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  1. I don't seem to understand file sizes: initially I started working with a 1774 x 2782 px, 72 DPI, sRGB file, with transparent background, three pixel and one vector layer, "Save history" not checked. The images in the pixel layers are all embeded, rasterized and trimmed. Curious why the file took so long to save to iCloud I to Finder and was surprised to see that it's 198 MB. I checked everything again, saved a copy and started deleting one layer after another, saving after each step. Once the file was completely empty its size was still 117 MB. Even stranger: opening the original 198 MB file and saving a copy of it without any changes results in the copy being 153 MB. MacBook Pro M2 Ventura 13.5.1 Affinity Photo 2.1.1
  2. Affinity Photo files are huge. I still save them together with my raw files. My raw files are approx. 50 mb and by APh files are 300-1000 Mb. Reducing size would benefit a lot. What I would actually like to save is what I did to the photos during editing and maybe make another edit years after. The idea is export the actions in the history rather than the entire APh file. When loading the history I'm asked for the position of the original raw file, if it isn't located in the same directory as the exported APh history file. When loaded the actions performed during the original editing are applied to the raw file once again - the APh Gb file is restored and ready for new editing/adjustments. I'm running APh v. 2.0.3 on a Macbook pro 2018, MacOS 12.3.1 (Monterey)
  3. Hello, I have a problem with exporting an Affinity Publisher file into a PDF: the size of the resulting PDF is oversized. If I export 1 page of my book, consisting of 2 photos, using the PDF for print preset: I get a PDF file of 38MB. If I export the same page as a jpeg at 300 dpi, I get a 9.2MB file. When I compare the 2 docs, it seems that the quality of the image in the PDF document is greater than the resolution of the JPEG. Any idea of what I am doing wrong ? My full book of 144 pages must be below 1GB (it is about right if I export all pages as JPEG, but I get a file of 36 GB when exported as PDF). Thanks Philippe
  4. Hi, I've been using the first version since it's beginnings and love it. I have a little problem though with the version 2: I noticed that after converting the file from Raw to JPG, the dimensions change as soon as I open/close it with the version 2 compared to the version 1. The file size is originally 7952 x 5304 pixels. Can you explain to me what I'm doing wrong or is it a "glitch" in version 2? Thanks
  5. I have a document that is a 1920x1080 px presentation that has 89 slides, all images that I have used are linked, except for some simple vector icons. Those shouldn't add up to over a couple Mb. I have some, but only very few layer adjustments and only one slide that is masked with a pixel layer. The file is 384 Mb when I do a Save As. But, if I do a regular save after moving a detached Masterpage text frame, the file becomes 511 Mb. Undo history is set to 256 steps, but I only did one adjustment, so what could be causing this major file inflation? My 200 page Indesign file that contains many more images and way more text is just 100 Mb, so I don't really understand why Affinity uses this many resources.
  6. I have just started on a book layout. So far I only have 31 pages of text. No images of any kind. The Publisher file size is a measly 153K (as you would expect for text only). When I export (and I have tried a variety of PDF export presets and other settings), the file size balloons to 24-26MB! All other topics I have seen on this issue seem to relate to images and color space. What could be going on here? Thanks in advance!
  7. I’m new to Affinity Designer. Last year I created a kitchen tile splash back using Procreate and Photoshop. This year I’m planning a larger bathroom tile mural. I think it would be more manageable file wise to do it in Affinity Designer with vectors. My main question is, can I start out with a grid which will be easy to print as separate pages at the end? Create a measured by inch/cm grid and then slice? Is it possible to do rectangles eg 8x10” or will I need to find square ceramic tiles for this? I created the separate elements in Procreate then assembled the large mural image in Photoshop last time. Then it was a big old pfaff to break it up again into the specific tile size. My version of Photoshop didn’t allow me to slice it up in the programme. I think I ended up using this online tool https://pinetools.com/split-image I could divide the image up at the end again but the main disadvantage is that I won’t know where the breaks between tiles will be. It will be levelling up if I can sketch the layout around the tiles to start with. I suspect you also lose image quality splitting images using a free online tool. Also I’m a bit confused about vector brushes. If I use vector brushes, will my image be scalable, so my initial file size could be say 1/10 of the wall? Or should I create a file to start with which is actually the size of the bathroom wall? It seems like some people are saying that the vector brushes aren’t truly vectors and go pixelated when enlarged.
