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Scribus 1.3.5: Beginner's Guide

Beginner's Guide
Cedric Gemy

Here’s the manual you always wanted for Scribus. It takes you step-by-step through this fully featured Desktop Publishing program so that even absolute beginners will be creating professional-looking documents in no time.
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Book Details

ISBN 139781849513005
Paperback348 pages

About This Book

  • 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.

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!

Table of Contents

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
Customizing Scribus a bit
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
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
Time for action - use X and Y properties
Basic text properties
Time for action - formatting text
Resizing objects
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
Time for action - a new page after the cover
Time for action - adding several pages
Arranging pages
Customizing page properties
Creating and deleting master pages
Time for action - using default master pages
Time for action - hands on master page
Applying master 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
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
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
Time for action - the font sizes
Time for action - stroking letters
Paragraph formatting
Time for action - improving white spaces and alignment
Managing fonts and Fontbook
Time for action - setting a custom font directory
Using 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
Time for action - linking content through cells
Time for action - importing a OOCalc table
Bullets with inline frames
Time for action - using inline frames
Understanding the render frame
Time for action - creating your first render frame
Time for action - e=mc2
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
Time for action - drawing lines with the Pen tool
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
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
Time for action - transparency and layers
Gradients and pattern fill
Time for action - using patterns and gradients in a layout
Create and import colors
Time for action - managing new colors
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
Printing booklets
Exporting to PDF
Time for action - quick export method
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
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

What You Will Learn

  • 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.

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