[Scribus] Q: Adding image with transparency

Jan Schrewe jschrewe
Thu Mar 8 02:12:04 CET 2007

D. R. Evans schrieb am Donnerstag, 8. M?rz 2007:
> Christoph Sch?fer said the following at 03/06/2007 06:46 PM :
> > Select the image frame, open the properties palette, go to the "Colour"
> > tab and select "None". If want to make this the default behaviour, you
> > can do so in "File > Preferences" (general) or "File > Document Setup"
> > (current document) under "Tools".
> I think that billsey at earthlink.net clarified a lot of things for me. It
> seems like I was making a fundamental error in thinking that Scribus was
> the right tool for creating a complex layered image (for a book cover), and
> instead I should be using GIMP for it.
> I had been thinking that the right way to proceed was to use GIMP to build
> each image, and then I would use Scribus to position the images on multiple
> layers and move the images on the layers around, but clearly that's not the
> right approach if Scribus doesn't know anything opacity.
> I'm not sure how I'm going to handle the text flow of the blurb box on the
> back cover in GIMP, but I expect that I'll solve that somehow. I have about
> 12 hours invested in the project so far (which is far too long for what
> should be a fairly simple task) so basically now I just want to get it done
> by fair means or foul.

The way I usually do something like that is, to create the image in Gimp and 
import it into scribus and add the text.

It's the same as with Indesign and Photoshop. You use Indesign to do the 
typography and create the image behind the text using photoshop.

The advantage to using the scribus and gimp approach is that you get a PDF in 
CMYK, which most printer like more than the stuff gimp produces (at least 
that's my experience)


> Anyway I apologise for asking what turned out to be inappropriate questions
> here.
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