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Old October 5th, 2013, 01:32 PM
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Can't Open PDF Scans

Hello, I was wondering whether anyone could please advise.

I have some pieces of artwork I want to colour using Elements, and so had these scanned into PDF files.

Unfortunately I can't open them with Elements- I keep getting the message 'could not complete your request because a color was specified using an unsupported color space'.

I am at a loss as to what this means, any ideas?

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Old October 6th, 2013, 03:39 AM
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Elements supports sRGB and AdobeRGB. Color space is how the picture will look on your monitor. I think it would be best to rescan it as a jpg, then you should be OK. There might be some free program to convert it to a jpg. I am really not sure how well a pdf would edit.
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Old October 6th, 2013, 06:06 AM
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Thanks a lot Sue, I will give it a try.
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Old October 6th, 2013, 07:15 AM
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PDF is supported in Irfanview.
You can download the program, free, here: www.irfanview.com.
Open your file in Irfanview, save it as JPEG, then proceed in PSE.
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Old October 6th, 2013, 10:57 AM
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Thanks Ken, it's working now, thanks to both of you for your help.
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Old October 6th, 2013, 11:32 AM
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Just FYI, PDF is a poor choice for image scans, since it's not, strictly speaking, an image format. You will have much better results with tiff files.
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Old October 6th, 2013, 12:57 PM
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Thanks Ken, it's working now, thanks to both of you for your help.

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Old October 6th, 2013, 03:44 PM
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Hi luckystepho, welcome aboard! Glad to hear you solved your problem. However, I would like to add some clarification.

Elements does offer support for PDF files -- Open a PDF file. I believe the problem is the color space (as brought up by Sue). This error message -- 'could not complete your request because a color was specified using an unsupported color space' -- has been reported in the Adobe Photoshop Elements forum and the root of the problem was the color space, not the PDF format itself.
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Old October 7th, 2013, 08:29 AM
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If you use Organizer...

You can go to Edit>Edit with Photoshop Elements Editor...
Then when Import PDF dialog box opens, choose your size, resolution etc and the Editor will rasterize the PDF and open in Editor as a PSD file. You will still have the pdf, but you can work on and save the psd file.

If your pdf happens to be a multi-page file you can select the page(s) you want to convert.


The Place command in Editor is probably the easiest to do, Just open a New document and then File>Place... and the pdf will come in as a layer in your file(will be converted as it is placed).

As most things in Elements, there are multiple ways to do the same thing.
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