[scribus] Noob question: Made business-card.sla. How to print?

ZASKE Martin zm at revue-gugu.org
Fri May 5 10:43:39 UTC 2017

Hi there,

thank you for trying Scribus and sharing your progress.

Seems you are in the US. In Germany it works best, if you find a
print-shop (why not online) first and then create your Scribus documents
and then export your PDF.

Print shops have guidelines for you (my print-shop for example needs 3mm
bleeds all around for digital printing and they prefer PDF/X-4 but they
can handle PDF/X-3 if you would be using an older version of Scribus;
your print-shop will have different guidelines, mine are just examples)
and resources for downloading like Colour Profiles for their different
products (machine/paper combinations).

Please do not hesitate to make a phone call to a print shop and tell
them about your noobity. It is a problem that will go away with time. I
keep reading that print shops prefer customers who ask and get it
right(er) over customer who get rumours off the internet and submit
files which need a lot of manual correction or several cycles of
submit/proof. Mine are very helpful on the phone (for example when I try
a product for the first time like stitch-binding, where their
documentation is unclear (bleed for binding-side?)).



On 04.05.2017 16:06, Kevin Cole wrote:
> Hi,
> So. My very first project with Scribus. Complete noob.
> Following the directions on
> https://wiki.scribus.net/canvas/How_to_make_business_cards I now have an
> SLA and a PDF double-sided "virtual sheet", with 10 business cards on it.
> There's a wide margin between the two columns but no margin between the
> five rows. BTW, I think there's a typo in the page: I think Step 12 wants a
> 4.0 inch horizontal shift, not a 3.5 inch one, since the 4.0 inch shift
> puts the second card squarely within the guides set up at the beginning.
> So far, I'm not seeing anything I couldn't have done faster and more
> accurately in another application, especially since I was creating cards
> for multiple people.  But, I'm willing to drink the Kool-Aid a bit longer,
> as the strength, as I understand it, is in the quality of the final product.
> How do I now make the best use of the results, in order to get high quality
> printed cards? Are there vendors that take SLAs with card definitions that
> don't have any spacing between the vertical cards, and print and cut them
> nice and pretty? Or are these designed for me to go out and get special
> stock paper and cut or tear along the dotted-line? And, since one of the
> selling points of Scribus seems to be that it's better suited to producing
> nice color when printed -- or so I understand, should I be looking at
> particular vendors? Export the PDF with the Color Output intended for
> "Printer"​? Increase the DPI to 1200?
> Thanks.

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