Working with Frames and Objects in Scribus

properties-xyzA Scribus document consists of a series of objects that are added to a page, and contained within a frame. In addition to the usual cut, copy, and paste functions available in most applications, frames in Scribus share a general set of editing attributes and, so far as possible, the same set of properties.

As you can see from the Insert menu, Scribus supports four basic types of frame: text, image, table and drawing primitives. Table frames are collections of individual text frames, which may be edited either as a group or as individual cells, while drawing primitives are sub-divided into shape, polygon, line, Bezier curve, and freehand line. Frames for primitives are added with the content, while the content of other frames must be added separately.

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scribus-context-menuApart from text, images are probably the most commonly used objects in Scribus or any other layout application. The basics of working with images in Scribus are mostly straightforward, but there are some methods and resources that you might miss, especially at first.

Like any other object, images in Scribus are placed in frames that are visible when you click an image, and that include six control points to help you move or manipulate the image. For images, the frame is color-coded red, but otherwise image frames work much like any other frame, being movable either by dragging with the mouse — preferably with the grid turned on — or by adjusting its properties by entering exact figures. Just like any frame, image frames can also be locked to prevent editing, moved to another layer, altered in shape, exported to PDF, or copied to the Scrapbook for use with other pages or project.

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Text Frames in Text Frames in Scribus

As a layout program, Scribus puts objects in frames so that they can be manipulated more easily. Images, drawing primitives, tables — if it is content, Scribus puts it in a color-coded frame, with eight handles so that you can position it by dragging it around. But of all its frames, the most important — and probably the most customizable — is the text frame.

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Create Book Covers With Scribus

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Self publishing authors, including those using publishing services companies, seek to reduce costs and increase control by doing their own interior layout and cover layout. Scribus is a desk top publishing program especially well-suited for book cover applications.

Creating Book Covers with Scribus takes the novice through the cover creation process step by step. It is specific to that task. It presumes no prior knowledge of Scribus, Gimp or any of the other tools employed. All are Open Source, free for the download.

A companion web site does the essential but tedious calculations needed to establish the dimensions and guides for use in Scribus or indeed in any program used for laying out covers.

Free of cheerleading, cute language, or extra verbiage, Creating Book Covers with Scribus is a nuts and bolts brief guide which can be read on line, printed for desktop use, or with an ordinary three ring binder used as an “easel book” next to the monitor.

The author, John Culleton, has 40 years of hands-on computer experience.

Scribus Template

This is my first ever  template made with Scribus. I took it from a magazine that I’m creating for Unity Linux and turned it into a template that others can use.

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Producing Books With Scribus

These are my tips for book production with Scribus:

  1. Use the latest upstream stable version of Scribus. The GNU/Linux distribution packages are often a release or two behind, and you really don’t want that.
  2. Unless you have a very fast CPU in your computer, break the book document up into sections or chapters – it will make the editing process much more bearable. It also keeps the sections separate at the proofing and corrections stage.
  3. Import master pages from one section to another to maintain consistency, such as margin and page number formatting.
  4. Export each section as an individual PDF file. Then use pdftk to stitch the section together into a single inside pages PDF for your litho platemaker or print-on-demand digital press. No doubt the cover will be required as a separate PDF.

These were taken from an article in Free Software Magazie