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  1. I purchased Designer and Photo years ago but I just couldn't replace Illustrator & Photoshop because of a few missing features that are just workflow basics. I've moved to the Windows platform and just downloaded new trial versions of them to give them another chance, and these problems persist. Most of them relate to features that prevent the user from making critical, unprofessional mistakes like inconsistent color use across multiple documents. If you are deigning a flyer, a business card and a name badge, you can't have variations between them. These are a few [very] minor omissions th
  2. is this planned? This is absolutely crucial part of printed work. REALLY needed ASAP.
  3. I make artworks in cmyk color setting and exported to PDF, The colors become Too bright. I don't know why this happens. Can anyone help me?
  4. Publisher question. Hello, I've made CMYK swatches of my client's pallet. Then I made various standard tints and also added those to the swatches. I wanted to see the percentage breakdown of each process colour. So, how much C and M is actually in that 15% tint of the full strength version for example. Am I missing something? The only way I could show the actual values of the tinted version of the colour was to use the Colour Picker pipette and select an area where the tint is used. All other options of showing sliders in various places only showed the full strength original, which is inc
  5. Hi and thanks (very much) in advance. I am making a book cover for a paperback book -- I am using Affinity Publisher, and I also have Affinity photo (and Designer, too). There is a photo (from Unsplash, free to use) that I want to use on the cover (the photo is attached). It is a blue sky with a cloud -- and the blue is so bright and wonderful. It's a jpg file, but the problem is, when I convert to CMYK (which is required by the printing company) -- the blue sky fades, and loses all its magic. Is this what always happens when JPG goes to CMYK ? ... Or is there something that I don't kn
  6. Hi there everybody, thanks for tuning in. I've been working with a document created using a template for the web, whcih automatically assigns a sRGB color profile. Now, just for example, if I want to switch the color mode from sRGB to CMYK I see I have two options: one called "Assign" and the other, which is default by the way, called "Convert". I do understand the different gamuts between RGB and CMYK and that converting from the first to the last may produce dull shades to the colors. What I do NOT understand is what the difference is between ASSIGN and CONVERT in the Document Setup Menu
  7. I love Publisher but IMHO it has the worst colour system I have ever seen (in over 30 years). How did LAB, RGB and CMYK end up on the same palette when I only work in CMYK and the publication was set for CMYK? I NEVER work in LAB. I have 68 colours like this: "Rick 13-EN_No Photo 2 is the name of the publication. Useless as colour information for an in-document palette. It should be simple to create my own custom CMYK palette but instead it's horribly complicated, if not impossible. It's a monumental time waster. Why can I change a colour in this dialogue but not in that one. An
  8. Hi there. Well, I found an annoying trouble, I think, in reference to color spaces. I did a design using a rgb document. Well, I have the rgb reference of the color of one element but when I change to cmyk in the right side dock (or in the document itself) the referece doesn't match with other conversors like https://www.calculadoraconversor.com/cmyk-a-rgb/ or https://www.rapidtables.com/convert/color/cmyk-to-rgb.html I think the conversion is wrong. In example: #00146B in RGB >>>> Designer gives CMYK 100, 97, 24, 25 while both conversors above writed and
  9. I am new to Affinity Publisher. I have it on my MacBook Pro, v1.8.6. Today I was going through a tutorial for it on lynda.com and was doing a very simple letter-size doc. I ran into a very weird (to me) issue when I was specifying a CMYK color. When I initially spec’d it, all seemed normal. A bit later, I looked back at the percentages (in the context sensitive-area at the top) and the settings had turned into four digits! When I put the correct CMYK percentages in, the color was entirely different. I restarted the program (twice), no difference. I tried to add that color to the s
  10. I'm not sure if I'm not understanding the gradient colour selection dialog boxes. I have two artboards of the same poster side by side, one is my CMYK version and the other is RGB. I'm switching between them and trying to ensure that each one has the correct colours set. How ever, when I edit one, say RGB, then go to the other CMYK one the dialog box isn't switching to CMYK, so I tell it I want these colours to be CMYK. Then back over to RGB artboard and select the same item, but now the dialog box is saying each step is CMYK. I'm confused to say the least. Isn't it meant to show me the c
  11. Overall Publisher seems to have many features. But their workflow with spots inks is pretty weak or simply don't work. I know Affinity just released the first beta; indeed, this is just the time to request this. Many proffessional works are done with spot inks (maybe a background hard to print in CMYK, maybe they need a rich orange/green/blue ink). Also the little works, due to be cheap using only two spot inks instead of full CMYK. Things to be implemented or improved: - We need a more streamlined workflow with spot inks. Currently it's a pain. We don't have a way to see all cu
  12. Hello, im having issues with the cmyk color reproduction in affinity suite while adobe software (photoshop, illustrator, acrobat) shows quite accurate cmyk colors. of course its not the "real thing" as cmyk is cmyk, but you can quite easily pinpoint 100% cyan as such in adobe, and not even close in affinity. output colors (values) via pdf export are correct, but are apparently truncated down to srgb(?) for display output on my wide color gamut monitor (100% argb color space) which greatly shifts blue and green colors from the "real" cmyk colors that should and can be somewhat displayed in w
  13. Hi all, I have a problem with color profile, and need a tip for printing. I have a project with ISO Coated v2 ECI 300 or Coated_Fogra39L_VIGC_300 color profile and a CMYK barcode in EPS format. This is a book cover and for printing need barcode in 0,0,0,255 black, and without embed ICC profile. When I insert barcode to project, automatically converted lower black, but these profiles include full K support. If I open barcode with double click, and assign (not convert) to correct ICC profile, then I get correct values (with strokes?). I tested thi