  8. My first post. Hope this is the right place. Can Affinity Designer do a small circular crop of a large image then delete the original image and keep the circular crop in Designer? Or does the original image have to stay in the document? I have looked for the answer but only found how to crop. I use many of these crops in the same document and with my current software I have to export the crop as a png then open the png in a new document. Otherwise, with many crops the document file size becomes extremely large. Opening the document is slow and working in the document is laggy. Could I overcome this problem using Designer? It's not the extra steps that are the main problem. There is often loss of quality, especially if the original image is a vector. I have to enlarge it many times before exporting a png, then import the png and reduce the size back to what I need. Thanks for any info on how Designer could overcome this issue.
  9. Hey, I have been working a few times with files with lots of images. I sometimes don't want to compress them before I am sure of how big they will be in the layout, so I add them in original resolution. Once I am done with the placement, I would like to rasterize them. But when I select multiple images and click "rasterize", only a single one of them is rasterized. It would seem logical to me that the operation applies to the entire selection. Alternatively would be a option "rasterize all images". This way, once you have all images the size you want them, you can rasterize them all in one click and drastically reduce the file size. Greets!
  10. I've posted before about file sizes and am still curious. I've recently used Affinity Photo to put together an 11.5 x 9" mailer for a client and was astonished that it was nearly 400mb. By comparison the same design in Pages is about 23mb. Attached screenshots show just the front side. On the Affinity document there is a second layer for the backside, on the Pages document it is a second page but in both cases the backside is fairly similar to the front side consisting of several images and various boxes and text. As much as I love using both Affinity Photo and Affinity Designer I'm afraid I'll start shying away from using them if they are consistently producing files of that size. When I've got a bit of time I might try assembling the same flyer in Photoshop and InDesign to get an idea of file sizes in those apps. See attachments. Thanks in advance for any insight. Denny
  11. Problem: PDF export file size is 3.7GB for 420MB of content (8.8x expansion). My .afpub file is 20MB and linked JPG files total about 400MB. When I export the document as PDF/X-1a:2003, the file size explodes to 3.7GB. Color space is CMYK. Screen shot of Export options is below. The printer/publisher only supports uploads of files smaller than 650MB. I've read a bunch of the other Forum posts on this topic but they mostly discuss image compression techniques. I haven't seen any suggested solutions. All of my images were created to print at 300DPI so I don't want to compress them. In any case, why would Publisher create such huge export files and how do I get the PDF file size down to near the content size? Thanks, Doug
  12. I have two book formatting files. One with large images, both linked and embedded, and one with smaller images both linked and embedded. When I go to export the file with the larger images, the file is under 50MB, but when I go to export the one with larger sized images, it is over 200MB. Please help, as I'm losing my mind trying to get the large file size down. Both have the same export settings (I've attached a screenshot of both files w estimated file size). Any insight on what I could do to reduce the file size without affecting the quality of the images would be helpful. Thanks in advance.
