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(Just) Setting vs. ”Assigning" the document's colour profile (esp. in Publisher)

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More often than not I find myself cursing when I check the PDFs for print which I‘ve exported from Affinity Publisher: elements I thought were "Black“ (meaning just 0C/0M/0Y/100K) turn out to be some "RGB-Black“ with variable amounts of CMYK respectively, even though I chose some "real" CMYK colour profile like ISOcoated_v2 when I first set up the document.

Usually I can correct this when I go back the document setup and „Assign“ (seemingly for the second time) my profile (usually ISOcoated_v2 or ISOcoated_v2_300%) that's already listed there as the document's. When I then check my blacks they appear to have changed to 0C/0M/0Y/100K as I thought them to be in the first place...

Does this really mean that it isn't sufficient just to choose the said CMYK colour profile from the list when setting up the document? Do I then actually and expressively have to once more ”Assign" it by pushing that button to make it "really active"?

One would think that just choosing the profile from the pop-up-list on document setup should be enough...

That said, I'm really glad that I have an older version of Acrobat Pro installed on another computer so that I can reliably check the PDF exported by Publisher (and e.g. notice strange Blacks) before sending them off to the printer's. As for now I'm quite unhappy, though, that I seemingly cannot trust Publisher to immediately create correct PDFs from a document that appeared to be correctly set up (whereas InDesign actually DOES this once you've generally set your colour profiles for the whole suite of apps).

Though I generally do love working with the Affinity apps I'm not happy at all about the way the apps deal with colours – be it in respect to colour profiles (as noted above) or in the way swatches can be managed in the corresponding panels. I almost hate to say it, but I think Adobe still does a better job at this...

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On 11/20/2020 at 1:59 PM, Lorox said:

Though I generally do love working with the Affinity apps I'm not happy at all about the way the apps deal with colours – be it in respect to colour profiles (as noted above) or in the way swatches can be managed in the corresponding panels. I almost hate to say it, but I think Adobe still does a better job at this...

I have to agree to this 100%, I think there are already many people who complain about the situation around 0,0,0,100. I love Affinity programs, but this and Assign and Convert only makes trouble.

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