  14. Hi there! I just made a quick test in Affinity Designer where i testet the "press ready" preset for pdf export. Previewing in different apps after exporting, the colors look all flat and greyish. Is it due to build-in softprooving of affinity pdf's or is there something wrong in my process? I put my example in the video below: export-test.mov
  15. Attached is a macro set for splitting RGB image into separate layers for a number of colour models. RGB: Basic separation RGBW: New model! Like CMYK but Red, Green, Blue and White RGB-W: Like RGBW but only two layers for separate colour/tone editing CMY: Effective inverse of RGB CMYK: Standard internal model CMY-K: Like CMYK, but with only two layers for separate colour/tone editing HSL: New model! Hue, Saturation and Luminosity on separate layers! HSL-RGB: Same as HSL, but with Hue broken down into separate RGB layers Principles used in doin
  16. Hi I am using Designer to create digital artwork to sell online. If this sounds impressive, don't be misled, I am a complete novice! In the last month I have moved from Gimp - Inkspace - Krita to here, and am learning as I go. I have done a lot of research into how to maintain colour integrity in my work, but am still struggling to make a final decision on my workflow. I could really use some advice. I understand RGB & CMYK, at least enough to know RGB=device and CMYK=print. At least traditionally, although nowadays most print companies should accept RGB... My customer base is ge
  17. I have no problem with Publisher defaulting CMYK documents to "rich black” (a mix of CMYK colors) for text. Sure I like to see a default option to use 100 % K for all text, but in the meantime I'll just define all my Text Styles as 100 % K, and problem solved - right? Wrong! Changing a documents CMYK color profile (which I had to do at the end of a large job because my client changed printers) modified all the text blocks in my document back to "rich black". Even though every text style was defined as 100 % K, and nothing else. I had to manually click on each text block, apply
  18. Hi all, im new here and this is my frist thread here at the affinity forum. I hope it wrote it in the right topic. So here is my first question: I just made an DIN A5 Flyer (2-sided) in Affinity Designer (Artboard). I then exported the file as PDF/X3 for the printing house and made a test-print at home. In the test-print i saw that there are some errors in the picture. These errors were imported RGB-files, that aren't converted into CMYK color space while importing. As i come from Adobe Illustrator, there is an automatic message if you import files that are in another color-space and y
  19. I have what I hope can be a yes / no answer type question. I've created an ICC profile (sRGB) after monitor calibration, great. I want to send photos to an external printing house (as a photo book) which uses a CMYK (FOGRA39) profile. Can I simply export the photos using the ICC CMYK profile they use or is there more to it? Is soft proofing necessary? (I'm not really sure what it is but have seen some tutorials on it). What about document -> assign an ICC profile? I'm using AF v1.8.0.486 Beta. thanks so much Julie.
  20. I've been corresponding with MagCloud/Blurb tech support, trying to pin down what they think might be the right Publisher settings for PDFs submitted to them. It's uncharted territory. They don't have experience yet with Affinity Publisher — they have InDesign and QXP templates but none for Publisher — and Serif hasn't commented much about Magcloud/Blurb that I know of. I did a lot of book pagination in the past, but it was always someone else who did the final prepress work. Blurb has a page that could be useful for people like me who don't have much experience with setting up documents
  21. Hi, there is significant colour inconsistency by conversion from RGB to CMYK via the adjustment layer and document setup. The soft proof adjustment layer produces different colours than the same rendering intent through document setup dialog box. See my video. Colours in video are shifted a bit, but the issue is visible. Am I doing something wrong or is there some different renderig on background when using document setup conversion? I'm not sure if the adjustment layer has smaller gamut or the luminosity differs, but CMYK colours after document colour conversion looks for me a bit b
  22. This is to follow up earlier questions about using Affinity Publisher documents for books printed via MagCloud. Making the template hasn't been difficult. The unknown information (so far) has to do with the PDF settings. MagCloud has instructions for InDesign but none for Affinity Publisher. I see from other threads that there are people here with experience producing books on MagCloud. I would be much obliged for feedback about this if your time permits. The rest of the post concerns MagCloud's recommendations for InDesign's PDF export settings. The comment I'll add below it contain
  23. By now I've learned enough about Affinity Publisher that I'm ready to create a small book of photographs to be printed by an online book service that uses a four-color process. I have just noticed something in creating a template, which I first set up in CMYK color space using the default color profile for CMYK: In Publisher's dialog shown via File > Document Setup, there an option to select "Assign" or "Convert." However, the option to select Assign, versus Convert, does not appear in the dialog displayed via File > New. Thus the option appears only after you've created the documen
  24. My first goal in learning Affinity Publisher is to make a few small books of photographs—my own, and friends' photographs. After seeing a photographer's enthusiastic endorsements of a service called MagCloud (a division of Blurb) I decided to give that company a try. They have packages that enable you to make very short books at low cost—a good way to experiment. From what I've seen of the photographer's samples on the MagCloud site, they do a good job, including with black and white images. MagCloud doesn't offer a template in Publisher format, but creating probably wouldn't be difficult
  25. Hey! I am really happy with the new 1.8 versions! Thank you so much, guys! Till now I have only found this odd thing (in all three apps the same). I guess the color format should update accordingly to the preset (print with CMYK and the rest with RGB) - at least at the start up until I change it manually: Just wanted to tell you - nothing bad I think. All the best Chris
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