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Prepare Comic eBooks with Kindle Create

When you import your comic PDF or JPEG files into Kindle Create, your file is converted to a comic eBook and you can add Guided View panels. After installation, you can launch Kindle Create by choosing Windows key > Amazon > Kindle Create (Windows) or Launchpad > Kindle Create (Mac).



What is Guided View?



Guided View allows readers to view a comic on a panel-by-panel basis in a way that mimics the natural motion of the user's eye through the comic. Suitable for mobile devices, Guided View animates panel-to-panel movement with each swipe to give a clear indication of how the story progresses across each page. Guided View features include:

  • A guided panel-by-panel reading experience using the panel order set by the publisher
  • Panels magnified to full-screen size and centered
  • Custom masking colors around each panel when magnified


Create a comic from a PDF or JPEG



To create a new comic from a PDF or sequential JPEG images:

  1. On the Kindle Create launch screen, click the Create New button. You can also launch a new project by choosing File > New Project or using the shortcut CTRL + N (CMD + N for Mac users). The Choose File dialog box is displayed. Click the Comics option.
  2. Click the Choose File button, navigate to the PDF on your local hard drive, choose the file, and click Open. You can also choose the JPEG option and select sequential JPEG images.
  3. Your comic is imported and displayed in Kindle Create.


  4. Note: If you get an error message while importing the file, see troubleshooting tips.

  5. Choose File > Save Project to save your imported eBook. The Save dialog box opens. Navigate to the location on your computer where you want to save the file. Enter the File name. Click Save.


Edit your eBook with the KCB file

When you click Save, Kindle Create stores your book’s KCB file and other resources in the folder you specify. Amazon recommends saving and backing up this KCB file, which is required for any future updates to your book. You can resume a previously saved project by choosing the relevant KCB file from the Recents column, or fromFile > Open Recent.

When you click Publish, Kindle Create produces a publishable file (KPF) that you can submit to KDP. The KPF file is only used for publishing. The KCB file is used for updates.


Facing Pages and Single Pages

When creating a comic, you can choose your page type. This determines whether you'd like readers to read your book with Facing Pages or Single Pages in landscape orientation on enabled devices .
  • Facing pages. Shows pages side-by-side when reading in landscape orientation, but shows as single pages in portrait orientation.
  • Single pages. Shows pages individually in both landscape and portrait orientation. Pages that are wider (width greater than 1.125 times the height) are usually marked as single pages to create the best reading experience.

To set your page type for an individual page:
  1. Go to the Page Attributes panel in Kindle Create.
  2. Under Page Type, choose Single Page or Facing Page.

To apply this setting for all your pages:
  1. Go to Edit.
  2. Navigate to Page Type.
  3. Click Set All as Facing Pages or Set All as Single Pages.


Facing Pages
Single Pages



If you create your comic with Facing pages, the pages will show up side-by-side in the thumbnail view on the left navigation panel in Kindle Create. You can change this by clicking on the thumbnail and going to the page properties section.




Add Guided View panels to your eBook



You can create Guided View panels for your books. These panels can be added automatically or manually.

Automatic panel detection:

Kindle Create can detect panels in your book and assign mask colors to them automatically.

To create panels automatically:

  1. Go to Edit.
  2. Click Panels.
  3. Select Auto-detect Panels for all pages or the selected page.

You can also go to the Page Attributes panel in Kindle Create and click the Auto-detect button.

See the Modifying a Guided View panel section below to learn how to change mask colors and opacity.

Automatic panel detection doesn't always detect panels on a page. This works well when panels do not touch and the panel's borders can be distinguished clearly from its background color.


Note: Kindle Create uses default settings for panel padding, mask color detection, and opacity when running automatic panel detection. You can change these settings by clicking Set Padding, Mask Color & Opacity.




Manual panel detection:

To create panels manually:

  • Click the Add button and drag the cursor across the area you want to magnify.





Modifying a Guided View panel

  • To modify a panel, click the entry in the Page Attributes panel to reveal the details:
    • Adjust Width and Height to change the size of the panel.
    • Adjust Left and Right to change the position of the panel.
    • Use Mask to change the mask color around the panel.
    • Use Opacity to change the transparency of the panel.
    • To delete the panel, click the trashcan.
  • To change the mask color and opacity of all the panels on a page, click Reset Mask.
  • To change the order in which the customer will read the panels, drag the entries in the Page Attributes panel.
  • Continue adding Guided View panels to the parts of your book that should be magnified.
  • To save your work, click File > Save Project.

 


Clearing Guided View Panels

You can use the clear panels feature to remove panels from a page or the entire book.

To clear panels:

  1. Go to Edit.
  2. Click on Panels.
  3. Select Clear Panels for all pages or the selected page.

You could also go to the Page Attributes panel in Kindle Create and click the Clear All button.


Insert pages

To insert a page (JPEG images and PDF files are supported):

  1. Go to the Pages panel in Kindle Create
  2. Right-click the page where you want to insert a page.
  3. Click Insert page(s) in the menu that appears. The new page will appear after the page you right-clicked.


Add a Table of Contents

To add a table of contents (TOC):

  1. Select the page where you’d like to start the table of contents.
  2. Go to the Page Attributes panel in Kindle Create.
  3. Check the box labeled Include in Table of Contents.
  4. Add the title of the section. Titles have a limit of 100 characters.


Replace pages

To replace a page (JPEG images are supported):

  1. Go to the Pages panel in Kindle Create.
  2. Select the page(s) you want to replace and right-click on them.
  3. Click Replace selected page(s) in the menu that appears.
  4. Navigate to the JPEG on your local hard drive. Choose the file and click Open. The new page will appear replacing the page(s) you right-.


Note: When you replace a page, you can also apply the panels you had on the previous page. However, panels can’t be retained if you are replacing multiple pages. If you get an error message while importing the file, see our troubleshooting tips.

 


Rearrange pages

The order of pages can be changed by dragging and dropping pages to their new .

 


Delete a page

Go to the Pages panel in Kindle Create and right-click the page you want to delete. Click Delete selected page in the menu that appears.


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