Just an absolute newbie running Inkscape 0.48.2 in a well working,
really beautiful, vintage declared but loved computer (2.1 GHz PowerPC
G5 & Mac OS X.5.8).
To get Previews from the Open Clip Art Library*, it is needed to be
registered at the openclipart.org site and fill up the user account data
in the Inkscape Preferences**?
* File > Import from Open Clip...
** Import/Export > Open Clip Art Library Username & Password.
Eneko Gotzon Ares
Wow such community.
Thanks all for the replies, with a lack of a good mailing list reader I
have to reply generally or top post so forgive any confusion that might
come from this.
My original post was a feeler to see if anyone may have been successful
in creating a pdf in CMYK colourspace straight out of inkscape using
ghostscript/monshiner, instead of the extra step in Scribus.
Chris they insist on CMYK because the inks used are C=Cyan M=Magenta
Y=Yellow K=Black and the plates they use are separations of/to these
Gez, I know inkscape doesnt really work well for a purely CMYK workflow,
I knew that from the start. I must say that your statement about CMYK
values tied to press settings are not what I, nor anyone I know in
print and design have been doing, maybe your statement would make more
sense(for me anyway) if you mentioned that printer ICC profiles are tied
to specific press settings.
Even so, thanks all for the responses I'll have to continue using the ICC linking method in the mean time.
Hi to all. I just release a new video for the LPE Fillet-Chamfer.
Now have simplified interface and more features and bugfixes.
Thanks to Nathan, Liam, Josh, SUV, Mc- and all give feedback!
> My current work around is to do just that or in most cases I change
> colourspace of the pdf (including and especially images) using
> moonshiner. It doesn't always not retain CMYK colour values for vector
> objects, it is an extra step I would like to avoid. I was wondering if
> anyone else has been successful in using Ghostscript to convert the
> colourspace of a PDF, but integrated into the export dialogue maybe as
> plugin. Its a slight hassle to import an SVG file, update the CMYK
> on each object,export to PDF, send the file to my local printer, do a
> proof print with them, change the colour again in Scribus, export to
> PDF. I guess I will just have to continue along this way of doing
> things, until I have figured out how to what I want myself :)
You have to attach a CMYK color profile to your inkscape document in the
document properties. Once you have the profile, the CMS tab in the
fill/stroke dialog allows you to choose the colorspace for each object
and select your desired CMYK values.
If you do that and take the SVG file to Scribus, the CMYK values will be
Regarding the spot inks, as far as I can remember you can use the auto
palette for adding swatches that work "globally" in the document, but
since that's done by custom gradient definitios they don't survive the
import to Scribus as spot inks.
It's not really a problem, since the color of a spot ink is meaningless.
The color of spot inks is just a visual aid for you to pick them, but
the printer will produce a separate plate for them that has to be inked
with the right color.
So, don't worry about spots in inkscape then. Just use a regular RGB
color and when you import the SVG to Scribus, go to the colors manager
and turn that RGB swatch to a spot ink, using the name of the desired
ink so it's reflected in the PDF output. The printer will know what to
do with it.
I run a small graphic design firm, and I send files to printshops almost
daily. Personally, I don't even care about doing anything in CMYK in
Inkscape. I do everything in RGB, and let Scribus to create the
Spot-only works are the exception, of course. But since printing 3 spots
is usually as expensive as printing process, most of the jobs end up
being just process, with a few exceptions.
CMYK+Spots is not very common as one would expect, but it's not a
problem if you use the intermediate binding process I just described.
You do everything in RGB, and if something has to be printed in a
special ink, you can mark the RGB swatch as spot in Scribus and it will
take care of it.
In my experience, properly color managed RGB > CMYK conversions are
pretty reliable. Designers usually think that a special CMYK combination
is a bullet-proof method to get exact colors, but that's not true: a
certain CMYK combination is tied to a specific press setting (plate
order, screen angle, stock type and quality, etc.)
> Actually SVG does allow for proper CMYK, as does Inkscape. It is just
> that the export path we use (Cairo) does not support CMYK.
Hi Jon Cruz
Its a pity Cairo doesn't support CMYK. I would really like to know how
you can convert the colorspace of an svg file, I have exported a CMYK
file exported from Illustrator but it has not retained its colourspace.
