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Where can I download greeting card templates for the windows version of Scribus?


I'm not sure if there's actually a template for this anywhere.....you might want to check out this earlier forum thread:
Scribus 1.4.0 on Windows Vista 32-bit




it would indeed be good if somebody would contribute some greeting cards for scribus...

this is something any user could contribute...

just go to the shop around the corner, buy a card you like, sit for a couple of hours at your computer and do it a little better than the original one :-)



Many Thanks for the reply. I saw the thread earlier and am prepared to give it a go but I do not know if I have the technical knowlege to carry it through.


Creating a template does not take any technical knowledge, it's all about design.


I am now ready to make a cover for my printer,  Lightning Source Cover Template:  and have had their template her are the details  B&W 5.83 x 8.27 in or 210 x 148 mm (A5) Perfect Bound on White w/Gloss Lam 128 pages.

Now I am attempting to use Chang Chen's book but I thing his template is an A4 book rather than the one I am doing.

Or am I wrong?

For this job I am intending to sue Scribus v1.5



Quote from: Wena on November 24, 2011, 07:11:30 PMFor this job I am intending to sue Scribus v1.5.

Omigod! Can't we settle this out of court?    :)
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Sorry John_Jason_Jordan, the word that I had intended was 'use' 1.5.  not sue.

But can I get the answer, please.



hello wena

in gang chen's book it is a 8.5" to 11" cover.
but this doesn't matter – you have to use the safety- and bleed-areas indicated by your printshop anyway. chen tells you how to deal with this dimensions – the 8.5 to 11 layout is just an example...



Thank you, but how do I know the safety margin and the bled aria. There is one or the editor of the book on these forum I wonder if he/she could help.   

I have asked Lightning Source and then I said that I will do the cover with Scribes 1. 5.

This is what they said Scribus 1.5 "It not a program we recommend for creating files."

I am amazed that they said that.



hello wena

Quote from: Wena on November 25, 2011, 07:33:05 PM...how do I know the safety margin and the bled aria.

you have to ask the printshop, where the book will finally be printed.

Quote...Scribus 1.5 "It not a program we recommend for creating files."

it's my recommendation too, that you create the cover in the 'stable' version 1.4.0rc6 and use the 1.5 only to export the pdf/x-1a (which can't be done in 1.4...)



That is a good idea utnik to do so in 1.4 first then to go and finish off in 1.5.

But my problem remains the same the template from LS dose not tell me how much the bleed aria is.

I need to know that so I can setup the page for the template.

I have asked LS but they say that they do not provide technical support.

Did you read what LS say about scribus?




I have never used LSI, but there is a regular participant in the Scribus listserve who uses them all the time. Just today he replied to a thread there and I think his answer may help you, pasted below. Note at the end the instructions for joining the listserve.

From: john Culleton <wexfordpress.com>
To: scribus@lists.scribus.net
Subject: Re: [scribus] Screenshots for Scribus Release
Date: Sat, 26 Nov 2011 10:44:12 -0500
Reply-To: Scribus User Mailing List <scribus@lists.scribus.net>

The conversion to PDF X/1-a:2001 is very simple. I load the sla file into Scribus 1.5.0 and save from there. To keep LSI happy I
also use an ICC profile that is taken from a standard ICC profile but with in ink saturation limit of 240%. The profile can be
found here: http://wexfordpress.com/tex/SWOPcoated5_240.icc

A kind person on the icc mailing list created it for me.

For those who lack 1.5.0 and who prepare files for LSI I suggest saving as a tiff file. LSI will accept that format.

I don't use the LSI template but I do follow their cover file naming convention of course. I created my own Scribus template
facility here:


You fill out a form and get another form back with the values to plug into Scribus (any version.) The values are overall height
and width of the document (including bleeds) and the positions of vertical guides.

Downloading and compiling 1.5.0 is not so simple for Windows and OS X users, although it can be done of course. That is why I
campaigned (unsuccessfully) for inclusion of the X/1-a output in some earlier version of Scribus. I am happy with my nightly
download of 1.5.0, but others don't have the facilities for compilation etc. that I have with Slackware Linux.

I note that the compilation dates of both 1.4.0 RC6 and 1.5.0 are up to November 21. I am very happy with either product. I use
1.4.0 RC6 in the expectation that it will be more complete and more clean than 1.5.0 but I have no objective evidence to support
that theory. 

It would be nice if the former facility for accessing the style editor from within the story editor was revived, but I have learned to live with that unfortunate limitation.

John Culleton
Free list of books for self-publishers:

"Create Book Covers with Scribus"

Scribus Mailing List: scribus@lists.scribus.net
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hello wena

Quote from: Wena on November 26, 2011, 02:27:23 PM...the template from LS dose not tell me how much the bleed aria is.

i took a look at the ls-website and found the templates: http://www1.lightningsource.com/referencetemplates.aspx#ColorCoverTemplates there are all the dimensions you need:

  • bleeds: 0.25" or 6mm
  • safety margins 0.125" or 3mm (6mm recommended)
what i was missing is the color profile. (but i didn't search the whole site...)

Quote from: Wena on November 26, 2011, 02:27:23 PMDid you read what LS say about scribus?
don't care about – they don't know scribus.
if the file is ok, they will accept and print it...



Thank you and John_Jason_Jordan I will research this on Monday It looks as if I will get the answers from these contacts.