[Scribus] Scribus and Trapping?

Celso Junior celsojr2007
Tue Sep 4 21:58:04 CEST 2007

Ow.. you answer was so great! Do you allow me to quote it in my college 
conclusion work? It calls  "Penguins On Printing : The  Dtp under Linux" 
and it is a seriou study about using Linux features for printing 
industry. O_o

Celso Junior

> Hi Stewart,
> Scribus currently does not handle trapping [chokes and spreads]. This 
> feature is not in the roadmap for the current development series but it 
> is included in the desideratas as "roadmap suggestions". Please refer to 
> the wiki for more details. At the same time please note that version 
> 1.3.4 has a nice addition in the color tab for overprint and knockout 
> which is an essential part of the trapping feature.
> http://wiki.scribus.net/index.php/Main_Page
> While the issue has a fair potential for discussion, and while the big 
> DTP players of this world do have trapping options built-in, trapping is 
> generally handled at pre-press level. Many printers prefer to handle 
> trapping at RIP level and will use in-rip trapping. Begin parenthesis: 
> It might be advisable to implement such a feature further downstream, 
> once the PDF is created, and not in the editing process, at the Scribus 
> level. But again, this paves the way to a nice discussion! End parenthesis.
> The reason for this is trapping is a specialized task for prepress techs 
> and unaware users can just do worse while being full of good will.
> A few things to consider in the case you are submitting :
> 1. Is your job going to be printed on a digital press (where trapping is 
> a minor (or not an) issue) or on an offset sheetfed press? or even worse 
> wrt trapping on a web press?
> 2. Is your job going to be printed in CMYK or as spot colors?
> 3. How small are the objects you wish to trap?
> etc.
> In any event, it would be a good idea to discuss the case with your 
> printer. For this, a color proof will be enough to help spot the 
> eventual problems.
> Hope that helps (HTH)
> Louis
>> Stewart

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