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Scribus 1.3.5 Beginner's Guide

Book Description

Create optimum page layouts for your documents using productive tools of Scribus.

  • 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.

  • 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.

    Table of Contents

    1. Scribus 1.3.5
      1. Table of Contents
      2. Scribus 1.3.5 Beginner's Guide
      3. Credits
      4. About the Author
      5. About the Reviewers
      6. www.PacktPub.com
        1. Support files, eBooks, discount offers, and more
          1. Why Subscribe?
          2. Free Access for Packt account holders
      7. Preface
        1. What this book covers
        2. What you need for this book
        3. Who this book is for
        4. Conventions
        5. Time for action - heading
          1. What just happened?
          2. Pop quiz - heading
          3. Have a go hero - heading
        6. Reader feedback
        7. Customer support
          1. Errata
          2. Piracy
          3. Questions
      8. 1. Getting Started with Scribus
        1. Desktop publishing software versus text processors
        2. The graphic workflow
        3. Understanding the workspace
        4. Time for action - using the main status bar options
          1. What just happened?
        5. The toolbar
        6. Properties Palette: The main place
        7. Layout and story editor
        8. Software and per-document preferences
        9. Time for action - how Scribus applies changes
          1. What just happened?
        10. Working comfortably in Scribus
          1. Zooming
          2. Panning
          3. Changing values in fields
        11. Customizing Scribus a bit
          1. Changing the toolbars
          2. Document handling
          3. Default document setting
          4. Default tool settings / zoom factor
          5. External tools
        12. To InDesign and Xpress users
        13. Summary
      9. 2. Creating a First Layout
        1. Creating a new layout
        2. Time for action - setting page size and paper size and margins
          1. What just happened?
          2. Choosing a layout
        3. Save the document as often as possible
        4. Basic frames for text and images
        5. Time for action - adding the logo
          1. What just happened?
        6. Time for action - adding the text
          1. What just happened?
        7. Time for action - adding and setting the color of a shape
          1. What just happened?
        8. Changing the stack of objects
        9. Moving objects and exact positioning
          1. Placing with snapping options
          2. Setting the coordinates
        10. Time for action - use X and Y properties
          1. What just happened?
        11. Basic text properties
        12. Time for action - formatting text
          1. What just happened?
        13. Resizing objects
          1. Resizing with the mouse
          2. Resizing with the Properties Palette
          3. Resizing with the keyboard
          4. Have a go hero - vector circle style
        14. Scaling objects
        15. Time for action - scaling the name of our company
          1. What just happened?
        16. Rotating objects
        17. Time for action - the quick method for rotating an object
          1. What just happened?
          2. Have a go hero - Eco power of rotation
        18. Aligning objects
        19. Time for action - aligning an object on another
          1. What just happened?
        20. Locking objects to prevent errors
        21. Grouping objects
        22. Mirroring objects
          1. Pop quiz
        23. Summary
      10. 3. Mastering Pages
        1. Navigating in the document
        2. Time for action - let's surf into the document
          1. What just happened?
        3. The Arrange Pages window
        4. Adding and deleting pages
          1. Adding pages one by one
        5. Time for action - a new page after the cover
          1. What just happened?
          2. Adding several pages at once
        6. Time for action - adding several pages
          1. What just happened?
          2. Have a go hero - where is London?
          3. Deleting pages
        7. Arranging pages
        8. Customizing page properties
          1. Have a go hero - add a larger page
        9. Creating and deleting master pages
          1. The default master pages
        10. Time for action - using default master pages
          1. What just happened?
          2. Managing custom master pages with the Edit Master Pages window
          3. Creating master pages
        11. Time for action - hands on master page
          1. What just happened?
        12. Applying master pages
          1. Applying master, page after page
          2. Applying masters to several pages
          3. Have a go hero - be the master of master pages!
        13. Sharing pages and master pages between documents
        14. Time for action - reusing pages
          1. What just happened?
        15. Numbering pages
        16. Time for action - page numbering
