[scribus] exporting to PDF gives bad print result

Gregory Pittman gregp_ky at yahoo.com
Tue Dec 1 04:31:49 CET 2009

On 11/30/2009 05:10 PM, Christian Andersen wrote:
> Submitted on 11/30/2009
> Submitted by anonymous user: []
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>     Your contact information:
>       Name: Christian Andersen
>       Email Address: chriand at dk.ibm.com
>     About your Scribus program:
>       Version:
>       Prebuilt/Compiled: Prebuilt
>       Build Date:
>     Your operating system and CPU:
>       Type: Linux
>       Version: ubuntu 8.04
>       CPU type: 32bit  Intel/AMD (i386)
>     Your request content:
>       Subject: exporting to PDF gives bad print result
>       Message:
> hi.
> I have create my own photo calendar using pcal and scribus. I export the
> calendar as a PDF file. The result looks very good on screen.
> But I visited a commercial printshop today and the print result was a bit
> disappointing. All my pictures were a bit dimmed and had lost some of the
> color intensity.
> At the printshop I also tried to do a print of a single pictures (JPEG). The
> same files which I have uploaded into Scribus. Printing the JPEG directly:
> Here the result was great.
> So somehow the PDF distillation is doing something to my pictures.
> When I export the PDF file, the settings are:
> Compatibility = PDF 1.4
> Compress Text and vector graphics = ON
> Image compression method = Automatic
> Image compression quality = Maximum
> Output intended for = Printer
> Do anyone of you have experience with this problem and maybe can tell me, if
> I'm doing something wrong.
If simply printing a jpeg looked Ok, you might try a setting of 
Screen/Web for your Output intention.
Are you using color profiles?


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