[scribus] pdf problems

Gregory Pittman gpittman at iglou.com
Fri Feb 27 14:48:44 CET 2009

michael crane wrote:
> 2009/2/27 Peter Nermander <peter at nermander.se>:
>>> then I opened the pdf that scribus had made back into scribus and the
>>> graphics were missing and some coloured text was the wrong colour.
>> This is where we most of us lose you. Scribus is not designed to open
>> PDFs. The only thing Scribus (currently) can do is to import a PDF page as
>> an image. This import is done using Ghostscript and generates a bitmap
>> image from the PDF page.
> ok now that I know that I am happier. I thought it was not showing it
> properly because of an error I had made.
> I made something transparent and when I exported it to pdf it
> complained that transparency was an error.
> Please can you tell me exactly how you would handle transparency.
> for example
> make a new document and in that a text box full of text.
> on top of that I want to put, say a pair of scissors, of which I have
> a photograph.
> I would like a shadow of the scissors to be over the text.
This kind of thing is not going to be feasible strictly within Scribus. 
One suggestion might be to use Gimp or Photoshop to manipulate the 
scissors image and create the shadow. You will probably need to make the 
shadow as a separate image, since this will need transparency, but the 
scissors will not use transparency. Right now Scribus doesn't have this 
kind of advanced shadow and transparency natively, but it can control 
transparency for an entire frame/image.


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