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Format an Illustrated Children's Paperback Using Free Open Source Software

teacher avatar Jo Robinson, Creating and Publishing

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8 Lessons (52m)
    • 1. 1 Intro Video

    • 2. 2 Book Decisions

    • 3. 3 Download Software

    • 4. 4 Software Introduction

    • 5. 5 Create Master Pages

    • 6. 6 Laying Out Pages in Krita

    • 7. 7 Create Print Ready PDF

    • 8. 8 Project

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This class will show you how to format the interior of an illustrated children's book for print on demand publishing using free open source software. You will learn only the exact steps needed to lay out a book like this, and produce the correct PDF upload file required without having to spend any money for the popularly used design and desktop publishing software. I will show you how to:

  • Create and layout each page of your book using free design software called Krita. You will see how to create backgrounds, place images, and finally how to place text.
  • Use free desktop publishing software to create the particular PDF file required for print on demand that you cannot make using the regular Save As PDF function on your computer.

Even if you have no artistic inclination you will learn how to lay out pictures with text using only the basic tools in design software.

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Jo Robinson

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Hello, I'm Jo. I'm a writer and children's book illustrator. I have been editing and formatting books for other authors for several years now, and get great pleasure from helping those writers and illustrators new to publishing get their books into print as painlessly as possible. I focus on producing top quality professional standard illustrations and books using reasonably priced materials and open source software, so if that is something you would like to find out more about, keep an eye out for my future classes.

