Welcome back to another scrivener tip on Thursdays.
Up to this point, we’ve already talked about using Scrivener as a word counter, how to import templates into Scrivener, and how to create tables for tracking productivity.
Today, I want to talk about how to add your own images to your Scrivener project (or notebook).
Images are an incredible resource that’s easy to use in Scrivener’s program and if you haven’t already figured out how to do this yet, then this is the tutorial for you.
So go ahead, open that Scrivener project you’ve been working on, and let’s get started!
Step 1: Do you have your pictures yet?
Make sure that any photos you want to use for Scrivener are in an easily accessible place, such as your Downloads folder (Mac) or maybe right on your Desktop.
Don’t worry about cluttering this area up. You don’t need to keep them there forever (unless you want to, of course).
Step 2: Choosing where you want your photos to go
Where are you ultimately going to want to put your photos?
Unless you’re using a template that has a lot of built-in folders already, when you first create a Scrivener project, there aren’t a lot of folders.
What kind of photos will you be uploading? You might want to create a folder and name it something like, ‘Characters’, ‘Locations/setting’, or ‘Inspirational’.
I’m going to be uploading some quotes I’ve created for my website, so for the purposes of this tutorial, I’m going to create a folder named ‘Quotes’.
Scrivener will not allow you to import photos directly into the Draft folder so what we’re going to do is just click on the folder we’ve created and drag it into the Research tab.
There we go. That’s much better.
Step 3: Importing photos into Scrivener
This is the easiest part ever.
Remember how I suggested that you keep your photos in an easy-to-locate place, like your desktop?
Option a: drag and drop
Once you’ve created your folder where you want the images to go, all you’ve got to do is a drag-and-drop into the folder.
If you’re not sure how to do that, you can also go the traditional route of importing the photos, like you would a file.
Option b: import the photos
To import a photo manually, highlight, or click the folder where you want the images to appear in, then go to File – Import – Files and select the photo(s) that you want to import, and choose ‘Import’.
Your photo(s) should now appear in the folder that you’ve selected.
Step 4: Viewing Your New Photos
You can change the Group Mode (see below) to the corkboard setting to view your photos as a vision board.
Here is a preview of what the images I imported look like on Scrivener:
So there you go. Two easy options for adding images to your Scrivener notebook.
Next time, I’ll be showing you another cool feature you can use images for, so check back!