use grids/guides for positioning - Joseph Canton


Grids and guides are an important tool in Scribus. They allow the designer to align images, text boxes, and other features to make a project look orderly. Keeping this in mind, it is important to be able to use the grids and guides effectively when designing a project. In order to do this effectively, a few quick steps is all that is necessary.

When your Scribus document is open, under the Page option in the menu bar, you can select the option to snap to grids and/or guides. This feature comes in handy for quickly aligning objects without having to worry about lining up objects manually.

Secondly, by going to file, then document setup, you can manage the spacing of your grids and guides. By clicking the “guides” icon in the toolbar of the open window, you can specify the spacing based on what you have chosen for your project. Furthermore, options are available for changing the color of grid lines in order to make them more visible on your project.

By tweaking the margins and spacing of your guides, you can easily calculate proper spacing between different objects and make your project come together simply and effectively. No matter what stage your document is in, you can always tweak the grids and guides to suit your design and layout needs.




Create/apply master page template(s) - Michael Kane


Master page templets are a very useful tool when using Scribus. Master pages can be templets or styles that can be positioned again and again and stored for future use. When you create headers, footers, or logos master pages come in handy. Once they are saved as a master page, you can bring it up on demand and position it anywhere you want, when you want it. If you have used master pages in other desktop publishing applications Scribus should give you very little trouble figuring out. However, instead of being able to edit the master page, Scribus creates a separate level or page on top of the master page.

When creating a master page you have your choice of using an existing page layout or creating one from scratch. The easiest way of creating a master page is to go to the page menu and select "Convert To Master Page." A dialog box appears and gives you the option of naming your master page anything you choose. Be sure to check the combo box to ensure that you are not duplicating names. You may also choose to copy elements from the current master page that the page is using.

To create a master page or edit an existing one, go to the edit menu and select "Master Pages." A dialog box will appear any changes you make will directly affect the master page. The Edit menu "Master Page" dialog box has four buttons on the top. By selecting the left most button a blank master page will appear. When the page opens a dialog box will appear asking you to name the page. By clicking the button second from the left, a new master page opens will all of the existing elements from an existing master page. This option can save you time if you want elements of you document to be identical. By pressing the third button you can import master pages from other Scribus documents. The fourth button allows you to delete master pages from a drop down menu.

To make your master page into a template you simply go to the file menu and select "save as" and the select "template." After learning how to navigate and to use master pages, you will have an invaluable skill that you may call upon at anytime, like a master page itself.

Arrange pages tool, Document outline-Josh Weston

Arrange pages can be reached by opening windows and selecting the arrange pages option. It will then pop up with a book displaying all of the pages of your document. The main feature here being the ability to easily move the pages of a file throughout varies orders. They can also be easily deleted, and master pages can be created to streamline the process of repeat document types.

As to the document outline feature, to engage you must click on the text box. Then drop down the items menu and select convert to outline. This can also be achieved by right clicking the text box; then selecting, convert to outline. After this; the text grouping is much easier to handle on the page. You simple right click and select grouping. After doing so you can move the text about in varies ways, including resizing it. To individualize the sections again you simply right click and ungroup the text. This can be helpful when you’re finishing something up and you need it moved efficiently.