[scribus] Colour Profiles - make colour matching worse!

John Culleton john at wexfordpress.com
Fri Jul 24 18:00:32 CEST 2009

On Thursday 23 July 2009 07:48:38 pm Calum Polwart wrote:
> I have a 32 page newsletter with a  colour cover.  We've had
> problems before with poor colour matching so we've been trying to
> export as PDF X/3
> But when I export to X3 I get an awful mess!
> Basically there are some shadows in two cover photos and they
> export as black rather than dark colour.  But the bit I don't
> understand is...
> I have scribus open on my computer.  I tell it to export to PDF
> X/3 and then open on the same computer the document in Acrobat
> Reader (9) and it looks all dark and scary.  So I then try
> printing it and it prints like it looks in Acrobat...  So the
> colour match from the Acrobat to the Printer seems fine.  Why
> does scribus think the photos need to become darker when its
> exporting them?  Surely they should be rendered darker on the
> scribus screen....?
> I've pulled some screenshots together to show what I mean.  Image
> on LHS is Acrobat PDF X3 document, middle is scribus and right is
> PDF 1.4
> http://www.wittongilbert.free-online.co.uk/colour.png
> You'll notice that PDF1.4 is far clearer than the X3 document...?
>  Yet this is the same desktop so should they not either all
> render the same or left and centre be the same?
> Calum

What you see on screen, what you see on your desktop printer and 
what your commercial printing shop will produce are all different. 
I wouldn't fool with X/3 unless you have a good reason to.

John Culleton
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