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  1. i had a pretty intensive course in indesign for the last few months. but since i wasn't a big fan of adobe even before the course, i wanted to transfer the knowledge i gained to affinity publisher. Unfortunately, I quickly discovered that many important functions are not available, or are extremely cumbersome to use. 1. spot colors If you want to make a spot color, you MUST create a new global color. There is no option to convert an existing color to a spot color. 2. overprinting In InDesign you can select an object and mark it as "overprint". In Publisher, you have to set up a swatch and mark the color itself as overprint. 3. delete a global color When you delete a global color, you should be able to replace it with an existing global color. 4. add global colors automatically When adding a vector graphic, the colors it contains should be added directly to the document palette. 5. create palette from document since point 4 does not apply, this function is useful. however, even colors from images are added, so you have to disable it first, otherwise this function is useless again. 6. quality of life A big help would be that when you double click a color in the swatches, the "Global Colors" window (which opens when you create a new global color) opens. This small change would fix point 1. I would love to work 100% with affinity. But these points make my decision difficult.
  2. Hi all, I'm new to the Affinity Suite and am a bit confused about color management (and noticable difference in color rendering compared to Adobe)... Maybe someone can help me out here? I'll attach the relevant data if someone wants to try out him/herself. Also, I'll use Publisher below, but i also checked with Affinity Photo - same story. I have also already printed the shot attached, so i know how it finally did print and the Adobe softproof is nailing it while the Affinity softproof is quite off. Start with opening the template*.idml attached. It's a print template to be used by the print store... First confusing thing here: They mention to do the full workflow in sRGB, but the document itself opens with CMYK in Publisher. Import the jpg attached (the jpg is sRGB). You'll immediately notice the color gamut problem when importing in this CMYK document. Save the file as "CMYK.afpup". Now in document settings, change the color space in this publisher document to sRGB. Save the publisher file under a new name e.g. "sRGB.afpub". Open both publisher documents side by side Now add a soft proof adjustment layer to both files, i have attached the relevant *.icc file, too. Use "Relative colormetric" as intend and "black point compensation". My findings are: When working with the document in CMYK, the color rendering is way off (the pinks are way too blown out. There is significantly more detail and texture in the final print). When adding the softproof layer it corrects the orange/reddish inner part of the blossoms correctly, but the pinks are still wrong. When working with the document in sRGB, the color rendering is at least ok (well it's sRGB, so yes nothing changes). However when i apply the soft proof layer to this file, then the contrast of the full soft proof picture decreases rather significantly (mostly visible around the butterfly). Also something that I don't see in the final print. So either way, things are off. Am i doing something wrong? If i export from either of both files (of course with the softproof layer disabled) to a PDF in print quality, sRGB and import this PDF into Photoshop and use the Soft Proof Function there, it works just perfectly fine (and is extremely close to the final print). Disclaimers: I have of course checked to have the soft proof options aligned. With that, I'm a bit lost how to adapt my workflow... it seems maybe it's best to just use sRGB for the document and don't do any softproofing in Publisher itself but export to PDF and do it in Photoshop then? Rather tedious... Thanks a lot for any help... Best regards! Christian template_42x28.idml SaalDigital_Fotobuch_matt_10-15.icc
  3. Sharing some color palettes custom made from known pastels/watercolor brands. Caran d'ache Luminance Caran d'ache Pablo Cretacolor Aqua M. Cretacolor pastels Faber Castell Poly Old Holland Classic Prisma Rembrandt soft pastels Unison Sennelier Schmincke Caran d’Ache Luminance.afpalette Caran d’Ache Pablo.afpalette Cretacolor pastels.afpalette Cretacolor Aqua Monolith.afpalette Faber Castell Polychromos.afpalette Old holland classic.afpalette Prismacolor.afpalette Rembrandt soft pastels.afpalette Schmincke pastels.afpalette Sennelier Pastels.afpalette Unison pastel.afpalette
  4. Hi, this my first tutorial with the new Affinity Photo V2. A rather bland photo is edited. I remove the haze and realistically enhance colors and contrast. In doing so, I will go into the new features of Affinity Photo V2. I wish you fun. Ciao Jack
  5. Hi, in this tutorial, I show you to solve a typical problem in autumn: You see beautiful autumn colors but the sun is extremely bright, and therefore the colors seemed to burn out, meanwhile the shadows are too dark. I show how to fix this situation. I wish you fun with the video. Ciao Jack
  6. I have created a test file for spot color output. I cannot get the spot colors to output to spot only cmyk or rgb. I have tried PDFx4, PDFx3 and PDF1.7 in Affinity photo 1.7.3 and 1.8. Any guidance on this is appreciated. I am trying to use Affinity as an alternative to Adobe. See attached for file screenshot. Attached working file also. moontest.afphoto
  7. 👋 Hi there, I'm using Affinity Publisher on Mac. I am unable to get colors to display correctly. Under Document Setup, I've gone through every combination of color profiles to see if they change anything. I've attached a screenshot using the following color: #490AF5 The left color in the screenshot demonstrates what I see when I fill any shape I've dragged on to a spread using the Shape Tool. It is the incorrect color. The right color in the screenshot is the correct color. It is what I expect to see in Affinity Publisher, and it is the color I see in other design tools, like Sketch. Interestingly, I can drag an SVG on to the spread...When I change the SVG fill to the above color, the color displayed is accurate (the blue in the right part of the screenshot, not the purple at the left). Thus, in Affinity Publisher, I can use the same HEX code on one canvas, and see two very different colors for the one HEX code with transparency at the default 100%. I'm not saying this is a bug. It may very well be user error. I just can't figure it out. I'll be grateful for any help. 😀 Thanks!
