Desktop Publishing Using Scribus (like Adobe InDesign)
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Desktop Publishing Using Scribus (like Adobe InDesign)

Learn Scribus that is similar to Adobe InDesign, QuarkXPress, and MS Publisher, but Scribus is free and open source
4.2 (9 ratings)
Instead of using a simple lifetime average, Udemy calculates a course's star rating by considering a number of different factors such as the number of ratings, the age of ratings, and the likelihood of fraudulent ratings.
73 students enrolled
Created by Steve Czajka
Last updated 12/2013
English
Price: $50
30-Day Money-Back Guarantee
Includes:
  • 6 hours on-demand video
  • 2 Supplemental Resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • Learn desktop publishing concepts
  • Learn Scribus concepts
  • Learn how to layout images
  • Working with text, text frames, and advanced text features
  • Working with objects, shapes and properties
  • Learn advanced Scribus features
  • Learn about printing and output
  • Learn the differences between Scribus vs Adobe InDesign
  • Bonus: Learn how to self-publish a magazine
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Requirements
  • Free software that I show how to download at Scribus.net
Description

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:

  • RUNNING TIME: 5hr 51min of step-by-step video tutorials with voice instruction
  • LANGUAGE: English
  • PLATFORM: Windows, Mac and Linux
  • ASPECT RATIO: 16:9 widescreen
  • FILE FORMAT: HD 720 WMV
  • COURSE INDEX: 40-page interactive PDF including table of contents, resources, definitions, index and more
  • VIDEOS: 32 instructional videos
  • EXERCISES: 19 exercise and four demonstration folders, approximately 100 files, totalling roughly 300 MB
  • COURSE NOTES: 94-page printable course notes PDF, plus an interactive PDF format
  • SUPPORT: Basic email support provided
  • UPDATES: Course updates provided as digital download. This includes minor updates and you will be notified by email with a digital download link of any updates, new exercises etc. And this is included in the cost of the course purchase.
  • SPECIAL FEATURES: Steve Czajka, the managing editor for GIMP Magazine, provides a review of self-publishing an international magazine. This review covers the major steps to start up a magazine, build a following via social media, and provide amazing content. Steve shares the publishing workflow procedures that GIMP Magazine utilizes for each issue of the publication, typography style guides and several design considerations to creating a clean and appealing magazine layout. Check out Steve’s design portfolio at http://flickr.com/steveczajka

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)

Who is the target audience?
  • Desktop Publishers
  • Graphic Designers
  • Authors
  • Writers
  • Magazine Publishers
  • Graphic Artists
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Curriculum For This Course
Expand All 34 Lectures Collapse All 34 Lectures 08:05:04
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Part 1 - Getting Started
8 Lectures 01:13:18

NOTE: All of the Exercise Data and Demonstration Folders can be downloaded from dropbox (225+ MB Zip file). Email me (steveczajka@hotmail.com) with proof of course purchase and I will email you the link to the file.

README FIRST PDF
40 pages

Course Notes
94 pages

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.

Preview 11:16

This lecture includes: Desktop Publishing Considerations, Topics, Course Format, and a little About Me

Pages 05-08 Considerations, Topics, Course Format, About Me
10:46

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.

Pages 09 - 14: Definition of DTP, Graphics Packages, Resolution, Images, Graphic
10:23

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.

Pages 15 - 18: Workflow, Downloading & Installing Scribus, Organization, User In
16:48

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.

Pages 19 - 22: Printing Concepts, Page Layout, Page, Bleeds, Trim, Safe Zone
16:55

Scribus is powerful at managing text. This lecture includes: Text Frame Basics, Pages, and a Summary of part 1.

Pages 23 - 25: Text Frame Basics, Pages, Summary
07:10
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Part 2 - Images
3 Lectures 32:34

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.

Pages 26 - 28: Image Frame Properties, Ex1 - Image Gallery
12:26

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.

Pages 29 - 32: Case Study: Colorize, Ex2 - Project Folders. Ex3 - Image Overlay,
12:40

This lecture includes an exercise Ex4 - Understanding Trim, and a Summary of part 2.

