ZineLab Tools and Tips 1

A collection of useful tips and tricks for users on the ZineLab platform. We’ll go over some good ways to publish a nice polished zine. Learn about best ways to use images, color and all the assets that go along with some of the basic zine components.

Publishing a Zine
Design & Media

Finding & Formatting Article Images

Tips for finding and formatting the images you use in your zine, for best results.

When adding zine info its important to decide which template you want to display your zine. Everything you add will be formatted into the template, which is what the users will see. The best way to test different options is to change the template in “Issue Details” and view your published zine. In this zine the next 3 articles will give an overview of each one. It’s important to preview your zine, to make sure your content works well within the zine. Your long form content may work better in the “Cards” template for example, or focusing on a specific component like “Video” you may choose “Windows” template. But this is very subjective and completely changeable at any time. One thing to keep in mind is that your template will look different on smaller devices (mobile phones and tablets). Since the templates are formatted to work well on smaller zines as well, the layout and functionality will change to work best on any device.

Using the Scratchpad

Save notes in your zine for organization and drafts about anything, with easy access.

The scratchpad is your notepad for content you want to save, while making your zine. Copy and paste text, organize your thoughts and save them with your zine to organize your information. This is usually a good place to write articles, or store articles before pasting them into your articles section. None of the information displayed here is actually displayed in your zine, so it can contain as much text as you’d like. Its a convenient place to store notes about changes and updates as well, for things you want to add or change.

Zine Colours, Icons & Toggles

Ways to stylize and toggle on and off your content, to make it stand out.

In some zine components you can add a highlight color to stylize just a small section of it. This adds the ability to factor in brand colours, or just nice styling. There’s many tools for building a color scheme if you don’t already have one. One is called coolors which will be linked below. You can pick a nice color and build a palette around it. You can use a different color for each article, and small highlighted sections for some of the other basic components. Icons can be added to article sections, to help illustrate the content of your article. Pick a strong, darker color to make your icons stand out. Pick from hundreds of different icons, covering a wide range of topics. Toggles exist on the editor for many zine sections. Use this to hide a section if you don’t want it to show up in your zine. This will allow you to only display zine components you have toggled on. The final result is a zine that is built the way you want it, with plenty of options.

Using the Photo Gallery, Video and Map

Going over some of the other basic components, like image gallery, Youtube video and map location.

The photo gallery component allows you to include up to 6 images in your zine. It works great on phones, tablets and bigger screens. You can also add a description below the image. Try to keep the description short, and to the point. One great use case for this gallery is to include images of things you discuss in articles, or other components. Or just have the gallery be a standalone component, with its own story. The video component will house any Youtube video, with a nice title and description to go along with it. You can really add a level of engagement here, if your video is relevant. There is a lot of possibilities mixing and matching components in your zine, and one good use case would be to have all your content drive engagement to this video. But this is up to you how to build your zine. The map component will display a map based on a location you enter into the editor. Be sure to use the auto fill forms that come up with Google search results as you type. This will allow you to connect it to Google Maps, which is how we display the maps. You can also add in text for a title and description here, with the address being prominently displayed.

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