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Which Affinity app are you using, & on which platform (Mac or Windows)?


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My apologies. I forgot to specify Affinity Designer for Mac w/ver 1.7.3. I’ve been able to save with layers before but as of late am seemingly not allowed. 

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10 hours ago, DaveMustang said:

I have a few documents I would like to export so as not to lose them.

I can't answer your question, Dave, but I have one for you.

You say you want to export your TIFF with the Affinity layers included so you don't "lose" your documents.

How do you think you might lose them? Wouldn't simply saving them as .afdesign files ensure that you have a copy?

And are you aware that only the Affinity applications will be able to use those "Affinity layers"? Normal TIFF files do not have layers, and saving the Affinity data in a TIFF file involves using tags and data formats that are known only to Affinity, and not documented by Serif for other programs to use.


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12 hours ago, DaveMustang said:

Why would Save Affinity layers be greyed out while trying to export .tiff files? I have a few documents I would like to export so as not to lose them. 

If you have Vector layers (curves or shapes) these would need to be rendered as pixels for a TIFF file so you would lose them anyway.


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Guys, it is not as simple as you say and you haven't managed to answer OP question.

I can draw a design with vector shapes, save it as TIFF with affinity layers. Result will open as simple pixel image in Photoshop. I can open the TIFF in Designer and I get the original vector shapes just like they were when exporting.

Why this does not happen with OP is the question.

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Thank you! It showed that it was but I fiddled with selecting an object and the ran through the options and hit upon Whole Document again and now everything works as before. Awesome. 

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4 hours ago, Old Bruce said:

If you have Vector layers (curves or shapes) these would need to be rendered as pixels for a TIFF file so you would lose them anyway.

Not with SaveAffinity Layers ticked.  All layers, pixel or no, are saved

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6 hours ago, walt.farrell said:

I can't answer your question, Dave, but I have one for you.

You say you want to export your TIFF with the Affinity layers included so you don't "lose" your documents.

How do you think you might lose them? Wouldn't simply saving them as .afdesign files ensure that you have a copy?

And are you aware that only the Affinity applications will be able to use those "Affinity layers"? Normal TIFF files do not have layers, and saving the Affinity data in a TIFF file involves using tags and data formats that are known only to Affinity, and not documented by Serif for other programs to use.

update:  I just was so involved with exporting I overlooked the SaveAs option to save .afdesign format.  Duh

I have some updates that required a restart and didn't want to lose any progress, and for some reason I couldn't save the document with layers to be able to go back an edit. I cannot remember how to save simply as .afdesign files when the only option to save layers is in .tiff format.

And yes, I am very much aware Affinity files are only compatible with Affinity apps..

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