[scribus] Cutting the same hole in many layers

John Culleton john at wexfordpress.com
Wed Aug 5 04:25:04 CEST 2009

On Tuesday 04 August 2009 08:14:56 pm W. F. Zimmerman wrote:
> ISBNs are always a hassle for me because I start out with a
> single layer EPS from LSI.  So I have to cut and paste the ISBN
> to the top layer, an error-prone and irritating process.
> Life would be ever so much easier if there was a way to cut a box
> on the top layer that "drills through" all the succeeding layers
> to reveal the ISBN underneath.  Has anyone ever come across a
> Scribus script that does this? Any ideas how to write it?
> Fred

Don't bother with the LSI template. Instead use the dimensions from 
this calculator
to lay out your cover directly in Scribus, complete with guides.  
It's free. 

Many publishers don't use the LSI template, because of problems like 
yours. I once succeeded in ungrouping the LSI template and moving 
the bar code, but never succeeded thereafter.

Leave a white rectangle about 2.5 x 1.5 inches on the back cover 
near the spine and LSI will place the barcode for you.  That's the 
safest course.  More details are available in my e-book advertised 
below but the above should be enough to get you on your way. 

John Culleton
Create Book Covers with Scribus/e-book $5.95

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