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1. 1 Intro Video: Hi, I'm Dr. Robinson and other writen illustrator. Plotting my work includes editing and formatting a variety of books for other authors and artists. But I'm aware that not everyone can afford to pay for the services. Many independent publishers would rather learn how to do this themselves, but the high cost of the software needed and the learning curves to figure out how to use it can be very off-putting. So I designed this course to show you how to use free but powerful open-source software to format your own illustrated children's books to professional standards without actually having to learn how to use all of it. First, open source software is completely free to use for commercial any other purpose. It doesn't come with limitations or watermarks or there's constant irritating pop-ups encouraging you to purchase the full version. Some of it's not particularly good, but Sounds fantastic. And the two programs that we'll be using, the IMD, very good. Even so unless you particularly want to, you'll never have to learn all the ins and outs of either one of the two. Because I'm going to show you the exact steps that you need to take to produce the very particular PDF upload file required for Clinton demand publishing. If you're here, you probably realized that you can't create this file using the Microsoft save as Beecher. You need something like Adobe Pro InDesign to produce a PDF 1.3 for a file for an illustrated book with full bleed images. Let's go into look good. Or you're going to have to pay a formatter. All of that very expensive. But using the software in this course, in falling along step-by-step, you'll be able to get the same professional result with that pain has saved. Now you don't need to be an illustrated to do this. So even if you purchase to images and have absolutely no artistic ability nor the inclination to learn how to use design or desktop publishing software. You'll still be able to get you book them. So and I'm not going to try and teach you how to use these programs to their full potential in this course. For those of you who would like to learn more about them, there are some grades and in-depth courses for them, right-hand skill share that you can dive into whenever you're ready. I'll show you the exact steps you need to take with only a very brief overviews on why you will be using in this course, we'll cover how to format text illustrations that you already have to produce your upload more PDF file for the interior of an illustrated paperback. So let's get to it. 2. 2 Book Decisions: Before you begin to format your book, you need to gather to give everything that you plan on putting in it. I like to write down all information relevant to each book that I format in one place. And then I keep all images version one folder on my computer. That way if anything needs to be added or changed later, it can be done quickly. So at this point you'll have all the illustrations 3D and you're ready to go. We put together a new book. You'll need to note down a few things before you get started. You'll need to know your your trim size, which is the size of your printed books. The final side that it will be, you will need to know your paper color. You're choose between whites or cream. If you publishing on Amazon, you'll need your page count. You'll need if you bought ISBN numbers you'll meet to have those heavy. Otherwise you could use three ones with Amazon issues. As I said, the story text, illustrations or images. And you'll need to know how you planning on laying out your book. As far as trim size goes, you'll ever see the best solution is to decide on this before you begin the illustration process, so that either you or your artists can create pictures to speak this way. You won't have any stretching and bendy issues whether when you find a format to book. In this course, we'll be using eight by ten inches as our size on white paper. If you've bought ISBN numbers, you should have them handy, as I said, and you should have decided on your books page count as you go along with your formatting. It's actually a very good idea to make notes of all the funds, fund colors and font sizes that you use again for future reference because these things are very easy to forget or I never remember from one day to the next what size farms are used. It's common practice to use a storyboard when you create an illustrated children's books. But at this point I suggest a book dummy. You'll storyboards fabulous in the beginning for brainstorming and deciding what you wanted way you want. But at this point, you might already have a book dummy. And that can be as simple as police polished as you'd like it to be. But for this, it's easy to make a formatting dummies to decide where to place your final text and images. All you need is some plan printer paper, fold it in half and steady together. I read all the text in this dummy and do rough doodles of each image so that I can scuttle average, you can wrap it up, it'll put sticky notes in it. And eventually you'll know exactly when and which paid every single thing is going to go before you begin your formatting process. You can also use this little damage to keep all your book information for future reference. Obviously, if you've done your illustrations traditionally they have been scanned at a resolution of at least 300. Dpi, emptied up little bit maybe. But once they're on your computer, you're ready to go. 3. 3 Download Software: So your first step before formatting anything is to download the software we'll be using. Firstly, download critique, which is actually a very powerful drawing program that we're not going to be joined with it. We're going to be using it to format each and every page of our book. And I'll show you one or two things, but Mandy, you'll just use it for the formatting this time. Then once that's downloaded and installed, your one to download and install subscribers. Scribe is also free and open source, but it's really powerful. It's a wonderful desktop publishing system and you can in fact do your entire book there. But for the purposes of this tutorial, it's much easier to use critter in addition to scrubbers. Once you downloaded scribe as before you start using it, you need to download and other little free program called gushed scripts. Just simply download the free version. You'll see they're on your left-hand side there. Open source. Download that whichever suitable for your computer and install it. Once it's installed, you don't need to worry about it anymore. So once your software and all of that is downloaded, we can begin just as a matter of interests for those of you who don't know about the font Squirrel side. It is a site where you can download free for commercial use or any other US funds. And before, if you don't have a lot of funds on your computer, you might want to go ahead and look there for some interesting funds to your children's book. 4. 