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Zines: Zines from home

Zines in the Time of Quarantine

On this page you will find information on how to scan and upload your paper zine from home, as well as some ideas for making a paperless zine. There are several organizations that are encouraging the making and archiving of zine diaries documenting our COVID-19 experiences. While making and sharing zines might be more challenging right now, it's also a great time for us to express ourselves through the unique medium of zines. 

How to digitize your Zine

Many of us don't have our own scanners at home. That's okay! There are several phone camera scanners apps that can do the job for you. Some good camera scanner options: 

  • Adobe Scan.
  • Google Drive Scanner.
  • Office Lens.

How to make a paper-free zine

If you don't use paper, is it still a zine? Decide for yourself! There are many ways you could approach making a born-digital zine. You may want to start with some copyright free images. As with any project where you are utilizing images you did not create, it's always best to see if the image requires attribution

Next, you may want to make a collage of your images and text. You could do this in a program such as Microsoft Word, and convert your zine to PDF once it is complete. There are also several programs that allow you to make digital collages. 

  • Canva (has a free version. Pay for premium) 
  • PicMonkey (paid) 
  • Adobe Photoshop or InDesign (paid) 

Finally, you can upload your Zine to the web. You could upload you file as a PDF, or a series of image files. There are also a couple of programs that allow you to create a flipbook from your files. These include: 

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