I don’t know what changed, but today I tried to insert a new cover image and it’s always getting cropped. This was not happening before (I have versions of the pdf with the previous image not being cropped and I don’t recall having ever had to carefully adjust the image size). However, if I try to re-use the old photo again now that gets cropped too!
I’m not sure what I’m doing wrong or if there is something I’m missing. There is indeed a message at compilation time, in the cover section that says something like:
The point is that even if I re-size the image to match perfectly the measure given in paper size (converting pt to px), it still gets cropped. I don’t seem able to get rid of this automated cropping and I don’t understand exactly how the logic there works. And again, this was not happening before. I have never had to deal so much with image size, nor I remember trying to match the numbers of the paper size given above.
I’m trying to compile a PDF by the way. If someone could tell me if there is something I have to look at (like I checked or unchecked some option by mistake) or explain better how that cropping works would be appreciated.
Ah, my cover is in the front matter folder (in the Manuscript / eBook etc folder) but I don’t think this matters at all.
Wonder what is different between the sample file and your project: why would it work in one but not the other?
Don’t know if anything has changed or the logic behind how this works (though adding a cover to a PDF is relatively new [introduced in 3.1.1] – it used to be a post-compile task), but I expect someone will be along soon to offer up some answers.
Thanks again. Yeah, I have no idea. For now I managed with a dirty hack: I noticed the image (at latest attempts/measures) was being cropped horizontally by a certain amount. I just resized the canvas expanding the width with an empty space that matches the amount that would be cropped, and managed to get a decent result.
It would be great though if someone could clarify, or have some other guess on what could be wrong.
Is the cover a pure standalone image file, or is it an image that you have put into a text file inside Scrivener? What canvas are you resizing? As such, the cover just needs to be a standalone image (jpg, png, etc). In the past, to get a cover image for a pdf, users needed to manipulate the compiler by embedding an image in a text file and instructing Scrivener to use that file. Since 3.1.1, Scrivener can compile pure images. This might explain things.
The cover is a pure standalone image file. By canvas I mean the image file when opened with a photo editor (in this case I was using Gimp). It’s just a png file located in one of the front matter folders, that’s it.