Re: [Gimp-user] How to use bleed and cropping: BIG correction

I noticed Steve's gracious and very detailed answer. Yet, I did not see
a subsequent "thank-you". That was rather disappointing.  So, in the
effort of maintaining the spirit of altruistic assistance alive, I'll
say it: Thanks Steve !
I hope that when I need the inevitable helping hand or push in the
right direction somebody as generous as Steve will be there to help.
-----Original Message-----
From: Steve Kinney <admin pilobilus net>
To: gimp-user-list gnome org
Subject: Re: [Gimp-user] How to use bleed and cropping: BIG correction
Date: Tue, 20 Oct 2015 12:46:27 -0400
On 10/20/2015 12:41 PM, Steve Kinney wrote:
No, I don't use Inkscape for the stuff described below.  The program
is Scribus.
Sory about the brain fart, the rest of the post seems to be correct.
 Inkscape is a vector editor - one I have spent waaay to much time
using lately, making labels for machine tools.  :D
Here's the program I "meant to" suggest:
I use Inkscape to prepare images for commercial printing:  This is a
Free desktop publishing program.  Sorry about the "first get this
other program and learn how to use it" answer, but if you do you
will be glad you did.

Open Inkscape and start a new file, open File > Document Setup, and
select double sided.  Set the width & height, etc. as the job
requires, to match the dimensions of the stock it will be printed
on.  Save the file early & often, of course.

Set up guide lines to position your images on the pages, and for
each image do Insert > Insert Image Frame.  Right click inside the
resulting frame and select Get Image.  (I typically export my images
from the GIMP as PNG files, after building them to scale so that at
full size they are 300 DPI; i.e. an image 2" x 2" would be 600 x 600
pixels.)  Once you have got the image in the frame, right click in
the frame again and select Adjust Frame To Image.  Then drag and
drop the frame into place as indicated by the guide lines you set up

You can add cut marks using guide lines and the simple drawing tool
in Inkscape.

When both pages are done, save the file then export it as PDF @ 300
DPI (or whatever the native resolution of your images is).  Open it
up with a PDF viewer, check your work, and if possible print a
double sided test sheet to verify alignment of the two sides.

That's about all there is to it.  If your print vendor has other
specifications, Inkscape will be able to accommodate them - but PDF
is pretty much universal and expected.



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