4 Software Introduction: Just a quick word on the software we're going to be using for this course, Krita and subscribers. You can produce an entire book using Scribe is, but it has got a steep learning curve just as InDesign has a steep learning curve. And the purpose of this course is to avoid having to learn complicated software. Firstly, critter. All open-source software is created by developers to allow anyone to use it for any reason would be that personal or commercial. And as I said before, some of it's not very good and some of it's fantastic. And as far as quits is concerned, even though I have a lot of software that I've paid quite a bit of money for pretty much any use Crito, for my illustration where it's really not difficult to learn to use and it's never been anything but a pleasure for me. There are some really good classes. Yeah, I'm skill shaped by the way, for those of you who do you like to learn more about, it does illustrate it the minute it really is great software. But having said that, I know that not all of your illustrators and you are here to learn how to put your book together. Lots of children's book authors purchase they outward. And Sappho For those of you are at density pointing, going into great detail, I will touch on a few points, but that's it. Moving onto scrap. Scrap is learning how to use any desktop publishing software is not easy and you're not going to figure it out in a few hours. So I'm going to tell you exactly what you need to do in order to format your book and not why are you doing it? As I say, there are some great in-depth causes yeah. Scotia as well about subscribers and Qatar. So let's get to it. 5. 5 Create Master Pages: Before we begin, I suggest you have a look at Amazon Kindle Direct Publishing guidelines to help you decide what size you want your book to be. Firstly, if you haven't already decided, but they explain their printing requirements which are pretty standard across the board for prints, on-demand paperbacks. And they also explained lead and term silence for those of you who aren't aware of what that is. You can see page counts like a minimum page count, Maximum page count and how that affects your term sizes and your modules. When you making a full bleed book as we are here, your images extend to the edges of the pages. In books with athletes, you can see a wide margin around all the pages. So and this is a particular reason that you want wide margins Shang around your children book pages generally regard with a full bleed for maximum effect. The trip measurement is the area that could be cut off during the printing process. So when placing your images, make sure that there's nothing important in those two areas. Even though you weren't see wide margins in your printed book, you still need to have margins to keep your texts from flying out to class, to the edges of the pages. So we will be taking them into account as we create our pages. Firstly, we're going to create two master pages, one for a single page and went for a two-page spread. You'll see what a two-page spread you have sort of double margins in the middle. You still do need to take those into account. And once you have your two master pages, save, we're gonna do that firstly, you'll be able to use them to go ahead and make each individual page using these as templates without having to set sizes and margins again. Until critter, once you open, critter, don't get frightened by the indecisive. It's fairly simple. It's the same as most other interfaces. You have your ribbon at the top with all your main key tools to use, your tools and so on and so forth. But as I said, I'll be giving you exact instructions on how to format a book. I'm not going to be showing you how to use Twitter as a painting software or anything like that. You'll see in the middle of your page where it says start, you can choose to create a new file or you can open an existing file from your navigator. There's also a little community thing there where you can have a look and go look at manuals and so on and so forth. In your top ribbon, you've got the option to open a new file. You've got the option to open an existing file, and you've also got some other instructions right up the top thing, which we won't worry about too much because you'll see that most of them are not bright. That means that you can't use them critically. You can't really use anything unless you have a document or an image or so to begin with, we're going to open a new document. This we're going to create our single-page master document. And you can either use your file button at the top dates you create a new document, or you can use this little starts section in the middle here, which is quite easy. You'll see things as you create things that pop up the menu. And then if you want to ethanol again, you just have to click on the particular file you're looking for. So go ahead and open a new file. Now we are going to create our AICPA ten-page in US interests are firstly, we changed our measurements to inches. Both the width and the height. You'll see here that I've already got these measurements in. Yeah, but you'll you'll put in your your page size and you all your bleed with which is settled BY 81 to five for your width and ten points to 50 for your height. It will be 300 DPI or PPI dots pixels per inch. Leave RGB, where is leave everything else where it is, because we will be converting to CMYK when we actually make our booking subscribers. There you go. So now Cortes open your document that's got all of your sizing requirements and your dpi requirements already saved in there. So you need to save this as your master copy, which as I said, we'll be using as a template. So go to file and click Save as. And when the option box comes up, you'll see you can choose your folder where you going to save it. So I suggest that you make a new folder for each book that you format. I normally do that was to keep things separate. So do a new folder and call it whatever you wanna call it, call it my book. There you go, that's a good name. And then once you have that arpanet and you name it, I would call it master page, single, That just tells you that the single page and it's a master types so you don't write anything on it, you just want to use it as a template. Go into your tap, your file type, and save it as a jpeg document. The criteria is you can save it as acquitted the document, but don't do that until you not to use critter. So now we're just saving a JPEG file, advanced quality. And click OK. And it will save it for you. Once you have that saved, we are going to move ahead and creates a double, double sprayed master, double-page spread master page. So don't get too involved, as I say with criteria, you can have a look at bits and pieces if you want to play around, but let's just get this done first. And once we have these, I'll show you in the next