Scribus 1.3.5: Beginner's Guide

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Table of Contents
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  • Master desktop publishing with Scribus
  • Create professional-looking documents with ease
  • Enhance the readability of your documents using powerful layout tools of Scribus
  • Packed with interesting examples and screenshots that show you the most important Scribus tools to create and publish your documents.

Book Details

Language : English
Paperback : 348 pages [ 235mm x 191mm ]
Release Date : December 2010
ISBN : 1849513007
ISBN 13 : 9781849513005
Author(s) : Cedric Gemy
Topics and Technologies : All Books, Other, Beginner's Guides, Open Source

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Getting Started with Scribus
Chapter 2: Creating a First Layout
Chapter 3: Mastering Pages
Chapter 4: Using Text in Scribus
Chapter 5: Formatting Your Text
Chapter 6: Special Frames for Complex Content Management
Chapter 7: Drawing Advanced Frames and Shapes
Chapter 8: Importing Images
Chapter 9: Applying and Managing Color
Chapter 10: Print Your Layout
Chapter 11: Customizing the Creation or Viewing Process
Appendix: Pop Quiz Answers
  • Chapter 1: Getting Started with Scribus
    • Desktop publishing software versus text processors
    • The graphic workflow
    • Understanding the workspace
    • Time for action – using the main status bar options
    • The toolbar
    • Properties Palette: The main place
    • Layout and story editor
    • Software and per-document preferences
    • Time for action – how Scribus applies changes
    • Working comfortably in Scribus
      • Zooming
      • Panning
      • Changing values in fields
    • Customizing Scribus a bit
      • Changing the toolbars
      • Document handling
      • Default document setting
      • Default tool settings / zoom factor
      • External tools
    • To InDesign and Xpress users
    • Summary
    • Chapter 2: Creating a First Layout
      • Creating a new layout
      • Time for action – setting page size and paper size and margins
        • Choosing a layout
      • Save the document as often as possible
      • Basic frames for text and images
      • Time for action – adding the logo
      • Time for action – adding the text
      • Time for action – adding and setting the color of a shape
      • Changing the stack of objects
      • Moving objects and exact positioning
        • Placing with snapping options
        • Setting the coordinates
      • Time for action – use X and Y properties
      • Basic text properties
      • Time for action – formatting text
      • Resizing objects
        • Resizing with the mouse
        • Resizing with the Properties Palette
        • Resizing with the keyboard
      • Scaling objects
      • Time for action – scaling the name of our company
      • Rotating objects
      • Time for action – the quick method for rotating an object
      • Aligning objects
      • Time for action – aligning an object on another
      • Locking objects to prevent errors
      • Grouping objects
      • Mirroring objects
      • Summary
      • Chapter 3: Mastering Pages
        • Navigating in the document
        • Time for action – let's surf into the document
        • The Arrange Pages window
        • Adding and deleting pages
          • Adding pages one by one
        • Time for action – a new page after the cover
          • Adding several pages at once
        • Time for action – adding several pages
          • Deleting pages
        • Arranging pages
        • Customizing page properties
        • Creating and deleting master pages
          • The default master pages
        • Time for action – using default master pages
          • Managing custom master pages with the Edit Master Pages window
          • Creating master pages
        • Time for action – hands on master page
        • Applying master pages
          • Applying master, page after page
          • Applying masters to several pages
        • Sharing pages and master pages between documents
        • Time for action – reusing pages
        • Numbering pages
        • Time for action – page numbering
        • Adding sections
        • Guides
        • Time for action – a simple three-folded document
        • Grids
        • Summary
        • Chapter 4: Using Text in Scribus
          • Creating Text Frames
          • Setting Text Frame options
          • Size and position
            • Shape
            • Frame margins
          • Importing simple text
          • Time for action – import it from Shakespeare land!
          • Linking and unlinking Text Frames
          • Time for action – import it from Shakespeare Land, going on!
          • Flowing text
          • Time for action – let's jump into the flow!
          • Editing text in the layout and hyphenation
          • Time for action – automatic hyphenation
          • Story Editor
          • Find and change some words
          • Time for action – replacing a text format overall in the document
          • Short Words
          • Time for action – automatic replacement with Short Words
          • Dealing with special characters
          • Time for action - adding glyphs on your page
            • Reusing a glyph in a document
            • Reusing a glyph between documents
          • Manual TOC using tabs
          • Time for action – creating a Table of Content
          • Exporting text
          • Summary
          • Chapter 5: Formatting Your Text
            • The three ways of changing a property
              • Character formatting
              • Changing font
              • Changing the font size
                • About the size of a font
            • Time for action – the font sizes
              • About the ability of a frame to change the size
              • About scaling and extensions
              • What's the best font size?
            • Apply kerning
            • Text colors and effects
              • Regular letter color
              • Adding stroke and shadow color
          • Time for action – stroking letters
            • Uppercase and underline
          • Paragraph formatting
          • Time for action – improving white spaces and alignment
          • Managing fonts and Fontbook
            • Define a default font and deactivate font
            • Adding new fonts in Scribus
          • Time for action – setting a custom font directory
