How to compile with your own cover in Scrivener

I have decided to make a digital version of my commonplace book. The first thing I did was to make a cover for it in Scrivener. If you also want to learn how to compile with your own cover in Scrivener, watch the video below.

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How to compile PDF with your own cover in Scrivener – step by step

    • First, have your image ready and import it to your Scrivener document. I made a folder and called it front matter, as Scrivener does in one of the project templates, and uploaded the image directly to this folder.
    • In Scrivener, go to file and click compile at the bottom. Then in the pop-up box choose compile for PDF.
    • Finally, in the same box, click the image icon in the upper right corner and choose your image from the selection. Now you are ready to compile. The document will show as a PDF with your selected cover on it.

Altogether, Scrivener will work well as a home for my commonplace book. The first entry I made was a paragraph from the fiction book The left hand of darkness by Ursula K. Le Guin.

However, I still have to figure out how I want to set it up. For now, I made a folder for the book I am reading and put a new text for quotes, text passages, and ideas from that book in the folder. In order to write down habits and schedules, which is a passion of mine, I also made a template for author info.

The next thing I will look into is how to make the most of the labeling option, search function, and collections. In any case, I am looking forward to seeing what this scrapbook of words will look like over time. As a beginning, it has a nice cover.

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