Pages 33 - 34: Ex4 - Understanding Trim, Summary
07:28
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Part 3 - Text
3 Lectures 29:50

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.

Pages 35 - 38: Text Frames, Ex5A - Working with Text Frames, Ex5B - Linking Text
12:24

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.

Pages 39 - 39: Text Properties, Font, Color, Special Effects, Typography Setting
14:15

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.

Pages 40 - 42: Document Setup, Scribus Preferences, Summary
03:11
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Part 4 - Advanced Text
3 Lectures 36:01

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.

Pages 43 - 44: Story Editor
13:43

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.

Pages 45 - 46: Inserting Special Characters, Page Numbers, Glyphs, Search and Re
11:31

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.

Pages 47 - 49: Ex6 - Creating a PDF Slide Presentation, Ex7 - Using Search and R
10:47
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Part 5 - Objects and Shapes
5 Lectures 49:28

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.

Pages 50 - 51: Object Properties, Fill, Color, Line, Position, Levels, Layers, T
10:21

Let’s learn more about: Drawing Rectangles, Squares, Circles, Shapes, Curves, Freehand, and the very cool Text Along Path feature.

Pages 52 - 52: Drawing Rectangles, Squares, Circles, Shapes, Curves, Freehand, T
09:44

Let’s do an exercise Ex8 - Creating a Stitching Effect, Magic Wand Tool.

Pages 53 - 53: Ex8 - Creating a Stitching Effect, Magic Wand Tool
11:01

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.

Pages 54 - 56: Node Editor, Ex9 - Wrapping Text Around an Object, Snapping - Gri
09:53

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.

Pages 57 - 59: Case Study: Creating a Professional Brochure, Align and Distribut
08:29
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Part 6 - Advanced Scribus
6 Lectures 01:06:11

Every document has page numbers. Let’s learn how: Page Numbers, Table of Contents, and Ex10 - Working with Master Pages.

Pages 60 - 63: Page Numbers, Table of Contents, Ex10 - Working with Master Pages
13:17

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

Pages 64 - 65: Styles, Spacing, Font, Color, Optical Margins, Drop Caps, Tabs In
11:43

Lets do an exercise Ex11 - Creating, Editing, Importing, Saving Styles. Lets also learn about: Color, Color Pallet, and Color Management.

Pages 66 - 67: Ex11 - Creating, Editing, Importing, Saving Styles, Color, Color
12:59

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.

Pages 68 - 70: Tables, Ex12 - Create Image Gallery using Tables, Ex13 - Importin
13:24

This lecture includes: Rotate, Magic Wand, Eye Dropper, Measure, URL, Bookmarks, Notes, Plugins, and PDF Forms.

Pages 71 - 71: Rotate, Magic Wand, Eye Dropper, Measure, URL, Bookmarks, Notes,
12:33

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.

Pages 72 - 73: Book Construction - Special Considerations, Summary
02:15
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Part 7 - Printing and Output
3 Lectures 27:19

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.

Pages 74 - 76: Save As PDF, Embedding Fonts, Image Resolution, Registration Mark
12:26

This lecture includes: Case Study: PDF Transitions for Slide Presentations, along with Quirky Scribus Items You Need to Know.

Pages 77 - 78: Case Study: PDF Transitions for Slide Presentations, Quirky Scrib
08:25

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.

Pages 79 - 81: Image Output (Save as JPG, PNG, TIFF, etc.), Ex15 - Image Exporti
06:28
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Part 8 - Scribus vs. InDesign
1 Lecture 16:44

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.

Pages 82 - 83: A Review of Scribus Pros and Cons as Compared to Adobe InDesign
16:44
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Part 9 - Bonus: Self-Publishing a Magazine and Closing Remarks
2 Lectures 19:39

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.

Pages 84 - 88: Establishing Goals, Forming a Team, Website, Social Media, Case S
13:26

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!

Pages 89 - 94: Course Closing, Overall Summary, Resources For You After This Cou
06:13
About the Instructor
Steve Czajka
4.2 Average rating
9 Reviews
73 Students
1 Course
Manager of Information Planning

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.