Take a Look
OK, enough with the foreplay. It is time to fire this baby up.
When you first start up Scribus, you will get a New Document window. (Figure 1) Scribus is written primarily by developers in Europe so you'll see a lot of defaults accordingly, everything from mm to page size. For our purposes we are going to start off easy and home based, so we'll change the page size to Letter instead of A4 just to avoid any unpleasantness when we go to print later on our regular printer paper. Also, we are going to start easy, but not boring, so go ahead and pick mm for our Default Units (we'll be measuring for now), 3-Fold for our layout, and Magazine for our Preset Layout. We'll take the defaults on everything else, but look around so you can see some of your options. Click OK.
Now, we are looking at the actual Scribus program. (Figure 2) You'll notice that in some ways it looks very much like a word processor with Layout view on. A lot of first timers to DTP jump right in and start typing here. It can be done, but remember that this isn't word processing, this is DTP. We are mostly concerned about layout. In fact, depending on who you are doing this for, someone else might be doing the writing. Yours truly is a professional freelance writer, so let's pretend that I'm handling the text just to keep us focused. (I also do DTP and a pretty good job, thank you :) )
This layout can be customized to your needs. For now, we'll stick with the standard, but you can get buttons you don't need out of here, and buttons you do need up in a prominent position. The blue lines mark our margins, and the red lines mark our physical page.
Since we have a professional freelancer doing our text, we'll start with an image, the company logo which we want in the upper left corner. The thing that looks like a picture of mountains is the picture tool. Click it and you'll get an icon to draw in the frame with. Click where you want one corner to be and drag it to the opposite corner. Don't worry about placing it, we'll get to that, just draw some sort of rectangle. (Figure 3)
You can reposition the frame by dragging it or resize it by grabbing one of the red squares and dragging the frame out or in.
With the frame selected (red dotted line highlight) click Windows -> Properties (or press F12). (Figure 4) The properties window allows you to set all of your objects, not just images, so we'll be back here a lot. Change the Name to something usable, in this case, Logo. Then set the X-Pos: and Y-Pos: to 0.000 mm. Change the Width to 120mm and the Height to 80mm. If it is changing either the height or width when you set the other it is because you have the values linked. Click the little chain link next to the width and height fields to get it to stop. We can do a lot more here, and we'll be back. For now, close the properties box.
Now, let's get our image. Right click inside the image frame and you'll get a menu. Choose get image and it's browsing time. To avoid any lawsuits we'll use a random image from Microsoft's Clip Art website. Select your image and there we go. (Figure 5)
Next Up, we'll finish up with that image, and we'll start getting into our layout.