Speaking of lessons, this is my 100th post. Yay! As long as I have something to write about or share that is paper doll related, I'll keep writing. This blog has been a fun way to connect with fellow paper doll fans. It's also kept me on task, which can be a real challenge when staying home with two (very delightful) kids. My oldest son is actually sitting next to me right now playing Temple Run on my tablet. He's fascinated by Mommy's tech gadgets....
Today's lesson is the conclusion of how to self-publish on Lulu.com. It's another long one. We'll use templates to create the back & front covers and go through the upload process on the site. I'll even share some photos of my published dolls at the end.
I mentioned in one of the previous posts that Lulu has templates available. We'll be using the letter sized, full color templates. Just a note: when I upload these files, I'll be using the black and white option. I usually use full color (and I sure most of you would, too). Keep that in mind later on.
Let's start with the front cover. The Lulu front cover template is a .png files which is compatible with most (if not all) photo editing software. I'm using Photoshop. The Lulu front cover files is already set to 300dpi, so anything we create using it should already be set up to print.
Now comes the fun part. Create your cover. I like to have images that show what's inside (obviously). Be sure to include your title and author information!
This is my cover. Save your cover as a flat image (.jpg or .png work best). Notice that I left plenty of space around my title box and that all of my images go all the way to the edge.
Next up is the back cover. This template includes all of the information from the front template as well as a spot where the UPC code would go. I like to put the doll on the back cover. If someone wants to cut out their doll, this is stiffer material than the pages and would potentially stand up better.
Open up the back cover template and the doll file you have prepared.
This is the finalized back cover. Moving the doll gave me some space to add instructions, which is a nice little bonus. When you finalize your covers, be sure to delete the Lulu template layer!
So we have the front and back covers, as well as a finalized PDF for the interior pages. Now we need to create the book.
Publishing a book on Lulu.com is free. All you need to do is sign up. They require your full name, a user name, and a password. That's it.
This is what your My Lulu project dashboard page looks like. You can find all of your projects here, as well as revenue. You can buy your own dolls from this page and create revisions as well. The left side and bottom of the page offer a variety of helpful links if you have a question. On the left side of the page there is a section called Start a Project. Click on the Paperback link to get started.
Once your interior pages are loaded, it's on to the covers. Lulu has some pre-designed options available, but I like to design my own.
On the Themes tab, select Image Only (its' the first option). If you created your covers with the text already in place, this is the option you want. Click on the orange Add Images button on the right side of the page and load your images. Drag your images from the right sidebar to the black cover images in the middle. The back cover is on the left, and the front cover is on the right. Click on Make Print-Ready File and continue on. This can take a little time to load. Click Save and Continue when it's done.
If you have any questions about the tutorials or publishing on Lulu, let me know. These have been three very long tutorials but I hope they're helpful. Having said that, I'm working on a new paper doll for OPDAG's next Paper Doll Studio issue. I have a little over two weeks to finish it (yikes!!) so I won't be posting a tutorial next week. I'll still post the Friday dolls.