You will need Adobe InDesign and I used my local Fedex/Kinkos. I'm using CS6 not sure what INDesign Meridith used but her instructions are different from mine. FYI: I already knew how to set up my dummy in INDesign and make the Lo-res PDF But the hard copy dummy had me flummoxed.
1: Sketch. Paint create your dummy art per your usual way. Scan and name your files. Example My files might be named, 1-BunnyWaves-SK.jpg or 16&17-BunnyDancing-COL.jpg, etc. Save files as 300 dpi, RGB, JPG.
2: Open up a New Document in Indesign - now the fun begins. Fill in the info. My dummy book has 32 pages. It starts on pg 1. The page size is 8 x 10". Click on Facing pages. Put in your margin guidelines. Input your bleed info .25". Note I only added the bleed on the top, bottom and outside. My Art spread size including bleed is 16.5 x 10.5" which centers nicely on 17 x 11 paper.
Note if your images look blurry, you may have to go to VIEW, go down to DISPLAY PERFORMANCE and click on High Quality Display.
Now that wasn't too bad. Right?
|Open INDesign document will look like this -Only showing pages 1 -5 above.|
4- Need a Lo-res PDF Dummy to E-submit to an editor or agent. In INDesign go to FILE. Select ADOBE PRESETS and select (Smallest File Size). Under PAGES select ALL and make sure you select SPREADS. Click Export. Voila! It's ready to send.
|If your document has bleeds, go on the left side and click on Marks and Bleeds|
|Select USE Document Bleed settings. If you don't your bleed areas will not appear in your PDF. |
I didn't, but you can even get fancy and click on Crop Marks. Now, Click Export.
You may also experiment with different weights of paper. For example if you're meeting with an editor you might want a heavier, pricier paper. But if you're snail mailing it and you know they will not return it, you may want to go with a lighter weight paper.
7- IF your dummy has bleeds like mine - take it home and trim off the bleed on 3 sides. Using some blue tape, a metal ruler and a razor.
8- Need to attach your dummy to your portfolio? No problem. I used a push pin to poke a hole about an inch from the bottom in the fold. Use a big eyed needle to attach embroidery thread/string/ribbon to your dummy.
|Dummies are attached to my portfolio with ribbon.|
FYI: my dummies are mainly made up of pencil sketches with 4 - 5 finished illustrations, including the cover.
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