Friday, July 27, 2012

How To Make a Zine


OR HOW I MADE PISTACHIO

It's been almost three months since I debuted Pistachio, and I'm still over the moon with what an incredible experience it was! I have been asked several times to help out with other people's zines and how I made my own, and since I've begun the beginning processes of creating the second issue, I thought now would be the perfect time to share with you How I Made Pistachio:

NO 1: FIND INSPIRATION
Regardless of whether it is a child's painting or the Mona Lisa, you need to be inspired by something and have a clear picture of what kind of theme, tone, and overall color scheme you want for the zine. I went through images and clippings I had saved to help shape the tone and theme I wanted.

NO 2: PUT PEN TO PAPER
Write the articles you want to write, draw the drawings you want to include, and take the pictures you want to take for the zine. Also, if you have started getting ideas for how you want the zine to look, sketch out layout ideas - this helped me figure out how I wanted arrange a series of pictures and text on a page.

NO 3: ASK FOR SUBMISSIONS
Now this isn't mandatory, but I cannot recommend it highly enough! I felt so honored when people I really admired consented to being a part of the zine, and when I posted a call for submissions here I received some really incredible submissions by people I didn't even know read my blog! Of course, there was some entries I had to turn down - they were great, but just didn't fit the aesthetic of my zine. Turning them down was hard, but this is *your* vision and you should not be obligated to include anything you don't want to. Just be kind when you tell them you can't use their piece!

NO 4: PUT IT ALL TOGETHER
Compile all of the illustrations, submissions, and articles and begin designing your zine! This was the most difficult part - there were so many possibilities! Using Photoshop CS4 and a design inspiration Pinterest board to help me, I designed and put together all the different elements into a page. One thing I noticed was I could spend hours and hours arranging all the pieces in the slightest different ways - and it got to the point where I was just wasting time. Unless you want a super sleek, professional quality zine, do not sweat the small stuff - for my specific case, what I was making was just supposed to be a fun, personal side project!

NO 5: FORMAT FOR PRINTING AND ISSUU
Another part I struggled with was the actual process of printing and figuring out how to upload it to Issuu, a site I really love because it allows you to flip through the zine as if it was a real magazine! I made two different versions of the zine, one formatted like the standard half-size zine (a great diagram for this can be found here) and the other as a pdf file to upload to Issuu. For more about uploading documents to Issuu, visit here.

NO 6: UNVEIL YOUR ZINE, PRINT OUT A COPY,
AND CRY OVER HOW PERFECT IT IS

Pretty self-explanatory! By the time I completely Pistachio, it was completely different from what I imagined and nowhere near perfect - but that didn't matter! I had created something I felt truly proud of and couldn't wait to share it with you all. As I said to my friend who expressed doubt over her artistic skills and thus felt like she couldn't make one herself, one of the best aspects of zines is that you are in control and can do anything you want with the zine - it doesn't matter if you aren't the world's greatest writer or artist, just write or illustrate what you feel and that will be good enough.

Feel free to email or comment asking questions, and I will try to answer them to the best of my ability! Also please let me know about any zines you have created or are planning to make! I wanna hear about them ^^

Floral background is courtesy of Pugly Pixel

♡,
Kailey


30 comments:

  1. This was super helpful! I've always wanted to make a zine but creativity block has always gotten the best of me ;)
    The illustrations for this post are really cute!

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  2. Oh this is sooo cute & helpful! Thank you!! :)
    xx
    Daysha ♥

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  3. Such a great post! I keep resolving to make a zine and never getting round to it, so hopefully this post will prod me into it!

    Emily Wears Things
    xx

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  4. Tomorrow I'm going to Zine Fest in DC! This was fun synchronicity. :-)

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  5. aw this is awesome! and coincidentally i just finished my first ever zine today xx

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  6. This is such a cute idea. I'd love to put together a zine. Thanks for the tips! <3

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  7. omg has it really been three months?! o_o I've been meaning to post about Pistachio on my blog since I first got it! I must get on that asap. @.@

    Anyway, this is such a great post! I wish I had this when I first started zineing. I have a feeling your advice will be super helpful to lots of future zine makers. ^.^

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  8. thanks for the tips!! really helpful!!

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  9. Lovely blog!! Would you like to follow each other on gfc?
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  10. A lovely post! I haven't made a zine in about 10 years myself but it pleases me to no end that in this super digital age, people are still creating them.

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  11. I need make ZINE!
    and,I want to read your ZINE:)

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  12. this rules. a great how to. i look forward to your next ziney endeavour.

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  13. Thank youuuuu! I've bookmarked this page because I might just try it!

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  14. You are fantastic. I wouldn't even dream on taking on such a big project at the moment but I liked seeing the process. Plus your illustrations are ridiculously nice, by the way.

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  15. Brilliant, though I have in between steps of PANIC PANIC and PANIC! <333

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  16. I'm really tempted to have a go at making a magazine...I'm almost a bit too scared in case I can't do it properly! :( And I don't have InDesign, sigh xx

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  17. That's some good advice you give! I swear there is a modest but noticeable zine resurgence. Which I like since I really felt it was a lost art that died out when the blog thing came about. But there's no reason not to have both. It's been oh.... 15 years since I last put one out, so I wonder how much about the craft and the marketing of such things have changed. Where is your zine available?

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  18. Also love the artwork that accompanied this how-to.

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  19. wow, this is really something! creating a zine of your own, so awesome! thank you for sharing this how-to, I really feel like creating my own zine now!
    I love your blog and it looks so cute! Especially all the artwork :)
    xx

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  20. You put together a zine yourself, eh? I'll have to check this out! I have been seeing a lot more zines lately, and I love it! Maybe someday I'll take the advice fro this tutorial and put together one of my own!

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  21. This is wonderful! I've always wanted to try this! Thank you.

    x

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  22. wow this is such lovely advice <3
    i fall in love with your blog so i followed you <3
    aw you're the best!
    http://coeursdefoxes.blogspot.com/

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  23. Wow, it's obvious that you out so much time into your project. I was really cool to read your passion in it as well as find some good references/links in case I ever want to create a zine. Thank you and thank you!

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  24. Adorable post m'dear, you have such a beautiful blog! I scrolled down to a few of your other posts and I've gota say your photography and style are just amazing, can't wait to see more...
    x

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  25. I just read through your zine and it's absolutely wonderful, definitely something to be proud of! Sadly I'm not good enough at photoshop or IT/graphics in general to be able to make one! Also I had the EXACT Polly Pocket you featured in the Pistachio haha!

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  26. The illustrations are really helpful...you made it look easy!!
    Thanks for sharing!!

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  27. This is so amazing I can't even put it into words! I am a keen zine-maker and I'm currently working on another zine. It's inspired by everything associated with purple; I will be putting it on my blog soon :) I already have one of my zines on my blog already, I'd love it if you could perhaps check it out and give me your opinions? I'd love some feedback from a professional! x

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  28. How cute IS THIS POST! AH I miss zine making...now I make magazines like a big girl for big bosses....some day I WILL FIND TIMES

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  29. great post, it is so cute, I love your illustrations :D xx

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