  13. Hello, I’m working on a large illustration to be printed 3 x 4 meters. The overall lay-out will contain 100 to 150 illustrations. Some medium complex (say character-design and props) and some more basic. I work in the desktop and iPad apps. Where possible I will use symbols for repeated use and keeping the files size down. Keeping the file size down, will possibly be the challenge. It seems that Designer is doing this well. My compliments for that. I tried this in Illustrator, but whatever optimizing I try, the file size is just too large and the performance is sluggish. I noticed one thing I just want to check before proceeding. When I import a batch of illustrations (examples uploaded) through the assets panel, the file size seems to be quite small. When I drag 16 of such illustrations (turned into assets) onto the canvas, it seems to only take up a few mb. But when I look at the original files I created them in, they should amount to around 10 or 15 mb. Could you please explain how this works? And will turning 150 illustrations into assets cause any performance issues? The illustrations/assets will be vector only, no effects or transparency an a few gradients. Thanks in advance
  14. Hello everyone, I have become big fan of AP and I think this is a perfect software for photographers on budget with great features and flexibility. I only recently started using AP (actually only recently started photography altogether). My workflow is probably not the best but it is what I have settled on. I do raw processing on a different software and then use AP on the exported tif file. I was really excited about the linked file feature mainly due to the potential of decreasing the file sizes of afphoto . I tried with a tif file and few simple curves and still the file size was 215 MB or so. Just to test, I deleted every image layer and just left the curve layers and the file size actually increased. I removed even the curve layers and saved a empty file which ended up being roughly 200 MB. I am not sure what is being saved when there is no layer to save such that the file size ended up this large. Am I missing nay settings (Save history is not enabled). Thank you for your help.
  15. I am trying to submit a novel for AMAZON KDP, this is the first time I have used Affinity publisher instead of InDesign and I was shocked at the massive file sizes (the novel is 432 pages with art and illustrations on every page, final size was 1.8GB!!) The largest file that KDP will take is 650MB. I have submitted multiple books using InDesign and never ran into file size issues (same size and amount of art). I have tried numerous ways to reduce or compress the file size but the quality takes an immediate hit. I don't know what else I can do, Ive spent weeks on the layout and don't want to have to start from scratch in InDesign... help??
  16. I have the same question. I use DXo Photolab as my primary photo editing software. They create a small sidecar file that contains the edits to the RAW file, both of which are read when opening the image file. I was expecting to see a similar process with Affinity. Instead it seems to create a new file with the extension .afphoto which is huge compared to the original raw file (a 28 MB RAW file turns into a 206 MB .afphoto file). It then seems not to require or read the original image file when subsequently viewing or editing the image. I made no substantive edits to the file (i.e. adjusted the white balance and contrast but no layers or noise reduction). When exporting the image to a JPEG, the exported file is is 9 MB, which is about what I expected. Is there a reason for this? I've only been testing out a trial version of the software as I'm looking for a secondary photo editing application to work with photos from a couple of cameras which produce raw files that DXo doesn't read. As such I'm not sure if I'm doing something wrong or if this the way affinity is supposed to work. Overall I like the affinity application but I'm not sure it is a good solution if it is going to require that much disk space for every photo.
  17. Hello Apologies there is probably an easy logical way to do this but I'm still learning as I go with Affinity. I'm creating digital files (printable collage sheets etc) and would like to easily duplicate my A4 files to also fit the US paper size without having blank borders or stretched graphics. I spend a long time creating the files with lots of layers etc and don't really want to have to do this process twice over if possible. I wondered about creating a custom sized page in between both sizes and going from there but I may be thinking about this totally the wrong way. Thanks in advance for any help. Joanne
  18. Hi there, is there any plan to introduce more options for compressing PNG image exports? I've noticed I can add my transparent PNGs created in Affinity to an online image compressor like Optimizilla and it will compress the image considerably, whilst retaining the quality and the alpha transparency. It uses something called "Indexed RGB" colours to do this, reducing file sizes by between 40% and 60% for most PNGs with alpha transparency. In Affinity, there is just the option of 16 Bit or 8 Bit (dithered). When exporting logos for the web, this helps improve Pagespeed Insights scores, in addition to reducing load times.
  19. When I save an image as afphoto after developed, its file size end up strange. As if it's still RGB/16 or RGB/32. (of course I converted it to RGB/8) it's the same on beta. Exporting jpg/psd/tif doesn't have the problem. Also if I open the jpg exported and save as afphoto. it is fine. to moderators: Please move this topic to other than FAQ
  20. Hi All, I've been following this thread as I have ran into similar issues. After updating to Affinity Designer 1.8.1 my PDF exports tripled in size and text was no longer selectable. Just updated to 1.8.2, I can get file size down, but am still not able to get selectable text on the PDF export. Any suggestions?
