Overview of Layout Process


  1. Assemble content: articles, titles, and other text items
  2. Estimate number of pages (one article per page? several articles on front page and continuing into the body? content on the cover page or an image only?)
  3. Edit text content carefully and store in separate ascii txt files.
  4. Assemble high-resolution images (clip-art or photographs); edit using a GIMP/Photoshop if necessary; you can crop later. SVG and TIFF are the best formats; take care with the size of PNG, JPG, and GIF files.
  5. Sketch out a design (on paper!) for front and body pages.

Layout Using Desktop Publishing Software


Scribus Tutorials

Working with a DTP is somewhat different from how you probably write in MS Word. Instead of typing and adding visual effects (italic, underline, indent) as you go, with a DTP you make the design decisions in advance. Then place the text there and apply defined styles to it.

Why? This method allows you to make a later change and apply it consistently. So, for instance, if you decide to go with a larger font-size for headlines, you simply modify the "title" style and it updates everywhere.

  1. You begin by sketching a design
  2. Then you set up the document (do not use templates);
    1. Determine margins, page number, and orientation;
    2. Use the grid to set columns if applicable;
    3. Place the primary Text and Image frames;
    4. Use "styles" to define fonts, colors, and textual effects for key elements of your newsletter (i.e. title, body-text, sub-heading, image-caption).
    5. Create a master page for any recurring elements (ex. newsletter Title and Date in the bottom margin)
  3. Key in titles and import article content into the "Text Frames"
    1. Flow text if it does not fit within the pre-defined frames
    2. Apply styles (body, headline, subheading, by-line etc. )
  4. Place Images
    1. Aim for a visually pleasing balance of text and image;
    2. Set any additional image effects (such as frames, drop-shadow, capations)
  5. Save and export to PDF for proofreading.

**CRUCIAL - for working with Scribus Software: you must use one version; if you download it to your home computer, use the same version as we use in class. Similarly, be aware of special fonts that you use which may not be available on every computer.

Save the working document and all images in one folder. In order to save space, Scribus does not copy the images; if you delete or move the original, it will be lost.


Review Einsohn, CH 9
Collect all articles in ascii-txt format and bring to class for Tuesday. We'll aim for a complete, laid-out copy of your newsletter by next Thursday, 3/8.