Cover mounting tutorial - How to make your books look nicer

DavidSpofforth
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1:19 PM - May 09, 2006 #1

You may have noticed that I stick reproductions of covers onto my bound volumes. As promised, here's the step-by-step guide:

1) Scan your comic cover at about 300dpi.



I have discovered, through bitter experience, that it is a good idea to remember to do this BEFORE you get it bound into a volume!

2) I then clean up any cover defects in a paint program. I use Photoshop for this:



Now it looks nice and new. A lot of problems can be solved by adjusting the levels so that parts of the cover that are supposed to be white really are white and ditto for the blacks.

I adjust the size of the cover to approximately 10x15 cm (roughly 2/3 actual size)



3) Now you can get your books bound. This is my collection of the first 16 issues of Luke Cage: Hero for Hire, including Amazing Spiderman 123.



4) Print your cover onto nice glossy inkjet photo paper. Here, I'm printing 5 covers at a time onto an A3 sheet. (Yes, that is Teen Tony there on one of the other covers.)



5) Trim the edges neatly.



6) Get yourself some spray mount from a craft shop and some gold ribbon from a gift shop (In the UK I get mine from Clintons for 50p a roll).



Now go next to an open window for the glueing or you'll go to bed with a migraine.

7) Spray the back of the cover with spray mount.



8) Place it onto the cover of your book. The beauty of spray mount is that it is instant dry and doesn't spurt out of the sides when you press the cover down.



9) Now take your ribbon and cut the end at a 45 degree angle.



10) Measure out a strip of ribbon across each edge of the cover and mark it to cut a 45 degree angle at the other end.



11) Place the four strips of ribbon down on a newspaper ready for spraying. These ribbons are very curly - you'll probably need to stick them down with blue-tac or some such (as shown).



12) Spray the backs of the ribbon (you can get away with spraying two bits of ribbon at a time)



13) Carefully stick the ribbon onto your book against the edge of the cover. Another good thing about spray mount is that you can push the ribbon about a few millimetres as you get it into the right place.



14) Repeat with the other three edges. The 45 degree edges to the ribbons should match up nicely to form neat corners.



15) And there's the finished book.



Round of applause and go and show it off to the wife who will pretend that she's very impressed.
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SamyMerchi
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1:22 PM - May 09, 2006 #2

I *am* impressed. I'd never bother doing all that myself. That's what I pay people for.

But seriously, that's awesome that you personally hand-craft part of your books. That puts a whole different level of ownership into the project.--
I make comics!
Retroactive Comics - old school superheroes, old school stories! No gritty, no trenchcoats, no decompression!
First issue aiming for late 2006.
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HighlandRay
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1:24 PM - May 09, 2006 #3

I'm impressed and I'm not your wife.
Too old to die young
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DavidSpofforth
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1:32 PM - May 09, 2006 #4

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I'm impressed and I'm not your wife
No, but you've still got cute knees.
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HighlandRay
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1:48 PM - May 09, 2006 #5

I know.
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SamyMerchi
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1:58 PM - May 09, 2006 #6

Stop flirting.--
I make comics!
Retroactive Comics - old school superheroes, old school stories! No gritty, no trenchcoats, no decompression!
First issue aiming for late 2006.
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2:16 PM - May 09, 2006 #7

I'm seriously impressed by this, you make it look so easy, David. Now I just need to invest in a really good printer...
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DavidSpofforth
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2:27 PM - May 09, 2006 #8

To be honest Gary, you don't need a particularly good printer for this.

These days any sub 50 quid inkjet printer will get you perfect results for printing little comic covers.

The trick is buying nice quality printer paper. I use Ryman's Photo Gloss (140gsm)
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HighlandRay
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7:11 PM - May 09, 2006 #9

This thread should be given a sticky.
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binarysunrise
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8:46 PM - May 09, 2006 #10

Question. How do these hold up?
My concerns would be that either a) the glue would be less strong over time, or b) pulling a book off the shelf might leave behind the ribbon border
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1:47 AM - May 10, 2006 #11

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This thread should be given a sticky.
By using some spray mount from a craft shop...
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DavidSpofforth
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2:53 AM - May 10, 2006 #12

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Question. How do these hold up?
The earliest ones I've done have been holding up for about a year, so far.
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12:11 PM - May 10, 2006 #13

ray beat me to it. i second the sticky idea. thanks david for all of the great information.
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12:26 PM - May 10, 2006 #14

Agreed and done.

*stickys*
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is watching.

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1:35 PM - May 10, 2006 #15

Good to see this handy tutorial stickied.

Not to have too many stickies, I supposed the "Deadly Hands" thread could now be unstickied to make way for this one...
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DavidSpofforth
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3:16 PM - May 10, 2006 #16

Yay - "sticky" fame at last!

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1:05 AM - May 11, 2006 #17

david,

i just realized another great thing about this thread. you are using a mac!!!
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HighlandRay
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1:36 AM - May 11, 2006 #18

Please do not unsticky Deadly Hands.
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11:36 AM - May 12, 2006 #19

Hey David,

Have you ever thought of adding the gold borders to the scanned image via the photoshop..? That way you could chose your own size and perhaps add some design to the borders...
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DavidSpofforth
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1:06 PM - May 12, 2006 #20

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thought of adding the gold borders to the scanned image via the photoshop..?
Problem is that it wouldn't be the same gleaming metallic gold that you get with the ribbons. The best you'd get from an inkjet printer would be a dull orangy yellow border.
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