[scribus] edit photo background of the text frame

John Culleton john at wexfordpress.com
Tue May 5 18:58:30 CEST 2009

On Tuesday 05 May 2009 12:06:49 pm kanette at op.pl wrote:
> Hi, I hope some of you can help me.. :-)
> I've got a problem with modyfying text frame when it's located
> on the image frame (I mean photo is a background for the whole
> page, text frame is smaller).What I want to do is to modify
> the part of photo under the text frame to make the text better
> visible (to lighten the photo there etc) Sorry, I'm not sure
> how it's callled, but I hope you understand more or less what
> I mean ;-) Can I do something like this in Scribus? As far as
> I see, I can make the background either transparent or
> colourful by choosing one of the colours, I couldn't find any
> possibility to edit photo background (?) (there's an option
> 'image effects'-'colorize' but first: it concerns the whole
> photo, second: I'd like to leave oryginal colours)
> Could anybody help me to do it? Please! :-)
> A.

My solution requires you to start all over. 
1. create the page to the desired dimensions. 
2. In the layers dialog create a new (transparent) layer.
3.  With this layer on top (it should be anyhow) add your 
background image.
4. Edit as needed.

For editing I suggest overlaying the spot where the text will go 
with a graphic frame white in color, and then vary the opacity as 
needed to lighten the photo, e.g, 20%. Then overlay that with 
your text frame, perhaps on a third layer if that is more 
convenient.  The opacity frame and the text frame need to be 
identical in dimensions and positions. 


John Culleton
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