Has anyone got any tips or advice on how to make a zine using photoshop? I have created templates but am swimming in pages and confused by page numbers, intimidated by my multiscreens and frankly i am white in the face.
Photoshop pixelizes text pretty badly, it's really designed for working on photos, not doing layout. So I don't blame you for feeling confused, I don't think anyone uses it for zine layout. I edit my photos and prepare them for printing in Photoshop, but then do my layout in a program like Pagemaker or Indesign.
or use photo shop to size photos, repeat images (helps not waste paper) for backrounds, basic prep stuff then print it and do a physical layout (literal cut and paste!). Less confusing i think, and you get to handle everything physically! After all's said and done you can always scan it into the computer (if you want to avoid copyshops alltogether) and print out the B&W. I love photo shop, but with zines i think a big part of what i enjoy is the process of sticky fingers, papercuts, and falling asleep in a heap of paper. Newer technology gives us an added dimension for creation but things like handwriting, or coffee stains can connect me more to the zine i'm reading, ya know? Don't let the process stress ya too much, you'll figure somethin out. :)
will be using all of said suggestions- I began with handmade pages, some scans, some emailed art and writing and so I must flex it all together using every method. thanks so much for feedback- and any furthur suggestions
on HOW TO USE INDESIGN would be appreciated.
i love in design. i use it to set my zines.
i start with an 8.5 x 11 page with like.. .25 inch margins on each side.
then i drag 2 ruler guides and split the page into 4 equal sections. (i like the quarter sized zines)
and then... well.. i just make my pages. like, wherever on the pages i feel like. after i have them all, i make a quick mock up kind of zine with scrap paper just writing the subject or whatever on each page how i want it all to be so i can use that to figure out the right order in indesign to put them the pages in.
then i save them all in a pdf file on my flash drive or something and take it to get printed (double sided).
then i cut each page in half and put it together.
...this made more sense in my mind than after i typed it all out. haha.
Big text and big file, if you don't run any filters after you've added the text, not a problem. But size 12 times new roman font for a full page in Photoshop will look crappy. Photoshop is a lot better in later version at handling text, but it's really designed for editing photos and not text/publication layout.
Exactly, always work with a big big file. It's a million times easier to scale down and keep quality than to scale up and keep quality. And there are thousands of free fonts available so there should be something that works well :)
i use photoshop to layout zines.
it sounds like you are on the right track. i make a page template to begin with.
then I add in the text or images. i make sure they do not bleed over to fold or cut lines.thats the worst.
what i do to begin is make a small zine out of scrap paper and then number the pages. this helps me know how many photoshop files i will need to create.
if you want i can email you a psd of my template.
im no expert but it works for me.
Shuks thanks for such feedback, and in general, content for what I think is an important discussion, as I am sure many people have found themselves at some point having to integrate technology into a part of their zine process. I am currently using in design with big appreciation, it is smooth a quick to use. Having two screens helps, one to edit images on cs3 and the other to arrange them in indesign. Even the printing has been simple once i figured out to use "print as booklet". I still hold strong to the hand made touches, making sure to include some cut paste and scan arrangements, but for the size of the zine (60 pages) and a few other reasons, ive found computer organizing the layouts necessary.