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General Discussion / Selecting the right page for comic book publishing
« Last post by DojoKunComics on February 19, 2018, 04:27:26 am »
Can any of my fellow Scribes tell me what page size to select to get as close as possible to a standard comic book size?  The pages listed are all in codes like A4, B2 etc. I apologize, but the only one I am familiar with is A4 and that's far too large.

Thank you for any information you can share.

Text and Typography / problems with mastro
« Last post by moresun on February 18, 2018, 11:03:03 pm »
Hello everybody...
I was working on a layout for a book.
At a certain point,don't know how it happened, my left pages appeared to have the layout of the right ones...
I checked the page mastro and some how the left page mastro was applied tho the right one and viceversa.
the problem is that when I tried to apply the right page mastro, the text frames were not in the right place...
Is there a function to hook the automatic text frame to the margin I've set in the document settings?
Text and Typography / Re: New chapter in a new right page
« Last post by moresun on February 18, 2018, 10:54:08 pm »
Yes! obviously!! thanks a lot for your reply!
Beginner Talk / Re: Automatic page numbering
« Last post by tosca on February 18, 2018, 09:49:41 pm »

Also, is there some way to suppress the page number on the first page of each novella, and on each new chapter page?


Sorry I didn't see this question earlier. But the answer is the same: put the page number on the "master page" that you apply - or not - to your actual pages.
In almost all my photos books, I use a "head of chapter" master page that is different from the regular ones.
Beginner Talk / Re: Automatic page numbering
« Last post by tosca on February 18, 2018, 09:38:42 pm »
Using Chrome, the "preview" of your book does not display headers; only the images are displayed on the pages.
It might be because the characters are not dark enough (I used some grey).
They are darker in this other book, look in the left/right margins, the chapter titles and the icons associated are just over the page number.
And in this one, you'll find a more classical layout, in the up margin.
Beginner Talk / Space above in Paragraph Style doesn't work for first line
« Last post by harryllama on February 18, 2018, 07:59:28 pm »
Hello, I'm quite a newbie at Scribus, but I've used other desktop pub programs over the years, so not too steep a learning curve...

One thing I noticed in the Paragraph Styles is that when I put in a Space above, it doesn't work unless there is some text above it! In other words, if I want the first line to start 36 pts down the page (like Chapter One), I need a blank line above it in default paragraph style for the space above to work.  Is this a feature, or a bug?  Other workarounds?
Beginner Talk / Re: Automatic page numbering
« Last post by harryllama on February 18, 2018, 07:54:11 pm »
Thanks, everyone, a lot of helpful answers! It looks like I'll use the "Sections" for page numbering to differentiate front matter with Roman numerals from the novellas, which will be numbered consecutively in arabic numerals.

And it looks like I'll use four sets of Master pages, one set for each novella, and one for the front matter. And yes, the novella title will only appear on the right hand pages. My name will appear on the left.

It would be nice to have a function like the page number function for the running heads, so that it changes with each chapter, section, or whatever. But duplicate master pages is certainly an easy workaround.

Beginner Talk / Re: Multiple selections?
« Last post by regit on February 18, 2018, 06:50:35 pm »
OK, I see the problem now. In the Style Manager, there is a tab named Character Style. My expectation, which I think is totally reasonable, is that when I create a CHILD style from the Properties tab using Based on:, it will inherit ALL of the "style" properties, which would include all of the properties found in the tab Character Style.

Alas, this is not the case!!! If I want to ensure the same Character properties for both PARENT and CHILD, then I must apply a  Character Style for both the PARENT and the CHILD.  :o Even when I define the PARENT Character Style Based On as  Default Character Style, it is not automatically applied to the CHILD style; the CHILD's Based On: value remains empty, but I expect it to automatically be set to the same Character Style of its parent. I must manually edit the CHILD's Character Style for the Based On: setting. After that, any changes to the Character Style settings indeed are displayed in bold.
Beginner Talk / Re: Automatic page numbering
« Last post by regit on February 18, 2018, 06:05:17 pm »

Also, is there some way to suppress the page number on the first page of each novella, and on each new chapter page?

There is always the "dirty" way--if your page number is sitting on white background, put a frame over it on the page that you want the number "suppressed", set the stroke to none and fill to white. Voila! You numbering continues consecutively throughout the document but does not display on your "suppressed" pages.
Beginner Talk / Re: Automatic page numbering
« Last post by regit on February 18, 2018, 05:52:09 pm »
@harryllama, with the details that you have provided thus far about your project, and assuming your finished work will have more than 100 pages (considering it is a book of three novellas), I suggest that you create a new file (document) for each chapter. I would create a master right page for the first page of the chapter, and two other masters for the rest of the pages for that chapter.
Maybe names like Ch1_Pg1R, Ch1_PgsR, and Ch1_PgsL.

If you would have a lot of chapters resulting in a lot of masters named this way, just use Ch_ instead of Ch1_. Remember that after you have a master page defined in a document, you can import that master into a new document so that you don't have to create a new master for the new document. Then just edit the imported master to the requirements of your new chapter.

Now you can have the Novella title as a running head in either of the L or R masters. (It is rather bad form to have it on both L and R pages.) This is probably the easiest route to get what you want. It can be done with scripting, but I suspect that you don't really want to dive into those waters.

(Unless you are nearly finished with the book, there is little point in fussing with the layout details. If you want an idea of how the layout would look, you can make a mock up of just 3 or 4 pages by manually setting up text frames, image frames, page numbers, etc.)

--edit 22 Feb.--
I should have mentioned that if you use a first page of the chapter Right Master, you can just omit a page marker altogether, so it is impossible for the master to display a page number; problem solved without using sections.
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