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How to get the export persona with Affinity Publisher?

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This is just my opinion but I don't see the advantage to having that functionality in Publisher. I hope the developers get around to fixing bugs instead of adding this function.

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Publisher (either V1 or V2) includes only the main Personas from Designer and Photo. For the other Personas, including the Export Persona, you need to run the full Designer or Photo app. You can most easily do that using File > Edit in.

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41 minutes ago, albertkinng said:

It seems with V2 the Affinity Publisher app doesn't include the export persona when you choose the Designer workspace? Is there a way to get the same export persona options inside Publisher, or is it not in the plans?

Hello @albertkinng,

you are correct, the export persona is only part of Designer and Photo but not part of the respective personas in Publisher.

My interpretation on how Serif spreads different functionalities across different apps is:

  • Designer and Photo are more specialized and feature equiped in their own domain (vector art and pixel art)
    Those are the tools to create artwork that then can be exported seperately for different tasks.
  • Publisher is the overall application that offers very sophisticated vector and pixel manipulation via the personas.
    But Publisher exports the final document as a whole and rather not as subdocuments that should be used further.

I know this interpretation lacks a lot of use cases but for me it works as a starting point for my workflow. And explains to me why there is no export persona in Publisher.


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1 hour ago, dominik said:

Publisher exports the final document as a whole and rather not as subdocuments that should be used further

Thanks for your well-explained and accurate answer. I've been enjoying working everything in Affinity Publisher lately and when I realized the export persona wasn't available I freaked out. Now I know that for some clients I will just use the app with most of the features needed. Have a great day.

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9 minutes ago, albertkinng said:

I will just use the app with most of the features needed

You don't have to.
Your Export persona in Publisher is always just two menu commands away:

  1. File > Edit in Designer
  2. Affinity Designer (menu on Mac) > Export Persona

That's it.
Get back to Publisher the same way backwards.

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