[scribus] New to publishing, Scribus, and this list

Mike Breiding mike at WildWonderfulWV.us
Wed Oct 15 12:11:57 CEST 2008

Roger wrote:
> So, I am now going to get started with some basic photo and text layout
> and then start making a list of question I am unable to answer for myself.
> But my first question is:
> Is this do-able for a newbie? Or am I nuts?
> Thanks,
> -Mike

Hi Roger,
Thanks for the Welcome and specific suggestions.
I still have prelim work to do, like getting a handle on master pages, 
and installing GhostScript.
And the page layout is going to be a long process for me as I get caught 
up in the fiddle factor and end up wasting time and getting frustrated.


> Hi Mike
> Welcome to Scribus.
> Short answer, yes it's very doable and not as difficult as you may imagine.
> If it were me, I would make separate cut and paste text files of each 
> text and each caption and heading that you want on each page ready for 
> inserting into text frames then put empty text boxes on each page 
> containing the name of the text file only as a reference.
> Then select each photo or photos for each page and place image box/es 
> with an outline around each where each image will go, but don't insert 
> the images yet.
> Once the layout is as you envisage it, then paste the text, change the 
> font, sizes colours etc.
> Make headings and captions for the images in separate text boxes.
> You will find the dialogs and menus for text and image boxes in the <F2> 
> Properties dialog, experiment first for a few moments.
> Its not going to take you long to get a handle the way Scribus works.
> With photos, these can be high quality right down to low resolution 
> jpegs, I would experiment to obtain the lowest quality images that 
> produce the best printed result. You can scale the images to the correct 
> size for the image box on the page in either Gimp or photoshop and 
> reduce the resolution to jpg or for higher quality use png, I have found 
> that occasionally 150 x 150 resolution produces good images and on 
> others I use 200 x 200 or 300 x 300 dpi, it depends on the image and the 
> paper it's printed on.
> Hope this helps
> Roger
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