Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Paperback novel part lll

Thought I'd left ya with a half cooked book didn't ya?  Soooo, after you have squashed the book you need to apply several more layers of glue.  The first several should be applied while the book is still in the squashed position.  A paint brush is good for this.  From the squashed angle it can get at the edges more easily that the special tool.  Once you have a few on you can upright the book again and apply two or three thick layers (with the special tool).  It can take a day or so for the thick layers to dry.  Just let them do their thing.  When you are finished it should look like the picture.  A nice thick layer which will give the pages the support they deserve.

You are now ready to apply the new spine art that this time you did not need Photoshop for, but rather just a word processing program from the competition.  You know the one I mean.  It does this kind of simple design quite nicely.  Though I prefer to scan the original spine in if I can, it was in this case a wreck and I had to improvise.  As I said in part 1, remember to keep the original call number tag if you are doing this for a library.

Remember to apply the new spine first and then the call number tag. Or you will never find the silly thing again, that's if its shelved in the right place in the first place.  And you guessed it, you put more glue on the spine and then put the spine on top.  Clever you.  Print your spine from a lazer printer.  Ink jet blends with the wet glue and looks less than professional.

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