How to Make a Zine




Introduction: How to Make a Zine

i will teach you you how to make a quarter page sized zine that is sixteen pages long.

Step 1: What You Will Need

here is what i use to start making my zine.a few sheets of 8.5x11 paper, my content for the zine sized to fit one fourth of the letter size paper, glue stick, and scissors. i also have a pen handy, too, so i can add to the pages if needed. Other things you might need that I did not picture: cello tape, pens, markers.

Step 2: Fold Your Pages

fold the blank letter pages in quarters. this is the size of the zine.

Step 3: Your Pages

unfold them and put them together. i find this is the best way to work on them.

Step 4: Pagination

this shows how the zine is layed out. i start with the cover, then the reverse of that is page 1, below the cover os page 2, reverse of that is page 3... (see step 5 to lear more). your center is pages 7 and 8.

Step 5: Pagination Some More

this is the reverse sides of step 4. notice the page numbers and how they go. sometimes i write this lightly in pencil on the pages, this also helps out when you assemble your zine.

Step 6: Adding Content

cut out all your zine content. i like to make it a little smaller than the actual page size so there aren't any things that get lost when it is copied. a good rule is stay .25 in from all edges for no bleed.

i like to put all my pages in order of how they will appear in my zine. sometimes i even place the facing pages together so i can get a feel of how they will look together and flow for the reader.

Step 7: Glue in Your Pages

now that your pages are in the order you would like, take the time to glue them in place. sometimes i like to draw on the pages here, too, or draw and glue other art, put stickers, or rubber stamps. "pimp it" as they say...

notice the cover and back cover are together, as shown earlier.

Step 8: Inside Pages

here is the inside pages of the zine. notice the first page seen is page 1 (the reverse of this is the cover) and so on.

now is the time to take your zine to get copied! i will not show you that part, though.

Step 9: Copy

now that you have your copies, please cut the paper in half as shown here. this is how you put your zine together.

i like to lay it out like shown in step 7. starting with the cover, i make an assembly line. each page goes under the cover page, as shown with the arrows.

fold it in half and check your pagination - are your pages in the correct order? i hope so!!

Step 10: Cut, Fold, Staple

cut, fold, and staple your zine in the center.

hooray! you have a zine!

Step 11: Tombstone Shaped Zine

now that you understand how to make a quarter page sized zine, we can move on to making a smaller sized zine form a single sheet of letter size paper.

this is how to make a tombstone shaped zine. the final size is approximately 3 inches wide and 5.5 inches tall. i will move faster in this tutorial because the set up is similar to the steps i just showed you, but a little trickier.

first, fold the paper into quarters and then in half width-wise. this wil give you your basic shape and template. use the photo as a guide of how to place the pages. once again, it helps to use a pencil and mark the pages. i have marked the pagination in red in the photo.

since this is a tombstone-shaped zine, notice there is a dotted cut line as a guide on most of the pages. it is also set up with the bottoms of the pages meeting in the center of the layout. this will make it easier to cut the shape in the end. be careful to leave a little space when laying out the pages so as not to cut off any text or art.

Step 12: Inside Pages

this is the reverse side of your paper in step 1. notice how page 1 is on the reverse of the cover, page 3 is on the reverse of page 2, and so on. look at pages 7 and 8, that is the centerfold. they are upside down.

Step 13: Final Step

copy your zine and then you are ready to assemble the pages. since the paper shifts during the copying, i cut the tombstone shape before i stapled the zine, then i cut out the pages and stapled them together.

there you have a tombstone-shaped zine!

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    Kante Tech
    Kante Tech

    12 years ago on Introduction

     you got that from a book called lunch money by andrew clements


    15 years ago on Introduction

    I like the experimentation with the standard format. You did one-offs, and quarterpage style. Any more?