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Text processed as image when effect gradient is applied

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Dear Affinity staff,

maybe its a but, but when I apply a gradient effect overlay to text, the text is then rendered as pixels, not as a vector (like it should be). It is clearly visible in a low-res PDF export and still visible in print-res when zoomed in. See file attached (left: single color, right: gradient). I’m aware that the gradient tool would be the tool to go for in this case—but why is the effect causing the text to be rendered as pixels?

Best,
Johannes

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I already thought myself that I made a mistake for sure. Which was the case. I applied the gradient through the effects register not with the gradient tool itself. Thank you for pointing me out, I apologize for that. I tried it and it works like a charm (much better then in InDesign). I changed the initial post respectively.

But still, the effects register’s gradient overlay causes the text to be rendered as pixels (see attachment). And I am not sure why this has to be.

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40 minutes ago, MEB said:

All Layer effects are rasterised on export. They are not processed as independent entities themselves,

While an export with the "PDF (for export)" preset appears to maintain unrasterized text with a shadow effect:

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... whereas unexpectedly an export setting with "Rasterize: None" + "Allow advanced features" appears to ignore the shadow on export entirely:

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Doesn't that mean there is somewhere a bug?
(not in the topics gradient but in the mentioned effect exports)


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3 hours ago, MEB said:

Hi rumo,
Welcome to Affinity Forums :)
All Layer effects are rasterised on export. They are not processed as independent entities themselves, so both he object and the effects are processed as a single raster object.

Hello! Okay, now that’s good to know.

2 hours ago, thomaso said:

While an export with the "PDF (for export)" preset appears to maintain unrasterized text with a shadow effect:

... whereas unexpectedly an export setting with "Rasterize: None" + "Allow advanced features" appears to ignore the shadow on export entirely:

Doesn't that mean there is somewhere a bug?
(not in the topics gradient but in the mentioned effect exports)

Thanks for your effort @thomaso. But when layer effects are rasterised by default this export setting is working properly as Indesign does the same here when you deactivate rasterization.

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All Layer effects are rasterised on export except outer shadow and outer glow (depending on the preset/setting), should have been more clear sorry. Anyway in @rumo's case (gradient overlay) it is rasterised on export unless you set it to rasterise nothing - in that case only the text without the gradient will be exported.

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