[Scribus] cmyk workflow

Branko Vukelic bg.branko
Tue Feb 6 02:21:10 CET 2007

On Monday 05 February 2007 21:07:49 Axel Bojer wrote:

> How? The image is totally flattende and looks quite as it should be,
> quite the way I made it in Scribus. All my problems would be solved if
> this file could be made cmyk and still be printed the way this file
> looks on the screen. No transparency in this file at all, no layers no
> nothing, just plain png -- made tiff by Gimp. I will try Imagemagick,
> perhaps that will be a help.

If you are on Windows, you may use GIMP with Separate plugin. If you are on 
Linux, you can use Krita as well. It supports color-managed RGB-CMYK 
conversions. Krita is part of KOffice suite, but depending on distro, you may 
acquire it as a separate package.

Under Linux, there is also another way to flatten your PDF. Export PDF 1.4 
from Scribus. Then open it in Acrobat Reader. Go to Print dialogue, and 
select print to file near bottom. You will get a flattened PostScript file. 
Then use ps2pdf13 command (part of GhostScript) like so:

ps2pdf somefile.ps somefile.pdf

You should now have a flattened PDF. Some people here on this list have 
suggested that there may be problems with this method, but it works okay for 
me. YMMV.

Best regards,


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