PacktLib: Scribus 1.3.5: Beginner's Guide

Scribus 1.3.5 Beginner's Guide

Credits

About the Author

About the Reviewers

www.PacktPub.com

Preface

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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