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Re: B/W printing of imported color PDFs


I use either EPS or TIFF for my images in FM and have no problems with the red not rendering as black.

Some times a red that has a lot of black in it (a deep shade of red that you can check using the color picker in almost any image program) will render black.

The solution to this, and the obverse, is to down sample the color gamut to a maximum of 256 colors (I actually use the 216 web safe colors). This will darken the light and lighten the darks so that it should render well in printing and yet retain the color in a PDF.

Even given that, you will find that there are a few graphics that need to be beaten about the head and shoulders with an image program and a little time.

Good luck,

Allen Schaaf
Information Engineering

"There's more to life than increasing its speed."
  -- Mahatma Gandhi 

At 12:05 AM 9/20/03 - Fred Ma wrote:

>I've printed out
>as both PDF and PS in preparation to import it into FM
>as a graphic.  I first try importing the PDF to FM.
>The red looks red in the imported graphic.  But when I
>print the FM file to PS, the red is black in the PS
>output.  I made sure that the PS driver has color
>enabled.  I've tried optimizing the PS for speed and
>portability.  I know that output PS is sane because
>some other color graphics retain their color.
>I thought the problem might be in the imported PDF.
>Rather than importing the raw PDF as a graphic, I
>distilled the PS of the above webpage in hopes of
>getting "better" PDF.  I imported resulting PDF into
>my FM document.  Again, it looks colorful in the FM
>document, but not in the PS output.
>Anything I'm doing wrong?
>Thanks for taking a look.
>P.S.  Sent to comp.text.frame, adobe.framemaker,
>and framers@omsys.com.
>Fred Ma, fma@doe.carleton.ca
>Carleton University, Dept. of Electronics
>1125 Colonel By Drive, Ottawa, Ontario
>Canada, K1S 5B6
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