[scribus] pdf problems

Gregory Pittman gpittman at iglou.com
Fri Feb 27 03:38:17 CET 2009

michael crane wrote:
> hello,
> I don't know if I am asking the wrong questions or in the wrong way or
> if my posts are actually getting through.
> I can see them in the archive so they get there but they do not turn
> up in my gmail account.
> anyway I am learning quite a bit.
> I should explain that I have spent a lot of time with graphic stuff
> but always did the roughs.
> I understand about printing in that I have done a lot of animation
> that involved travelling matts for optical printing on film
> and I guess the principals are the same. I've done offset litho and
> silk screen printing and of course lots of direct methods of getting
> ink and paint onto various materials. other than that somebody else
> did the technical things for printing.
> I am uncertain about modern printing practices. I should go look how
> the different things are done these days.
> Any way I have numerous questions.
> I made a flyer for a friend using scribus and my problem is that
> the exported pdf looks good in acrobat reader
> but just to see how it is, when I open that pdf back in scribus, there
> are errors.
> for example all the text is there but some coloured text has the first
> letter black and
> there are 2 graphic frames and they are missing.
> in one test I made the images I wanted into one .png with no
> transparency in scribus and then exported it to pdf,
> opening it in scribus the image became a little black pacman image in
> the top left hand corner.
> I have a lot of questions about transparency.!!
> anyway I have made a png file as well as the pdf so hopefully it gets
> printed ok.
> I'd like to talk about using scribus as a pasteup tool because as it
> looks to me it is much closer to "holding paper" than the other
> programs you see but I have this problem that I cannot be sure that
> what I see in the pdf in acrobat reader is what is going to appear on
> the paper because when I open that pdf in scribus it is wrong.
I don't understand this making of PDFs then importing to Scribus. This 
makes no sense. Perhaps if you can explain what you have in mind when 
you are doing this, we can come up with some suggestions on how to do 
this in a sensible way. The PDF is supposed to be the end product of 
your work, not some in-between working stage than gets reincorporated 
back into Scribus.


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