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Editing an Existing Document in Scribus

Editing Existing DTP Documents using Scribus

In this section, we will edit the simple newsletter we created in the previous section using Scribus.

When you start Scribus the initial dialogue box will display; click on the "Open Existing Template" tab, navigate to the correct document and then click on "OK" to open it:

Scribus Initial Dialogue

The document you created in the previous section should be displayed:

Scribus Initial Dialogue

Let's begin by adding a second paragraph to the text frame we created before:

Scribus Initial Dialogue

This is good, but perhaps we should add a heading for the section, so click on the border of the text frame and drag it down, to give us room for the heading text:

Scribus Initial Dialogue

Next, create a second text area just above the first one, just big enough to hold some larger text:

Scribus Initial Dialogue

Type in "Welcome", select the text and right-click it:

Scribus Initial Dialogue

Choose the "Properties" option, then click on "Text". Set the font size to "23.00":

Scribus Initial Dialogue

Choose the "Colours" option, set the colour to "Blue" and reduce the opacity ("shade") to 10% before clicking on "X" to close the dialogue box:

Scribus Initial Dialogue

Next, let's reduce the size of the image frame to fit our logo. We can do this quickly by right clicking the image and choosing the "Adjust Frame to Image" option:

Adjust Frame to Image

Next, we create a small text frame to the top right, to hold the issue number of the newsletter:

Scribus Initial Dialogue

If want an multi-column output, we can add a new text frame to the right of the main one:

Scribus Initial Dialogue

Double-clicking inside the new text frame allows us to add the desired text:

Scribus Initial Dialogue

If you want to add a title, you can just just drag the text area downwards, then create a new one above it for the heading text:

Scribus Initial Dialogue

We can even add a third column to the extreme right, if we want:

Scribus Initial Dialogue

In the remaining space on the page, we need to create an article that spans more than one column, so the best way to do this is to first create one large text frame that covers the entire area we want to use:

Scribus Initial Dialogue

Next, we add the two vertical columns we need for the article within the larger one:

Scribus Initial Dialogue

We then double-click in the two inner columns and add the desired text:

Scribus Initial Dialogue

You can then add any formatting you require to the outer (larger) text area, so it applies to both the inner columns. Here's what our final newsletter looks like:

Scribus Initial Dialogue

Finally, save your changes back to the original file, using:

File → Save:

Scribus Initial Dialogue


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