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February 27th, 2012, 04:59 PM
Suppose someone had written a children's book, and was currently in the sketch stage of the illustration. The sketches soon will need to be scanned and colored in a program that can meet the printer's requirements for printing.

The printer's requirements are that the artwork be in CMYK colors (as opposed to RGB) and converted to pdf format ("printing press" option, instead of "web use" in Microsoft Word.)

A typical typesetting program is Microsoft Word, but I would like an alternative program to be used if possible. Is it possible to avoid Microsoft when illustrating/typsetting a children's book and still meet the printer's requirements?

The PDF program will need to have a "single page" option instead of "spreads." I am not even sure what that means, I just know it is one of the requirements of the printer.

February 27th, 2012, 06:22 PM
I don't know about the others, but GIMP *can* be tweaked for CMYK support:
CMYK plugin (http://www.blackfiveservices.co.uk/separate.shtml)
wiki page: CMYK support in The GIMP (https://wiki.archlinux.org/index.php/CMYK_support_in_The_GIMP)

February 27th, 2012, 06:37 PM
Not sure if it supports CMYK, (I don't use it much), but scribus is a really good publishing application. It's in the repositories.

February 27th, 2012, 08:01 PM
scribus is a really good publishing application
Thank you. A quick search indicated that Scribus can save PDFs in single page format, which is one of the press requirements:


Another search shows a Pre-Press tab on the PDF export dialog:


That's a very good sign.

Thanks for the Gimp suggestion. I thought Gimp only used RGB colors.

March 1st, 2012, 06:23 PM
Just found a tool that I believe could come in handy for someone who wants to illustrate a book or document for high quality printing:

Tiff 2 pdf.


March 5th, 2012, 07:58 PM
I've been working for a local dance studio.
For our flyers and program handouts, I used G.I.M.P. to manipulate images and LibreOffice Draw to set the final layout for the printer.
Both programs are free and LibreOffice exports to *.pdf files painlessly.

March 6th, 2012, 12:00 PM
Both Scribus and Gimp are excellent opensource tools for this. Scribus has a CMYK setting. Gimp can do nearly anything photoshop can.

Dry Lips
March 6th, 2012, 04:53 PM
A less known tool that I only recently heard of myself is SK1. http://sk1project.org/ What's awesome about this program, is that you can import your Inkscape files into SK1, and it is able to give you press-ready PDF output.

But for book layout, Scribus is what you'd use.