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Using FREE Scribus Software to Create Professional Presentations: Book Covers, Magazine Covers, Graphic Designs, Posters, Newsletters, Renderings, and More (Full Color Edition) [Paperback]

Alice Chen , Gang Chen

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Book Description

Dec 12 2010
About 80% of people have the desire to write a book at some point. With the advance of computer and printing technology, this dream can become a reality. One important factor of publishing a book is to create a professional looking book cover. This book uses book cover design as a case study to teach you how to use FREE Scribus software (instead of expensive professional software like InDesign, Photoshop, and QuarkXpress) to create professional presentations. With fewer words and many full color screenshots, we walk you step by step through the entire process. No prior experience is needed.

You will learn how to:

1. Download all the FREE software needed.

2. Put the cover template in correct formats.

3. Set up the sheet correctly using units, colors (RGB or CMYK), layers, the imported cover template, sizes, guides, bleed area, and safety margin.

4. Add the background color for the cover with a shape or image frame.

5. Add the cover image and author's photo, as well as how to handle a fully bleed image.

6. Add the titles and text accurately, including information on selecting or changing the text color, using the text box, centering the text, aligning different text boxes, and rotating the text.

7. Add the barcode by extracting the barcode from an EPS file and moving all the barcode elements together or by adding the barcode as a JPEG image file.

8. Use Scribus software to create professional presentations such as book covers, magazine covers, graphic designs, posters, newsletters, renderings, and more.

About the authors

Alice Chen is an avid Scribus user. She has extensive interest in presentation software, and resides in California.

Gang Chen holds a master's degree from the School of Architecture, University of Southern California (USC), Los Angeles, and a bachelor's degree from the School of Architecture, South China University of Technology. He has over 20 years of professional experience. Many of the projects he was in charge of or participated in have been published extensively in Architecture, Architectural Record, The Los Angeles Times, The Orange County Register, etc. He has worked on a variety of unusual projects, including well-known, large-scale healthcare and hospitality projects with over one billion dollars in construction costs, award-winning school designs, highly-acclaimed urban design and streetscape projects, multifamily housing, high-end custom homes, and regional and neighborhood shopping centers.

Gang Chen is a LEED AP and a licensed architect in California. He is also the internationally acclaimed author for other fascinating books, including Building Construction, Planting Design Illustrated, and the LEED Exam Guide series, which includes one guidebook for each of the LEED exams.

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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Only the bare basics April 11 2011
By David B. Gilmore - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I was looking for an up to date publication on Scribus to use for training my staff.
I found this product to be very narrow in substance and slanted more toward producing a book and very little else.
The price for this book is way out of line when compared with other like publications. $15-$20 USD would be more appropriate.
I could recommend it as an addendum or chapter addition to another book but not as a stand alone.
On a positive note, the graphic screen shots were very nice.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Using Free Scribus Software to Create Professional Presentations July 10 2011
By Kym Kirk - Published on Amazon.com
The book Using Free Scribus Software to Create Professional Presentations delivers on its promise. This book is very detailed and takes you through the process of developing a profession book design cover in one sitting. The easy to follow step by step instructions take you from being a novice to achieving results in no time at all.

I found the examples of each step very helpful including the links to the various software that compliments the program.

The book itself is only 69 pages. Once you download and setup the free software, Alice and Gang Chen have you following the examples in their book to achieve exactly the same outcomes with your book design.

To sum up - I found the book easy to understand and expertly written.
5.0 out of 5 stars very easy to follow... Nov. 22 2012
By Hojung S. Nam - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I am very impressed with the work the author has done using the Scribus. I have not finished it yet, but so far, I could follow the instruction pretty well, and I consider myself not very competent in computer.. a little expensive but worth it.
5.0 out of 5 stars Read this book either way May 30 2012
By Fixit - Published on Amazon.com
You have two good choices:

Read this book and learn the easy way what you need to do to create your own design.

Or read this book and decide to pay someone else to do it for you.

Either way, with this Scribus primer in hand, you win.
5.0 out of 5 stars A good book for learing Scribus Aug. 16 2011
By dksamuel - Published on Amazon.com
Exceptionally well written, You will feel comfortable working in Scribus with this book by your side, It will teach you the rules of the game and help you expand your creativity. This book helped me a lot to learn about Scribus and I recommend it for you.
Secondly as Scribus is open sourced, it provides a great platform for free DTP of Asian languages, It lis time we all started using Scribus and this book is an important milestone in this direction.
The color pictures used and the files for practice ad value to the text. A lot of good illustrations have been provided. I am sure you will like this book as I do, It is a very good investment

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