Import Graphics

This chapter discusses the ins and outs of how to legally obtain, format, and save images.

Create, license, or select Creative Commons images

As a powerful, desktop publisher, Scribus allows users to create, license, or select Creative Commons images. To obtain images on Scribus, the user must create an image frame: right-click > Get Image. Acceptable file forms of images include: TIFF, JPEG, PNG, GIF, XPM, and EPS. Users are allowed to share (copy and circulate) and remix (alter) the images. With these capabilities, there are restrictions:
  • There must me attribution to the author of the work if it is specified.
  • The images are not to be used for commercial use.
  • If the shared images have been altered in any way, they must be under the same or similar license as the original images.

Exceptions to these conditions include:

  • Waivers from the copyright holder.
  • Public domain.
  • Fair use.
  • Privacy or publicity rights.

Formats able to be imported and resolution

You can import an image by going to Toolbar > Image Icon (small brown icon) > expand the size of the image box to your liking; double-click in the image box > import an image. Make sure it is one of the following supported formats:

All supported formats include:

(*.eps *.EPS *.epsf *.EPSF *.epsi *.EPSI *.eps2 *.EPS2 *.eps3 *.EPS3 *.epi *.EPI *.ept *.EPT *.gif *.GIF *.jpg *.JPG *.jpeg *.JPEG *.pdf *.PDF *.png *.PNG *.ps *.PS *.psd *.PSD *.tif *.TIF *.tiff *.TIFF *.xpm *.XPM *.bmp *.BMP).

For optimal image resolution, right-click the image > Properties > Image. Actual DPI should be, atleast, 150; if image is less, reduce the size of the image or find an image with a higher pixel size.

Save images to your project folder

In order for Scribus to use images, it must be able to find them. It is important to save all images intended for use into a project folder. Having a project folder is, also, a nice way to keep Scribus materials organized and is nice for easy access.