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I noticed by searching the forums that in 2014 the ability to unembed a document was on the planning table. I am new and made a huge mistake of thinking the documents were linked like illustrator. Is there any way to unembed a document in designer?

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Hi kayann,

Welcome to Affinity Forums :)

Embedded documents are embedded inside the afdesign/afphoto file and are independent from the original file. We will add linked documents later in a future update.

Currently there's no way to un-embeded them other than deleting the embedded layer. If you need the objects/elements inserted directly in the main document, double-click the embedded document on canvas - it will open in a new document tab - and copy/paste the objects/elements from the new document tab to the main document.

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Just want to know... Have Affinity Designer been updated since this post?
Still no way to incorporate, un-embeded files?


Windows 10, Affinity Designer + Photo (Graphic Design, photo-editing).

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Still no support for linked files, if that is what you are asking.


Affinity Photo 1.7.2, Affinity Designer 1.7.2, Affinity Publisher 1.7.2; macOS High Sierra 10.13.6 iMac (27-inch, Late 2012); 2.9GHz i5 CPU; NVIDIA GeForce GTX 660M; 8GB RAM
Affinity Photo 1.7.2.153 & Affinity Designer 1.7.2.6 for iPad; 6th Generation iPad 32 GB; Apple Pencil; iOS 12.3.1

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Ok thanks! Can't wait for the update..!

So the only way to break the link is to enter in the embedded file, select all, copy and paste it back in the document..?


Windows 10, Affinity Designer + Photo (Graphic Design, photo-editing).

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