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  1. Hello everybody! This is the first time I participate in the forum, so forgive me if I make any mistake with the rules, please. I am not english native so my explanation or understanding of technical terms might be short or difficult. Recently I´ve had issues in two situations which involve exporting to PDF using CMYK to send to a printing house. I use Mac Os X Catalina and last version of Designer (1.10.4). Firs case, I tried to export a file that have been created in RGB to PDF and CMYK. The file doesn´t keep the shadows nor the brushes applied as an effect to a vector element. Behind the elements there were blank spaces that appeared in many areas of the canvas. This doesn´t happen when exporting to JPG in CMYK. I don´t know if the problem can happen because the combination of vector and pixels layers in the same file. (Please see file attached: Cover_FueElectrico.pdf). In addition, with a larger file (280 mb), the computer is not able to export a PDF, also in CMYK. The computer doesn´t crash and in the process start to fill up the storage capacity when there was more than 100 gb of free space (the computer advised me to delete files, and the storage descended to 3 gb aproximately). So it was imposible to export the file, and had to copy paste the elements to Adobe Illustrator and export with no problems, only the extra task of redimensionate the elements and some fail conversions with text elements. I wonder if there is a problem with the last update of the program: in May I worked with similar file from which I have reused all the elements to the new I´ve been working during last days. In May I could export under the same conditions with no problems at all. I am not sure if this is the place to comment this. And don´t know if is an issue caused by me because of my work process or some bug with the last program update. I would like to solve these issues as I am really happy using Affinity and want to continue using it. Hope anybody could give me some recomendations to find a solution. Thanks in advance. Cover_FueElectrico.pdf
  2. Wondering about something... Yesterday, I was running some tests using Blender, Pixelmator and Affinity Designer (I hope it's all right that I mentioned a competitor's product here) to try to generate a PDF/X-3 file. Here was my process: Generated an image of a 3D scene out of Blender Saved as an 2400 x 3000 pixel PNG file (so it would be 8 x 10 @ 300 dpi/ppi) Opened it in Pixelmator to try the "soft proofing" feature and adjust the saturation of the RGB image for use in a PDF/X-3 workflow. Saved the PNG file as a 300 dpi TIFF. Created a blank 8.5" x 11" CMYK document in AD; imported the TIFF file. Realized that there were no PDF controls for exporting X-1a or X-3 files in AD at this time. Cheated; the apple print dialog box does allow for the exporting of AD documents as PostScript files. I own a copy of Acrobat 8 Professional so I reinstalled it on my Mac (2007 Macbook, OS X 10.7.5, 2 GB RAM, 2.1 GHz, 64 MB VRAM/Intel GMA 950) and for the interest of this experiment, Acrobat 8 DOES WORK on Lion. Distilled PS from AD on the PDF/X-3 settings. Worked like a dream. CMYK PDF/X-3 on my desktop. Now, let me comment on what was missing: 1) Pixelmator's soft proofing feature lacks a "gamut warning" feature so that when one pulls back on the saturation, there is no gauge (such as the appearance of gray pixels on screen as in Photoshop) to know how far to reduce the saturation. I made a ballpark guess--having generated images from Blender for use in my designs for a while--of anywhere from -20% to -33%--so it is not TRULY known if all the colors in the TIFF file were "in gamut" or not. 2) By using Acrobat Distiller, the goal was simply to be able to use AD in my design workflow to generate a press-ready PDF file. Not always do my jobs require InDesign or Quark. The majority of my Display and Exhibit work is done in Illustrator and Photoshop, but in many cases the final files are still delivered as Hi-res, CMYK PDFs which requires that the colors be brought into gamut. Incidentally, for this experiment the gamut used was "U.S. Web Coated SWOP 2.0". Having said all that, I have 3 questions. 1) Will there be a feature similar to Photoshop's "Proof Colors/Gamut Warning" combo put into either Designer, Publisher or Photo at a later date? If you troll through the 'net--particularly on Pixelmator and GIMP forums--a lot of designers state that this is the one feature that keeps them tied to Photoshop. 2) Will there soon be controls in Designer accompanying the export of PDFs so that we don't have to use Distiller (Distiller was just the easiest way, this can be done in GhostScript as well by invoking the "ps2pdf" API but it can currently only be done in the command line/unix shell on Macs)? 3) Is the feature set in Photo planeed to be more geared toward Photographers/Photo Retouching with more of the illustrative features in bitmap editing remaining in Designer? Either way works for me as I am also a Photographer but also think that others may have unrealistic expectations if Photo is not as fully featured as Photoshop and fail to see that between Photo AND Designer, that feature set IS realized. I hope I'm not coming of as a royal pain, but we've (the design collective who refuses to be treated like Adobe's ATMs) have been searching ever since this cloud/subscription nonsense started for a serious alternative to the software from the big red "A". I was already a believer in the gospel according to PagePlus and DrawPlus and feel very fortunate that, at this particular time, you guys are releasing the Affinity line for the Mac. Can't wait to try out Photo and Publisher. Quarian
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