Formatting: How to deal with images
Thread poster: Lucia Cavallero Alessandri

Lucia Cavallero Alessandri
Uruguay
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English to Spanish
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Jul 13

Hi!

I have recently received a translation task and part of the requirements is that I leave the formatting intact after completing the translation. That is, my translated file should look exactly as the original looks but in the target language.

The document is a one-page word file with no further issues but the fact that it contains 2 images with text. One is in the form of a chart and the other is a word similar to word art, but again, formatted as an image and pasted in the doc. I have to keep the pictures exactly the same but change the text within, which sounds pretty much impossible.

Any suggestions?

Thank you very much!!!


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Robert Rietvelt  Identity Verified
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My experience Jul 13

Lucia Cavallero Alessandri wrote:

Hi!

I have recently received a translation task and part of the requirements is that I leave the formatting intact after completing the translation. That is, my translated file should look exactly as the original looks but in the target language.

The document is a one-page word file with no further issues but the fact that it contains 2 images with text. One is in the form of a chart and the other is a word similar to word art, but again, formatted as an image and pasted in the doc. I have to keep the pictures exactly the same but change the text within, which sounds pretty much impossible.

Any suggestions?

Thank you very much!!!


If you work directly from/in Word, translate everything above and under the images, they are mostly 'impenetrable'.

If you work with a CAT tool, the story is more or less the same, just translate what is translatable.

You are not responsible for the images, unless the agency sends you an independent open/translatable file of the images.


[Edited at 2017-07-13 23:19 GMT]


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Rolf Keller
Germany
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English to German
You need a graphics software Jul 14

Rename the .docx file to .zip, then open the zip file. It contains some folders, some of these contain all the image files separately.

Edit any image file separately, using a graphics software of your choice. Don't change the image size, and don't make worse the resolution. At the end copy the edited image files back to the .zip file.

And don't forget to charge the client for that additional work.


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Jack Doughty  Identity Verified
United Kingdom
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Depends how complicated the image is Jul 14

If the image contains words in a simple text, you should be able to change them in some suitable software (Paint, PhotoShop etc.)

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Rolf Keller
Germany
Local time: 13:39
English to German
Turn it down, but not because you are a translator. Jul 14

Robert Rietvelt wrote:

You are not responsible for the images, unless the agency sends you an independent open/translatable file of the images.

Responsibility? If a client asks for somethingm, you are free to do it or to turn down it. But this has nothing to do with the fact that you have a translator's diploma in a drawer. You are an entrepreneur.

"Yes, of course I'm willing to install some water taps in your house. I'm a plumber after all, and I've got all the neccessary pliers. But your house is secluded and driving cars wasn't part of my vocational training. So please send me a taxi."


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Lucia Cavallero Alessandri
Uruguay
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Thank you all! Jul 14

Thank you all for your answers!

The words in the images were not editable, so at the end I decided to edit the picture and substitute it with another as similar as I could manage (as agreed with the client, of course).

Changing the file to .zip did not work for me, it didn't separate the pictures, but I'm sure it was something with the file I got and not with the suggestion!


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