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When working with large size print files in Affinity Designer, I am forced to split them into separate artboards because of that stupid PDF page size limit of 200"x200". So I set up the file as multiple artboards placed side by side (see screenshot attached) and lay out the graphics across all artboards as necessary.

The problem is that AD insists on cropping any graphic to the artboard in which it was initially placed. I can force the object to span over multiple artboards by dragging it below all artboards in the Layers panel, but as soon as I move it, it gets cropped again.

Could we have an option to disable this behaviour please?

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58 minutes ago, tudor said:

When working with large size print files in Affinity Designer, I am forced to split them into separate artboards because of that stupid PDF page size limit of 200"x200". So I set up the file as multiple artboards placed side by side (see screenshot attached) and lay out the graphics across all artboards as necessary.

The problem is that AD insists on cropping any graphic to the artboard in which it was initially placed. I can force the object to span over multiple artboards by dragging it below all artboards in the Layers panel, but as soon as I move it, it gets cropped again.

Could we have an option to disable this behaviour please?

Screen Shot 2019-09-10 at 11.57.26 AM.png

Hello @tudor,

would it work to use multiple artboards?

You could have one artboard with the full size of your design on which you place all your objects. On top of that you could place and distribute artboards of the sizes you need to export the single segments. In the export persona you can select just to export the segment artboards. I think these will include the elements from the (big) artboard below.

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10 hours ago, dominik said:

You could have one artboard with the full size of your design on which you place all your objects. On top of that you could place and distribute artboards of the sizes you need to export the single segments.

No, that doesn't work. I tried it and I had the same issues with objects being confined automatically inside the smaller artboards as soon as I moved them.

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12 hours ago, tudor said:

No, that doesn't work. I tried it and I had the same issues with objects being confined automatically inside the smaller artboards as soon as I moved them.

You are right. I was under the impression that stacked artboards include elements from artboards below on export. But this is not the case.
I think @selcukyilmaz's suggestion with multiple slices across one big artboard should do the job.

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On 9/10/2019 at 10:58 AM, tudor said:

When working with large size print files in Affinity Designer, I am forced to split them into separate artboards because of that stupid PDF page size limit of 200"x200".

Hello @tudor,

another option that works (I tried this time :) ) is to use one artboard the size of your design. Then place transparent rectangles on top of the design with the indiviual sizes to export. You can lock these to not interfere during designing.

Then you select one rectangle after the other (in the layers studio) an use 'File > Export'. Make sure to choose 'Area > Selection with background'. This creates segments of your design just not using artboards.

I do not say your request to span objects across multiple artboards is not a valid feature request. It's just not working right now and slices in Export Persona and my method above do :)

d.


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The best workaround for me right now is to make the full size artwork in Designer, then place it into Publisher on separate pages and export the print-ready PDF from there.

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9 hours ago, tudor said:

The best workaround for me right now is to make the full size artwork in Designer, then place it into Publisher on separate pages and export the print-ready PDF from there.

Good to hear that you found another way to solve the shortcoming of the page size limit :)

d.


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