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PDF export, text with drop shadow + certain gradients get rasterized

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If I create a text block and give it a drop shadow that text block will get rasterized if I export the file to PDF. That reduces the quality of the PDF significantly (no sharp edges, text not selectable).

Is that normal or will that change in a later version of Affinity Designer?


Also shapes with certain gradients (elliptical, conical) get rasterized without a vector clipping path. That means the shape no longer has a sharp edge.

Will that change?


Thank you! :)



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Yes, we will be improving export in future free updates.


Incidentally, that text gets rasterised because the drop shadow has "Fill knocks out shadow" checked, and the knock-out is more than our current exporter can handle. If you uncheck it, the text remains as text.

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