Scribus Tutorial

Scribus ScreenshotScribus is an incredibly powerful Desktop Publishing program similar to Microsoft Publisher and Pagemaker. Unfortunately, it’s power can seem a bit confusing and obfuscated to the novice user. In this series of audio / video screen captures, I create a newsletter for the Friends of the Majestic Maple Library from draft to PDF distribution. In this series, you’ll learn how to use text and image areas, as well as stylesheets, and the powerful story editor. You’ll learn about the preflight verifier, and will be able to create your own PDF documents from your Scribus creations.


These videos are distributed in Theora format. Check out the list of supported players for additional information. (I highly recommend VLC for Windows users).



  • Part 1: Describes the fundamentals of Scribus, including the text area and the image area. (19MB)
  • Part 2: Introduces the story editor and style sheets. (24MB)
  • Part 3: Continues with the introduction to stylesheets, and demonstrates how to distribute your finished product. (28MB)

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The images used in this tutorial are available from the following people (who have also graciously released their content under the Creative Commons):

These videos were created using recordmydesktop and Xnest.