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I try to figure this out; when I set my Units to centimetres (instead of pixels), every time I restart it resets back to pixels. 

I looked into preferences, perhaps I overlook something but what's the trick?

Thanks.

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If you quite Designer immediately after closing a document that was made in centimeters, the next time Designer is opened, new documents will be in centimeters.


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Well I don't know about Designer but this does not work for Photo.. every time I restart it resets back to pixels.

If you are talking about creating new documents after starting Photo, it should retain the last used setting in the New Document dialog. If you mean opening an existing document, it should retain whatever units you set for that document.

 

This is how it works for me (in both Designer & Photo).


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Same experience here with Affinity Photo. That is a bit frustrating.

 

Let's take my scanning routine for my example. I scan an image in 600DPI and open it in Affinity Photo for corrections and resize. It doesn't matter if I change the document into centimeters, change DPI and size and then export it to a Tiff. The next time when I open the image it's back to pixels and also back to the initial DPI (while the pixel dimensions remain). 

 

1. Initial scanned image opened in AP:

5100 x 7019 px

Pixel

600 DPI

 

2. Change document settings into:

21,59 x 29,71 cm

Centimeters

300 DPI

 

3. Export the file to Tiff

 

4. Open the Tiff file and check document settings in AP or Photoshop:

2550 x 3510 px

Pixel

600 DPI

 

That's very frustrating and not very functional as it's not possible to export an image with the dimensions that I would like to define. That make a workflow a bit difficult if I send out files to clients, printers or colleagues. The resolution remain, you don't loose quality, I know, but the output size is simply different than it supposed to be. Let's say an image is printed on a T-Shirt then the size of the print would be wrong. 

 

Anything that I'm doing wrong? If not, I would hope that this is going to be fixed or updated.

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The basic problem is if you allow the "embed metadata" option (in Export > More) to be enabled, the export is saved with the original DPI setting, not (as it should be) with the one you changed it to after opening the file.

 

So you can either disable that option, which strips all metadata out of the export, or use some other app to change the DPI EXIF value. Neither is an ideal workaround.  :mellow:


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R C-R, thank you for your input!

Disabling the "embed metadata" option worked half-way. The unit turned back from Centimeters to Pixels, but at least my modified DPI is used in the document now. 

 

Anyhow, I hope these little things are going to be optimized in the following updates for a smoother workflow experience. 

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