I created an Inkscape document but the background is a colored square. The border around the text is a square with rounded corners and the text is normal text but the "scratches" are created through a mask with a png.

in scribus

When I export this document as a PDF, the resulting PDF looks like this:

exported pdf

Why am I only getting a partial export?


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Hard to say, without being able to see the .svg file.

My supposition is that you're using a PDF version (PDF 1.3? PDF x-1a?) that does not support transparencies.
Have you tried exporting as PDF 1.4?

And what does a "real" PDF viewer (like Adobe Reader) show?
(As the name says, Apple's Preview is "just" a fast preview tool)

Anyway, I don't understand why some of the scratches are still visible in the rounded rectangle.
Are they also produced by a PNG?

There are good chances that the PDF export is working in the way it's supposed to work, but some of the features you're trying to use are not compatible with the settings you have chosen.

Would it be possible for you to upload the .svg file or a sample .svg file that shows the issue so that we can have a try at it?

  • Sorry, I messed up Scribus and Inkscape completely. Its an Inkscape Document :-/
    – four-eyes
    Commented Dec 20, 2016 at 10:57
  • Well, then you should consider, posting the SVG or a sample SVG... The remarks about the PDF versions and the Viewer are valid for Inkscape, too.
    – a.l.e
    Commented Dec 20, 2016 at 11:04
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    So? Did you find a solution?
    – a.l.e
    Commented Dec 22, 2016 at 13:15

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