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Adding Images in Scrivener 3

Scrivener was conceived as drafting software—and that’s still where it truly excels—but along the way it’s become a one-stop shop for writing and publishing a book. That includes the ability to add images to your project.

Whether for scene breaks, chapter headings, illustrative figures within a section, book covers, or just a reference to a character or setting’s appearance, here’s a rundown of how to work with images in Scrivener 3.

Also—spoiler alert—my ultimate goal is to convert you to a user of image placeholder tags, but read on for all of your options.

Getting Images into a Project File

In most cases, it’ll be easier to work with an image if you import it to your project first. There are exceptions, which I’ll mention where appropriate.

You also might want to store an image file in your project even if you never plan to insert it into your manuscript. For example, character or location images. And an ebook cover image must be stored in the project in order to include it when you compile.

The supported file types are JPG/JPEG, PNG, and PDF.

NOTE: Importing an image makes a copy of it, so there is no link between the original and the one in your project. Later I’ll discuss how to use linked images.

Here are your options for importing an image:

Compile Webinars are this week

If you want in on the Scrivener 3 Compile Ready webinar, sign up now. The Mac session is on Wednesday (11 Jan 2023), and Windows is on Thursday (12 Jan 2023).

MAC | WINDOWS

If you can’t attend live—or want to watch again—the replay will be available through 31 March 2023.

Compile Ready is right for you if you need to know how to get your work out of Scrivener in a professional format for agents, editors, critique partners, or retailers.

This webinar will teach you to create professionally formatted files for agents, editors, readers, and retailers.

Give me 90 minutes and I’ll give you the tools you need to:

• Select what gets compiled

• Format the output

• Create a DOCX

• Create an EPUB 

• Create a PDF for print-on-demand

• Troubleshoot common issues, like chapter headings, hashtags, epilogues

• Use images for scene breaks and in chapter headings

• And more!

MAC | WINDOWS

My only intermediate Scrivener course

Have you been looking for a Scrivener class that covers all the fun features like color coding, using the Corkboard, tracking versions, adding comments, and more?

Then next week’s webinar is for you!

The Scrivener 3 Next-Level webinar is my only intermediate-level course. In it, you’ll learn how to:

  • Format your documents
  • View files side by side (great for research!)
  • Block out distractions
  • Mark specific text for follow-up
  • Store links to web pages and files
  • Color code your documents
  • Customize file icons
  • Track word count & set deadlines
  • Split & merge documents
  • Use Styles
  • Store versions of documents
  • Customize the toolbar
  • Save frequently used searches as Collections
  • Create your own project templates
  • Set up a series bible
  • Compile a DOCX

Sound good? Click one of the buttons below to sign up now.

I’ve decided to leave the replay up through the end of 2022, so if you can’t attend live, no worries!

Need more details?

WHAT: Scrivener 3 Next-Level ($99)

WHEN: December 7th (Mac) or December 8th (Windows) at 10am PST

WHERE: Zoom (video replay and handout included)

The live class will run about 90 minutes and will include an opportunity to ask questions. (If you can’t attend live, you can submit your question ahead of time.)

If you’re looking for a gift for yourself this holiday season, consider leveling up your Scrivener skills. 🙂

Jump-Start Webinars are this week

QUICK REMINDER: If you wanted in on the Scrivener 3 Jump-Start webinar, sign up now. The Mac session is on Wednesday, and Windows is on Thursday!

Remember, if you can’t make it live, the replay will be available for 14 days after the event.

The Jump-Start is right for you if you’re still struggling to wrap your head around Scrivener, you’re using it—but aren’t very confident—or you feel like maybe you missed the key basics along the way.

Click a button above to learn more or sign up today. I hope to see you Wednesday or Thursday!

New Scrivener webinars

Exciting news! Over the next few months I’m launching a series of webinars to help you get better at Scrivener.

Each one is designed to take you from confused to comfortable—or comfortable to super-user, if that’s more your speed—in about an hour.

There’s no third-party group to join or give your information to; it’s just me.

Here’s the lineup:

Scrivener 3 for Mac

  • Jump-Start, Wednesday, November 16, 10am PT
  • Next-Level, Wednesday, December 7, 10am PT
  • Compile Ready, Wednesday, January 11, 10am PT

Scrivener 3 for Windows

  • Jump-Start, Thursday, November 17, 10am PT
  • Next-Level, Thursday, December 8, 10am PT
  • Compile Ready, Thursday, January 12, 10am PT

Each Zoom-based webinar includes:

  • 60-90 minutes of instruction, plus I’ll stick around for questions.
  • Access to the recording for 14 days after the event. So if you can’t make it live, or you want to review, no problem.
  • A handy cheat sheet.

Scrivener 3 Jump-Start ($99)

Slingshot up the learning curve with this webinar that will teach you what you need to start using Scrivener—or feel more comfortable with it—immediately. Are you barely getting by with Scrivener? Did you try to use Scrivener but found it overwhelming?

I can get you from cautious to comfortable. Whether you’re a plotter or a seat-of-the-pants writer, Scrivener can work for you. Give me about an hour and I’ll show you how.

Scrivener 3 Next-Level ($99)

Level up your Scrivener skills with all the fun bells and whistles and shiny features to keep you organized, track your word count, manage multiple storylines or points-of-view, keep research at your fingertips, and more. Whether you plot, or not, you’ll learn all the tips and tricks to customize Scrivener for your unique writing process.

Scrivener 3 Compile Ready ($129)

Learn how to export your Scrivener manuscript as a Word document, ebook, or PDF for print-on-demand. Whether you’re unpublished, traditionally published, or self-published, it’s good to know how to get your work out of Scrivener and into a nicely formatted file.

This webinar will teach you to create professionally formatted files for agents, editors, readers, and retailers.

Click a button below to view the available webinars and learn more.

I hope to see you on Zoom!

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