  8. How can I rename an unnamed colorpalette in affinity photo on ipad? And how to save it as a reusable palette? And how do I add the current color to a palette? Where can I find a manual of affinity for ipad? I looked at the tuts which are really helpful — but cannot remember if this is mentioned or where. Can anyone help?
  9. I'd like to add background color to a page but can't figure out how to do it. I select the color with the color picker. There are two opacity slides, but neither does anything as far as I can tell. What am I doing wrong?
  10. Although the range of picker types you have is quite wonderful, I'm used to working with HSB/V (Brightness or Value) instead of HSL (for lightness.) It's a common way of specifying colors especially in the land of video. HSL is a similar user experience, but there are a lot of times where it just makes sense to think of 100% brightness (which, to get the same RGB value, somehow works out to 50% lightness.) (And as you probably know, Adobe Photoshop's picker has HSB, not HSL.) This website does a great job of dynamically showing the difference: http://colorizer.org Would you consider adding this option to Designer/Photo/Photo for iPad? Thanks.
  11. Hi! So i just changed my monitor, i have also installed iCC profile for that monitor. But a strange thing happened to my Affinity Designer, the color got weird. Black becomes red, etc. I've tried doing many things like changing the color profile, deleting the ICC profile, reinstalling the app, but nothing works, the color stays the same, but after exporting the design, the color changes to normal (I sent a comparison picture). And also this only happens in Affinity Designer, does not apply in other design applications. Are there any instructions for this? If there is, please tell me because it concerns my work as a freelancer . Thank you! Best regard, Dwiko
  12. Hey guys, I can't seem to find a way to convert process colours to spot in Affinity Publisher Beta. Not quite sure if there is a way yet. When I'm doing a print job that has a die-line, perf, fold line, etc, I usually set them up as a spot colour. In InDesign I usually convert one of the colours (either cyan, magenta, yellow, black, or whatever) from Color Type: Process to Color Type: Spot and then assign a name to each (like die-line). Is there a way to do something like that in Affinity Publisher at the moment? Thanks!
  13. When I import swatches using the “Import Palette…” item, I should be able to select palettes saved from Photoshop (ACO – Adobe Photoshop Color Swatch File) or Illustrator (ASE – Adobe Swatch Exchange File). Are there foreign palette formats that AD can import? Maybe that information should be in the Open dialog box… or somewhere. (The Help Center doesn’t seem to do anything. I can search for a topic like “palette,” but can’t expand the results, so maybe the AD entries are just stubs?)
  14. Has anyone been able to import palettes to Designer on the iPad? I work with Montana brand spray paint and want to be able to import and/or their entire color palette. or do I have to use the eyedropper to import each color individually and name it individually? Also wondering if there is a way to rearrange the colors within the palette list view?
  15. hello my problem is about the color of the imported images. The color changes automatically and I don't know why. I leave the example. How can I solve that ?
  16. Hello, I am trying to use color #4168F7 and when I use it in Designer, it's completely wrong. In Publisher, however it is correct. I am attaching the color it should be versus how it is appearing in Designer. What is happening?
  17. The help section says : "When publishing to PDF, the Honor spot colors option in the Export Settings dialog (File>Export>PDF>More) lets you include spot colors in your output. You can also make the spot colors overprint in the same panel." Does anyone know where that checkbox is gone (to set spot colors as overprint)? Also the help section says: "To make an existing global color overprint: On the Swatches panel, -click the global color swatch's thumbnail, then select Overprint." But there is no way to make a color overprinting. I get a pop menu with e.g. 'Edit fill' but clicking on that option there is again no option to make that color overprint... Am I overlooking something, or is it really that annoying?
