Scribus and Inkscape are both good programs, which I have recently discovered from Simon Budig on this list.

Do the vector stuff in Inkscape and the pixel stuff in Gimp, then do your layouts in Scribus.

Don't forget to convert the RGB image/photo file to CMYK (4 colour) colour space for print. You might try to make that conversion before you place it in the Scribus layout.
I haven't tried the service, but it's worth a shot.

Output the photo to CMYK Tiff.


-----Original Message----- From: Steve Kinney
Sent: Sunday, February 14, 2016 4:07 PM
Subject: Re: [Gimp-user] How to shrink photo, retain quality?? Business card design

On 02/13/2016 11:04 AM, Rick Strong wrote:
I checked the Gotprint site. PDF is an acceptable format to send to
them. When I design magazines I send out PDFs to the printers.

Photos should be 300 dpi, CMYK tiffs if you can, not jpegs. "RGB
must be converted to CMYK for print." Artwork CMYK, 600 dpi or
better.  Output all to PDF if you can. No compression, i.e. highest

My installation of GIMP 2.8.10 throws an error message and writes an
empty file when I try to export to PDF.  I don't normally do that,
so I never noticed until just now.

Scribus is really the "right tool" for a PDFing job.  You can tweak
everything about the PDF file - size of print area, DPI, how
embedded images are saved, vectorization of fonts, etc., via the
document and export settings.  I use PNG files for image content
when assembling layouts in Scribus.

Inkscape completes a "trinity" of Free graphics power tools:  It's a
vector editor, for tasks like making logos that will be re-used at
many sizes in many formats, labels for offset printing, silk screen
designs, etc.  Inkscape can export its native vector files, with or
without embedded bitmaps, to PDF.


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