          1. What just happened?
        17. Adding sections
        18. Guides
        19. Time for action - a simple three-folded document
          1. What just happened?
        20. Grids
          1. Pop quiz
        21. Summary
      11. 4. Using Text in Scribus
        1. Creating Text Frames
        2. Setting Text Frame options
        3. Size and position
          1. Shape
          2. Frame margins
        4. Importing simple text
        5. Time for action - import it from Shakespeare land!
          1. What just happened?
        6. Linking and unlinking Text Frames
        7. Time for action - import it from Shakespeare Land, going on!
          1. What just happened?
          2. Have a go hero - laying out a Shakespeare biography
        8. Flowing text
        9. Time for action - let's jump into the flow!
          1. What just happened?
        10. Editing text in the layout and hyphenation
        11. Time for action - automatic hyphenation
          1. What just happened?
        12. Story Editor
        13. Find and change some words
        14. Time for action - replacing a text format overall in the document
          1. What just happened?
          2. Have a go hero - emphasize the character names
        15. Short Words
        16. Time for action - automatic replacement with Short Words
          1. What just happened?
        17. Dealing with special characters
        18. Time for action - adding glyphs on your page
          1. What just happened?
          2. Reusing a glyph in a document
          3. Reusing a glyph between documents
        19. Manual TOC using tabs
        20. Time for action - creating a Table of Content
          1. What just happened?
        21. Exporting text
          1. Pop quiz
        22. Summary
      12. 5. Formatting Your Text
        1. The three ways of changing a property
          1. Character formatting
          2. Changing font
          3. Changing the font size
            1. About the size of a font
        2. Time for action - the font sizes
          1. What just happened?
            1. About the ability of a frame to change the size
            2. About scaling and extensions
            3. What's the best font size?
          2. Apply kerning
          3. Text colors and effects
            1. Regular letter color
            2. Adding stroke and shadow color
        3. Time for action - stroking letters
          1. What just happened?
            1. Uppercase and underline
        4. Paragraph formatting
        5. Time for action - improving white spaces and alignment
          1. What just happened?
        6. Managing fonts and Fontbook
          1. Define a default font and deactivate font
          2. Adding new fonts in Scribus
        7. Time for action - setting a custom font directory
          1. What just happened?
        8. Using styles
          1. Creating styles
          2. Applying styles
          3. Deleting styles
          4. Sharing styles
        9. Time for action - working with styles
          1. What just happened?
          2. Have a go hero - creating a book with styles
        10. Importing styled documents
        11. Time for action - import a Writer document
          1. What just happened ?
        12. Importing a structured document
          1. Pop quiz
        13. Summary
      13. 6. Special Frames for Complex Content Management
        1. Using tables
        2. Time for action - creating a table
          1. What just happened?
        3. Time for action - formatting tables
          1. What just happened?
          2. Have a go hero - create a game grid in a few clicks
        4. Time for action - modifying rows and columns
          1. What just happened?
          2. Changing or importing values
        5. Time for action - linking content through cells
          1. What just happened?
          2. Automatically filling tables with values
        6. Time for action - importing a OOCalc table
          1. What just happened?
        7. Bullets with inline frames
        8. Time for action - using inline frames
          1. What just happened?
        9. Understanding the render frame
          1. First contact with render frames
        10. Time for action - creating your first render frame
          1. What just happened?
          2. Modifying a render frame LaTeX source
        11. Time for action - e=mc2
          1. What just happened?
          2. Getting help for render frames
        12. Time for action - Scribus scrapbooking
          1. What just happened?
          2. Pop quiz
        13. Summary
      14. 7. Drawing Advanced Frames and Shapes
        1. Frame conversion and text to outlines
        2. Time for action - images in a text shape
          1. What just happened?
          2. Have a go hero - create a magazine cover with frame conversion
        3. Drawing basic shapes
        4. Drawing polygons
        5. Mesh distortion
        6. Time for action - distorting a shape
          1. What just happened?
          2. Have a go hero - import a photo in a flag
