the JPG and PNG. Neutral gray is what the scene is supposed to look like. This may shed light on the matter to someone familiar with the color management pipeline.


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  7. I keep color swatch books for all my clients. Coming from Adobe, I can just create a swatch collection for each client and upload to Creative Cloud. Then when I need to work on something for that client I simply load their folder and have all my swatches ready to use.

    I thought I could do the same thing with Affinity's Palette system, but I am running into issues. In order for a Palette to be available to all Affinity programs, I have to make System Palettes. It works, except when it comes to saving Spot colors (I need a set of Pantone colors). When I try to save a Pantone swatch in the System palette, the swatch gets saved to a new Document palette instead. This does me no good because next time I start a new document, I have to go looking for all the swatches.

    Furthermore, I cannot make them Global.

    Am I missing something? Or will I have to create an Application palette each time and export that to import into the other 2 programs every time? That will get annoying if I have to update their color schemes down the road. 

  8. 52 minutes ago, Pebowski said:

    What ffca means is; if you have a master page applied ro a certain page and want to get rid of one of the elements on the normal page (i.e. you want no page number on a certain page, you can click with Ctrll+Shift on this element and make it local for this page, Then you can change it or delete it only for this single page.

    PS: Oh, too slow! ;-)

    Too slow but perfectly correct!

  9. 3 minutes ago, AlainP said:

    I'm not sure if I understand your request correctly, but... If you right-click on a page icon or when a many are selected, and click "Apply Master..." and then select the master page you want and click OK, your master page design will be reflected in all pages.

    This is not what I mean.

    After you apply a Master to all pages, I would like the ability to selectively override those Master Page items on any page it's been applied to.

    For example, if I have a Page Number on the Master Page but I want to delete it on some pages to avoid a conflict with a graphic on those pages.

    Or another example, I have a Master Page set up to define elements in a product line that include 10 variations of a single item. I want to be able to override the Name and change it for each item, change colors, and swap out UPC codes. But overall keep the same basic structure. If I can click on the elements that I want to change, it makes this process fast and easy.

  10. Every item created on a Master Page should be able to be made local on the child page. InDesign handles this by CNTRL+SHIFT+CLICK and I use it in virtually every project.

    The lack of this feature makes Master Pages far less useful. 

    Consider it requested!

    PS: I have purchased everything Serif offers in the Affinity line, really pulling for you guys! Publisher is the last step I need to quit the evil Adobe ecosystem. Thank you for all your efforts!

  11. I understand that a local override to the text formatting would cause the "+" addition to the Paragraph Style, but in this case I am directly editing the parameters of the Paragraph Style itself. Any change made in that way should propagate automatically to all text instances that are already using that style, such as my example.

    Just to be sure, I did select the text block and apply a different paragraph style, then went back to the BulletedList style in question—bullets are still black despite the green Character Style override that is specified within the "Bullets and Numbering" subsection.

  12. Screencast attached.

    I created a Bulleted List Paragraph Style. Then I created a Character Style to control the color of Bullets, turning them green (and dropping font size). I applied the Paragraph style to a text area. The bullets appear, but to not respect the green Character style.

    If I reselect the text area and edit the Paragraph style, navigate to the Bullets area and cycle through the Character styles there, no changes appear in the bullets. However when I tick the "Apply Style to Selection" box and cycle through, the changes finally appear.

    When I click "OK" to accept the changes, the bullets again revert to their prior state, ignoring the Character style once more.

    There appear to be 2 bugs:

    1) Clearly the bulleted list Paragraph Style is failing to implement the Character Style override for the bullets

    2) Shouldn't any changes to the Paragraph Style automatically appear in all text that already has the Paragraph Style applied, regardless of whether the "Apply Style to Selection" box is ticked?

  13. 10 hours ago, MikeW said:

    AI does not respect--cannot import--layers in a PDF.

    Except its own PDFs and that is only if they are saved with "Preserve Editability" or some such setting and then there is a copy of the AI file embedded that AI is actually opening.

    Aside from the AD-->AI compatibility issue(s), the printer should never be using AI to open a client PDF in the first place. It's a barbaric practice from the 1990s.

    Man, I just heard back and they said exactly what I was afraid of—the file is unacceptable. I'm curious what method you think they should be using, maybe I can try to encourage them in that direction.

  14. I am desperately trying to escape Adobe's stranglehold, and purchased Designer as an alternative to Illustrator.

    I create a lot of wine labels. The printer uses Illustrator for all its work, so the files I send need to be readable by Illustrator.

    I need to indicate where the the printers need to emboss, add silkscreen, foil, etc so I organize my AD file into layers. However when I export to PDF, and reopen the file in Illustrator, the entire structure is lost.

    I do see the layers preserved when I open the PDF in Acrobat however, so I find this confusing. Attached are screenshots of AD file, Acrobat view, and a couple in Illustrator showing the single layer will all the separate elements making the file unworkable. Also included is the original AD design file.

    Is this possible to achieve?

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