          • Using styles
            • Creating styles
            • Applying styles
            • Deleting styles
            • Sharing styles
          • Time for action – working with styles
          • Importing styled documents
          • Time for action – import a Writer document
          • Importing a structured document
          • Summary
            • Chapter 6: Special Frames for Complex Content Management
              • Using tables
              • Time for action – creating a table
              • Time for action – formatting tables
              • Time for action – modifying rows and columns
                • Changing or importing values
              • Time for action – linking content through cells
                • Automatically filling tables with values
              • Time for action – importing a OOCalc table
              • Bullets with inline frames
              • Time for action – using inline frames
              • Understanding the render frame
                • First contact with render frames
              • Time for action – creating your first render frame
                • Modifying a render frame LaTeX source
              • Time for action – e=mc2
                • Getting help for render frames
              • Time for action – Scribus scrapbooking
              • Summary
              • Chapter 7: Drawing Advanced Frames and Shapes
                • Frame conversion and text to outlines
                • Time for action – images in a text shape
                • Drawing basic shapes
                • Drawing polygons
                • Mesh distortion
                • Time for action – distorting a shape
                • Mixing shapes with path operations
                • Have a go hero – let's create a mix!
                • Lines
                  • Drawing straight lines
                • Time for action – drawing lines with the Pen tool
                  • Options to customize line aspect with arrows or dots
                • Time for action – attach text to a line
                • Point to modify existing lines and shapes
                • Drawing paths with the Bezier tool
                • Time for action – creating custom paths with the Bezier tool
                • Summary
                • Chapter 8: Importing Images
                  • Importing and exporting: The concepts
                  • Importing photos
                  • Relinking photos
                  • Time for action – creating a postcard
                  • The Scribus paste special
                  • Placing vector drawings
                  • About graphic file formats
                    • JPEG
                    • PNG
                    • TIFF
                    • PSD
                    • EPS
                    • PDF
                    • SVG
                  • File information
                  • Image resolution and scaling
                  • Graphic display properties
                  • Image layers
                  • Working with clipping paths
                  • Time for action – using clipping path twice
                  • Image effects
                  • Time for action – applying color to an imported graphic
                  • Summary
                  • Chapter 9: Applying and Managing Color
                    • Applying colors in detail
                    • Time for action – applying colors to a Text Frame's text
                    • Applying shade or transparency
                      • Using shades
                      • Using transparency
                    • Time for action – transparency and layers
                    • Gradients and pattern fill
                      • Applying gradients
                      • Using patterns
                    • Time for action – using patterns and gradients in a layout
                    • Create and import colors
                    • Time for action – managing new colors
                      • Reusing colors from other files
                    • Time for action – importing from a Scribus document
                    • Spot colors
                    • Time for action – replacing colors
                    • Choosing colors that suit
                    • Color management
                    • Time for action – managing colors in Scribus
                    • Summary
                    • Chapter 10: Print Your Layout
                      • Printing from Scribus
                      • Preflight Verifier
                      • Time for action – detecting errors before exporting
                      • Previewing before printing
                      • Time for action – previewing color separation
                        • Ink coverage
                      • Printing booklets
                      • Exporting to PDF
                        • PDF versions and general options
                          • PDF 1.3
                          • PDF 1.4
                          • PDF 1.5
                          • PDF/X-3
                      • Time for action – quick export method
                        • Choosing how to export pages
                      • Fonts and outline documents
                      • Colors handling
                      • Marks and bleed
                    • Collect for output
                    • Summary
                      • Chapter 11: Customizing the Creation or Viewing Process
                        • PDF option toolbar overview
                        • Time for action – adding hyperlinks
                        • Bookmarks
                        • Time for action –adding bookmarks to your PDF documents
                        • Annotations
                        • Buttons and form tools
                        • Time for action – sell your shoes and help clients choose!
                        • Display and viewing options
                        • Time for action – communicating with the reader application
                          • Page transitions
                        • Light-weight PDFs
                        • Time for action – using a predefined script to reduce file size
                        • PDF interaction
                        • Time for action – calculate the sum of the fields
                        • Scripting basics to extend Scribus
                        • Time for action – adding a script
                        • Time for action – importing from databases with a script
                        • Summary

