Is it possible to crop an image in an imageframe?

It's the first time I am using scribus, so this might be a dumb question, but adjusting layer to image and vice versa was immediately clear, but cropping just wasn't and google didn't yield me any usefull results just yet..

Of course I know cropping isn't the first duty of a dtp program like Scribus, but it looked simple enough to expect it.

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Oh dear! It waited here for so long! I hope it still helps.

Select “Image Frame” with content you want to crop. In “Properties” window (usually F2/Window->Properties) go to the “Image” section. There you can select between two modes: “Free Scaling” and “Scale To Frame Size”. They're quite self-explanatory: the latter will scale your content along with Image Frame, the former will make image “immune” to changes of its container size, thus enabling you to effectively “crop” image.

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    Cropping this way in Scribus does not change the image which is referenced. This has got advantages and disadvantages, depending on your work-flow. If I need smaller files (for sending somewhere) I visually do all the "cropping" in Scribus within the context of the entire page. Then I take notes about size and position. Then I go back to GIMP to do a "real crop" and then tell Scribus about the new version of my image. More work but smaller files and even faster printing / exporting in certain situations. Jan 24, 2017 at 9:34
  • @MartinZaske That kind of patience is commendable. Incidentally I stumbled upon a script (wiki.scribus.net/canvas/…) which promises to do almost exactly what you are doing but in a more convenient and faster way. Have you, by any chance, tried this one?
    – thebodzio
    Feb 1, 2017 at 2:02
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    @MartinZaske Oh, and about not changing the source image: it's fully intentional on my behalf. It has a lot to do with my workflow in which the only thing I have to send to somebody is a PDF file. In that case I prefer maximum flexibility at any stage of design over optimization.
    – thebodzio
    Feb 1, 2017 at 2:15

Right-click -> Edit image... will open the file in your default image editor. Be aware that you are editing the original image this way.

  • This is not as good as cropping within Scribus because you will have a harder time un-cropping later if you so desire. The answer from thebodzio is better because it is non-destructive editing.
    – Sean
    Nov 1, 2012 at 17:21

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