  21. Hi all, Thanks for taking a moment to read. Sincere apologies if I have posted in the wrong area - I'm entirely new here! I had been working on the beta and migrated over to 1.8.0 yesterday (and 1.8.1 this morning) and since the change, my PDF export file sizes have increased dramatically. Before the switch, my PDF was exported as "PDF for export" at 144 DPI and it was around 30 MB. It's a 116 page document. Now, even if I use PDF small size at 72 DPI, it's 120 MB. Not to mention the export takes minutes instead of seconds. The PDF is 10% larger than the AFPUB. Colour me confused! I have experimented with different settings and I can't seem to get the file size back down to something manageable. I think it might be an issue of my lack of understanding but I'm just not sure. I've done my best to resolve it on my own through forums and tutorials but I'm coming up empty. Any guidance that could be offered would be most appreciated. March_Catalog_Working_File.afpub
  22. Hi, When I add a link to an Affinity Photo file the files Size increases unexpectedly. However, this behavior has been described in other threads and might be due to a different understanding about the meaning of "linking". BTW I prefer the classic interpretation of linking which hold back no copy at all within the file... If I now use the same File multiple times the file size increases with every new instance. To me that is a bug because it would not make sense to hold back an individual copy for every instance of the same file. Probably my workflow is part of the Problem. I am ending up for a duplex A4 page with more than 3GB because I link 3x Affinity Photo Files each 3 times. The file contains RAW 24.5MP images developed by APhoto (~500MB per image) ... However, I came up with this workflow to utilize the full power of the great link between that applications to get maximum flexibility. I would really appreciate if instances of the same raw data would be allowed in AP. I got no bsp.File for you however, it should be easy to replicate the issue... Thank you for your help!
  23. I have just started using Publisher having used PagePlus for many years. My query is about file sizes, on svaing a service booklet the file size on Publish was 947 KB whilst the same file on PagePlus x9 is 40KB. What am I going wrong please? In both cases the one image is linked.
  24. The attached Affinity Designer project illustrates how different drawing techniques can result in pdf export files that differ is size substantially. I discovered this while developing images that are to used in an iOS app. Of course, we can expect the size of the pdf file to impact the performance of the app. The attached AD project has three artboards. Each artboard has a separate drawing of a flower - all of which look much the same: Yellow-Flower: The pdf for web file size is 282 KB. Each of the twelve petals is a separate curve object with yellow fill and a black stroke. The inner pistils is comprised of 27 brown ellipses imbedded inside a single black eclipse. Red-Flower: The pdf for web file size is 31 KB. The twelve petals is comprised four curve objects (each represent three leaves) with red fill and black stroke . The inner pistils is comprised of 27 brown ellipses imbedded inside a single black eclipse. (Same as yellow flower.) Blue-Flower: The pdf for web file size is 176 KB. The twelve petals is comprised four curve objects (each represent three leaves) with blue fill and black stroke (same as red flower). The inner pistils is comprised of a single black curve imbedded inside a single brown ellipse. Why are these file sizes so different? The yellow flower has only nine additional petal curve objects compared to the red flower. Yet, the pdf file size is also nine times the size. Note, the the pistils are the same. The blue flower uses the same petals as the red flower. However the pistils were refactored into only two objects, one complex curve and one ellipse. The complex object was created by subtracting the 27 ellipses from a single ellipse. The result of this distillation of the pistils causes the pdf file size to grow from 32 KB to 180 KB. is there a knowledge-based article that will help me understand why this occurs and how to avoid these problems during design? Flower-Yellow.pdf Flower-Blue.pdf Flower-Red.pdf Flowers.afdesign
  25. Copy all layers, and paste them into a new file, the file will be reduced many times. Bitmap remains in the file after removal?
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