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Activity 2 Magazine layout. The edition of a cover page

In this activity we are going to work in a planes magazine. We will make the layout of the cover page, and later in the second part, we will edit four pages corresponding to the main article.

First, get the pictures assigned to you in order to carry out this activity. You must log into Moodle, open the quiz associated with the activity and download the images and texts in the different questions

Create a new Scribus document with the following settings:

Fitxer | nou

There are three key elements when it comes to make a cover page layout:

  1. An impacting and striking main image, using most of the space in the page

  2. The magazine name, highlighted as much as possible.

  3. The outstanding headlines outlining the most exciting articles. There must be a main article in large letters and two secondary articles with smaller images and text.


Let's start inserting an image the size of the whole cover page

In valencian the option same as the page is translated as nova pagina maestra

Log into Moodle, open the quiz associated with the activity and download to the project folder the image randomly assigned to you as main background image

We must adjust theimage to the size of the frame, changing the scale and position in the properties window.


Remember. We want the aeronautic geeks lining up to buy the magazine. They never will buy it, if the main picture shows a deformed plane. If your image shape doesn't match the frame, upscale/downscale it keeping the length/width proportion. Look at the images below, this is what you SHOULD AND SHOULD NOT DO




It is always better to lose a part of the original image than deform its proportions



Absolutely unacceptable. Planes geeks know that a F-15 doesn't look like this

Its important to keep some space for the secondary articles and the name of the magazine. Look at the following images, where you can see some examples of expected result.


Block the position and size of the background picture once inserted, selecting contextual menu | bloquear

Save a first version of your magazine as revista_avionesv1.sla.

Then save another version as revista_avionesv2.sla and carry on working on it.

Use the option fichero→recolectar para salida in order to make a backup copy in other folder


In this step we are going to design the magazine name in big letters. In this study case the magazine name will be AVIONICA. You must look for your magazine name in the quiz associated with the activity. Insert a text frame about the size and position shown in the image below using the menu Insertar | marco de texto. Considerer it just as a reference: in the frame shown in the image, the name 'Avionica' fits properly, but you might be assigned a much longer name and possibly you might need a bigger, wider frame, (or a smaller, more narrow one) Keep in mind that the priority is to sell the product, the very magazine itself, and that's why the name must be strongly highlighted

To edit the text, select the frame, drop down the contextual menu, and select editar texto. Possibly your first attempt will be a bit flawed as shown in the image below.

The problem is the text doesn't match the frame size. We must adjust its size using the option editar texto from the contextual menu. We can modify the size changing these parameters

Save your project. Then save another version as revista_avionesv3.sla and carry on working on it. Use the option fichero→recolectar para salida in order to make a backup copy in other folder

Let's make the name of the magazine more eye-catching. Give the text borders a different color, open again the text frame properties and select the panel texto. Then click in the button Colores y efectos. In the image below is shown the color effects panel. You must use the button   Outline (borde de texto) to give a border color to the text. By default, the border will have a thickness of 1% of the whole letter. but the if you click in the button for some seconds, an edition box will pop up where you will be able to set a different percentage. Experiment with different percentages, but as a reference a value under 1% should be fine. (warning, don’t pay attention to the 3% shown in the image)

After this action the border, and background text color control will get enabled (before it was disabled). Select a different color for borders and background. Try different combinations of colors

Now we will insert the triangle seen in the image below. Select the menu option Insertar | Insertar formas (insert shapes) | formas por defecto (default shapes) | triángulo. Create a triangle from corner to corner of the frame, as shown in the image

Let's edit the shape of the triangle, adding new points to it. Drop down the properties window (contextual menu | propiedades)

Set cap as border color for the triangle

Move the triangle to the background of the name of the magazine. In the property windows of the triangle select the section X,Y Z and click in the buttons level down (nivel abajo) until seeing the triangle under the text, but over the plane image

Next we are going to add guide lines (lineas guía) to help us to get a more accurate design. To insert a guide line, click in the horizontal ruler over the page (arrow 1 in the image below) and drag down the mouse cursor. This movement will allow you to place a horizontal guide on the image wherever you want.

Note: if you can not see the guides, maybe Scribus is working in Preview mode. To disable the preview mode disable the option Visualización | preview mode

Sometimes, while working with guides, seeing the images might be an annoyance, and it is convenient to disable them selecting the menu option visualización | mostrar imágenes.

Place a horizontal guide passing through the lower left corner of the triangle

Open the shape edition menu again: Drop down the triangle contextual menu, select propiedades , click in forma, and click in the button editar forma

Then click in the button añadir un punto,  (signaled in the image below with the arrow 1) and then click anywhere in the hypotenuse (arrow 2). This will add an edition point allowing us to create a completely different shape.

Use the guide line as a reference, to move the new point to a position parallel to the lower left vertex of the triangle, look at the image below.

Put another line guide on the upper border of the triangle. Then move the right upper vertex to the left as seen in the image below.

To see the result, enable the image visualization using the menu visualización | mostrar imagen

a new rectangle: Select insertat | insertar forma | formas por defecto  | rectángulo. This rectangle must have the width of the page and the height of the triangle shape, and must overlap the red triangle.

Select the rectangle, drop down its properties, and select colors. Set white as area color and no border color

Send down two levels the rectangle, to place it under the red triangle and the text, but over the background image

We are going to assign a semi-transparent color to the white rectangle, Try different combinations in the field opacitat. The goal is to keep visible the background image while at the same time emphasizing the name of the magazine. Look at the image below how the visibility of the letters CA in the word AVIONICA, heavily varies depending on the level of transparency set to the white rectangle

Improve the text setting a shade. Open the property panel of the text and click in the shade button (see the image below)

Save your project. Then save another version as revista_avionesv4.sla and carry on working on it. Use the option fichero→recolectar para salida in order to make a backup copy in other folder

The main article

Remember, in this cover we want to highlight the article that the editor considers most appealing. We have already inserted exciting image of the plane about which the article talks as the background in the cover page and now we must add a headline advertising the article.






Save your project. Then save another version as revista_avionesv5.sla and carry on working on it. Use the option fichero→recolectar para salida in order to make a backup copy in other folder

Secondary articles

Usually the cover must summarize the main contents of the magazine. This means to advertise between 2 and 4 secondary articles, besides the main article. We are going to add a little headline and an image for every article. In the previous step you are supposed to have planned where to place these secondary articles.




Save the project, and then save it as revista_avionesvfinal.sla. Select fichero | recojer para terminar. This will create a folder with all the images involved in the project. Compress this folder and send it by email to:

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