step how you can use these pages to maximum effect. So to create the master path, we're going to do the same thing. We're going to open a new document and we basically just going to double up the width. It's quite simple, very easy. All you need to do is change your pixels inches once again to get your, your prophesied so you can measure your will. Your measurements are exact and your height stays the same. You not doubling that, say your high for humanity and 0.25. And you just simply double up your wits depending on what size your book is. And put that figuring. Once again, leave RGB and click Create. This will create your a master far your master document for your spread pages. If you have any sprayed pages, obviously, you don't need to have sprayed pages. But for this course we're going to show you how to do it in case you need to in the future, you can have a mix of spreads and single pages in any children's book. So once you have that, when you go to your page, you can see right-click on the top banner everyday to change your measurements to inches. And you'll see at 16.5 tensor Vega, it's doubled up on the margin size and you save as once again and pull this one. We'll call this one must spread master, master, master five speeding. Once again, we're going to go to our file that we opened. You'll see a few extra things in advocates have been adding things in the meantime, you won't see anything because it's trying to serve as a critter. So go down to JPEG and you'll notice there's quite a lot of things, yeah, so just be careful you don't click on the wrong thing. Click on JP's name, your document, which is going to be master page spread. And I've already got one savviness. I'll just covered up her master page spread and click on save and there you have it. You have your, your two most important pages for creating your book. 6. 6 Laying Out Pages in Krita: What are we going to do now we've already created our Muslim files for single and sprayed pages. And now we're going to have a look at how to create backgrounds with images and text. So if you've got a top ribbon, haven't looked at this point having no Quran critter, see how things work, we're going to open an existing page rather than creating a new page as we did with our master file. And once we've done that, we're going to have just a very quick look around the interface. Yeah. So as we go up into your, your pixel bana and change that to insert by right-clicking on it and selecting inches. Then go down into your layer dock on the right-hand side and select a new layer. Always use a new layer when you're working in credit to begin with and before you know the program, it's always safer to work on a separate layer. So if you make a mistake, you can delete it without missing anything that's underneath it. So you're not going to be using much of this. You're going to be using your new and you're open, open recent save you, and use Save As we will definitely be using. Because as you go along, you'll see we don't want to save anything. We'd rather save as once again in case you make a mistake so we don't overwrite anything. You can use your lab. That's another seven, the top red ribbon that we'll be using it for importing lands rather than making new ones at this point. And then you're going to use your de-select Patton later on you'll see what it's for when you're moving things around their gets selected and you'll want to de-select that. But we'll see that in our project. If you look at your Dockers, you'll see to the right of the ones that are ticked on your interface, the ones that are not ticked or not a new interface. So you will be clicking on a couple of those later just in case you don't already have them on your interface. Your friend brush tool is basically where you live. That's where you'll be working from us the time. You'll see a few other things. The Line tool is very useful for creating a straight line. And it uses the brush that you have kicked on at that point. At that point did you take the line tool? We're going to use the transform tool later on once again, you will see how to use it. This little thing, yes, in case you would like to use reference images, you can load up a reference image without it affecting your within the page that you working on. This year is Your Advanced panel selected your left that could be on your eyes. You will later learn how to use your palette and you can save colors in there for backgrounds or any other thing you'd like to use it for. Our use overview to the top right, you'll see an overview of our page. Once again, you're going to Docker's. You can select that and you'll also have a little overview Dhaka, which shows you what you're doing while you're doing it. To your brush presets, your right-hand side. There's a select from there, and you can also select at the top of it, there is a little. For block thing you ever there that you can have a look at. And it's, it's quite easy to see all the different pressures in there. I probably have a lot more than you do because I make my own sometimes and I'm from elsewhere, people give away a lot of fabulous scripted rashes if you dig it into the program. And then you have your Undo button. Now once you have your page up there, you can choose some pages are just going to have text. You might want to collect the background for that. And in our project we'll be doing that will be creating just a colorful background for pages that we don't have images to put our images being as expensive as they are. You'll see I'm using a brush tool and picking a color in my selector. And then I didn't like the color such as another one. You'll see the size of your brush. So you can go to the top. You can make it smaller or bigger. You see the circle's going a bit smaller. They're making it bigger again. And when you can use your mouse for this, obviously if you don't have a tablet, you can bring your capacity down. You'll see it's a lot lighter than that. You should really use a tablet for doing and quitting. You can't draw a picture of a ladder to pin and tablet, but you could do a lot of statements as a non-artists, just using your mouse. Obviously, as you can see here, you're not going to draw very good straight line, but you can do a lot of other things such as formatter book. And we'll look at the tools, the backup tool we're going to be using in our project, that's a full two, I call it the backup tool. Lets just to create a nice background, full page, background color. If you create your new lab selected color and then click on your page, it will fall that plays with the color. And you'll see on that particular layer, each layer has its own capacity, right? You could bring the opacity down, which will make it very pale, or you can bring it up. You can make the density any Caligula. And that is particularly for the atlas. That's not four. It went directly to the layers above or beneath while you're working on. If you