How to export to PDF including the screen background paper image

• Apr 11, 2019 - 19:58

Hi, Gang!!!

I use MuseScore 3.0.5 (not the Portable AppImage) in UbuntuStudio 18.04.2 LTS (64 bit Linux).

I wonder if there is a way to export an score to PDF format, including the background paper image we use in the screen.

It is intended to create an old paper illusion.

Blessings and Greetings from Chile, South America!!!



In reply to by Shoichi

Beautiful final result (I mean the background picture of the vintage paper under the sheet music)!
How exactly did you achieve this? Please explain in more detail.

I've tried different ways: both through the background image (-> settings -> canvas), and by adding a picture directly on the notes and editing them in the Inspector. But it didn't work the way you did.

In reply to by Shoichi

I'm sorry, but it's not entirely clear what you mean.

I am attaching a screenshot below - you can see the notes in MuseScore, with a photo overlaid on top of them. But it completely covers the photo. When I open the Inspector, I don't see any way to make the photo transparent.

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In reply to by Shoichi

No, the image is selected. With the image selected, I called the Inspector, and it gives me exactly what is in the picture.

I attach 2 screenshots. The first is selected your picture (the background is transparent, everything is fine), the second is selected my picture (the background is opaque, the picture completely covers the sheet music).
In the inspector can not see the difference due to what gets transparency and opacity.

Thank you for your answers.

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You can also add the background to the exported PDF afterwards.
On all OS you can use the free commandline line tool pdftk for that:

The command:
pdftk input.pdf background background.pdf output result.pdf

will put the 1st page of the file "background.pdf" behind all pages of the "input.pdf".
You just have to create a suitable "background.pdf" preferrable of the same page dimensions as the "input.pdf".
To create such a pdf you can use eg. LibreOffice Writer and use the background images that come with Musescore: paper1.png, paper2.png ... (On Windows I can find them in a subfolder called wallpaper)
(in LO: format->Page->Background->bitmap. Size 30mm. Also set the pagemargins to 0)
Attached is an example PDF in DinA4 size made of paper1.png

My free project LOSA (which is more for merging pdfs) has the background feature built-in.

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