Creating A Print Brochure With Scribus

Scribus is a popular open-source desktop publishing program that gives you advanced control over printed documents, creating well thought-out layouts to present information.

In the following tutorial, we’ll be walking you through creating a tri-fold print brochure. As is the case with any kind of print media, we can’t tell you much about what content to put into your document; rather, what we are doing is providing you an easy framework within which you can set up a document template.

  • Open a new document in Scribus, when the new document dialogue pops up, make sure the following settings are in place: The document layout should be Single Page, while the page orientation (near the top right) should be Landscape.

  • Set all margins to 1 cm. Even if the measurements are set to points (pt), it will automatically convert measurement for you.

  • Choose 2 pages for your document. This will provide the space for the front and back of a single sheet of paper.

  • Once all these settings are ready, hit OK to create the new document.

  • From your blank document, go to Page > Manage Guides to set up the page guides that will allow you to make sure your content is properly broken up with clean, clear margins that will also help make for easy folding of the actual printout.

  • From the Manage Guides menu, select Column/Row in the top row tabs, and in the “Verticals” box, set the number to 2, and check the box for Use Gaps.

  • Set the gap size to

    2 cm

    (accounting for one centimeter margin on either side of the line). Select Margins in the “Refer To” section.

  • Once these settings are in place, confirm your choices by clicking Apply to All Pages.

  • After setting up your guides, go to Page > Snap to Guides, this will assure that you don’t accidentally run any text or image boxes past the margins.

  • Insert text and images into each of the panels. If needed, you can link text frames from the toolbar, which allows you to maintain the absolute position of an image while allowing the text surrounding it to be edited.

  • Once all your content is entered, and you’re sure your layout is properly matched (the order of each of the panels will change depending on how you choose to fold your brochure), print a test copy of your brochure, printing one page at a time. Once everything is lined up properly, get to folding!