Scribus (http://scribus.net) is similar to Adobe InDesign, QuarkXPress, and MS Publisher, but Scribus is free, open source and available to anyone around the world. This is a savings of roughly $700.00 or $50/month as compared to using alternatives.
Learn desktop publishing using free Scribus to create business cards, brochures, flyers, full size posters, newsletters, magazine publications, and even books. Personally, I use Scribus to create GIMP Magazine, several brochures, certificates, calendars, design proposals, awards certificates, business cards and several other professional looking documents.
THIS COURSE INCLUDES:
And all 134 pages of this course was authored using Scribus in addition to all screens used in the video production.
Watch a short video that describes this course, and provides two tutorials to create a magazine cover, and calendars in Scribus.(http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XoHecQCn8hM)
NOTE: All of the Exercise Data and Demonstration Folders can be downloaded from dropbox (225+ MB Zip file). Email me (firstname.lastname@example.org) with proof of course purchase and I will email you the link to the file.
This lecture will include a: Welcome, Examples of Desktop Publishing, and Quick Demonstrations of Scribus in action. Sit back and enjoy the demonstrations as all of this will be covered in detail during the remainder of the course.
This lecture includes: Desktop Publishing Considerations, Topics, Course Format, and a little About Me
This lecture includes: A Definition of DTP, a comparison of Graphics Packages including GIMP, Inkscape Scribus in relation to Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign, an over view of Resolution, a comparison between Images and Graphics, followed by a summary.
This lecture includes: a understanding of the term Workflow, a description of how to Download & Install Scribus, folder Organization, and finally a User Interface Tour of Scribus to get you started.
Scribus and Desktop publishing is focused around printing. This lecture includes: Printing Concepts, Page Layout, Page, Bleeds, Trim, and Safe Zone. These are the basic elements you need to get started.
Scribus is powerful at managing text. This lecture includes: Text Frame Basics, Pages, and a Summary of part 1.
Images are a critical part to making any document interesting for the reader. This topic includes: Image Frame Properties, and our first exercise Ex1 - Image Gallery.
Did you know that Scribus has powerful image filters that you can run without having to use Photoshop or GIMP? This lecture includes: our first Case Study: on how to Colorize an image, Ex2 - Project Folders. Ex3 - Image Overlay, and Vector Graphics.
This lecture includes an exercise Ex4 - Understanding Trim, and a Summary of part 2.
Need to create a newsletter document that contains multiple linked text frames? Here is how in this lecture we include: Text Frames, Ex5A - Working with Text Frames, and Ex5B - Linking Text Frames.
Scribus can do amazing things with text and so can you. Learn how in this lecture with: Text Properties, Font, Color, Special Effects, and high end Typography Settings.
Do you plan on creating multiple documents using Scribus. Learn about a faster way using: Document Setup, Scribus Preferences, and a Summary of Part 3.
Do you plan to write a complex story for a newsletter or magazine type layout? Learn how using the powerful Story Editor feature of Scribus.
Every document has special elements like: Inserting Special Characters, Page Numbers, and Glyphs. Also in this lecture learn how to use the ultra powerful Search and Replace feature of Scribus.
Tired or your boring powerpoint presentations? Create your own using Scribus. Here is how: Creating a PDF Slide Presentation, and a exercise Ex7 - Using Search and Replace, followed by a Summary of part 4.
Personally I have never used powerpoint since I learned this amazing feature of Scribus.
Let's not forget that objects and shapes make up an important aspect of any document. Let's learn how with: Object Properties, Fill, Color, Line, Position, Levels, Layers, Text Wrapping, and Rotation.
Let’s learn more about: Drawing Rectangles, Squares, Circles, Shapes, Curves, Freehand, and the very cool Text Along Path feature.
Let’s do an exercise Ex8 - Creating a Stitching Effect, Magic Wand Tool.
Like what we are doing with shapes and objects so far, but want more? Yes you can further edit an objects shape with the: Node Editor. Lets also do an exercise Ex9 - Wrapping Text Around an Object, and learn about Snapping - Grid, and Guides.
Let’s look at an important Case Study: Creating a Professional Brochure. Ever want to perfectly Align and Distribute objects on a page? Let’s wrap this up with a Summary of part 5.
Every document has page numbers. Let’s learn how: Page Numbers, Table of Contents, and Ex10 - Working with Master Pages.
Text Styles are an incredible feature of Scribus to ensure that all text looks consistent and beautiful. This lecture includes: Styles, Spacing, Font, Color, Optical Margins, Drop Caps, Tabs Indentation, and Case Study: Styles in GIMP Magazine
Lets do an exercise Ex11 - Creating, Editing, Importing, Saving Styles. Lets also learn about: Color, Color Pallet, and Color Management.
Tables are also an important part of some documents. Let’s learn about how tables can be used in Scribus followed by a few exercises: Ex12 - Create Image Gallery using Tables, Ex13 - Importing Spreadsheets.
This lecture includes: Rotate, Magic Wand, Eye Dropper, Measure, URL, Bookmarks, Notes, Plugins, and PDF Forms.
Did you know that you can actually create books using Scribus. Let’s learn more about this: Book Construction - Special Considerations, and a Summary of part 6.
OK, now it is time to get ready for printing and output. This lecture includes: Save As PDF, Embedding Fonts, Image Resolution, Registration Marks, Transitions and Ex14 - Preflight Verifier.
This lecture includes: Case Study: PDF Transitions for Slide Presentations, along with Quirky Scribus Items You Need to Know.
Did you know that Scribus is capable of image output as well? Let’s learn: Image Output (Save as JPG, PNG, TIFF, etc.), Ex15 - Image Exporting, and a Summary of part 7.
At this point in the course you have learned a great deal about Scribus. Let’s do A Review of Scribus Pros and Cons as Compared to Adobe InDesign.
So you want to start up your own magazine. Let’s learn about Self-Publishing a Magazine by: Establishing Goals, Forming a Team, building a Website, launching Social Media, and a few case studies: Graphic Novels and Workflows.
Thank you so much for being a part of this course. This wraps up our course with an Overall Summary, followed by a list of Resources For You After This Course, Thank You, Steve Czajka!
GIS Professional with over 15 years experience in management, consulting, and development of leading edge ESRI based business solutions. Recognized for vision, innovation, enthusiasm, team motivation and a client focused approach. I have taught at McMaster University in Hamilton Ontario Canada for roughly 7 years. My LinkedIn profile is http://ca.linkedin.com/in/steveczajka. I am also the managing editor for GIMP Magazine, and I foster and promote free and open source software. I plan to teach a Desktop Publishing Course using Scribus and a Digital Arts Course using GIMP and Inkscape.
Currently I manage a group of information professionals who specialize in GIS, databases, infographics, and desktop publishing for a very large organization.