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William Overington

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  1. Well, some time ago I read about indian languages in part of The Unicode Standard. It is very interesting but i know that I do not know enough about it to be able to carry put a test nor, even if i could carry out a test, enough to know if the test has worked. One woukd need an appropriate OpenType font. So I have put forward an idea. If someone who knows how to encode some test text as Unicode characters and could judge whether the output from Microsoft Edge is what is wanted, and someone (who may but need not be the same person) can reference a free font, I would be happy to participate in producing the svg file and run the test if requested. But someone might be able to do the test themself and it might be that it needs a proprietary font that I do not have. I have just put forward the idea as a possibilty that may or may not work. If it works, it might be of practical usefulness in some circumstances. William
  2. If some readers want to try it we may be able to work out the typesetting as a group effort, people contributing the bits they know about. William
  3. Some readers may remember that a while ago we managed to get some designs produced using Affinity Designer with colour fonts, even though Affinity does not at present support colour fonts. This was by exporting a graphic design that included text typeset in a colour font as an svg file, without converting the text to curves, then displaying the svg graphic using Microsoft Edge, then gathering a Print Screen image. I am just wondering if that would work, monochrome, for Indian language support. I don't know enough about Indian language support to try it myself. Is it worth a try? It might work, it might not. It would depend on how well the Browser supports OpenType and having a suitable font. If it works, it might have some uses, probably not for a novel, but might be good for a birthday card. Whether it woud be good for a one page print of a poem amongst artwork might be borderline. If the technique works at all. Maybe it will, maybe it won't. Is it worth trying? William
  4. So it is four rectangles, each with no stroke, filled with colour to place them correctly using the Transform Panel, then filled white, then everything grouped, copy and paste into the 22 page Affinity Publisher A5 document. Produce the PDF document. Upload it to the Viking Virtual Print House website and configure it as a Paperback Book, printed in colour, with the front cover and back cover in the file. Then have a look at the preview. Only a faux book at present to get the layout correct, placeholder text in a few pages and the one picture, but I seem to be getting there. William
  5. Well, if I have drawn a closed freehand vector shape, for example, the green one selected in the picture. Since posting I have now realized what I want to do. It is not clear to me from the description if the vector crop tool will do it. But I am not an expert in using Affinity software. Using measurement in pixels (I like using pixel measurements) The upper left corner of the canvas is at (0, 0). The lower right corner of the canvas is at (1571, 2171) or maybe (1570, 2170) but the difference is not important here. What I want to do is draw on top of the original artwork an unfilled rectangle (or filled if that helps) with its upper left corner at (36, 36) and its width 1500 and its height 2100. I can do that using the Rectangle Tool and then get the precise position and size by entering numbers in the Transform panel. In fact, I have just done that a few minutes ago. Now I want to extract a vector image 1500 wide by 2100 high from within that rectangle. But I don't know how to do it. I had the rectangle highlighted and it wiped, at least from display, everything that was outside the canvas, but I tried copying and pasting to a new document, A5 in size, but I just got the empty rectangle. Going back to what I wrote earlier in this post. Well, if I have drawn a closed freehand vector shape, for example, the green one selected in the picture. Now that shape has nodes and none of them are where the outline of the shape crosses the crop line, so I am wondering if Affinity Designer by some internal process produces a new vector shape that follows the original curve within the rectangle and also puts a flat edge where the original green shape intersects with the rectangle, such that the new shape has no part of it outside the rectangle. Is it possible to do a crop using a precisely located shape or is it only hand drawn selection areas please? William
  6. Some time ago I produced some original vector artwork using Affinity Designer. This is 1571 pixels wide by 2171 pixels high, 300 pixels per inch. Intended as 5 inches by 7 inches with a 3 mm bleed area on each edge. The purpose, which worked fine, was to export a jpg file to upload to the Papier website and use the file to produce what is marketed as a custom photo greetings card, send it to myself, and frame it in a frame (marketed as a photo frame) that had been delivered with my grocery order. I am now wanting to produce an A5 PDF document that includes an illustration showing the image on the card, yet using vector artwork in the PDF document, not a bitmap illustration. The PDF document being produced using Affinity Publisher as I am hoping to add, on a separate page of the PDF document, some descriptive text about the image. Here is a part of a Print Screen image of the original artwork. Please note that the shapes and watercolour brush marks all go outside the canvas. So what I want is the area 1500 pixels by 2100 pixels extracted from the centre of the image as vector artwork. ---- I have thought that I could add four large white rectangles to cover the parts of the artwork that I do not want displayed, then group it, copy and then paste into the Affinity Publisher document. I have already tried doing a copy and paste on the artwork as drawn without any such additions and that part works fine. But that seems a bit, well, not a good approach. ---- I have found there is a vector crop tool but I have not used it yet. ---- So two questions please. What is the best way to get the illustration as on the greetings card but in vector format into Affinity Publisher? Does the vector crop result in the same image when cropping through something like a frehand-drawn filled vector shape and through watercolour vector brush strokes? William
  7. I like a Venetian font, with its sloping straight line on a lowercase letter e. Alas there are not many about. I consider that that upward slope can give a text an optimistic ambience. Fortunately a rather nice Venetian font, Goudita SF, was bundled with some of the old Serif Plus software programs, though alas it did not have a large character set, though it did include accented characters for some of the languages of Western Europe. So does anyone know of a free Venetian font with a wide range of accented characters please? William
