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Title: Need help with CMYK color setup and PDF-X1A
Post by: Lectus on May 19, 2014, 09:04:39 pm
Hi!
I've been using Scribus very successfully for black and white brochures and magazines.

Recently I wanted to move on to better quality colorful brochures.

The printer shop asked me to send a PDF file in CMYK colors and PDF-X1A format.

Until now I had no idea of CMYK colors. I only used RGB.

How can convert my documents for the required format? Any help is welcome. Thanks
Title: Re: Need help with CMYK color setup and PDF-X1A
Post by: Nermander on May 19, 2014, 09:18:50 pm
Export to PDF "for printer" will create a CMYK PDF. "For screen/web" will create a RGB PDF.
Title: Re: Need help with CMYK color setup and PDF-X1A
Post by: utnik on May 19, 2014, 10:53:42 pm
hi lectus

what nermander wrote is correct – but scribus 1.4.3 doesn't support .pdf/x-1a.
if you're working under windows, you may download scribus-1.4.4svn (http://lists.scribus.net/pipermail/scribus-dev/2014-April/002040.html). with this version you can export in .pdf/x-1a format…

utnik

Title: Re: Need help with CMYK color setup and PDF-X1A
Post by: Lectus on May 20, 2014, 03:20:14 am
I'm working on both Linux and Windows. Thanks for the link. I'll use that version for final release.

BTW... is exporting as PDF-X1A with "for printer" output enough?
Title: Re: Need help with CMYK color setup and PDF-X1A
Post by: utnik on May 20, 2014, 09:51:41 am
hi lectus

…is exporting as PDF-X1A with "for printer" output enough?
your printshop should tell you which color profile they need – then you export to the specified cmyk profile. (color management has to be activated and you need this profile as an .icc file on your system.)

utnik