        7. Mixing shapes with path operations
        8. Have a go hero - let's create a mix!
        9. Lines
          1. Drawing straight lines
        10. Time for action - drawing lines with the Pen tool
          1. What just happened?
          2. Options to customize line aspect with arrows or dots
        11. Time for action - attach text to a line
          1. What just happened?
          2. Have a go hero - make a stamp-like shape with curved text
        12. Point to modify existing lines and shapes
        13. Drawing paths with the Bezier tool
        14. Time for action - creating custom paths with the Bezier tool
          1. What just happened?
          2. Pop quiz
        15. Summary
      15. 8. Importing Images
        1. Importing and exporting: The concepts
        2. Importing photos
        3. Relinking photos
        4. Time for action - creating a postcard
          1. What just happened?
        5. The Scribus paste special
        6. Placing vector drawings
        7. About graphic file formats
          1. JPEG
          2. PNG
          3. TIFF
          4. PSD
          5. EPS
          6. PDF
          7. SVG
        8. File information
        9. Image resolution and scaling
        10. Graphic display properties
        11. Image layers
        12. Working with clipping paths
        13. Time for action - using clipping path twice
          1. What just happened?
        14. Image effects
        15. Time for action - applying color to an imported graphic
          1. What just happened?
          2. Pop quiz
        16. Summary
      16. 9. Applying and Managing Color
        1. Applying colors in detail
        2. Time for action - applying colors to a Text Frame's text
          1. What just happened?
        3. Applying shade or transparency
          1. Using shades
          2. Using transparency
        4. Time for action - transparency and layers
          1. What just happened?
        5. Gradients and pattern fill
          1. Applying gradients
          2. Using patterns
        6. Time for action - using patterns and gradients in a layout
          1. What just happened?
          2. Have a go hero - gradients, transparencies, and patterns for creativity
        7. Create and import colors
        8. Time for action - managing new colors
          1. What just happened?
          2. Reusing colors from other files
        9. Time for action - importing from a Scribus document
          1. What just happened?
        10. Spot colors
        11. Time for action - replacing colors
          1. What just happened?
        12. Choosing colors that suit
        13. Color management
        14. Time for action - managing colors in Scribus
          1. What just happened?
          2. Pop quiz
        15. Summary
      17. 10. Print Your Layout
        1. Printing from Scribus
        2. Preflight Verifier
        3. Time for action - detecting errors before exporting
          1. What just happened?
        4. Previewing before printing
        5. Time for action - previewing color separation
          1. What just happened?
          2. Ink coverage
        6. Printing booklets
        7. Exporting to PDF
          1. PDF versions and general options
            1. PDF 1.3
            2. PDF 1.4
            3. PDF 1.5
            4. PDF/X-3
        8. Time for action - quick export method
          1. What just happened?
            1. Choosing how to export pages
          2. Fonts and outline documents
          3. Colors handling
          4. Marks and bleed
        9. Collect for output
          1. Pop quiz
        10. Summary
      18. 11. Customizing the Creation or Viewing Process
        1. PDF option toolbar overview
        2. Time for action - adding hyperlinks
          1. What just happened?
        3. Bookmarks
        4. Time for action - adding bookmarks to your PDF documents
          1. What just happened?
        5. Annotations
        6. Buttons and form tools
        7. Time for action - sell your shoes and help clients choose!
          1. What just happened?
        8. Display and viewing options
        9. Time for action - communicating with the reader application
          1. What just happened?
          2. Page transitions
        10. Light-weight PDFs
        11. Time for action - using a predefined script to reduce file size
          1. What just happened?
        12. PDF interaction
        13. Time for action - calculate the sum of the fields
          1. What just happened?
        14. Scripting basics to extend Scribus
        15. Time for action - adding a script
          1. What just happened?
        16. Time for action - importing from databases with a script
          1. What just happened?
          2. Have a go hero - frame styles
          3. Pop quiz
        17. Summary
      19. A. Pop Quiz Answers
        1. Chapter 2
        2. Chapter 3
        3. Chapter 4
        4. Chapter 5
        5. Chapter 6
        6. Chapter 7
        7. Chapter 8
        8. Chapter 9
        9. Chapter 10
        10. Chapter 11
      20. Index