  18. Months ago I bought a Canon Pixma Pro-100 and started using Affinity Designer. My artwork came off the printer looking nearly identical to what I saw on the screen. I was very, very excited. Now I don't know what has happened, but everything that comes off the printer looks like crap. The colors are WAY off. Basics: - Affinity Designer on HP Envy x360 m6 laptop running Windows 10 Home (using laptop monitor and 2nd aux monitor) - Canon Pixma Pro-100 using Canon Semi-Gloss paper The default color profile that was being used was sRGB IEC1966-2.1. I don't know much about color profiles and that was the selection that showed up when I started digging. I have switched my document AND printer profiles to Canon PRO-100 <SG> 1/2 Photo Paper Plus Semi and Adobe RGB (1988) with zero changes in print output results. Everything I have read talks about calibrating monitors... I admit that I have not done this, however I am not printing photos but creating artwork in Adobe Animate using the standard color palette. I feel that no matter how my monitor calibration is set when I select red #FF0000 (255/0/0) that it should still print red, right? So here is the strangest part of this. I downloaded a test image to print. On my monitor the red looks red, green looks green, etc. When I imported the jpeg into Affinity Designer to print I immediately saw that the colors were different. The red appears more pale, the bright green looks like a pastel, etc. Here is a screen shot... pay special attention to the green in the 9-box just to the right of the ship photo. ...so I printed the sample graphic using Affinity Designer and the Canon Semi-Gloss color profile and ended up with this ugly POS: Granted, the light in my office isn't great, but the baby's face looks almost purple and not skin-tone like on the monitor. Hmmm.... WTF? Had a thought... hey, what if I print this using Windows instead of Affinity Designer? Right clicked the jpeg on my desktop and let Windows do it's thing and ended up with this... The color of the baby is VERY close to what I see on the monitor when I printed from Windows. The colors in the 9-box are DRASTICALLY different Windows vs Affinity Designer. So I thought that I could output my designs to a PNG and just let Windows print it... but I tried it with my own artwork and the results came out identical to every other attempt. (scratching head) Hoping someone can help. I'm overwhelmed by Google results on this topic.
  19. Hello there! I found out that whites look off in my secondary monitor which is Benq VZ2250. My device specs are: Windows 11 version 21H2 build 22000.318, Intel i7 - 10510U, NVIDIA GeForce MX350 (with updated drivers) My Monitor: Benq VZ2250 as I mentioned earlier. Here is the issue: The yellow colored rectangle is actually a pure white rectangle. The blue-grey rectangle is actually only blue without any black component. The weird part is. if I move this to my primary display which is my laptop screen, the above magically turns into: If I switch from extend display to secondary display only, this happens: Where even the original whites in color palette also become yellowish. I've tried the same with another laptop and I remember the same happening with it as well. I don't understand the problem here. Is it my secondary monitor? Is it my laptop? or is it because of affinity? It is worthy to note that this wasn't happening in 1.10.x (until the recent release) and 1.9.x I remember this issue happening in my previous laptop until 1.8.x/1.7.x or something, I don't exactly remember. Also, the same happens in all affinity apps but doesn't happen in Adobe suite. How could I solve this? I would appreciate if someone could help me out here . Thanks in advance!
  20. Hi everyone! I have a little problem using color swatches in affinity (across all three programms). I defined some colors and safed those in named swatches. To use the colors across all affinity tool, and to use it in some other software. The strange thing is now, that in some dokuments the colors are differently interprated then in others - also if i use the same color settings for the dokments sometimes i get the correct result and sometimes a different... Can anybody told me why this happens?? What I am not seeing here?? I will attach two designer dokuments, with the same color settings...but different results! Thanks for your help! Andreas ColorPalette.clr Correct Colors.afpub Strange Colors.afdesign
  21. So, I am learning vectoring, coloring, etc with Affinity Designer and I am reading some tutorials on different projects I want to try. One such tutorial has steps to blend 2 colors together then extract the shades from the blend to create a palette. The steps for Illustrator are listed in the attachment and I am wondering if Design has the same ability?
  22. Based on https://material.io/guidelines/style/color.htmlI created swatches for Affinity with all Material Design colors, properly named nad sorted. Enjoy Material.zip
  23. I created a small little tool to help me build more interesting color palettes, you can download it and try it yourself! I wanted something dynamic where hue, saturation and brightness graduated in ways I would never think of picking by hand. It uses difference blend modes, and in the smaller circular swatches it doubles up on itself - kinda inverting things a second time, giving you two palettes from each to choose. Super funky! Magic Color Mixer Amplification Designer (2)_1.mp4 Rudantu's Magic Color Mixer.afdesign
  24. Change Affinity Photo brush colors on the fly. In this Affinity Photo tutorial I show in both iPad and desktop how to change your brush colors on the fly. It is number 33 of my Digitally Fearless Powerful Tools of Affinity. https://youtu.be/xh9oMoIxE_w
  25. Link to Metallic Gradients Share Here are some fancy metallic gradients I put together.
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