[scribus] exporting to PDF gives bad print result

Christian Andersen chriand at dk.ibm.com
Mon Nov 30 23:10:32 CET 2009

Submitted on 11/30/2009
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     Name: Christian Andersen
     Email Address: chriand at dk.ibm.com
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     Version: ubuntu 8.04
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     Subject: exporting to PDF gives bad print result

I have create my own photo calendar using pcal and scribus. I export the  
calendar as a PDF file. The result looks very good on screen.

But I visited a commercial printshop today and the print result was a bit  
disappointing. All my pictures were a bit dimmed and had lost some of the  
color intensity.

At the printshop I also tried to do a print of a single pictures (JPEG). The  
same files which I have uploaded into Scribus. Printing the JPEG directly:  
Here the result was great.

So somehow the PDF distillation is doing something to my pictures.

When I export the PDF file, the settings are:

Compatibility = PDF 1.4
Compress Text and vector graphics = ON
Image compression method = Automatic
Image compression quality = Maximum
Output intended for = Printer

Do anyone of you have experience with this problem and maybe can tell me, if  
I'm doing something wrong.

Thanks in advance

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