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Hello,

i'm having an issue exporting a PDF for a print job. I have different layers for the artwork, the guide and the notes. When i export the file it is just a flat PDF with a white background, as apposed to a PDF that opens with the layers.

How do i export with the option to show hide layers in other software, or even with a blank background? At the moment the white artwork just gets flattened into a white background and i'm just exporting a blank image.

Thanks.

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  • Which PDF export settings are you using?
  • Which apps are you subsequently opening the PDF in?

Exporting for Print should keep everything separate, I've just made a PDF with 4 shapes, a text frame with filler text and a white rectangle as a background, I opened in Illustrator and all the layers were there, the text frame was separated into sentence layers but was still editable.


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Hey mate,

Long story short, i was able to load it into Illustrator (layers and guides didn't show, just all the curves in one hideous list), then it needed to be exported as an Adobe PDF to be read properly with the layers and guides. I just signed up for Illustrator for a month, otherwise i don't need it. However if this comes up again which it likely will i'll still need it...can't get away from it!

I tried all the PDF export settings out of Affinity. Also, when applying any masks in Affinity, they didn't render out as vector so when loading in Adobe, anything with a mask or effect loaded as a terrible jpeg like image, not sure what settings or process avoids this?

Could you tell me the settings you exported with out of interest?

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I just used the Export for print option. Have you had a look at the Affinity Designer βeta 1.7.0. version I know they have made improvements for PDF export.

For Mac

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In Illustrator many items/curves can be placed on a single layer. In affinity Designer each goes on it;'s own layer.

is it possible you are simple seeing the different way the two Applications work?

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Why do you need layers if purpose is to print? Though I can understand white shape on a white background can be problematic. That is though something that needs to be discussed with the printer.

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It's for printing boxes so theres direction labels and die cut lines then the artwork, which is transparent. Between me the supplier and the box maker it's just causing some hassles along the way.

When i exported the design in black it loaded ok in illustrator. Must be something to do with all white on a pdf export? Could be a bug or maybe i'm just missing something somewhere :/

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Exporting to .eps or .pdf does not maintain the layer structure necessary for printers to make separations.  Certainly you can export as a .eps or .pdf and restructure it in Illustrator, but what's the point of designing in Designer if restructuring the file in illustrator is required.

This Issue should be Priority 1 to make this a professional tool instead of a hobbyist application.

 

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