[scribus] Enhance PDF/CMYK export result

Jeffrey Silverman jeffrey.d.silverman at gmail.com
Tue Jul 8 17:45:24 CEST 2008

I have had very similar experiences. It is my understanding that, even
if you can't *include* color profile information in the PDF, using
color profiles to simulate the printed result on-screen can be very

It has also been my experience that using full-color PNG images
instead of CMYK tiffs results in better looking printed output.

Now that Gimp supports color profiles, I have been able to get much
more consistent results in my printed output. My questions have always
been more like "which color profile to use where?"

Unfortunately, I am not experienced enough with desktop publishing to
give more suggestions. But since my experience is so similar (and tan
girls that are printed with heavy red overtones don't go over well in
tanning salon ads (which is what I have mostly used Scribus for)), I'd
love to hear others suggestions!

On Tue, Jul 8, 2008 at 7:20 AM, mumrel <mumrel at gmail.com> wrote:
> Hi there,
> first of all I want to thank you for the great work. I used scribus to
> create a wedding newspaper, 36 pages in total.
> All with free and open source software! I would not be able to create it in
> the same quality without the complete toolset (GIMP, Scribus!, Fedora).
> So and here comes my question:
> I exported my newspaper to pdf with colors set to CMYK/printer. After
> looking at the results the colors seem to have gained brightness and lost
> saturation.
> In total they don't look as nice as in the (digital) original or if i set
> the colors to screen/monitor/RGB. Ok so far no problem, since i thought
> after printing it looks
> the same or at least similar as on screen.
> Well, but it doesn't. I printed it at a german company and the printing
> result looks extremely similar to the exported CMYK-pdf and thus are a to
> bright and don't have enough saturation.
> In images:
> http://mumpitz.bplaced.net/RGBpdf.png   (Setting: color: screen/monitor)
> http://mumpitz.bplaced.net/CMYKpdf.png (Setting: color: printer)
> http://mumpitz.bplaced.net/photographedprint.png photogrpahed print (!)
> I am wondering if there are any options/parameters I could change/tweak to
> generate different CMYK-pdf exports, since the
> result is very close to the cmyk pdf. So I want to add a bit saturation and
> less brightness. I am not allowed to include any color-profiles.
> I am not afraid of going deep into scribus, even not adjusting some
> parameters and do a recompile although an easier method is prefered :-).
> Currently under Fedora 9, with scribus 1.3.4
> Any help or suggestions is appreciated!
> Thanks & Greetings
> mumrel
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Jeff Silverman
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