Creating a 3D-effect border

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This article is part of the HOWTOs series.
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This main features used in this article are only available in Scribus 1.4 and later.

If normal borders are not flashy enough for you and you want something different, you can create a 3D-effect border, like that below, very simply. Line Style 3D Effect.png

Start

First create the shape you want the effect to be seen on. In this article a text frame has been used.

Colors

Before you can create the 3D-effect you need to make sure you have at least 4 grey colors of differing darkness, with also a very dark (black) and very light (white) color.

If you don't have these colors in your document's color palette you'll need to either create them or import them from another document or a Scribus palette.

In this article the X11 palette was used, specifically these colors:

Line Style 3D Colors.png

Line Styles

To get a 3D-effect border you need to create your own line style.

  1. Select Edit > Styles from the menu.
  2. In the Style Manager palette press the New button and select Line Style from the drop-down menu.
  3. Give the style an appropriate name, such as 3D Style.
  4. Press the Add Line button until you have six lines in the box below it.
  5. Select the bottom of these lines and select black, or the darkest color you have.
  6. Give the Line Width as 10 points (or whatever width is appropriate for your measurement units).
  7. Select the first line in the box and make it white (or your lightest color) with a width of 1 point (or another minimum value).
  8. For each of the lines between the first and last give it a color that is darker than the one above and make the width greater than the line above. In the example image at the top of this article the following has been used: 1 pt "Grey99"; 2 points "Grey89"; 4 points "Grey79"; 6 points "Grey69"; 8 points "Grey59"; 10 points "Grey29".
  9. You can check the effect as you go by looking at the preview image.
  10. Once your "3D tube" preview looks right press <<Done, you can also close the Line Styles palette if necessary.

Apply the effect

Now you'll need to apply your new style.

  1. Select the object you want to give a 3D-effect border to.
  2. Open the Properties Palette and select the Line tab.
  3. You should see your new line style listed in the selection box.
  4. Select your new style to apply it to the object.

Experiment

Try experimenting with changing colors and line types to see what kinds of effects you can create. You can make some interesting borders with only a few clicks.

For instance, something like the border below could be used to jazz-up a newsletter article for a party.

Line Style Party Border.png