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Creating a new Document in Scribus

Creating a New Document in Scribus

In this section, we will create a simple newsletter from scratch using Scribus.

When you first start Scribus, the following dialogue box will be displayed:

Scribus Initial Dialogue

Here, you can choose the basic layout (-e.g. size, fold, orientation) of the document you wish to create. In our example, we want a simple, single page A4 portrait-format document, so the defaults are fine and we just click the "OK" button to open a new, blank, document:

Scribus Main Window


Adding Text

In order to add text in the document, we need first to create a text frame in which text can be placed. To do this, choose the following menu option:

Insert → Insert Text Frame:

Scribus Text Frame Option

With the text frame tool selected, map out the area in the document where you want the text to appear by click-dragging the mouse, then releasing the left mouse button:

Scribus Text Frame Selected

Once defined, you can resize the area by selecting one of the corners of the text frame and dragging it until the area is the correct size:

Scribus Text Frame Resizing

Likewise, if the text area is not in the correct place, simply click inside it (-mouse pointer will change to a "hand" icon) and you can drag the area to the correct location:

Scribus Text Frame Moving

Once positioned correctly, simply double-click inside the box and type in the desired text:

Adding Text to a Text Frame


Adding Images

Very much like text, if you want to place an image in a Scribus document, you need to first create an image frame in which the graphics can be placed. To do this, choose the following menu option:

Insert → Insert Image Frame:

Scribus Image Frame Option

With the image frame tool selected, map out the area in the document where you want the image to appear by click-dragging the mouse, then releasing the left mouse button:

Scribus Image Frame Option

The image frame area will be displayed with an "X" in it, to show that no image has yet been assigned to it:

Scribus Image Frame Option

Double click inside the image frame area and a dialogue box will display: use this to navigate to the desired image file and click "OK":

Scribus Image Frame Option

The image will be displayed inside the image frame area:

Scribus Image Frame Option

If the image is too large for your frame (-and you don't want to resize your frame), you can right click the image and choose the "Adjust Image to Frame" option, which will shrink the image to fit the frame:

Scribus Image Frame Option

With the image inserted and sized, you can save the document using the menu option:

File → Save As:

Scribus Image Frame Option

A dialogue box will display: navigate to the correct destination folder, enter the desired filename and click "OK":

Scribus Image Frame Option

Finally, close Scribus using the menu option:

File → Quit:

Scribus Image Frame Option


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