don't like it, you can undo they are several views you can have. I think there's 12 or 15, I'm really not sure. But you can undo and get rid of all the things you don't like and then begin again. So that's just a little bit about how you can create a nice background. If you look at the brushes, you'll see there are all sorts of automatic partners that you can use with your mouth. For instance, this, I think it's pronounced okay, I'm not sure how you pronounce it. You could actually create little bubbles at the back. They once again, if you did this on a layer, you could reduce or increase the capacity. You can also increase or reduce the size, change the colors. And if that's, if, if you don't really have like the images, it's quite nice to have something put you on a page rather than just simply text. And this is what you want. And as you can see, you can have stars just guides through the presets and you'll come up with quite a few pretty wines. I just want to show you quickly how to use rulers on. I'm Crito, when you want to place your text, it's a good idea to know exactly where you're going to put it. So don't you, and makes you show rulers and show guides or both. Both have the tick mark on there. So that, that, that'll show you where you want to take this guy to the top. Firstly, change your pixels two inches. So you can see we have a spread iPhone, so this is two pages. You'll see there are 16 and a bit. Got your top banner, the lift ticket and pull down and it'll bring really down for you. You can leave it wherever you want so you can see where you want to take. So even if you want an image in a particular spot to the left and click, lift and drag. You'll do really across. You'll notice that you can move it. You'll see these two little arrows there, moves their flights. You can put it anywhere on the page. You'll see also if you create another layer, you know, release Ducca away if you want to get rid of them at any point and certainly do get rid of them before your final save go, you'll see the two little arrows just click on your, your margin line or sorry, not your marginal ruler. And drag it up and off, or drag it to the left, and it'll go off your page. Now. You'll see we have opened our master page and we've imported our first image. I just want to show you that you can actually import many, many layers here you can have as many images as you want. So import layer. And then we'll click on one of these little orange octopus girls, boys, or if they are actually show you one thing. Yeah, you'll see now, we've important octopus. You click on your transform tool. If you move it without holding down the shift pattern, it'll, it'll hold its original shape. So if you wanted to retain its aspect ratio, you click on the Shift button and you can move that little octopus around as much as you lie. This is basically just for those of you who don't know how to use desktop publishing, I'm sure many of you do know exactly what to do this. If you want to get rid of that white background, you click on this little magic. Brush down below. Yeah, pull the contiguous to one, sharp, pronounced that from two. And then you just push the delete button. Once you've done that, you click select the Select and get rid of your marching ants, you little dots. Once you've done that, you can your transform two once again and you'll see you can move your little octopus Ryan, you can swing it around and you can put it any way you like on the page. And you can do this multiple times with multiple images. You can put them above each other. You can move your legs up or down to bring them beneath the layer you working on. Then finally, if you don't like that, you can just click the Delete the little box every day and it'll get rid of that layer only mix. I'm going to show you how to play some simple text on your image once you've created your page with the images or image that you want on activities. Click on the little button at the top left-hand side there. And again, create a new layer. Once you're ready to start tapping your textures, click anywhere on your page and drag to open a text box. You will see once you've dragged it, that you can change the size later. So don't worry too much about that. Little box will open with placeholder text in it. So delete that placeholder text and type in the text that you would like. That particular page. Just use if you just for now just effect is just tapping look quick brown fox jumps over a lazy dog. All use the texts that I've provided for your project if you'd like just a little bit of a practice and then type in whatever you'd like to tap into VA here we're going to type in the first line of the text that we've used them, touch anything until you've already typed your text in because it just deleted if you do it back to phone. So I'm typing it in one long sentence, but I'm guessing that that sentence is going to be a little bit too long for the width of the page. In the meantime, I'm gonna center it and I'm going to choose my side, my font size, in this case 80. You'll see that there's a little color selector that you can either choose from the pellet at the bottom or you can choose one of the colors that's already, they are better than coffee. Next, I'm going to use bowl to make my latest text and art. And I'm going to choose a font in this instance. I'm just using this one, Gabriele, you can choose whichever one you want. Obviously at something you'll be thinking about. Before you format your book, you'll need to know what funds you're going to use. Or you can just play around to begin with and then decide later because you can change it. But obviously it's a lot of work to format these pages. So you'd like to get a drive to first or at least the second time. Once you've done it, click, Save and Close and you'll see your texts appear on the page. You can move it around, lift, drag up or down at this point, you can't turn it left or right or do anything else to it, but you can put it wherever you'd like to see it on the page. At this point, you can have your margins, your rulers activated so you can see that your text is not going too far above o into your left margin and just place your text there. Now, you don't have to do all the text in one go. So what we're gonna do is I'm going to show you how to place another sentence on top of this one. If you'd like to change anything, they just click the textbox again in the top left hand corner. Click edit text in the bottom right-hand corner. And here we are changing our color just to show you how you see your colors change from coffee to Vietnam. So we'll leave it at that. And now you can create another lab, as I said, rather too many layers than too few layers for your next. Texted creates another layer. And just to be safe, and then click on your textbooks once again and just put a few words in a two words or three words. Once you open your little click-and-drag typing a little