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soakedlontra

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Master Page Background help needed
« on: November 21, 2014, 06:41:23 pm »
I am working on a daily planner. I would like the pages to have a common background (a blurred photo). In the document set up settings I chose the size of a half American letter size and the magazine layout. In these pages there are other two objects: a triangle and text (see attachment below).

When I created a master page the triangle and the text show up but not the background image (see attachment below).

Well I have just tried again and this time the triangle and the background image show up (the image is off, though) but not the text.

What's going on? Is it possible to fix it?

Do I have to lock all the objects and their frames before creating the master page?

 Do I have to change the layers?

I want to create a full spread and I created an image frame that covers both pages so maybe that's the problem?

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Re: Master Page Background help needed
« Reply #1 on: November 23, 2014, 02:41:43 pm »
Betty, you need to include the image on both left and right master pages for it to display properly on the exported PDF.

See this thread for more info: http://forums.scribus.net/index.php/topic,1172.0.html

(I'm not sure if this is a bug or a feature.)

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Re: Master Page Background help needed
« Reply #2 on: November 23, 2014, 04:49:22 pm »
I'm not sure if this is a bug or a feature.

as long as there's nothing like paired master pages, i would call it a dangerous thing, allowing an element of a master page to overlap parts of the facing pageā€¦

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Re: Master Page Background help needed
« Reply #3 on: November 23, 2014, 11:36:43 pm »
Betty, you need to include the image on both left and right master pages for it to display properly on the exported PDF.

See this thread for more info: http://forums.scribus.net/index.php/topic,1172.0.html

(I'm not sure if this is a bug or a feature.)

Thanks for the link!

I looked at the thread and it confirms what I suspected that Scribus cannot handle a master page spread like Adobe InDesign, which it's a bit strange considering that I picked the preset layout called magazine. (I wonder if the new version of Scribus will have an improved and more flexible use of master pages.)

Anyway it seems to me that if I want to have an image as a background across two pages I have to cut the image in two halves and add them onto the pages separately using, as you mentioned, the scrapbook or duplicate the item and drag it onto the page.

Cheers

Betty

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Re: Master Page Background help needed
« Reply #4 on: November 24, 2014, 02:50:12 pm »
Utink: I think you're right. I just didn't know if there was something useful you could do with it that I didn't know about.

Betty: You're welcome.

The preset layouts are only named groups of margin guide settings. They have no other function.

I'd like the next version of Scribus to have master page layer interleaving - so we can have page numbers on top of the normal page stuff, and can flow text around master page images, etc. -  but anything that makes them more than simple "background sheets" would be a nice addition.

The scrapbook method I mentioned in my other post is probably more useful if you're going to be using the same thing over and over again, although you've already pointed out quite a serious issue in another thread about putting image fames in the scrapbook which needs sorting out.

For most purposes a simple duplication - as you mentioned - should be good enough. And the duplicated frame(s) use the same image so there shouldn't be a file size overhead.

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Re: Master Page Background help needed
« Reply #5 on: November 25, 2014, 03:57:32 am »
Uauh!  :D

I have managed to create the master page that I wanted. I hope it holds on!

Betty

 

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