                          Cedric Gemy

                          Cedric Gémy is a french freelance graphic designer and training advisor (or should i say edult educator, i don' t see the difference) who lives in Rennes but travelling a lot to teach Scribus, Gimp and Inkscape. He works with those softwares since around 2003.

                          Besides is this freelance activities, he also teach communication design in some french universities and private schools.

                          He is an active member of Scribus and Inskcape team, involved in the user interface refactoring project of the first and in the documentation of the last. He is a creator of French Free Graphic Designer Association (AFGRAL) and FLOSSMANUALS Francophon.

                          This is his 5th book for he already wrote two about Gimp, one published under GPL licence, one about Inskcape and one in french about Scribus.

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                          What you will learn from this book

                          • Create page layouts using functional options in Scribus
                          • Create a master page such that the changes are automatically updated in the rest of the pages too.
                          • Apply text and picture frames for accurate placement of text and images
                          • Use path tools and coordinate system to set the frame shape
                          • Links one frame with another if you want the text to fill all the pages
                          • Use paragraph and character style to make text handling more easier
                          • Import pictures of many types, including JPEG, PNG, PSD, TIF to make your documents appealing.
                          • Set the image resolution, layers, and clipping paths to construct accurate images
                          • Apply interesting effects to your images such as to make the text flow around an image or another frame
                          • Import content from OpenOffice document such as text, graphics or tables.
                          • Use shades and transparencies to predict perfect colors of the images to get improved image effects after printing.
                          • Set the incredibly powerful color management system to work trustfully with your colors and pictures
                          • Extend Scribus with python scripts using the Scribus API

                          In Detail

                          Scribus is an Open Source program that brings award-winning and inexpensive professional page layout to desktop computers with a combination of "press-ready" output and new approaches to page layout. Creating professional-looking documents using Scribus is not a cakewalk, especially with so many features at your disposal, it’s hard to know where to get started!

                          Scribus Beginners guide walks users step by step through common projects, such as creating a brochure,newsletter, business cards and so on. It also includes guidelines on starting a web newsletter and online PDF (Adobe Acrobat format) newsletter along with basic scripting to extend Scribus as per your requirements.

                          This book begins with the simplest tasks and brings you progressively to adapt your workflow to the most efficient tools. It commences with the description of the graphic tool chain and an overall chapter on how to draw a simple and attractive business card. You'll then see how to manage the pages of your document and organized their structure thanks to guides. Then being invited to fill them with text, you'll be able to import, set text style as well as use replacement and hyphenation tool. Pictures or vector drawing will be added to the documents too. You'll be taught to choose the best format at the best time, modify or distort the shapes to get very custom documents. You will also learn how Scribus handles advanced color features such as transparencies, overprinting, spot colors precisely and be sure they are set well for a print result without bad surprise. At the end, you'll know to produce a perfect PDF file, be it for print jobs or web with effects, buttons and javascript interactivity, extend the document capacities as well as Scribus tools with simple programming especially with the python language.

                          A practical guide that reveals everything you need to easily create professional-looking documents with Scribus.


                          This book is a step by step guide packed with interesting examples and screenshots that cover lot of support options to help you achieve the superior quality documents.

                          This books is divided into 11 chapters, each chapter dealing with a precise aspect of the software to help you have the best overview and make the best design choices for your document.

                          Who this book is for

                          This book is for people who want to create professional-looking documents with Scribus. If you want a great looking brochure, newsletter, or poster, this is the book for you.

                          No experience of desktop publishing software is required – only creativity and enthusiasm for creating great documents!

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