Scribus Video Tutorials

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These are links to several tutorials for Scribus. Skill Levels range from beginner to more advanced uses of Scribus. They are distributed in Theora format. Please see Wikipedia:Media help (Ogg) about how to play theora videos on your system.

Video Tutorials

Getting Started with Scribus

Getting Started with Scribus is a series of video tutorials in the English Language describing Scribus by way of creating a library newsletter from scratch. They cover how to use text and image areas, as well as stylesheets, and the powerful story editor. Other topics include the using the preflight verifier, and a demo of how to create PDF documents.

Main Site

Mirror Site

Frequently Asked Questions

These are a new series of tutorials for various common tasks in Scribus. Please note these were created using Scribus or later.

Three ways to apply styles

  1. Properties palette
  2. Story Editor
  3. Get Text... Filters

Creating bullet lists

(while waiting for the proper implementation)

Additional space between an image frame and the text

How can one have some additional space between an image frame and the text flowing around it.

Drop caps, baseline, text frame columns

Creating and customizing a drop cap. Also introduces baseline and text frame columns.

Object frame border

Creating and customizing a border for an object frame.

Text frames, polygons, linking text frames and polygons, text overflow

Creating text frames, polygons (with a star shape) linking text from a text frame to polygons (converting polygons to text frames). Text overflow.

Creating a three fold document using Manage Guides dialog

Page numbers, sections

Adding page numbers to a document and customizing sections using Document Setup>Sections

Converting text to outlines and to image frames

Converting text to outlines and then to image frames and creating a cool effect using content>paste absolute.

Basic text effects

Basic text effects using Properties palette's Text page

Text on path

Attaching text to a path and customizing the path and fine tuning the text after it has been attached.

Creating a table of content

Creating your own video tutorials

There are several tools available to use to create screencasts. Presentations on this page were created with the tools called recordmydesktop and Wink.

recordmydesktop on Linux

Most of the screencasts on this page were created using the recordmydesktop and its gtk-recordmydesktop frontend. The first thing to do is to install the screencast recorder. For my Opensuse setup it was available at guru's repository. Recording a screencast can be done with the following steps:

  1. launch gtk-recordmydesktop
  2. launch Scribus and resize the Scribus window to the desired size
  3. in the gtk-recordmydesktop window click on the button "Select Window" and after this click on the Scribus window. Even it says "select window" this only defines the recordable area. So every window you bring in the area defined by the Scribus window will be recorded.
  4. Set the sound and video quality (most FAQ oggs on this page were created with 55% quality and sound was disabled). If you know you have a great voice and know how to pronounce "Scribus" it will be great if you can enable sound and explain what is going on while working in Scribus.
  5. When you are ready to start just click on the "Record" button and start doing wonders in Scribus for others to enjoy. gtk-recordmydesktop will be minimized to the task bar (at least within KDE).
  6. Once done with the magic click on the gtk-recordmydesktop icon in the taskbar. recordmydesktop will then create the ogg video and save it to your current working directory with a name out.ogg (out.ogg.1, out.ogg.2...).
  7. Rename the video and share it.