[You Can Use Your Existing Fonts Collection] Do you have a collection of fonts that you wish to use under GnuLinux? Install your existing TrueType, Postscript, or OpenType format fonts under GnuLinux. You'll find the simple steps mentioned in the documentation section of the Scribus site. For our tutorial, we don't need to install any special fonts. So you can start right away with your first sample publication.
[Sane Workflows] Our magazine is called 'FreedomYug' and it contains a lot of pictures and text. A magazine with a few hundred pages could also have several Scribus files, each with eight to 20 pages. So, it is best to create a folder for each publication. I've created one called 'Fyug'. Inside this, create atleast two distinct folders, 'Text,' and 'Images'. Using a wordprocessor, such as OpenOffice.org, author your articles and save them in the Text folder. For the moment save a version in simple text format, with the extension .txt. While I write this tutorial, the developers at Scribus assure me that soon you can save your text as Rich Text Format (.rtf) and import it into Scribus, with all your typesetting, such as bold, italic, and bold-italic text and other formatting intact.
Similarly, scan or enhance photographs and store them in the 'Images' folder, mostly as *.JPG files.
Empty, White Spaces
A magazine or a publication design is not about text and images on the page. It is about empty, white spaces on the page. The text and images merely punctuate this emptiness. These 'breathing' spaces are important, much like gardens, parks, and other open-air sites are important to any high-density metropolis. So launch Scribus, go to the File menu, and click on New. For the rest of the tutorial, I will use the following convention to describe menu choices: File>New.
[New Emptiness] The New command displays this dialog box. Click on the 'Default Unit' drop-down box, and choose 'Millimetres (mm)' rather than the default 'Points'. Click on the drop-down menu of 'Size' and choose 'Custom' for the page-size of our magazine. Enter the above dimensions for width and height. Note the level of precision beyond the