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Do any of the Affinity product allow for visible but nonprinting layers? I have a number of documents set up in CorelDRAW where placeholders are marked with shaded backgrounds which don't print during output. This is one ov several different ways this could be used. I see I can turn off visibility, and I can lock a layer, but not make it printing or nonprinting.

If this is not currently possible, can you tell me when it will be added to the programs?

Thanks!

Clayton

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2 hours ago, Clayton King said:

Do any of the Affinity product allow for visible but nonprinting layers?

No, except that using Publisher you can have placeholder picture frames that won't print.

2 hours ago, Clayton King said:

If this is not currently possible, can you tell me when it will be added to the programs?

Only Serif knows if or when it might be added, and they won't say.


-- Walt

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12 hours ago, Clayton King said:

Do any of the Affinity product allow for visible but nonprinting layers? I have a number of documents set up in CorelDRAW where placeholders are marked with shaded backgrounds which don't print during output. This is one ov several different ways this could be used. I see I can turn off visibility, and I can lock a layer, but not make it printing or nonprinting.

Hi @Clayton King,

it is not possible in a way you are asking for. But there is an option to exclude specific layers from export in AD's Export Persona. These layers stay visible in AD's design view.

Then, if you export your file e.g. as a PDF you can choose not to include those layers (in the export dialog) these layers are not visible in the rendered document. You then can print from the exported file.

I admit this is a rather cumbersome way of doing it and perhaps not of much use for you. But I thought it's good to know anyway 🙂

d.


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Thanks dominik. That's helpful for my purposes. Admittedly a bit cumbersome, but it works.

Nonprinting layers is a way of competing directly with Adobe. Many designs and mockups include nonprinting layers to hold instructions, specs, etc., without interfering in the printing/export process.

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