[Scribus] Q: flattened PDFs

avox avox
Fri Mar 14 23:04:25 CET 2008

D. R. Evans-3 wrote:
> I am having problems with a lack of consintency in lulu's printing of
> covers generated by Scribus.
> It think it has to do with the fact that I was using the Scribus default
> of
> PDF 1.4. Switching the output to PDF 1.3 seems (so far) to have solved the
> consistency problem.
> But... that means that I lose the ability to use gradients.
> Is there any way to have Scribus generate a flattened PDF? I think this is
> also what is meant by a "rasterized" PDF; there are warnings on lulu's
> site
> about using layers and they say that rather than submitting a PDF with
> lots
> of layers, one should pre-rasterize the PDF by opening it in Photoshop,
> which can "rasterize the [PDF] file to a single layer". Presumably, one
> could by this method rasterize a PDF 1.4 file and generate something that
> can have gradients AND is rendered properly every time by lulu's printers,
> since it would contain just one layer.
> Any help would be greatly appreciated. This is taking forever to debug,
> since each iteration takes about a week (and costs about $10). And I'll
> soon have a bunch more Scribus-generated covers that will have to go
> through the same process :-(

The best flattener for PDF 1.4+ comes from Adobe and is included in 
Adobe Reader. Create a PDF 1.4 from Scribus, open it in AR and print it
to a Postscript file using a printer driver such as Apple Laserwriter.
Then use ps2pdf to create a PDF 1.3 file.

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