[scribus] about page background

John Culleton john at wexfordpress.com
Mon May 10 15:24:39 CEST 2010

On Monday 10 May 2010 08:44:20 Gregory Pittman wrote:
> On 05/10/2010 08:04 AM, a.l.e wrote:
> > hi rortodox,
> >
> >> How can I add a page background.Someone said to use a new layer and
> >> set a color. Yes, it works, but it affect the clarity of the other
> >> images and text. Shell I use a PNG image and put all other stuff on
> >> that layer? Or open a full page polygon, color it and then insert
> >> everything on that polygon?
> >
> > if you want the color to be "painted" on white sheets, just draw a
> > shape, set its color and put it in the background. it's probably
> > better to put it in a layer placed in the background.
> > if you plan to print on colored paper, just set the background color
> > in the document properties (that color won't be printed or exported to
> > the pdf).
> When a PDF gets printed on paper, it will apply ink to make everything
> you see. It can be rather impractical to apply ink to an entire page, so
> this is generally not done -- one might instead use colored stock.
> The Quick Start Guide that you can find in the online documentation
> shows how to create a true colored background on the page with a
> page-sized frame and colored background.
> This is not to be confused with changing the display background color in
> File > Preferences > Display > Color tab - this will be the Page Fill
> Color. This will not be exported to your PDF.
> >> What does snap to grid means and other stuff like that, there are
> >> some video tutorials but they cover the basics. No one explains each
> >> menu functions.
> If you go to View > Show Grid, you will have the Grid show on the page.
> Grids are used for aligning objects on the page and for other aspects of
> layout. Snap to Grid will make frames "sticky" and tend to attach an
> edge to the grid. The Grid will not be exported to the PDF.
> Greg
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The Official manual doesn't cover everything but it covers almost everything. 
Scribus is free but the manual certainly isn't. Still Scribus plus manual 
is cheaper than any commercial product.

When I build a book cover I generally add a layer that is the color or 
illustration I want printed as the background to the Background layer.
 I use a big graphic frame and adjust it to fit the layer precisely using 

I also adjust the color in Properties for that frame if I don't have an 
image as background.  Then I add another layer for the graphics. A third 
layer has the text.

You can turn layers on or off for the sake of visibility. You can also omit 
layers when you export the pdf.   The trick is to make sure the layer you 
are working on is the one highlighted in the Layer Window.  You activate 
the layer window from the Windows drop down list. 
John Culleton
"Create Book Covers with Scribus"
Printable E-book 38 pages $5.95

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