[scribus] Newbie Questions About Spreads

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Thu Apr 9 19:28:35 CEST 2009

Gregory Pittman-3 wrote:
> wingsgroup wrote:
>> I am new to DTP and Scribus and needing to get a project done in the next
>> 2.5
>> weeks. (I'm probably crazy!) Anyway, I have searched, but not really
>> found
>> any good answers to my questions. My project is actually a homeschool
>> group
>> yearbook and I am wanting to use two-page spreads for the section
>> dividers.
>> It will be a picture across the pages with text running across. How do I
>> go
>> about this without losing the text and making the picture look funny? I
>> used
>> single pages for the setup and just put the picture and text right across
>> as
>> I was designing it visually. I didn't do a lot yet because I realized
>> that I
>> needed answers to these questions first. I read somewhere about bleeds
>> and
>> so I did make my pages slightly bigger (the printer suggested .25
>> inches).
>> Someone suggested using margins for the gutter, but I am afraid that I
>> might
>> get some white space showing. I would appreciate any help you can give!
> This is a big task for your first effort of this type. Scribus can do 
> this, and perhaps others will chime in with their advice based on 
> experience.
> You will want to choose the Double-Sided layout when you make your 
> document, and perhaps eliminate the gap of the display between adjacent 
> pages. You will likely also want to use Master Pages so that you can 
> have guides and margins set for left or right pages.
> http://wiki.scribus.net/index.php/Working_with_Master_Pages
> You don't say which Scribus version you are using. If you are using 
> 1.3.3.x, there is a script called BleedandPrintMarks which will create 
> bleed areas if you need this - you create a document the size that you 
> want the end result to be, then when you run the script, all pages are 
> enlarged to add the bleed area.. In 1.3.5svn, the bleed is built in to 
> the PDF export dialog. In the end, you need to work with whatever your 
> printer can manage or suggest. It would also be a good idea to submit a 
> few pages to the printer to make sure they're Ok, and find out if you 
> need to adjust anything.
> I don't know that using an old book as an example is especially useful 
> -- this is the end result and doesn't necessarily tell you how to do it 
> in Scribus.
> Greg
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Yes, I know this is a big project! %-| Hopefully, it will all turn out okay.

I am using Scribus, so I will look into using the bleed marks. Is
there a tutorial somewhere? I already re-sized a few pages to include the
extra .25 that the printer (Lulu.com) requires, but I suppose it would be
easier to not have to resize the rest.

I did make a couple master pages and the double-sided pages are not
displaying a gap between...they butt up against eachother...so I guess I am
good there.

As for the guides and margins....That's another thing I guess I'm confused
about. Once I put the picture across the page, it covers all those. How do I
make them visible so I know "where I am"? I was thinking it would be like
other programs (like document programs) where the margins are set and it
does not allow you to go into them. Sorry if these are stupid questions, but
I'm just a little confused about the function of those.
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