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Book Tutorial pg 2 by Swashbookler Book Tutorial pg 2 by Swashbookler
4/12/2016 EDIT: Finally updated the method to be much better.

9/24/2012 EDIT : be careful when you use this page it's grossly out of date and I've not had time to update it but I plan on doing so later.

EDIT: Because I updated the first page I had to update one step on this. Thar you go.

Discovered I had one step missing so I made an adjustment in the written instructions on the fifth step.

don't forget page 1- warrioronlydude.deviantart.com…
*Collapses on keyboard*
Gasp! I did all those images on Photoshop with just a regular old mouse. Not fun! Any who here is a fulfillment for a request on "How did you make the giant pirate book." Well, that would take too much time just to tell how to bind the book so I just wrote the basics which could be applied to any size book with any material. So here is and enjoy the knowledge. This technique is my own from which I derived after many years of searching for a good tutorial myself. So I guess you could say this is a combination of many tutorials and many trial’s and errors on my part. This is page two of two cause the file was too huge for Deviant art.
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EverApril Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2017
Thank you Thank you Thank you Thank you Thank you Thank you Thank you Thank you Thank you Thank you Thank you Thank you Thank you Thank you Thank you Thank you

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Swashbookler Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
You are very welcome!
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Lupana Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
Would this work if you didn't use signatures? Because I'd like to turn my printed novel manuscript into a hardcover book, but I'm not sure how one would go about making signatures anyway with already printed paper...
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Swashbookler Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Depends on how you printed it, if its one sided portrait oriented, yes, its not too hard. If you attempted signatures but had no idea what you're doing, no it wouldn't work, all the pages would be out of order.
Microsoft Word has a function in the "document settings" or "page set up" that allows you to determine signatures and it'll print it properly but if your printer hickups and jams you'd have to start all over. Stupid cheep hp printers X(
But if you went with the first option the easiest way to bind that would be an oriental style binding. OR What you would do is punch holes along the spine like....maybe 1/4 inch from the edge and then sew those into signatures but you'd want to do it so the string lines the edge not on the face. Then you could sew those signatures together and go from there.
That would make for a 8 1/2 X 11 sized book.
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Lupana Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
I had no idea Microsoft Word had a setting for that! *mindblown* I was actually able to use that and it made nice signatures :) Thanks for the advice!
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Swashbookler Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Yay! Glad it worked! Took me forever to figure that one out on my own!
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zgrayfoxz Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2011
wow is good to know this kind of usefull skill i really need it right now this is so cool ty so much :iconlolololololplz:
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Swashbookler Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Yw
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deviant-Eunice Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2011
Thank you! :dance:
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Swashbookler Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Welcome
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Dievalkyrie-99 Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
I REALLY appreciate you posting this! - I can see the work it took to get all the graphics... but it's such a huge help!

(I's making doll scale steampunk books... I NEEDED the help! *grin*)

Thank you again!!
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Swashbookler Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
You're more than welcome. Let me know how it works for you.
This version is more intended to be for those with little resources rather than people wanting to go professional. Let me know if there are any parts that are unclear.
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SuicidalMarshmellow Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2011
I also tried it, and it seemed to turn out well, I only made an A6 one, thank you for bearing in mind us teens with not much money ^^

I shall post a pic soon and hopefully remember to show you after I link it to this tutorial :)
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Swashbookler Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Sweet! Yeah, show me when you post it.
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SuicidalMarshmellow Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2011
Aha, will do! (If I ever get round to it =/)
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Swashbookler Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
That, my friend is the question.
Incrementalize. It helps......hey, that's not a word? what a lame spell checker.
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SuicidalMarshmellow Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2011
Indeed it is :)

Aha xD What was the word you were looking for? (...as for spelling, Im sooo bad at it XD)
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Swashbookler Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
That's the word I wanted but my spell check said it wasn't a word. Lame!
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SuicidalMarshmellow Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2011
Haha, very lame indeed :L

