[scribus] Washed out images in PDF printing to Adobe

Vladimir Savic vladimir.firefly.savic at gmail.com
Sun Jan 2 16:44:41 CET 2011

On Sun, 2011-01-02 at 09:16 -0500, Gregory Pittman wrote:
> On 01/02/2011 09:04 AM, Tom 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?
> >
> > As an experiment, I opened one of the images with GIMP and printed to Adobe
> > Acrobat using the same profile as when printing from Scribus
> > (PSF/X-1a:2001). The resultant PDF was sharp and clear as expected, not
> > washed out as when printed to Acrobat from Scribus. Could there be an
> > interaction between Scribus and Acrobat that requires some parameter to be
> > set to compensate for this interaction?
> When you say that you "print to Adobe Acrobat" it's not clear to me what 
> you mean. You mean that export to PDF from Scribus, then open up in Acrobat?
> Also, do you mean Adobe Acrobat or Adobe Reader (formerly known as Adobe 
> Acrobat Reader)?
> Greg

I might be wrong, but it seems to me that Tom prints to a virtual PDF
printer that comes as optional install with Adobe Acrobat Professional.
Essentially, it's the same thing as using CUPS' virtual PDF printer on
If so, I don't see benefits of that workflow.
Tom, please try exporting PDF using Scribus' internal pdf exporter.
You'll avoid many possible problems. Open Scribus exported PDF in
Acrobat and print from there. If you see a difference between that print
and the print of PDF you produced using GIMP, there might be a bug


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