[scribus] Odp: Help - need a tutorial for "dummies" - ie: newbies

randy.pare at rogers.com randy.pare at rogers.com
Sat Dec 11 00:59:01 CET 2010

One of the main problems I am finding is that Scribus keeps saying I can't do anything with an image because I don't have Gimp. Is Gimp necessary to run Scribus? 
To alter size of an image, since there don't seem to be the easy "grab" points MS Word has, I tried going thru menus until I found "edit image" - that is what led to the error message about Gimp.

--- On Fri, 12/10/10, Grzegorz Staniak <gstaniak at wp.pl> wrote:

From: Grzegorz Staniak <gstaniak at wp.pl>
Subject: [scribus] Odp: Help - need a tutorial for "dummies" - ie: newbies
To: "Scribus User Mailing List" <scribus at lists.scribus.net>
Date: Friday, December 10, 2010, 4:42 PM

On 10-12-2010 at 22:12 randy.pare at rogers.com wrote:

> I am utterly lost. The controls [for an MS Word
> guy, like me] do not seem intuitive. Simple things like importing a
> picture and manipulating its size to fit on the page seem impossible.

One piece of advice from someone who quite recently was a total noob 
too: ALWAYS keep the Properties Palette visible. Always. It really 
helps. Check what it shows, use it to position, scale, and set 
properties on objects. Also: use and explore the "Window" menu (for 
alignment and distribution, for example).

> An image comes in and there doesn't seem to be anyway to alter size.

See above. Press F2, use the Properties Palette (the "Image" section).

> I receive articles, poetry shorts  stories all writtne on MS Word and 
would like to import the docs and
> place them over background art etc etc. 

Create a text frame, right click, "Get text". First you need to convert 
the articles though.

> What I am hoping to learn is this:
> How to use Scribus to create a document that has
> artistic backgrounds with text and other art on top, that I can then
> convert to PDF.
... and it would be best for you, I think, to spare a few bucks for the 


You can even get a discount if you scan the group archive for the 10th 
anniversary email ;)

> BTW I have read the READ ME file and BASICs tutorial that come with 
Scribus - just could not find answers to what I am
> asking there.

Ask here then.

Grzegorz Staniak, gstaniak _at_ wp *dot* pl

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