-googles word- xD
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jst4thedeAd Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2010  Professional
Awesome tutorial =D
Might attempt this for my design portfolio at the end of the year
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Swashbookler Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
I'm eventually going to update the sewing meathod with the ERAL technique but haven't had much time. If you type in "kettle stitch " into youtube you get some fantastic tutorials.
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Cofie Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank your fot this tutorial! :)
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Swashbookler Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
:bow: you're quite welcome
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Reokii Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2009
Thanks for the tutorial!
It was really easy to follow =)
I just finished making one:dance:
But instead of using the white glue I used the dollar store glue gun.
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Swashbookler Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Hey, glue is glue, whether made of pine sap, horses, or polyurithane.
How'd it turn out? Did you post a pic?
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Reokii Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2009
It turned out okay. =) [link]
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Swashbookler Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Turned out great I say, good work mate!
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Reokii Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2009
Thanks =)
Couldn't have done it without your easy step by step tutorial =D
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Swashbookler Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
:bow: You're more than welcome. You're the first to tell me that the tutorial even worked.
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Rh-rhat Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2009
Thanks for making this! I've been searching for a good tutorial on how to make books, but I haven't really been able to understand the other ones until I saw this one. :)
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Swashbookler Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
You're welcome, I just hope it works well enough.
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princessofheartbreak Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2009
What can you do if you do not own spray glue?
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Swashbookler Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Instead of putting the glue directly on the fabric, take what ever glue you do have and put it on the carboard and spread it very evenly and thinly especially if you are using fabric or thin paper for the cover or it will seap through.
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princessofheartbreak Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2009
Okay thank you
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Whitefirekitsune Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2008
I've been wanting to bind some old books of mine for a while. My question to you is, where did you find the cardboard? The pressed kind. Did you really rip up an old binder? or did you buy it somewhere?
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Swashbookler Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
I found out that Bristol board works pretty well but the best card board is the stuff out of worn out binders but boy its a bugger to cut since it's so hard. I also work at a shoe store so I collect the lids from Airwalk Boxes because those have pretty hard carboard. The thing is, depending on the size of your book depends on the thickness of your cardboard, tiny books really don't need really hard cardboard So basically anything goes for small books. For my humungus book I used masonite, that really hard particle board stuff. I HATE IT! but it got the job done.
Are you binding antique books... or what kind of books are you binding?
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Whitefirekitsune Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2008
a bunch of super out of date paperbacks. I got the binding technique down, but I'm unsure of where to obtain the hard stuff. (shamefully says the girl who worked at a crafts store for a whole year)
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Swashbookler Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
Ah yes, the good ol' paper backs.
If they aren't really heavy or huge, good old fashioned box cardboard would probably do just so long as you don't bend it in the cutting process.

Suggestion for if the pages are falling out and the cover is non exsistant:

If the pages are just glued together sewing probably wouldn't be an option so what you could do is just glue it again but add a strip of fabric on the bind to reinforce it and that would help it stay together even through bending. It drove me crazy through school as a kid when the pages started falling our of my paperbacks. But I didn't know how to fix them back then other than oozing glue in the cracks which usually worked okay but since I lacked control over the glue the pages ended up sticking together.
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AgnesPterry Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2008
Sweet. :-D Thank you for the tutorial!

So in your opinion, then, a special glue is not needed for the binding other than Elmer's? I have seen everything from flexible cement glue to specially made paste, so I am curious. I have made about 5 books though, and I think for all of the binding I used Elmer's glue as well. (Just don't have access to fancy stuff, here.)
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Swashbookler Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
Elmers worked for me. But recently I've become fond of Aleene's Tacky glue just cause it's freakin strong and dries faster. But I've even used Elmers to repair books namely a 100 year old girls magazine bound in a huge book.
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AgnesPterry Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2008
Okay, cool! I'm pretty sure that I have seen that at good old Wally-mart. :-) (yay, Super Wall-mart craft section!) And drying faster is good. :-D
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Swashbookler Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
Yeah, it's flexable too so that's a plus.
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The-Raven-Hunter Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2008
I have been looking for a long time to find a really easy to understand tutorial for a basic book binding method. THANK YOU SO MUCH! :) This will be such a help for me when I start working on book binding projects I've had in mind.
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ShakumaxSatoshi Featured By Owner May 12, 2008  Student Traditional Artist
It seems quite odd that just when I was going to go looking for instructions like these - I find your tutorial. Thank you for posting this!
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Swashbookler Featured By Owner May 12, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
You're welcome :)
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