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picturewriter

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Picture Book Artwork Size Question
Posted: Jun 25, 2012 6:29 AM
 
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Just starting to create drawn artwork for a picture book that is intended for Kindle Fire - most likely fixed format. The physical color artwork will be done in a horizontal format on 8.5"x11" paper. The primary question at this early stage is what aspect ratio would be ideal to maximize for Kindle Fire. The screen is apparently 1024x600 pixels, so would it be safe to make artwork approx. 10.25" x 6" ?
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Re: Picture Book Artwork Size Question
Posted: Jun 25, 2012 6:45 AM   in response to: picturewriter in response to: picturewriter
 
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I would create a 1024 X 600 Blank white JPEG using paint and then use that as a canvas for your final art work!

keep the 1024x600 ratio so theere will be no distortion

if you try to squash an 8X10 landscape image to 10.24X6 you may have distortions!

Here is a canvas:

JT

;)

It really is there!

I added one with a border to define it!

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Re: Picture Book Artwork Size Question
Posted: Jun 25, 2012 6:53 AM   in response to: jtbigtoad in response to: jtbigtoad
 
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Thank you for the reply. Just to be clear, there will be no 8x10 to squash. The artwork will be hand drawn on paper then scanned later, and can be any size up to about 10.5" wide.

Just printed your canvas, thanks a lot!

So, the assumption that using a 1024x600 aspect ratio is ideal in this situation, yes?
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Re: Picture Book Artwork Size Question
Posted: Jun 25, 2012 10:02 AM   in response to: picturewriter in response to: picturewriter
 
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Thank you for the reply. Just to be clear, there
will be no 8x10 to squash. The artwork will be hand
drawn on paper then scanned later, and can be any
size up to about 10.5" wide.

Just printed your canvas, thanks a lot!

So, the assumption that using a 1024x600 aspect ratio
is ideal in this situation, yes?


A fixed-layout book with page size of 1024x600 (approx. 1.70:1) will fill the Kindle Fire screen edge to edge without letterboxing. Something to keep in mind is that fixed-layout books can be read on other readers (currently Android, iPad, and Kindle Cloud Reader) that may not share this same aspect ratio. When viewing the book on those devices it will appear letterboxed in white.

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Re: Picture Book Artwork Size Question
Posted: Jun 25, 2012 10:37 AM   in response to: mrlasers in response to: mrlasers
 
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Very much appreciated. The thinking is that the book would be primarily designed for Kindle Fire. Other larger devices might letterbox the pages, but the overall size would be at least that of Kindle Fire (over 6 inches wide). The book probably would not read well on devices with a landscape screen width of less than 6" anyway.
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Re: Picture Book Artwork Size Question
Posted: Jun 26, 2012 9:11 AM   in response to: jtbigtoad in response to: jtbigtoad
 
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Thank you so much for your help. I am a bit confused though. The canvas that you sent when I open it in Photoshop to Image Size shows
1024 x 600 x 96 which measures 10.667 x 6.25 inches. You also mention "if you try to sqaush an 8 x 10 lanscape image to 10.24 x 6..."
which leads me to believe that the size in inches (for the purpose of
laying it out in MS Word) would be 10.24 x 6...not 10.667 x 6.25. Please
clarify. It is very important to me to know how to convert from resolution
to MS Word Document size...our book is all images. Thank You!
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Re: Picture Book Artwork Size Question
Posted: Jun 26, 2012 9:54 AM   in response to: shiningthelight in response to: shiningthelight
 
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Thank you so much for your help. I am a bit confused
though. The canvas that you sent when I open it in
Photoshop to Image Size shows
1024 x 600 x 96 which measures 10.667 x 6.25 inches.
You also mention "if you try to sqaush an 8 x 10
lanscape image to 10.24 x 6..."
hich leads me to believe that the size in inches (for
the purpose of
laying it out in MS Word) would be 10.24 x 6...not
10.667 x 6.25. Please
clarify. It is very important to me to know how to
convert from resolution
to MS Word Document size...our book is all images.
Thank You!

You won't be able to produce a fixed-layout book with Microsoft Word. It will be necessary to produce each "screen" of content as a separate HTML page and then prepare, at a minimum, the OPF XML file that describes the structure of the publication.

Even if you decide to go with a reflowable format that includes your images I would recommend working directly in HTML for a book that is entirely images. This prevents the resizing that can occur with Word and isn't actually any more difficult.

Something like this should work minimally for that task:

<html>
<head>
<title>Your book title (optional)</title>
<style type='text/css'>
div.illus {
width:100%;
text-align:center;
/* uncomment the next line if you want to force page breaks after each page,
though page breaks will occur automatically for "full page" portrait-oriented images */
/* page-break-after:always; */
}
</style>
<body>

<!-- repeat this line for each "page" in the book -->
<div class='illus'><img src='image01.jpg'/></div>

</body></html>

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shiningthelight

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Re: Picture Book Artwork Size Question
Posted: Jun 26, 2012 10:42 AM   in response to: mrlasers in response to: mrlasers
 
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Thank you for your quick response. I don't write code...but I do have
Front Page 2003 that I can create html pages in. So then I would just
set up the page for 600 x 1024 and lay out each page with the image centered. (I'm obviously very new to all of this and am trying to teach myself how to do this.) Thanks.
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