  8. Are you sending as a PDF document? If so, I recommend that you choose to embed a subset of the font in the PDF document. As Arial is widely available, some people choose not to embed it in a PDF. However that is then relying on the printshop having EXACTLY the same font available. Best not to risk that the EXACT same font may not be available at the printshop. William
  9. How do non-fungible tokens work please? From what bits i have read, though I am unclear on this, it seems something like as follows. If I were to generate some original artwork in Affinity Designer and then export a png file of the artwork, then because it can be copied, it cannot be exclusively owned by someone in the same manner as if I got a physical canvas and painted a picture using paint and brushes and someone can own that exclusively. But someone could own exclusively a non-fungible token declaring that exclusive ownership. Is that correct? So is the non-fungible token then something like owning the copyright in the image that is in the png file? Or what? William
  10. This is really two questions. In order to have Affinity Publisher DISPLAY those characters, two questions need to be answered as "Yes". Question 1. Will Affinity Publisher accept those characters, in the sense that the character codes are recognized and can be saved in a document? Answer. Yes. Question 2. Will Affinity Publisher display those characters correctly,and not as some shape such as a black rectangle or some similar? Answer. It will but if and only if the text is formatted using a font that contains the correct glyph (that is , the correct image) for each of those characters. I have carried out a test by copying the ten characters from your forum post and pasting them into a text frame in an Affinity Publisher document. They displayed in the Arial font. I formatted to 72 point and they look good. I then changed the font to Times New Roman, the version bundled with Windows 10 on my home computer, and it works. Coverage of accented characters in fonts has improved greatly over the years. Is the document from which you are importing an old document from around twenty years or so ago? Back then some companies charged a more money for fonts that contained glyphs for characters only used in languages from central Europe. William
  11. Here is a link to the finished poster. https://forum.affinity.serif.com/index.php?/topic/163212-art-and-a-poem-using-language-independent-glyphs/&do=findComment&comment=933597 I seemed to have a problem getting the bleed area coloured black where I wanted it black, but I think I got it to work. Alas, I should have written notes decribing how I did it at the time, and now I am not sure quite what I did. William
  12. The result of my experiment is available from the following post. https://forum.affinity.serif.com/index.php?/topic/163212-art-and-a-poem-using-language-independent-glyphs/&do=findComment&comment=933597 That is, a PDF document, exported from Affinity Publisher, with my name in the author field of the PDF document, the artwork produced in Affinity Designer. William
  13. It is not in the version running on my computer. But I have not updated, so maybe added in into a later version. William
  14. Here is a test version of an A3 poster based on the above image and the localization text. This is a test becuae I produced the design in Affinity Designer, then I wanted to include my name as author in the PDF document and I found that I could not do that in Affinity Designer, but I managed to do that by editing in Affinity Publisher. There are some notes about this in another thread, starting with the following post. https://forum.affinity.serif.com/index.php?/topic/163902-setting-the-author-field-on-a-pdf-document/&do=findComment&comment=933589 I managed to transfer the design from the poster from the original greetings card size to A3 by grouping the items in the greetings card, then producing an svg file and then placing the syg file into an A3 document, then scaling while conservimng the aspect ratio, which resulted in a bit being lost from the right side, but that was only transparent background. William test_with_poster_via_Affinity_Publisher_CMYK.pdf
  15. I just tried making a copy of my Affinity Designer file (in case my experiment went wrong, I would still have the original) and then edited it in Affinity Publisher via the File menu in Affinity Designer, added my name as author, and then exported as a PDF document. It seems to have worked alright, but whether that is because I think that I could have probalby produced the original in Affinity Publisher, (I had used shapes using the Pen Tool and text frames) or whether it would have worked had I used in Affinity Designer a tool not found in Affinity Publisher, (such as the Pencil Tool), I do not know. William
  16. I asked this question about Affinity Publisher, and the answer worked fine. Yet, just now, I tried to add my name as the author of a PDF document to export from Affinity Designer, but Affinity Designer does not have that facikity. How strange! William
  17. Well, I don't know how I entered it when I used it on a previous occasion with another document, but I don't usually use the colour wheel for colours of shapes and brushes, I usually use the RGB sliders and I often use the slider panel and enter numbers in the boxes, though not congruently always. Anyway I have now got rgb = (255,0,0) bleed lines displayed. Thank you everybody for your help in solving this issue. William
  18. I have got it to work. I used the colour wheel. But I think it is because I noticed something that you did in the video that I had not been doing. You clicked in a box that had a value for the bleed width in it. So it seemed that the colour had not been locked in because I had not done that. Yet maybe not! Because, for completeness, I then tried changing the colour by entering numbers in the colour sliders facility boxes and it would not work. But, I have got the bleed guidelines displayed, so back to trying to produce the A3 poster version of the greetings card. Thank you for your help. William
  19. Thank you for the video. What I have been doing is different from what ypu did in two ways. I changed colour in the light environment, and I selected the rd colour by entering digits in the RGB sliders colour selector. That should not make any diffeence, but I will try it anyway, just in case it does. William
  20. This is strange because I remember a document with the bleed area line in red upon the light grey background and I haven't updated the software. Why does clicking OK not lock the red coour in the Bleed section of the Document setup? William
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