Introduction to Scribus

Video Directions to Create a New Document.
The first thing that you need to do when creating a document is to start with a little bit of planning. Answer the following simple questions and you are ready to go.
What size of document will you be producing? Letter, A4, Tabloid, custom, etc....
What dimensions should I work in? inches, metric, pica/point, ....
How many pages are there going to be? More can be added or removed later.
Will the first page be on the left or right side of the publication?

Now that you have answered all of the questions you will be able to breeze through the first step of creating a document using Scribus. If you decide to make changes later that is fine but life will be easiest if you get it right from the beginning.

Assignment 1: Part 1 of 3

  • Create your first document using the Document options listed below. Save it as Assignment-01.sla

Figure 1

Document options:
Document layout: double sided.
3 pages
Set First Page is: left.
Set unit to inches
Page size is US Letter
0.25 inch margins

Now that have created your first document let's learn to navigate around through it.

Zoom in and out.
As indicated in the image below you find ways to zoom in three different locations. The quickest to find is in the lower left corner of the document. The second is to use the view drop down menu. Notice in the drop down menu that there are two shortcuts Ctl+0 for Fit to Height and Ctl+1 to view at 100%. The last option is to use the magnifying class found in the blue circle in the image below. This can be handy for zooming to an arbitrary value. You can either click and drag to zoom in on a specific area or you can click to zoom in. Pressing Shift while clicking will cause you to zoom out.

Figure 2

Page navigation.
As indicated in figure 3 to the right, there are three different ways to navigate through a document in Scribus. If you are just navigating between pages then using the page arrows or typing in the number box at the bottom of the window will be your fastest way to navigate. Sometimes you wish to navigate to a particular object, in this case I would suggest using the outline window. If you are re-organizing the pages then you can also navigate through the pages as your re-organize the pages using the arrange window.

Figure 3

Paste board.
The paste board is an area outside of a page where you can place objects that you will not using on the finished document. This can be handy if you have a template object that needs adjust when it is put on the page. You simply put the object on the paste board and then copy it to the pages where you want it and make the necessary adjustments.

Figure 4

Adding and removing pages.
To add a page. Select Page drop down menu and then select Insert. You should then see a dialog box similar to the one below. Add the page options for your pages to be inserted and select OK.

Assignment 2: Part 2 of 3
  • Add two pages to he file created in assignment 1.

To remove a page or multiple pages. Select Page drop down menu and then select Delete. You should then see a dialog box similar to the one in Figure 5.Select the page range that you would like to delete.

Figure 5

Assignment 3: Part 3 of 3

  • Remove 1 page from the file created in assignment 2.

Assignment 4: small poster

  • Document layout: Single page 
  • Page size: 11x17

Assignment 5: tri-fold flier

  • Document layout: 3 Fold
  • Page size: Letter
  • 6 pages

Assignment 6: business card

  • Document layout: Single page 
  • Page size: 3 by 2.5 inches

Response questions:

  1. Describe the difference of how Single, Double, and 3 Fold are displayed.