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UNIT 3 SCRIBUS ACT1 COVER PAGE FOR EXHIBITION BOOK

 

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ACTIVITY 1. EXHIBITION BOOK COVER PAGE



In this activity we are going to make the cover page of a painter exhibition book. In this wording the given artist will be Rembradt, however you must open the quiz related to the activity in order to get the painter assigned to you.

To make it clear, in the picture below is shown the expected result, ( in the Rembrandt 's study case)

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WARNING: IN SCRIBUS, IF YOU INSERT AN IMAGE FILE FROM A FOLDER IN YOUR HARD DISK, AND LATER YOU MOVE THIS FILE TO ANOTHER FOLDER SCRIBUS WILL LOSE THE IMAGE, FORCING YOU TO INSERT IT AGAIN.

WARNING: ALL FILES USED IN SCRIBUS MUST BE LOCATED IN THE SAME DIRECTORY OF THE SCRIBUS PROJECT FILE. DON'T DOWNLOAD THE MOODLE FILES IN THE FOLDER DESCARGAR/BAIXADES. DOWNLOAD THEM STRAIGHT IN THE PROJECT DIRECTORY. OTHERWISE WHEN YOU UPLOAD THE PROJECT, IT WILL LOSE ALL THE IMAGES AND DE TEACHER WON'T BE ABLE TO ASSESS IT PROPERLY,

Warning: Scribus is well known for its conspicuous buggy behavior. You should save a back up copy of your work with a different name every 10 minutes.

Before starting working, you must select a color palete.

 

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Step 1: Definition of the main document features and the background

Create a new Scribus document. Click in the menú Archivo> Nuevo, Scribus will open the dialog shown below:



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Next step is to set up in the page a grey background color. Click in the the icon insert shape, highlighted in yellow in the image below


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The mouse cursor turns into a cross (+). Click in the upper left corner of the page and draw the cross to the bottom right corner. The objective is to draw a rectangle covering the full size of the page

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Even though in first sight the rectangle seems to perfectly match the page, if you zoom the page corners you will find this is not true. There might be some places where the rectangle stands out of the page limits and others where it is too small to fit them. This lack of accuracy is not a problem in a home made document printed in your personal printer. But you should understand that Scribus is designed to edit high quality documents in a professional printing house, and these mismatches will be clearly visible after being printed in a modern high quality offset printer giving a shabby and sloppy appearance to the document. We must resize and relocate the rectangle ensuring it fits the page in a more accurate way.

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Now our rectangle matches exactly the page covering it entirely. In Scribus, and in any other graphic design programs you'd rather use coordinates and numeric fields (as width, high, length etc) than just drawing the shapes manually, in order to improve the quality of the final result.



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By default Scribus sets to "Ninguno" the area color for any new object. Select the tab Colors and click in the button color de relleno < . Select a grey color like "Grey46" or any other similar dark grey.







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The default border color in the shapes are black. But we don't want a black line in the borders of our page. So, click in the button colores de lineal, < to set to null the rectangle border colors



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We have finished the background of our front page. To make sure we don't move or modify it accidentally we must block its position. Select the tab X,Y,Z, and click in the button bloqueo  < which must change to the blocked state <

 

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Step 2: Placing a painter's portrait as main image



To go on you must log into Moodle. Open the link to the quizz bound to this activity and download the painter's image that will be assigned to you randomly.

In Scribus, Pictures and text objects are always associated to an image frame or a text frame. First you must define the frames and later insert the picture or write the text:

 

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Now set your painter's portrait as the frame picture. Drop down the frame contextual menu and select Obtener imagen

 

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This will open a dialog to select a picture

 

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Click in the button abrir or just double click the image

 

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It might happen that the geometry of your painter's portrait doesn't match that of the picture frame. Scribus will adapt the picture to the size of the frame, and as a result there will be a mismatch in the painter proportions

 

 

 

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Original potrait

 

 

 

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Proportions altered after inserting the image on the frame

 

This is a very frequent issue while working with images in Scribus. We must learn how to sort it out. First thing you must do is to DISABLE proportional and  escala a medida del marco, this option will adjust the image to fit the frame without altering the image proportions. Instead enable Escalat LLiure

 

 

 

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Now we have an image with intact proportions,fitting the frame width but not the height (or viceversa), as shown in the image below

 

 

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We must upscale or downscale the image so that I takes up the full size of the frame. Click in the tab imagen from the frame properties and increase the size of the image. To keep the same proportions between width and height, make sure the button mantener la escala x e y is enabled ( showing a little picture of a chain)

 



 

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We can improve the result. The painter is slightly shifted to the right . Let's center him moving the image to the left: Click in the Posición X buttons to move him horizontally to the left (this means to set a negative number in the coordinate X)

 

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To improve the image we are going is to create a shading effect. Select the frame and select the option Objeto/Duplicación múltiple from the main menu. This will create a shifted copy of the selected frame. We need a -6mm horizontal shifting (the number must be negative because we want to move it to the left)

 

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Select the frame Rembrandt2, (the created copy), drop down the contextual menu and select Efectos de imagen

 

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Using this dialog we can set some special effects to the image. Apply these four effects:



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Now, let's move this frame under the painter's portrait. Get the frame properties and click in the tab X,Y,Z, click the button bajar un nivel highlighted in yellow in the image below. Remember, we want it under the portrait but it must be over the gray rectangle



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This is the expected result

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Step 3: Adding text and headlines



Let's go on. Next task is to design the front page headlines showing the name of the painter, and the the exhibition name.

 The result should look like this:

 

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The front page looks still a bit dull. Now we are going to add some fancy design to it. Let's add the rest of the name of our painter in a second frame. In Rembrandt case the it is "van Rijn".

 

 

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Add some additional text frames for the painter's year of birth and “2006”. You will get year of birth in Moodle. Use again the font Gentium and try to adjust the size to fit the frames as shown in the image. As a reference, in the Rembrandt study case we have used 53pt and 31pt. Use a different color for the each year, but avoid striking colors. To keep a certain ensemble harmony use rather pastel colors



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Draw a horizontal line between both years,

Step 4 : Add the printing house logo

In this step we are going to add a publisher house name and emblem. Our imaginary Publishers are called "Scribus Publicaciones". This way we will use the Scribus logo as the company emblem. Download it from here: scribus.png



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Add a text frame to insert the name of the publishers "ScribusPublishing". In the panel  "X, Y, Z"  (from its properties) write "Scribus Publicaciones". Select the font "Bitstream Charter" or any othe similar with size 13 pt and color "Grey97".

Finally, turn the frame text 90 degrees. Use the field rotación setting 90º (panel "X, Y, Z"  in the properties window)

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Move the frame text frame somewhere over the publisher's logo

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SAVE THE PROJECT AND UPLOAD IT TO MOODLE

Scribus saves a file with the extension .sla, which doesn't include any images. If you upload only this file the teacher won't be able to assess your task. Therefore use the option Fichero | reunir para terminar (En valenciando Fixer | recull per a sortir o File | collect to exit) from the main menu to prepare all the files needed to deliver the project for assessment. Activate the options incluir fuentes and incluir perfiles de color.



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The option reunir para terminar gathers all files used in the project in a folder. Compress the folder with all its contents and upload it to Moodle. If it is too big (more than 1mb) send it by email to:



informatica.ieselcabanyal@gmail.com





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