GIMP is a powerful tool for editing images but did you know that you could edit PDF files with GIMP? You can import a PDF document into GIMP as multiple layers. However the default export to PDF option would only allow you to export the document as a one page PDF as if it was an image. Here is a plugin that would allow you to export all the layers in your GIMP XCF file as a multi-page PDF document. You can use this not just for editing PDF documents but also for any xcf file where you want to export layers into a PDF document.
Solid PDF Creator is one such program. It makes good multi-page PDF documents and the Print to PDF option does what it says on the tin. Portable Inkscape description. It is very easy to edit nodes. Able Fax Tif View is a multi-page FAX, TIF, PDF, EPS, PS, AI, DCX, DICOM, JBIG viewer, editor. I you want to create a PDF with more than one page. Creating and editing PDFs in Inkscape is pretty simple. Is choosing which page to import — as inkscape can only do single page documents,.
This GIMP plugin to export layers as PDF will allow you to export all visible layers or all the layers in GIMP as individual pages in a PDF document.
To install, copy the plugin into your GIMP plugins folder
The GIMP folder version number should be the same as the one you have in your machin. Then chmod the file to add execute permissions
chmod u+x ~/.gimp-2.8/plug-ins/export-layers-to-pdf.py
That is it. You are done. Restart GIMP and you should see 'Export Layers to PDF' in your GIMP File menu.
Note: You will need the ImageMagick package for this plugin to work. To install this in Windows you will also have to edit the file and add the path to the ImageMagick path to the GIMP path environment variable.
The PDF file format is a vector format that can also hold raster images.Inkscape can save directly to PDF. To do so, do File ‣ Save a Copy,and select Portable Document Format (*.pdf) from the list of availablefile formats at the bottom.
Never save as PDF only, but always keep an SVG file, because thePDF file format supports a different set of features than the SVG file formatand you may lose data in the process.
A dialog will then allow you to set the following options:
- Restrict to PDF version: Current choices are 1.4 or 1.5. If no specific version is required by the persons who will get the PDF file from you, you can leave it at the default 1.5.
- Text output options: If your text needs to searchable in the pdf and the font license allows you to embed the font, choose to Embed fonts. When the text is mostly decorative (as in a Logo), it’s better to convert the text to paths. If you’re writing on a thesis or another scientific document, and know how to work with LaTeX, you can make use of the third option Omit text in PDF and create LaTeX file.
- Rasterize filter effects: Blurs, shadows and any other filters cannot be used in PDF. This option tells Inkscape to make a ‘photo’ of any objects/areas in the drawing that have a filter. That way, the drawing will still look the same in a PDF. If you do not select this option, objects that are filtered will look different in the PDF.
- Resolution for rasterization (dpi): The higher the value, the more fine-grained will the ‘photos’ of filtered objects be. Common values are 96 dpi for screen display, and 300 or 600 dpi for printing.
- Output page size: lets you choose which part of the drawing to export to PDF.
- Bleed/margin: increases the size of the exported area by adding a margin of the selected width.
- Limit export to object with ID: only export the specified object
The PDF export dialog offers many options. Usually, the default settings willwork fine. Only when the pdf is for printing (as opposed to screen display),it is recommended that you set the dpi value (resolution) for filtered objectsto a value of at least 300.
- Inkscape can also open PDF files for editing. Try to avoid multiple round-tripsthrough different file formats, though, because each conversion loses data or addsunnecessary data.
- Note that for creating perfect pdf files for printing, it’s better toturn to a dedicated desktop publishing software such as Scribus, which can also import SVG files.