textbooks, remove, delete your placeholder text just by hitting the delete key or the backspace, and then just type in two or three words. Yeah. Once again, you're going to select your, you can choose a different font this time even though it's the same page, but I'm going to use the same font. I will just, I think I'll use a different color. So go up there, click on your font you're gonna be using. I'm using the same one. I'm going to use a different color. And then your sides, you can make it a different size. It doesn't have to be the same size. That's the beauty of these things. So I'm gonna go a little bit bigger with us. Once again, I'm going to save and close. And you'll see there's my texts. So now I can move it up or down once again as I was able to before, but not a campaign, the rotor syllabi, anything like that. So if you change and you click on your little transform button in the left hand side, top left hand side, you'll see now all of a sudden as a layer, you are able to move that text left, right and spin it around and do whatever you want. There's actually quite a lot more you can do. But obviously that this is not a class on how to use criticism is basically to format your book. If you hover over any layer, you can see what's on it. You can move it even river down. You can move a danceable and you'll see now that the text, the purple text is now beneath the red text. You can move it up again. If you work, you're not happy with it. And if you don't like it, you can just simply hit the delete button, the bird bots and blood back to your original takes. So for a quick recap, we are just going to show you how you did your images one more time. Before we move on, you're gonna open your master file. So you're going to click on Open File and then double-click on your master page, whichever one you using your single or your spread. And then that'll happen in critter. And then we'll move on towards bringing in images. In this instance, I'm just going to bring in our first image and maybe an octopus. So we'll go to import layer. And then we'll import our fish and bag using our transform tool, which then shows you where it's situated. You want to bring it back to the size within the master page. So either use your shift key to maintain the aspect ratio or just drag it or move it way you want. That's now I'm going to leave it like that. And then we're going to do another one. So we'll go import and pulled layer. And then you just keep on doing this until you have all the images. If, even if you have ten or 20 images on a page, it's fine. Here we have the white background on the octopus again. So just transform tool and then we will click on this little cartilaginous buttons. And we will under what behind the octopus and click the delete button that gets rid of everything. Then you're going to use your d, u and a d. Select those little dots. So click on de-select, click on your transform layer again. Here you can then resize it or move it around however you want to do it. And then at this point I suggest you save this as a background, as a page backgrounds and you'd save it as page number one. Then you'd reopen it and then begin placing your text. Next, we're going to go onto how to use a subscribers. But in the meantime, I suggest you maybe begin your project because it'll show you a lot more about how to actually use this particular critter text text image box. While this module I showed you how to plastics the images. If you want to learn more, do do the project. And it'll show you much more details of how to get things done. Now we're moving onto prescribers. 7. 7 Create Print Ready PDF: Once you have all your formatted book pages ready, we can create the final PDF upload values in subscribers. First, I suggest double-checking that all pages are correctly sized and that they include the required lead with the term size. It's a good idea, I think to number them from your target pledged to your final pegs, everything is all ready to go front and back Matter where you want them to make uploading, describe as stress free. Once you've downloaded and installed scrubbers and go on your computer, I opened the program. The first thing we're gonna do is to make sure that management is turned on. And before we do that, I would just like to say all the pages Yeah. Apparently saved with the RGB color profile, which will convert to CMYK for the final product. For those of you who are not already familiar with these things with, with RGB and CMYK, I'll just tell you quickly. Rgb stands for red, green, and blue, and it is a color profile. This gives you those rich, rich colors and effects that you see on any sort of computer screen or phone screen or tablet. Cmyk is short for cyan, magenta yellow, and C0, and C0 is black. This is the calibration part used in printing paper books. Scanners generally produce RGB FAO that many illustrated use RGB when creating art for children's books. And this work in CMR came from the beginning, but it's personal choice these days with the quality of the printing machines that are available. Converting from RGB to CMYK is not going to dial down your original artwork too much. And I think going the other direction is more harmful than them this way, it makes sense to go and CMYK from the start if you are any printing paper, paperback book, but if you want to use your images for an e-book or any sort of unscreened use Kindle kids book or anything like that? I think personally, but as I said, it's your choice, our guide for RGB and then converted from there. Before you begin to use grabbers to make your PDF file, make sure that color management is turned on. Go to your file button, I've Connect, click on Preferences and then wait for that to open. And you will see the various settings in that box on your left-hand side, go down to the little umbrella icon. In the top left-hand corner mixture that activates color management is ticked arm. Don't touch anything else in this box. Just make sure activate color management is on. And if you only have to do it once, and then click Apply and their pay and clothes and you put together the first time you open scribe as this new document page will pop up. If it doesn't pop up or if you've been doing something else, you can go to File New and it'll open up for you. So now we're going to begin to create our PDF file for an eight by ten illustrated book. So the first thing you do is you click on double-sided four double-sided document. Then you go and change points to inches. You gotta into size will go right down to the bottom there and change it to custom. Yeah, leaves our intention as ported and this you are making a landscape OK. Here we are not going to include the bleed at this point, so it's an eight by ten books or we'll just put in x for width and ten for height. As with any book that starts on the right page, here you click in the number of pages you'll be using. You can click in any amount, just