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
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  • Lectures 34
  • Length 8 hours
  • Skill Level All Levels
  • Languages English
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Published 12/2013 English

Course Description

Scribus ( 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.


  • 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
  • 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

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.(

What are the requirements?

  • Free software that I show how to download at

What am I going to get from this course?

  • 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

Who is the target audience?

  • Desktop Publishers
  • Graphic Designers
  • Authors
  • Writers
  • Magazine Publishers
  • Graphic Artists

What you get with this course?

Not for you? No problem.
30 day money back guarantee.

Forever yours.
Lifetime access.

Learn on the go.
Desktop, iOS and Android.

Get rewarded.
Certificate of completion.


Section 1: Part 1 - Getting Started
40 pages

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

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.


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.

Section 2: Part 2 - Images

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.

Section 3: Part 3 - Text

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.

Section 4: Part 4 - Advanced Text

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.

Section 5: Part 5 - Objects and Shapes

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.

Section 6: Part 6 - Advanced Scribus

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.

Section 7: Part 7 - Printing and Output

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.

Section 8: Part 8 - Scribus vs. InDesign

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.

Section 9: Part 9 - Bonus: Self-Publishing a Magazine and Closing Remarks

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!

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Instructor Biography

Steve Czajka, 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 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.

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