a place for zinesters - writers and readers
I've been using LibreOffice to write up on A5 size sheets. I then convert them to pdfs so that i can open them in GIMP. I open an A4 size on GIMP and then open my pdfs and arrange them the write way I want and add any pictures I want etc.
Ive only made one zine so far and im still looking at the different ways of making them, i dont just do it on the computer, i cut and past too.
There is a free publishing programme called Scribus which im trying out, it is supposed to be similar to in design but i dont know how to use it yet
Would be good to hear from anyone doing it a similar way to me...
In the past i've used Microsoft Word or other word processing programs to print out the text or graphics and cut and paste onto paper. i've also used Microsoft Publisher until i lost the cd somewhere and wanted to use better sorftware. right now i am experimenting with a program that is called Serif PagePlus essentials that has PDF capabilities as you've described that you wanted . i was lucky to catch it on sale at Amazon for $0.00 but i think the regular price is well under $50.00. but there is a open-source program that ive heard good things about called Scribus http://www.scribus.net/canvas/Scribus - i may try that again myself, but i get a case of the stupids when i deal with open source, i hope this helps you out more.
I used to use InDesign for all of my magazines and zines, but after years of constant expensive upgrades and one sad attempt to use a cracked version, I just gave up and switched to Apple's iWork Pages and even though I lost some interesting professional tricks only available in the expensive packages, I was completely surprised and pleased. I lost the ability to do spreads, and the packaging tools were gone and I could only really send PDFs. but the tradeoffs were equally good. With Pages, all the assets and media are stored in one file, I am able to store n the Dropbox account and simply work from whichever office I was at for the day. Now iCloud makes it even better.
Yeah, thats exactly what I do. It works swell.
Emma Jane Falconer said:
I just print out the individual paragraphs and lines on one sheet of paper, cut them out and glue them to a handmade template. It makes it less aggravation for me, and gives me complete layout control.
I just play with Word, do some cutting and pasting with a glue stick and scissors, and then staple it all together. What's so great about zines, is that you can do it any way you want.
I lay my zines out in PowerPoint. It's easy and allows me to use all the bell and whistles that Microsoft has to offer. Inserting pictures is easy and I have loaded additional fonts so I have even more options for text. I also like that PowerPoint allows me to manipulate the direction and orientation of my text, which I can't seem to figure out using other programs.
I admit that if I don't purposefully work to create something gritty/personal/handmade, my layouts can look crazy clean...hmmm, maybe sterile is the better word. The text blocks are ridiculously straight, the photos are cropped too perfectly and the margins are so consistent that you know they are created by a machine -- out of the gate, I don't have the zine feel that some people love.
To get my "look", I leave plenty of open space to add handwritten text, rubber-on letter titles, and various rubber stamped stuff. Once I have everything set up (pictures in place, text block order settled, and spacing/margins clarified, and handwritten text and title/image stuff pulled together), I create a final hard copy using the glue stick & scissors method that people have talked about here. Though, I don't really use a glue stick. I use zyrons of every size. It ensures that everything is flat and minimizes the shadow lines -- which is mostly important when I'm doing collage work.
Not that you asked, but...I make most of my covers by hand, they aren't printed, and tend to be collaged. I haven't done a printed zine cover in a very long time. I tend to use grocery bags as cover stock because it's heavy enough to handle my artwork, but not so heavy that I can't staple through it. Plus I love the color and texture of it.
Have others tried PowerPoint and decided it doesn't work well? I only ask because I'm surprised someone hasn't mentioned it.
I just use microsoft word processor and/or google docs (google drive). print...cut...paste....whirr, DING! IT'S READY! (Microwave humour.) Anyway, some versions have booklet format, and I'm sure everything I've just said has been said forty times before meh, soooo...okay. Hope that helps (not that it will... especially with the microwave humour.)