practice. You'll see your default is change to inches. Then really to set our margins. Now that this depends on the thickness of your book and also the page count of your book. But for our project will use that, that size. Yeah, so we're gonna do all of these margins at 0.375, which is basically, as you have a look at Amazon or your print on demand company and see what they recommend the margins are. And then just generally you can change them up to suit yourself. But to begin with, when you're doing your first book, it's always a good idea to stick to recommendations. After putting in your margins, you've gotta bleeds right next to that over there, you'll see this little lock icon here. It'll keep all these settings exactly the same if you don't unclick that. So we're gonna uncheck that. And because we haven't put up bleeds in at the top, we're going to put up leads in here, which on the inside would be 0, because obviously it isn't, I believe in the middle of a book. You're outside is going to be the organ to be the same. Your, your outline is outside is gonna be one to five. Your top bleed is also going to be one to five. I'm not sure what happened over here is just change that back. So we'll go here 0.1 to five. Let's take your time of it. It don't be nervous. It's very straightforward. Once you have the figures, you get together. Once you've got those in click IP. And then you'll see it'll open up your document. So here you have your book beginning on the right facing page. There's nothing on the list. But Don and you'll see it's made the required ones. Pages. You can change your page content anytime. But for the purposes of this, we're just going to stick to this one. Once you have your pages opened in front of you, you'll see a red line around the outside with your trim size over there. And you'll see a blue line on the inside, which is your margin. You don't really need to worry about the margin at this point because you've set it all up already when you let out your pages in critter. So not to import our pages. The first thing you do is go to your insert button over there and you insert an image where you go to your page and try and get your image frame to federal page as exactly as you can to make life a little bit easier for yourself. Because then you won't have to fiddle too much with, with making sure with the properties. All right. Now, we're going to go and do that. So you'll go to your windows button and you click properties. In your Properties box, you'll see, yeah, x position, y position, width, and height. We are not going to worry about anything else. You exposition. A document is basically a point on a page, on a graph or a chart or paid or anything like that. So yeah, we're going to mainly put up bleeds in here. So exposition, which is your horizontal position on the page. You don't have to worry about what that means unless you want to go and study access. But for the purposes of this, for the purposes of fair formatting. Just put your plead side in there. So you exposition is going to be your y position on this is already said there cuz you've dragged it nicely to the corner. So your y position is going to be minus 0.01 to five. So that's your bleed. The width of your page is going to be you're going to set it actual width plus your bleed, so that's 81 to five, and then your height is going to be 8.2, 50, and then you close that. Now, see there's a red line. The more dots on it around your entire page and you can see it fits your entire page very perfectly. Once you have that, neither the settings that we've just done is for a right-hand page, the settings for a left-hand path will be different, but all of that is on your worksheet and you can every book you do, you just merely times the size of the book. Everything else remains the same. So now we want to bring in a page. So we're going to go File, Import, gets image. Your little navigation box will open here. And then you just basically browse, search for your, for your image and we'll go, Yeah, I'm going to use this one now because you've actually set up your pages exactly the correct size, you're not going to have to fiddle with anything at all. You see that? That's perfectly and because you are working on this page, it's outlined in red. Every time you want to work on a page, make sure that you click on that page. Click on it again if it doesn't work so that you have that red trim line around it. You'll see on the right-hand side you, there's no germ line. So now we are lifts facing page and we're gonna do the same thing. We are going to put, insert, insert image frame, and we're going to try and get it as exact as possible. So we're gonna click, go down here to the end of this particular page, try and get it to fit nicely. Now we're going to set up our properties. Properties. Here you can see it's fairly, some of the positions are spot-on, some not so much. So your exposition on a lift facing page minus 0.1 to five, your WACC position is set itself up perfectly. The width is 8.1 to five. And again, we're gonna have to just tweak our height a little bit, so that's 25 bucks. And once again, you see it's perfect, absolutely perfect. And it's not difficult to do. So now we're gonna get our page. So we're gonna go to File Import, gets image. This is all on your worksheet, so don't panic too much if you must at all, then get it the first time around. You got H2. So let's do a recap for Iraq facing page. You can see the red line there, so we clicked onto that page. So once again we're going to say insert and image gram. And we're gonna go from corner to corner and drag it as perfectly situated as you can get it. Right. Then we go into Windows Properties. Yeah. On your as you'll see with your measurements for your right-hand page, your exposition is at 0. Your WACC position is at minus 01 to 51 to five. Your width is 8.1 to five and your height is, you see these measurements stay the same. So it's once you've got the measurement, you, you, okay. Right then you close that. Once again began to get our image. So we're gonna go File Import, get image number three. Another perfect fit. So now we're going to click down here. I'd just like to show you how a spread words. It's once again, it's very simple and you do not have to change any of your original settings. So here we go. Now this time we're going to say slightly different, yeah, Insert Image fan. This time we're going to click and drag the image across both pages. Very simple. Once again, just get it done as near filters you can do. Then you go to Window properties. Now for obviously the properties are going to be for the lift page. So you use your lift-based settings, which is exposition 0 minus 125, your y position, it's going to be minus 125. Now here's it gets a little bit different because yeah, we've doubled. Our width is no longer going to be what it was just for the spread only you're gonna put 16 to 5-0. And our height is