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Children's book illustrations

I am creating a children's book and decided to have my daughter do the illustrations. What's the best way to get these into a digital format that can be added to the word templates?

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1. Dec 29, 2016 10:28 AM in response to: Williams49730
Re: Children's book illustrations

Have your daughter draw the images at or larger than you are going to want them to appear in the book.  If you want the image in the book to be 5 x 7 on a 6 x 9 page for example, then have her draw stuff at 5 x 7 inches - at least, but not smaller.  So - the first thing you need to do is make a decision on your trim size and if you want the images to bleed off the edges of the pages or not.


Then, use your scanner and save the images to JPEG files at a resolution of 300 DPI, or a bit larger than that, maybe up to 320 DPI or so, just to be safe.  Then just insert those images into your book.


The CS templates have many problems, so hopefully you are not using one of those.


What software are you using?  If you're using Word 2007 or later then it will downsize (compress) your images when you save the file, so you have to disable this feature of Word before you insert your very first image.  Google how to disable it, for example, "Word 2013 disable image compression" without the quotes.


Then, if you want to create a PDF from Word, Word's PDF save feature downsizes images.  You MUST use a separate PDF creation tool to make your PDF.  Hopefully, you DO plan to submit a PDF to CS.


If you have not yet done so, you should go HERE and read every word under every tab.  Under the "Interior" tab be sure to download and save the "CreateSpace PDF Submission Specification".  Read it before you write the first word of your book, keep it in a safe place and make frequent reference to it.  It will save you a lot of headaches.


Finally, Good Luck!



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2. Feb 8, 2017 1:22 AM in response to: danwiz
Re: Children's book illustrations

Good Post...


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