[scribus] pdf problems

michael crane mick.crane at gmail.com
Fri Feb 27 15:43:40 CET 2009

2009/2/27 Gregory Pittman <gpittman at iglou.com>:
> 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.

In photoshop I press alt and shift  and make a mask then paint white
in the mask to make the background clear and save that as a png.
I do the same again with a sihouette of the scissors.

I import both images into scribus and make the shadow 30% transparent
in the properties window.

Is that the right way to do it ?
Is that the right way to make an image with no background be overlaid ?



> Greg

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