[scribus] PDF Colour separations

ale rimoldi ale.comp_06 at xox.ch
Wed May 23 06:08:30 UTC 2012

hi frank,

> To this point, I have been creating plates by printing to a
> colour-separated ps file, then doing an imposition from that into
> four pdf files (one for each colour) then printing each pdf file to
> the appropriate series of plates. Unfortunately, ghostscript blows up
> once in a while using that output due to, I think, poor quality fonts
> being used in the original document. (10,000 Fonts for $1.49!)
> Unfortunately, I can't persuade the folks who create this thing to
> stick to using good quality fonts (I've tried several times) so I'm
> stuck with the consequences.
> I am now considering the idea of starting from a pdf file instead of
> a ps file (not knowing if the output will be any different or better
> or not) but have discovered that there is no obvious way to create a
> colour separated pdf file in Scribus.  Export to PDF has several
> options, none of which appear to do what I can do by printing to a ps
> file.
> So my question is, how can I get a set of colour separated pdf files
> out of a Scribus-generated PDF file?  I see that ghostscript now
> supports a tiffsep device, but that will give me a series of tiffs.
> Should I go with that and use tiff2pdf to create my pdf files for the
> plates?  Or is there a better way?
> Or am I wasting my effort here and won't gain anything different by
> starting my imposition and colour separation from a PDF instead of a
> ps file?

nowadays, your best solution is to give up separating yourself the

from what i've read by googling around (and from my small experience),
if you really need color separation, it should be fine to send the tiff
gs has created from your PDFs to your print shop...

i'm not sure that getting back to pdf (or to vectors) is really

just my 5 cents...


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