going to be ten to 50. So you see what we've done there? Everything's though the width is changed, but the hottest stayed the same. So close that and have looked, you'll see, there you go. Another perfect fit. So now we're going to drag him, began to say File Import and we're going to import an image. You'll see in your project that you make a spread payoff. So we're gonna say get image. And you've obviously labeled that. Yes, these are two pages, page 45, which is a sprayed. So we will just import that in here. And then you go. Now we can move on to saving as a PDF. So as I said, finally, we now going to save our PDF file with print on demand. You need a very specific file. For instance, you couldn't take this PDF file to your local print shop or use your own home printed to get this printed. They, they're very different. The printing systems is completely different. But what we have to do here now is convert this to a PDF 1.35, which is what's required. So we're going to go to File Export, Save as PDF. You'll see this little box opens up here so you get to name your document, whatever you wanna call it. So I'm just going to call this my books like that. And then you go, don't be too keen to tend anything yet. But what we are going to do is on your first general page, we're gonna go over here now we don't want that. We want a PDF 1.3 Acrobat fall, so that will be changed. Yeah, resolution for EPS graphics, you need a minimum of 300 DPI. That got too high because when you start getting into very high dots per inch, you're gonna get flack corrupted files and that sort of thing. So this is perfectly good. That's why go to your funds tab and click on embed all. Then you want to, you don't worry about extras, viewer security or anything like that. You want to go to repress. And over here, in the purpose you want to push include document. That's all. So you've got Jack Hughes document, please. Everything else, just leave it to others. Lastly, you got to color and you want to change this for printer. So this is going to converge, Joel, your manuscript from RGB to CMYK. Obviously in a professional way. Once you've done all of that, you're ready and you guys say, you'll see while it saving it doesn't happen immediately, takes a few seconds. So just way to allow for that to happen. And I'll open a PDF in a minute. All right, so now we've done there to find your your your manuscript goddamn not Victor's got onto documents. And you'll look for your scribe as file, which it'll have opened for you. And you'll see here my book over here. And you open it. And it'll open your book and you'll see how nicely it at the spade page in half. So we'll just wait a little bit while this opens. So you can save scribes documents as grabbers documents. It's quite simple, just File Save. All right, so now this is taking its time to open, but it will happen in them. But you can see on the right there, it seems to have worked out well. Here we go. So this is your final document that you are going to be used to printing. You'll see now the colors have slightly dulled, but that's quite normal and there's nothing wrong with it. You'll see here these are individual pages are paid one patch all the way to the edges. All your text is where you want it to be. Then you go to page three. You can see where project where we moved our text around and put some backgrounds and stuff like that. Page fault. And page five was a scrape. So you see scribes has cut perfectly in half and saved it. So that's your interior. You're now ready to publish a book. 8. 8 Project: For our project, I recommend that you make a few pages, lay them out in critter, put your images in there, maybe play around with the few backgrounds, and possibly make your own pictures you can use mine. I have included an image of backend fishy couple of octopi, and some text and storyboard sheet for you to play with, but you don't have to. You can use your own images. You I'm texts. You can change my texts and to do whatever you lie. The main point of the exercise is to get everything laid out iniquitous or that you can see how to use the program. Once you've done that, you'll be creating a PDF file in subscribers. If you are up to that challenge, it's not a difficult thing. Just make a book with a few pages, 23 pages or five pages, and practice creating a book with single pages and possibly one spread, at least. To this, you make about five pages in Qatar for your PDF file. So there's not too few pages, two factors with at least four single pages and when spread will be fine, you can either use the materials I've given you the pictures or you can use your pictures. When I open critter, you'll see that you can open more than one at a time. If you have this page open here, for instance, you can click on open and open another path so you can actually jump between one page and the other. So if you're working on one new page, you can keep the previous page open. When it's open. For instance, if you would like to do a background pallor on every page and you'd like it to be the same color. You just go to the place that you've already done it on. Click on your little color picker over there, and then click on the color you want, for instance. And then you go back to your new master page that you using. Click on your foal tool. Then click anyway on your page and it'll give you the exact same color. You could also save it in your palate. So here if you ever your pilot, you just click on the plus button and it'll ask you, do you want to save that color? You click OK and you'll see it everyday on your left. As you finish each page, be careful that you don't ever act your master page. So before you do anything like click the save button, click Save As and save as page one was background all said One final or said when we takes or whatever you'd like to save it as, but just make sure you don't have racked your masterpiece was that'll keep your size as you go without ever having to redo anything. Remember, while you're doing your project to use your will. Inches also have a look at your brush presets for backgrounds on a text only pages. I have done a few things here. If you have a look at this double-page, place that text in different places, use backgrounds, use funds, use whatever you want. I've also included a storyboard, but I don't suggest you use that. You can play with it if you want to. But I strongly recommend making a formatting damage exactly where your text and images are going to be at the end of the day. Again, when you do your project, I suggest placing texts in different places, twisted around, banded around and generally have fun with it. And then once you've done that, use all scribes instruct instructables to create a little PDF file. And that's all there you have it. If you have any questions, just ask and I will answer you. In the meantime, he has to creating fabulous pages and I'm looking forward to seeing what you come up with.