[scribus] Washed out images in PDF printing to Adobe

John Ghormley KJ4UFG kj4ufg at sera.org
Sat Jan 1 01:11:41 CET 2011

On Fri, Dec 31, 2010 at 5:17 PM, Tom <Tom at tuxedo-press.com> wrote:

> Images in PDFs created by printing to Adobe Acrobat 9 are noticeably
> different than those created by exporting to PDF in that the images are
> washed out in those created by printing to Adobe. Both types of files have
> been submitted to CreateSpace for printing with predictable results. The
> images come out brighter on books that are printed from PDFs created by
> exporting from Scribus. Has anyone else noticed this? Is there a way to
> eliminate this problem with Adobe?
> Tom Benjey

I cannot imagine why one would print to Adobe Acrobat rather than direct to
a pdf.  Ideally, the result should be the same EXCEPT for potentially the
size of the pdf file.  Scribus sets each letter's position in the document,
whereas Adobe sets each line's position, which, to the best of my knowledge,
results in a smaller pdf file. (My pre-press folks cannot imagine why I use
Scribus since it creates such big files.  Of course, they only know Macs and
In Design.  I doubt they know their OS is a Unix variant.)  But the
difference in output quality might be related to the way Acrobat formats
their pdf files vs. how Scribus does it.  Just a guess, but still cannot
figure why you need to add the extra step.
John Ghormley  KJ4UFG
Editor, SERA *Repeater Journal*
4010 Kandace Hills Dr.
Walkertown, NC
editor at sera.org
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