05 August 2010 @ 04:21 pm
How to make a PDF  

I'm on a Mac so I use a program called Pages, it's like Microsoft Word on Windows but infinitely better. If you're using Word on Mac, it doesn't save any working links, meaning when you open it after saving the links don't work in PDF format, that's why I use Pages. I'm using Life Is Fragile, Handle With Care by [livejournal.com profile] dontknowmyname & [livejournal.com profile] blueeyedliz as an example. This tutorial is curbed to my own preferences, you can change anything you want in your PDF.

First I go to the story I want and open all the chapters in Firefox in separate tabs.

I copy from one page and close it and paste it into Pages, then I do the same for the rest.

If there are images I use TextEdit to copy and paste into first cause for some reason the images don't appear in Pages straight from the internet, then I select everything and copy it into Pages.

After that I select all and change the font to arial size 10, cause I can't stand reading pdf or things on line that have serifs and in my opinion it just looks better on a PDF. Then I change the font of the title to Bleeding Cowboys or whatever font matches the story, the largest size it'll fit in the width.

Then make sure the first page looks good, And by this I mean that the title is center, if there's an image that the image is in the center of the pages and that the "pairing, summary" etc is at the bottom of the page. I also un-underline links, cause they really don't look nice in PDF's.

After that I go through the document to make sure the images aren't oversized or that they take up too much space and resize accordingly if they are (just click the image and a bounding box will appear, click and drag from any corner). Then I go to every "Chapter/Part #" and make sure that they're not on the last line on the page, if they are I start them on a brand new page. (Did that make sense?) Most of the time if the chapter/part# is in the middle of the page, I just leave it there.

Chapter at top of page:

I then put the authors name in the header, aligned right and set it to size 6 font Zapfino and then I'm done. (Note: If you're going to convert this to epub/mobi later, don't add the authors name is the header part, it doesn't covert correctly)

I save as… whatever the title is to my PDF folder and then I go to Share -> Export and export it as a PDF to my PDF folder.

The reason I save it first as a Pages file is because if you just export it the file name is untitled even though you put in the title and it shows up on the file. When you open the file in adobe and press cmd+d it shows the file info and it says untitled. So if you save it first the file name is there. After that if there are no corrections that need to be made I delete the Pages file and voila you're done. Also, so you can go back and edit whenever you want. I made the mistake of not doing this with the first 100 or so PDF's I made in the beginning.

On a Windows PC it's basically the same in Microsoft Word as it is in Pages (I don't use Windows so I don't know if there's any other program that can do it without a PDF converter, but you really don't need anything else.). But you don't need that extra TextEdit step. Just copy and paste into Word, change the fonts, align the first page and make sure the images are not taking up too much space. Click on the globe in the upper left hand corner and save as… PDF or XPS, choose your setting, uncheck open after save and voila you're done.

I usually upload the PDF's I make to mediafire, it's a fast and easy way to share your PDF's and you don't have to wait a certain time (ex: 25 seconds) to download the file, so it's just easier for everyone. There is also megaupload, sendspace and others, but I prefer mediafire.

If you don't have Pages
(If you don't have Pages you can use TextEdit, but it's a little more work if there's images cause you can't resize them, you have to resize the window itself and that means you have to change the font size, I'm not gonna go into detail on that. If you use TextEdit play around with it and see what works best. You also can't see page breaks in here, but if you have a imageless file you wanna do and don't care about page breaks, then paste it in there save as... and then save as pdf.)

If you don't have Pages or Microsoft Word I would suggest downloading it from a torrent site like kick ass torrents and if you have a Mac use Transmission and if you have Windows use uTorrent.

If anyone wants the any of the PDF's I do have, I have most of them bookmarked here. A few people have asked for my PDF library, but it's just way to big to send in an email or upload to a download site. So if you want some single PDF's and I have it, I'd be okay with sending them to you, just send me a PM with the stories you want and your email.

Hope this helps, I know most people don't have Mac's, but like I said it's basically the same, if you have question feel free to ask. Have fun!

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[identity profile] jayfray18.livejournal.com on August 6th, 2010 07:08 am (UTC)
*sends huge hugs and virutal cookies and brownies*

Thank you so much, I'll have a play later on:)
kruel_angel_lj[personal profile] kruel_angel_lj on August 6th, 2010 07:31 am (UTC)
You're welcome!

I just read the summary to your bigbang and I'm excited to read it!
[identity profile] jayfray18.livejournal.com on August 6th, 2010 02:10 pm (UTC)
No pressure on me then lol!

I've played and created a pdf file - go me! (Now to share it!)

[identity profile] jayfray18.livejournal.com on August 6th, 2010 02:42 pm (UTC)
I have successfully uploaded, and shared with myself lol!

I can't believe how easy it was. Thank you so much for your help hun, and for taking the time to do this. I really appreciate it.

kruel_angel_lj[personal profile] kruel_angel_lj on August 6th, 2010 06:39 pm (UTC)
No pressure, seriously. =)

And you did it! Yay! Did it turn out like how you wanted it?
[identity profile] jayfray18.livejournal.com on August 6th, 2010 07:13 pm (UTC)
It did - windows is really easy to convert to pdf - it pretty much did everything for me!

And the file management site was even easier to use.

Of course, we'll find out exactly how successful I really was in two weeks when somebody tries to download my BB and actually read it:P
kruel_angel_lj: Angel of the Lord[personal profile] kruel_angel_lj on August 7th, 2010 01:22 am (UTC)
That's good!

What site did you use? I usually use mediafire.

I'm sure it'll go off without a hitch. =)
[identity profile] jayfray18.livejournal.com on August 7th, 2010 03:26 pm (UTC)
I used mediafire as well. I checked to see what you had used and went with the same lol!

I was surprised at how easy that was to use as well - but then I am pretty much a technophobe with anythign electrical so it needed to be.

Off to start formatting!