Scribus Pt. 2

     If you missed part one in this series, I highly suggest you check it out here.
     We're going to get on to graphics in part two. We'll be using some pictures, some vector graphics, and using tools that come with Scribus. To start lets put a vector graphic of our favorite bird, Tux on the page. To get the Tux option we'll need to click the small arrow next to the square on the menu

     The drop down menu looks like this, click on the bottom icon, Tux.

     Unfortunately there isn't any way to make the object draw at the correct ratio, so you kinda gotta guess. Resizing existing objects to scale is simple, just hold down Ctrl while you drag a corner, but for new objects it just doesn't work. So click and create the Tux anyplace you'd like, we'll adjust the size in a second. You'll notice a box existing while creating tux, try and make that box as square as possible, as that will be your only gauge of how square the graphic is.
     Bring up the properties on Tux by hitting F2. and adjust the size to a width of 2.5 and a height of 2.8, you can now resize by click and dragging a corner while holding down the Ctrl key to keep the aspect ratio.

     I've placed Tux right in line with our print margins, or very close, you shouldn't put anything important outside of those lines, because they might get cut when printing, of course if you are doing it as a PDF you can ignore those lines, or not have them show at all. Tux is looking a little pale right now, so lets give him a bit of color. Bring up the properties (F2) and select the Colors tab make sure the fill bucket icon is selected and click on a dark color from the list.
     Tux is looking much better now.

     We're going to add a picture of the location that we'll be holding the event at, to make it easier for people to find it. Now I don't have any such photo of a place where I'd hold this, so I'll just use a random photo I have.
     Adding a photo is simple you can either click the small photo icon, or hit I on the keyboard and then click and drag to make a photo. Make it any size you want, and any ratio, we'll change it later.

     The picture will be on the large black x so let's add an image and get to work. You can right click and select Get Image, or just hit Crtl + I Browse around and find a picture that would be suitable. select the image and click open. Don't be surprised when the image is super zoomed in, we'll fix that in a second. Pull up the properties again, (F2) Click on the Image tab and and tick the Scale To Frame Size, this will make the image scale to the image box, ticking the Proportional box under that option will keep the image's aspect ratio correct.

     We're going to put this image on the bottom of the page, so position the bottom left corner at the bottom left of the page's print margin and then Ctrl click the top right corner and drag across to the other side of the page, well the print margin there. It doesn't have to be perfect.  We'll be cropping the image and lightening it up, so it doesn't use so much ink when we print it. We'll crop it first. Be sure to uncheck the Scale to Frame Size, changing it to free scale, or you'll get funny results in the next step! Open the Shape tab on the properties box and click Edit...  A new box will open and we can get cropping and shape adjusting.

     We can add nodes and remove them by clicking on the second and third buttons on the top row, let's start by adding some nodes. I'm going to cut out most of the sky, and a goodly portion of the foreground as well, so we'll be left with just the building. I highly recommend zooming in to get this just right. Zooming can be controlled by using the Ctrl key plus the + or - key on the numpad.

     You can see the nodes on the top of the image, cutting the sky out. We can do curves as well, which I'll be doing for the bottom of the image. The curve controls are on the second line in the Nodes window. Clicking on the first box in the second row will let us change the control points of the nodes, you have to click on an existing node and then drag out of the center to get the corner to get any curve to it. YOU DO HAVE TO CREATE THE NEW NODES USING THE TOP ROW.

     My bottom nodes.

     After using the control points to make the nodes have curves.

     Click the End Editing on the bottom of the Nodes box to finish editing the shape, and make the nodes go away. Worry not you can edit them later by clicking the Edit button again.

     We're now going to edit the image, and make it lighter, right click and select Image Effects, or use the shortcut Crtl + E A box with a list of available effects will show. We'll be changing the Brightness, admittedly this isn't the best way to make an image appear to be transparent, but it works well enough for this, we could open the image in gimp, and give it true transparency and save it as a PNG and then import it into Scribus and use that transparency to make it lighter. I'm going to put brightness around fifty, but depending on your image you might what to use something different. You can click and drag the slider to adjust the level, and use the arrow keys to adjust by a count of one, up or down.

     We'll click the OK button and then Zoom back to 100%, you can quickly accomplish this by clicking the small magnifying glass down on the bottom left of the screen, center magnifying glass that has the 1 on the lens.

    This is what we have now. A nice title, cute little penguin and a picture of the location at the bottom. We'll put some text in that big blank spot in the next installment in this series. Read part three here.