I am facing some problems with printing my publication correctly. I have been working with an Affinity Publisher document that composes various templates from Affinity Designer (vector drawings and pixel texture) and text. I attached the final export settings below.

In the first place, I got incorrect colors from the printer and some artifacts/ghosting (viewing the exported pdf on the PC does not show these issues, just when printed). When changing the settings to the attached ones below, all pages with TEXT are correct. Some pages are graphics only (no text); these are still facing these problems. I would like to kindly ask if anyone has a clue why this happens or why the modified export settings only affected pages with text. I really appreciate any help you can provide.

Settings part 1 Settings part 2 example

edit: english export settings settings1 english settings2 english

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    Not an affinity user.. and I can't read most the export dialogs... but... any printer who supplied me with your sample print image... after I sent your sample PDF image would be fired and never used again. There's no excuse for such a vast difference. Even if your export settings were "off" in some way, the worst that could happen is color shifts, but that ghosting, the grain? All unacceptable and a print error (as in the guy running the press), not a PDF error. For print production, you typically want to export as PDF/X. I don't know if Affinity does that.
    – Scott
    Jul 22 at 18:36
  • Thanks for your comment! The grain comes from the photo of the print I took today. The printery I work with is a professional one with good machinery. So I assume there has to be a certain problem with the file. (I have added the translations of the settings) Jul 22 at 19:44
  • I don't see anything in the settings that would be a problem. Nothing. The only remotely possible setting to alter would perhaps be the PDF compatibility. Setting it to PDF 1.5 (Acrobat 4) may flatten the artwork for better reproduction. But honestly, that shouldn't be an issue. PDF 1.7 should be fine. -- My biggest concern would be those odd blowout shapes around the head in your print image. I can not fathom how that happens other than shoddy press work (too much water on the press). Even the best print houses can have an off day. The mark of a good printer is how they handle mistakes.
    – Scott
    Jul 22 at 19:49
  • Any decent print house should have seen how "off" the color is between the PDF and the print and corrected things. Clearly there's as absolutely zero concern with respect to maintaining the PDF appearance - those odd "blobs" of what I assume is to be the flesh tone, the incredibly washed out flesh tone and other colors (Unless that's also due to your camera.)
    – Scott
    Jul 22 at 20:59
  • It honestly appears as there though was way more water than magenta ink on the press.
    – Scott
    Jul 22 at 23:43

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