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Beginner Talk / Re: Initial document feedback
« Last post by CGood on May 12, 2017, 06:17:50 pm »
GarryP posted while I wrote, so pardon some repetition.

A couple of ideas to look up and learn about. I'm too slow a typist to attempt any more than a few pointers here. Justification and hyphenation of text can add a sense of form and neatness.

Perhaps add a sans serif for headline for interest. Consider one possibility, a headline in small caps and a subhead in a gray, giving variation within a headline typeface.

Give the various pieces space.

Be wary of the color changes within the head. A good idea but to me it feels like it is not working here. The text below is crowded up against the bottom of the photographs.

Having parentheses hang into a new line is awkward.

Out of the scope of Scribus but consider reshooting the image, it is not helping the sense of design you are reaching for. Background tonal mergers and clutter impede the photograph.

It looks like you may have used the return to force new lines - if so I don't believe you need to do that.

See my quick example pdf.
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Beginner Talk / Re: Initial document feedback
« Last post by GarryP on May 12, 2017, 05:43:55 pm »
It's a good start Rupert.

To answer your questions:

* You can make the first letter of a paragraph bigger by using Drop Caps. You can only use these if you create a paragraph style (for long documents, styles are the way to go rather than direct formatting). Menu "Edit -> Styles" will get you the style tools. Then you can apply styles using the Style Settings part of the Text tab of the Properties Palette.

* Don't extend text boxes across pages, link them instead. Select the first frame, then menu "Item -> Link Text Frames" (there's an icon on the toolbar too) then select the second frame. Text will flow from the first to the second. You can link as many as you want but don't link too many frames together. Only create links between frames for individual articles/chapters.

* The message tells you that one of your images has a lower DPI than the minimum recommended DPI. You can change the minimum value via "File -> Document Setup / Preflight Verifier". Change the "Lowest allowed Resolution" to whatever you want. 300 is normal for print work and 72 is fine for most stuff that will be read on-screen-only. You can disable this feature altogether but it's not recommended. If you need the output DPI to be a certain value then you will have to get a higher-resolution image.

Some extra bits of advice:

* If the robot in the image is the main part of the image, don't put it near the crease (between pages). If people are reading it in a single-page PDF reader layout they won't see it properly, and if it's in a magazine you'll have a similar problem. Try a different layout.

* Don't put the text so close to the image. It's usually good to have a gap of at least the same height as a line of text.

* It might be better to have a larger gap between columns. They seems a little too close for me.

I would mention justifying the text but I think that's probably something for later on.

I hope some of that helps.
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Beginner Talk / Initial document feedback
« Last post by ruperty on May 12, 2017, 04:15:22 pm »
Hi,

I'd welcome some feedback of my initial attempt at laying out a document, attached.

I had a few technical questions

  • How do I make the first letter of the paragraph be much bigger than the rest?
  • How do I extend the text box over more than one page, so that I don't have to split up the text? Currently I have two text boxes with separate text. I would like one text box to extend over both the current pages and further pages.
  • When I export to pdf I get the error  "Image resolution below 144 DPI", how do I avoid this?

Now, I am picking up the technical aspects of layout. But what I won't be able to pick up is a good eye for design. So, I would welcome any suggestions for making it look good, which it doesn't at the moment :)




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Beginner Talk / Re: Magazine article template
« Last post by utnik on May 12, 2017, 01:15:31 pm »
hi steven

your link leads to ocr software (text recognition from pixel files…)
for font recognition, i recommend sites like WhatTheFont or whatfontis

utnik
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Beginner Talk / Re: Magazine article template
« Last post by steven8 on May 12, 2017, 08:58:40 am »
Btw, do you know what font is used in the New Scientist cover article?

There are freeware programs which can help you identify a font:

http://www.winsite.com/ocr/ocr+font+recognition/freeware/
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Beginner Talk / Re: Magazine article template
« Last post by a.l.e on May 11, 2017, 04:06:37 pm »
well, scribus is rather intuitive to pick up, if you have done some layout in the past...
(but some features are really well hidden...)
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Beginner Talk / Re: Magazine article template
« Last post by ruperty on May 11, 2017, 03:28:38 pm »
Btw, do you know what font is used in the New Scientist cover article?
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Beginner Talk / Re: Magazine article template
« Last post by ruperty on May 10, 2017, 07:58:52 pm »
A pertinent question is: If you don't know how to make your own stuff, how do you expect to be able to modify other people's documents?

I realise that you are under some time pressure but this is "Open Source Land" where you often have to just do it yourself. Having said that, I'm sure there will be various people on the forum that will be glad to help with specific issues you have along the road.

This probably isn't what you want to hear but maybe someone else can help you more.

Yep, realise I'm getting ahead of myself, was hoping it would be as intuitive as picking up LibreOffice. I'll go through the quickstart quide and see how it goes from there.
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Beginner Talk / Re: Magazine article template
« Last post by ruperty on May 10, 2017, 07:52:38 pm »
when you open the .sla-file from this tutorial, you can edit everything. but parts of the layout are on master pages and the rest is spread between different layers. in order to edit an element you need to activate the respective layer…

Hi utnik,

Thanks. After a bit of poking about I was able to edit the text, though, rather confusingly, you had to select the layer called 'big photo'.

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Beginner Talk / Re: Magazine article template
« Last post by GarryP on May 10, 2017, 06:04:41 pm »
You're welcome.

I haven't tried the tutorial you mentioned but I just downloaded the related files - from Scribus 1.2! - and both the SLAs are totally editable as far as I can see. The problem you're probably having is that you are currently on a different layer to the objects you are trying to edit. Open the Layers Palette (F6) and try changing layers (as utnik said above; I wrote most of this before his reply). This is one of the problems with using other people's stuff: you don't know how they made it.

(From the look of the magazine SLA I would recommend NOT using it to base your own stuff on. It's not a good layout, it's been created in a weird way - the guides are all over the place - and the colours aren't very nice. If I was you I would leave it alone.)

Another problem with using someone else's document is that it will either be so specific to what they did that it will probably be unusable for what you want, or it will be so bland and general that people won't want to read it. There may be some examples/templates out there that you can use but you could waste more time looking for them and trying to modify them to how you want than just making your own. A pertinent question is: If you don't know how to make your own stuff, how do you expect to be able to modify other people's documents?

The latter type of magazine article is probably okay for a beginner to try but it's a lot more complicated than I would recommend (especially if you want all of the graphics too). The layout isn't particularly complex - most of the heavy lifting is done by the graphics - but I think you'll have problems trying to re-create it. I'm guessing that there isn't a template out there that looks anything like it either. I'd be happy to be proved wrong but I wouldn't keep your hopes up. I would suggest starting with something simpler.

I realise that you are under some time pressure but this is "Open Source Land" where you often have to just do it yourself. Having said that, I'm sure there will be various people on the forum that will be glad to help with specific issues you have along the road.

This probably isn't what you want to hear but maybe someone else can help you more.
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