[scribus] edit photo background of the text frame

michael crane mick.crane at gmail.com
Tue May 5 19:30:09 CEST 2009

2009/5/5 John Culleton <john at wexfordpress.com>:
> 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.

I imagine an image of an area of soft edged white the proportions of
the text on a transparent background dropped in at a % between text
and photo would work and probably be the sensible way to get what you


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