From sketchbook to printed zine: the making-of Confined #3 and #4

From sketchbook to printed zine in 11 steps!

Two new issues of my diary comic zine Confined were just released (more info here) and I wanted to explain my process of making them so you might feel inspired to make your own zine!

Step 1: sketching the pages in my sketchbook

Step 2: inking all the images in my sketchbook

Step 3: scanning all the pages

(You can use an office scanner for this or a good camera).

Step 4: photoshopping (or gimping) the scanned images

-> making the black & white contrast stronger, removing any dust or other spots, and correcting mistakes

(No need to pay for an expensive Adobe Photoshop license, you can use open source software Gimp as well)

Step 5: using InDesign (or Scribus) to lay out the pages in the right order and make a pdf

(Again no need to pay for an expensive Adobe InDesign license, you can use open source software Scribus as well)

Step 6: print a test copy and proofread the zines

Step 7: correct all the mistakes in Photoshop/Gimp and InDesign/Scribus and make the final pdf

(If you want only a digital version, you can stop here, but for an actual zine on paper, please continue).

Step 8: go to a local copyshop and print the zines

(You can use your home printer too but copyshops are wayyyy cheaper. So unless you can scam office copies, I suggest you go on a copyshop adventure! To prepare for this, you can read my zines Same Heartbeats #10 and Same Heartbeats #15)

Step 9: fold the printed zines at home

(cheaper than paying the copyshop to do this for you and quite a calming activity if you don’t have to do them all at once)

Step 10: bind or tie the zines with yarn

(You can use f.e. staples, paperclips, or a sewing machine as well but I like to tie my zines with colourful yarn)

Step 11: finished! make publicity and send the zines to readers!


Buy the new Confined zines here. If you’re curious about the test prints of Confined #3 & 4, I’m selling 1 super rare copy in my webshop too! More info.

For sneak peeks of some of the pages of the new issues, take a look here.

For more zine-making tips, check my mini-zines! Of course everyone has their own way of making zines so you don’t have to follow any of my advice at all! Just go for it and do your own thing!

2 thoughts on “From sketchbook to printed zine: the making-of Confined #3 and #4

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  1. It’s really nice seeing a handy dandy how-to that includes all the steps without being a whole novel in length x)
    ALSO how have I never heard of Scribus before?? I’ve even read your open-source article but must have just skimmed by that bit. Downloaded it now and I can’t wait to play with it! I’ve been laying out my zines by making each page individually on paper and then scanning them together imposed. Which is fine but not always the cleanest way to do it haha.

    1. Thanks! šŸ™‚ Scribus is really amazing and I find it even just a bit more user-friendly than InDesign. I find it especially useful if your zines are a combination of hand-made/analog and digital (like if you want to add some text without having to print/write and scan it). But even for completely analog-made zines it’s easy to make a pdf of the entire booklet and take that pdf to the copy shop instead of the very precious and delicate original. šŸ™‚

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