Post Reply 

PDF export problem

Nov 9, 2013, 14:06
Post: #1
PDF export problem
I have an xcf file I've tried to export as a PDF. In the resulting PDF, however, some of the text is resized much smaller, even though I've saved the original xcf file zillions of times. I admit PDF via Gimp is new for me, so I've been testing to see what it can do. The shrunken text isn't going to do at all.

I know it's gotta be me. Suggestions?
Find all posts by this user
Quote this message in a reply
Nov 9, 2013, 14:50
Post: #2
RE: PDF export problem
A couple of possibilities.

I have seen reports (mainly Inkscape) that the linux Adobe PDF Reader can scramble an exported file. I do not know, I do not use that reader. Does the some thing happen in say Evince or Okular or whatever 'buntu alternative reader.


The scrambled font only exists in the Gimp fonts folder. If the PDF reader can not find a font then the default font is substituted. eg The center text in the screenshot, however, should not affect the size...

Possible solution create a 'New from Visible' and export that to PDF.

[Image: OYpVmG0.jpg]

** https://www.gimp-forum.net/ now answering questions**
Find all posts by this user
Quote this message in a reply
Nov 9, 2013, 15:36
Post: #3
RE: PDF export problem
rich2005, thank you for your help. I agree that Adobe Reader for Linux is cr*p. It does weird things to my color profiles (from Scribus) for one thing. In this case, the preinstalled Ubuntu doc viewer rendered the file the same, i.e small text. It was odd because previously I had tried a halfway done file, which was fine.

I tried edit > copy visible but that didn't help. What I did discover, is that if I saved the file in another format first (tiff, jpg, or png) and exported that as a pdf, it did fine! Even Adobe Reader didn't screw it up.

You've given me some good information, and I appreciate it. Thanks once again for your help. Everything Gimp has pretty much been a learn as I go process.
Find all posts by this user
Quote this message in a reply
Nov 9, 2013, 15:40
Post: #4
RE: PDF export problem
just in case you revisit

That was not edit > copy from visible but in the layers dialog, new layer from visible.

End result is the same however as exporting to a 'flattened' format. The vector properties of the text are lost and the pdf is a raster image.

** https://www.gimp-forum.net/ now answering questions**
Find all posts by this user
Quote this message in a reply
May 18, 2018, 15:22
Post: #5
RE: PDF export problem
If we still want to keep this about GIMP and only GIMP, then no, you couldn't do that the very way you needed. Despite the fact GIMP has been working with PDF's almost since its launch, it always has been sort of pdf-unfriendly piece of software. Nowadays there is some amount of free web tools to do all things with documents, I personally prefer this pdffiller.com for such purposes, but you may consider browsing for some more options to choose. In all cases it would be better than trying to sort it out with GIMP
Find all posts by this user
Quote this message in a reply
May 18, 2018, 20:56
Post: #6
RE: PDF export problem
This forum has been DEAD for a long time and is abandoned to spammers.

We've all gone to https://www.gimp-forum.net
Find all posts by this user
Quote this message in a reply
Post Reply 


Possibly Related Threads...
Thread: Author Replies: Views: Last Post
  Transparent Layer Changing To Black instead of White after Export JustAmanda123 2 3,308 Jul 28, 2018 17:06
Last Post: abajan
  DPI problem Wasew 1 192 May 23, 2018 06:15
Last Post: paynekj
  GIMP 2.8.18 on MacOS Sierra freezes on export yroeht 2 210 May 17, 2018 20:24
Last Post: paynekj
  Export to PDF spoils image rdh61 1 463 Jan 30, 2018 13:05
Last Post: paynekj
  TWAIN problem Dave H 2 353 Jan 1, 2018 14:06
Last Post: Dave H

Forum Jump:


GIMP ForumPortalArchiveContactTermsRSS