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Old 05-13-2015, 11:11 AM   #11
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Default Re: Printing GURPS books on Lulu

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One trick I've learned is that some photo-editing software can import PDFs directly. Yes, you're working with flattened pages-as-images at that point, and I wouldn't try importing multi-page PDFs that way, but it's an option. A couple of the "series title logo" images on this website came from that process.
GIMP and Photoshop can do it, right, but you probably won't get the best results with them. A vector graphics editor, such as Inkscape or Illustrator will give you better results, and will let you export to an image at the size you need afterward. I actually pointed up how to do it with only free software (PDFSaM and Inkscape) on post 5...
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Old 05-14-2015, 06:25 AM   #12
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GIMP and Photoshop can do it, right, but you probably won't get the best results with them. A vector graphics editor, such as Inkscape or Illustrator will give you better results, and will let you export to an image at the size you need afterward. I actually pointed up how to do it with only free software (PDFSaM and Inkscape) on post 5...
Actually, if you just want to extract the front/back as an image file, GIMP works better than Inkscape in my experience. It has a very solid PDF renderer and I trust it to display fonts the way a PDF viewer would. With Inkscape, I can never ever get it to correctly import fonts from the PDF (neither "as text" nor "as paths").

Simply open the PDF in Gimp, select the first and last page in the import dialog and the correct resolution (300dpi will likely be good enough for printing purposes) and then immediately export those two images to PNG again.

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