[scribus] Printing only visible layers in a PDF

Gregory Pittman gpittman at iglou.com
Tue Dec 30 16:59:02 UTC 2014

On 12/30/2014 10:47 AM, John Culleton wrote:
> On Tue, 30 Dec 2014 09:42:02 +0100
> "Christoph Schäfer" <christoph-schaefer at gmx.de>
> wrote:
>>> Gesendet: Dienstag, 30. Dezember 2014 um
>>> 03:34 Uhr Von: "Gregory Pittman"
>>> <gpittman at iglou.com> An: "Scribus User
>>> Mailing List" <scribus at lists.scribus.net>
>>> Betreff: Re: [scribus] Printing only visible
>>> layers in a PDF
>>> On 12/29/2014 06:30 PM, Frank wrote:
>>>> I want to be able to select the layers I
>>>> can view and print from a PDF created by
>>>> Scribus. Currently all of the layers print
>>>> not just the layers that have been selected
>>>> in the PDF.
>>> To do this your selection method starts at
>>> PDF creation. You cannot include all layers
>>> in the PDF, then select which to print later.
>>> What you need to do is select the layers you
>>> wish to print in Scribus, then create
>>> different PDF versions for each selection of
>>> layers you want separated.
>>> So let's say you have a Background, a layer
>>> named B, and a third named C.
>>> From the Layers dialog, there are two
>>> potentially confusing choices. While you
>>> might decide to hide a layer by unchecking
>>> the column with the eye icon, this only hides
>>> it from view in Scribus. If you print or
>>> create a PDF, this hidden layer will still be
>>> printed/exported.
>>> So you must uncheck the column which shows a
>>> little printer icon just to the right of the
>>> eye. Unchecked layers will not be printed and
>>> will not export to the PDF.
>>> To only have the Background in my example, it
>>> must be checked to print, and layers B and C
>>> unchecked. Whether or not they're showing or
>>> hidden in Scribus makes no difference for the
>>> export.
>>> Greg
>> It really depends. In Adobe Reader it's
>> possible to select layers for printing, but one
>> needs to export to PDF 1.5 to get this feature.
>> Most, if not all, other PDF viewers don't
>> support PDF layers.
>> HTH,
>> Christoph
> Magical as Adobe Acrobat is, it cannot print
> layers that are not included in the pdf file.
> In Greg's example as I understand it a layer is
> omitted from the pdf export. On my current
> project I excluded the layer I use for most
> graphics from printing. I exported the file to a
> pdf. The graphics included in that layer did not
> show up in the pdf when I checked it in Okular.
> But graphics placed in the remaining layer did
> show up in Okular. QED
If Scribus doesn't export the layer  to the PDF, there is not going to
be anything to see with whatever reader you are using.
Christoph is talking about a different possibility.
Adobe Reader for Linux is aging, and doesn't have as many features.


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