Modernity and Its Discontents - Scribus
Intro to Scribus
Scribus is a cross-platform Open Source desktop publishing program for professional page layout such as combining text and images in preparation for print.
- Save files to local computer (and use a different source for backup)
- Create a project folder
- Create subfolders for text and graphics and copy/store files to be used in the project into these subfolders
Prepare Your Document Layout
- Launch Scribus. To create a new document, go to File > New which opens a New Document window.
- From the New Document window make the selections needed for your project, such as:
- Document Layout
- Orientation: Portrait or Landscape
- Number of desired pages
- Width and Height of the pages
- Number of columns, if needed
- Margin guides
- When you are finished, click OK to save your selections.
- Under Scribus, go to Preferences to select settings that may be applied throughout your project.
Margins and Guides
- Note the margins of your document - keep your text and artwork within this boundary
- For guides to help with placement and alignment of objects in the document, go to View and click on selections to make them visible
Adding Text: Using the Properties Box and the Story Editor
- Click on the Insert Text Frame icon in the top task bar. On the page, click and drag diagonally to create a frame
- From inside the text frame, right-click and select Edit Text - this opens the Story Editor. Type inside this box and/or
Copy and Paste text from other documents
- From inside the text frame, right-click and select Properties at bottom to name that section of text and for more options
- Use the black arrow tool select a corner of the bounding box to resize
- Text boxes that are too small to contain all of the text will have a red + box in the lower right corner
- To flow text between multiple text boxes, select the text frames and click on the Link Text Frames icon in the top task bar
- Select the text you want to format (Command A to "Select All" is a useful shortcut here)
- Change your type using the character and paragraph options in the Story Editor
Add an Image
Note: use 72 dpi resolution for web and at least 200 dpi for print
- Click on the Insert Image Frame icon in the top task bar. On the page, click and drag diagonally to create a frame.
- Click on the frame to select it, right-click inside the frame and click Get Image or double-click to fill the frame.
- To fit the image to the frame, go to its Properties window, click on the Image tab and click on Scale to Frame Size
Text Wrap Around an Image
- From the image's Properties window, click on the Shape tab bar, and click to select an option beneath Text Flow Around Frame