AFAIK editing the xml colour tag in a text editor is the only way to get
the svg file to include CMYK or spot colour info, please could you share
your method of you do this.
> > I agree, but CMYK is not covered in the svg
> > standard. My solution is to import the Inkscape
> > document into Scribus and then export it
> > using pdf X/1-a:2001 as the target format.
Thanks John Culleton,
My current work around is to do just that or in most cases I change the
colourspace of the pdf (including and especially images) using
moonshiner. It doesn't always not retain CMYK colour values for vector
objects, it is an extra step I would like to avoid. I was wondering if
anyone else has been successful in using Ghostscript to convert the
colourspace of a PDF, but integrated into the export dialogue maybe as a
plugin. Its a slight hassle to import an SVG file, update the CMYK info
on each object,export to PDF, send the file to my local printer, do a
proof print with them, change the colour again in Scribus, export to
PDF. I guess I will just have to continue along this way of doing
things, until I have figured out how to what I want myself :)
Please forgive if this email looks odd, I'm still looking for a mailing
list reader to respond to posts on the list.
Actually SVG does allow for proper CMYK, as does Inkscape. It is just that the export path we use (Cairo) does not support CMYK.
On May 24, 2014 7:51 AM, john Culleton <John@...1668...> wrote:
> On Sat, 24 May 2014 14:00:58 +0000 (UTC)
> Judah <judahyodh@...155...> wrote:
> > Hi all
> > I have been using inkscape for a while now, my
> > only problem has been a lack of native CMYK
> > (and spot color) support for PDF's from
> > Inkscape. I was wondering if there is way to
> > get this piece of software
> > (moonshiner.sourceforge.net) to work with
> > Inkscape esp in the "Save as" pdf dialogue? I
> > checked it with an old version of <adobe/>
> > software I have and the resulting file is
> > definitely in a CMYK color space.
> I agree, but CMYK is not covered in the svg
> standard. My solution is to import the Inkscape
> document into Scribus and then export it
> using pdf X/1-a:2001 as the target format.
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I have been using inkscape for a while now, my only problem has been a lack
of native CMYK (and spot color) support for PDF's from Inkscape. I was
wondering if there is way to get this piece of software
(moonshiner.sourceforge.net) to work with Inkscape esp in the "Save as" pdf
dialogue? I checked it with an old version of <adobe/> software I have and
the resulting file is definitely in a CMYK color space.
Hi Nathan, sorry for the late reply, Im waiting to have it to reply.
> Ok, the tangents do look correct. I think the problem is that you
> need to find the osculating points on the curved path fillets. There
> is a toy for this (called fillet-minion). See if that makes for nicer
You are ok, oscilating point is wrong. I surf into the 2GEOM toy
filet-mignon, i do about but it give me the strange results pointed by
Cale Gibbard in the #3 of this launchpad bug
Finaly i adopted the Cale solution in the same bug
Soon I comit the new code. I have a extra problem related to time values
on curves, I find that not straight lines have his time values based by
his handles instead the distance along it. My cuestion is: Any way to
know a point at a distance based time value?
Sorry if not explain so well.
I have a 2 page document (an evaluation form), and because spacing was
very important, I used Inkscape instead of LibreOffice, LyX, LaTeX,
etc. This two page document must print on both sides of the paper, so
I'd imagine it must end up as a PDF.
http://sourceforge.net/projects/inkscape-pages/ seems to indicate that
I can do this natively in Inkscape by installing a plugin. I'm a little
worried ways that a plugin might affect my normal Inkscape usage.
http://wiki.inkscape.org/wiki/index.php/Multipage itself indicates that
Inkscape itself doesn't implement multiple pages, because the current
SVG spec doesn't support it.
http://www.inkscapeforum.com/viewtopic.php?f=5&t=519 reiterates that
current Inkscape doesn't support multiple pages, and suggests I use two
different Inkscape docs, and desktop publish them with Scribus.
All I really need is a 2 page portrait letter-sized PDF, and I'll
figure out how to print it duplexed. I have no problem with making two
different Inkscape docs. I'm a little concerned about putting
letter-sized SVG's into Scribus or LibreOffice or any other "container".
Anyone have any ideas of the best way for me to make a 2 page PDF out
of one or two Inkscape files?
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