[scribus] Transparency Simulation if your commercial printer does not allow transparency

Ondřej Němeček ondrej.nemecek at gmail.com
Wed Nov 9 18:10:47 UTC 2011

I quess that to export to pdf 1.3 make the same stuff...


On 11/09/2011 03:30 PM, Stefan wrote:
> Most printers do not accept transparent vector art in a pdf.
> Scribus cannot "flatten" a file so it look transparent, so:
> My workaround for simple transparency stuff like
> half-transparent background over a picture, for easy readable text:
> use a special png-graphic
> - create a new graphic in Gimp with white backdrop
> - go to Gimp-Layers, move opacity slider from 100% to e.g. 70%
> ->  gives you transparent white.
> Save that as transparent.png
> In Scribus, create a Imageframe (key "i"), load transparent.png
> (ctrl-d) and you now have a transparent rectangle.
> Tipps:
> Try "fit picture to frame" and you can scale it as you need.
> Use a special form or contour line for more involved design.
> Stack two frames, for more white background and less transparency.
> Use other colors than white.
> The resulting PDF is accepted by all offset printers i use.
> There some are WYSIWYG-probs. Always check the pdf before printing from it.

Ondrej Nemecek
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