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Scribus 1.3: Basics Course

6hrs (65 Lessons) 2010-06-08

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Scribus is a full-featured Free and Open Source desktop publishing layout application that is relatively easy to learn. Scribus is freely available for a number of operating systems including Windows, Mac, and Linux via web distribution. In this course, James Street teaches you the fundamentals of creating documents using Scribus including: using the interface, creating and editing content, formatting options, and finalizing your documents. Work files are included. To begin learning Scribus today, simply click on the movie links.

Hello and welcome to this VTC Training course on Scribus. My name is James Street and I will be your tour guide and instructor throughout the wilds of this course. I hope that you have a great time learning and playing around with all of the features that Scribus has to offer. I know that I have had a good time in preparing for this class. Now, in this Introductory section we will establish the objectives for the course and examine the contents of the course to better understand the nature and scope of the course. We also discuss who this course is prepared for so that we'll understand a little bit more about what's covered, why it's covered and how it's covered. We will also be looking at the Course Outline to see all of the pieces that will help us arrive at our course objectives. So, let's go ahead and let's look at those course Objectives. So, first off, this course is designed to provide an overview of what Scribus is about. The goal here is to provide information to you about the Open Source philosophy surrounding Scribus and understand what Scribus can help you do. We're also interested in exploring the Interface and the uses of Scribus. Our goal is to learn about how the different aspects of Scribus's Interface can be used to develop all of the different document needs that we might have for Desktop Publishing. We're also going to be interested in talking about what Desktop Publishing is and we'll see that in upcoming movies. Also, our course is structured to provide a project-based approach that will demonstrate the use of the Interface as well as the various tools that are available inside of Scribus. Basically, this course is tied to a central project which has been designed to demonstrate the uses of Scribus. Learners are encouraged to follow along in the creation of this project to maximize learning opportunities. As a side note, the project we will be working on is a fairly simple project which was designed, as I said, from the ground up to demonstrate how to use the program. I mention this because the project is fairly simple and this is not really an opportunity for me to demonstrate my graphic design prowess because I have found throughout the years that when teaching computer applications, especially graphic applications, it's typically best to use demonstrations that are fairly simple rather than trying to show off what I can do. The reason why is that my abilities should not be your focus here, but rather the capabilities of Scribus to achieve what you need to achieve. I also find that whenever I provide simple projects in demonstrations that people are a little bit more eager to explore that application because if they look at something that I create and say, well, I can do that, or I can do better than that, they really leap into the application and learn as much as they possibly can at the same time as being inspired to create what they envision. So, hopefully, this course is going to steer you in the right direction of how to learn to use Scribus and get your creative juices flowing. Another side note about these projects is that we will see another project throughout different stages of production throughout this course as well. It's just used to fill in the blanks where our main project cannot. And, last but not least, we have an objective of having fun exploring the possibilities of Scribus. This course should really get you thinking about your own projects. And, don't forget that you can always pause these videos at any time and go explore Scribus. I highly recommend and encourage you to do this. The reason why is because you will learn a lot more going through and looking at some of these things on your own than just listening to me talk about these things and show you things on the screen. In my live classes, I always try to build in some time for people to just go in and explore things and find what works for them. So now, let's turn our attention to an Overview of Topics and learn who this course is designed for.  

  • Course: Scribus 1.3: Basics
  • Author: James Street
  • SKU: 34132
  • ISBN: 1-936334-32-1
  • Work Files: Yes
  • Captions: No
  • Subject: Graphics & Page Layout
  • The first 3 chapters of courses are available to play for FREE (first chapter only for QuickStart! and MasterClass! courses). Just click on the movie link to play a lesson.
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Introduction to Scribus
Introduction (04:31)

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Target Audience (03:02)

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About Scribus

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Use of Scribus (04:04)

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Getting Scribus (06:11)

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Using Shapes
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