Scribus Pt. 3

     Read Part 1 and Part 2 before reading this, this builds on information from those.
     I know I already told you all about adding text, or did I? I gave you some of the information about adding text, but there is yet more to learn, and we'll be working on that in this post, and we'll be finishing everything up as well.
     Open up our file and add a text box in that big blank spot on the right(t). Edit the text(Ctrl+t) and put in a bunch of text about the event.

     Now we're going to bring up the properties on the text box (F2) and click on the Text tab.

     Expand the Columns & Text Distances tab. Adjust Columns, I chose 2, but you could go higher if you want, or you have more text, or a bigger box, it's all up to you. I chose to put a slight gap between the two columns, of a tenth of an inch, I find it makes it a little easier to differentiate between the columns. We can change the color and font of the text from here as well, but using these tools will change all text in the box at once, so you can't use two different fonts if you're changing fonts here, you have to do that through the story editor.
     The black lines you see between the columns won't show when you export or print, they are just borders in the program. The properties lets you change all the elements of the text all at once, and you have instant feedback, so it's kinda nicer and faster than using the story editor, but you have less customization when using it. Both methods have their pros and cons, and there are times when you should use one, and other times when you should use the other.

     I'm going to add more text, just so we can see how it effects the next changes. We want the text box to be full, maybe even a little overfull, 'cause I'll be making it larger and I want it to stay full of text.
     I'm going to edit the shape of the text box, like I did the image on the bottom of the screen. Same options and tools to edit the text box, F2>Shape>Edit You have to be a little careful with doing this because text can go funny, like if you have to top right higher than the top left your text is going to be all messed up, so stay away from them, try it out and see what I mean, text updates real time, so you get instant feedback. You'll notice where I have Demos of: and then inches away it has the next text, you probably want to avoid that, and you'll avoid it by taking out line breaks, and repositioning your text in the story editor. If I had more of a paragraph layout, rather than points this would look nicer, but I think it demonstrates well enough.

     Our last step is exporting. We're going to print this so I'll show how to save it as an Image first, and then show how to save as a PDF as well.
     File>Export>Save As Image, or you can use the shortcut Ctrl+Shift+E On the top you can select the save location, image type, I always use PNG but use what you want, you have no shortage of file types, there's every type I know, and lots I don't know. Resolution, I always go with a minimum of 600 if I'm going to print, for screen output 300 is more than enough. We have options for the range, but with this there is only one page so range doesn't matter. We're told the Image size in Pixels, which is handy to know, as it directly will relate to image size, but it doesn't give an estimate at all for file size. Hit okay and the image will save to the location you selected.

     To export the file as a PDF you go near the same spot File>Export>PDF For some strange reason there isn't a keyboard shortcut for saving as a PDF, but one would think there would be with it being a desktop publishing program, but be that as it may. A preflight Verifier will pop up after you click you want to save it as a PDF.

    It's showing we have a Text Overflow here, but looking at the page everything looks alright, so I'm just going to hit Ignore Errors.

     We're greeted by this intimidating window, with tons of tabs and so many options we don't know what to do. It's really not too difficult though. We want the entire range, even though there is only one page, don't want clipping to printer margins. The big things we want to look at is Image Compression. The only thing I typically change around is the Maximum Image Resolution, this just makes sure if you have a ten MP photo the size of a postage stamp, it's not saved in the PDF as a full 10 MP photo, and will just be an image of that size with 300 DPI, which is usually more than enough, though if you are dealing with a lot of images that you have to make small you might want to increase that.

     We can actually ignore all the other tabs, I highly recommend looking at them, but for this none of those tabs are going to matter. Just click Save to export the PDF. It might take a while depending on the amount of graphics you have, the quality you're exporting at, and a host of other things, you get a nice progress bar though, so you know how far along the save process is.

     Well now you know about everything I do about Scribus, no, not really, but you have a good amount for starters. If you have any further questions, or need a hand figuring anything out just shoot me an email, I'd be more than happy to help. My contact info is right on the upper right corner.