[Scribus] First time user printing problems

Tom Stoddard tstoddard
Thu Oct 11 16:01:02 CEST 2007


We did try this and the pdf printed as poorly as the original document 
printed from Scribus. It looked different but still had many of the same 

Since then we've had some success by changing some of the advanced 
settings in the printer's options. The printer's postscript driver 
allows us to specify one of several settings for ICM Method under Image 
Color Management. It was disabled by default and we changed it to "ICM 
handled by printer". Under printer features in the advanced options, 
there is a setting for pure black text/graphics which was disabled by 
default. We switched that setting to "On". Right below that option was 
one called "Black Overprint". We changed that from disabled to "text". 
Now everything is printing clearly from within Scribus. The "double 
vision" has been resolved. The only problem we're noticing now is that 
colors aren't rendering consistently. We are producing a six page 
newsletter. Four of the pages are being printed to one 11 x 17 sheet and 
the other two pages are being printed onto one 8.5 x 11 sheet. There is 
a solid bar of red across the top of all of the pages. It's the same 
color but it appears substantially different on the 11 x 17 as it does 
on the 8.5 x 11. On the 8.5 x 11, it looks brown.

Unfortunately, both me and the person working on this newsletter are 
busy doing multiple other tasks and we can't seem to find the time to 
focus on this and diagnose it correctly. Printing from InDesign on the 
Mac was never problematic so we weren't prepared for these difficulties. 
Thanks for your feedback.


Martin Tlustos wrote:
> Hi,
> as a first workaround: export to pdf, then print the pdf.
> Printing from within Scribus seems to create problems in some cases.
> Martin
> Am Mittwoch, 10. Oktober 2007 schrieb Tom Stoddard:
>> Hello,
>> My company had a graphic artist who used to produce a newsletter for us
>> using InDesign on a Mac OSX computer. He has left the company and the
>> duty of producing the newsletter has been given to someone in a
>> different department. This person does not have access to the Mac
>> computer nor does she have InDesign installed on her Windows PC. She
>> told me that she had some experience using Pagemaker in the past so I
>> decided I would let her have a try at using Scribus. We installed
>> Scribus on her Windows 2000 SP4 PC.
>> She has been able to produce a newsletter that looks fine on screen but
>> when she tries to print it she has all sorts of problems. I don't know
>> whether the problems are a result of the way she created the document or
>> the way that she has Scribus configured on her PC. I suspect it's a
>> combination of both.
>> The problems include colors not appearing as expected, content not
>> properly positioned on the page, and text appearing blurred like
>> double-vision.
>> I'd like to start with the Scribus configuration to see if I'm missing
>> something. We are trying to print to a Toshiba eStudio 3100C. It's a
>> color laser printer/copier with an EFI fiery unit installed. We
>> installed the drivers directly onto her PC. There are postscript and PCL
>> drivers installed. Should we be using color management? When we try
>> that, no printer specific profiles appear in any of the option boxes.
>> Can anyone point me in the right direction?
>> Thanks!
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