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Adding Images to Your Scrivener Notebook

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’.

creating a new folder

renaming a folder

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.

folder view under research

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.

select the photos you want to drag and drop

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 FileImportFiles and select the photo(s) that you want to import, and choose ‘Import’.

importing files

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.

group mode

Here is a preview of what the images I imported look like on Scrivener:

corkboard view

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!

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Lauren Miller is a Midwestern born writer with a passion for Jesus, the written word, and dogs. She has two decades of experience in the library field and reviews books for the Historical Novels Review (UK). She likes to spend her free time enjoying period films, discovering new reads, and being surrounded by other people’s pets. Lauren, her husband, and their wily Maine Coon (who isn’t quite a dog) live in Missouri. You can learn more about Lauren’s writing at


  1. Barbayat says

    Just wondering, was that feature removed? Because when I try doing that, neither method a nor method b work, in fact the import feature has no mention of image files, so they do not even show up.


    • Thanks for commenting. What version of Scrivener are you trying it on? I am using Scrivener (Mac edition), Version 2.5 (25239). While I don’t have the Maverick-ready version (2.5.0), looking at the change notes history for the different releases, this is what I found concerning images: “Images can now be dragged from Scrivener’s editors into the Finder and to other locations requiring an image file path.” (link) If you’re using the latest edition, I’m thinking there’s got to be a way of importing them.


  2. Lori says

    I have the newest Scrivener and I can’t upload images the way you’ve described above. I can’t find any info to help me. I’ll just keep digging, but thanks for sharing.


    • This post may need to be updated for the latest version of Scrivener but it was current for the version I had at the time of posting. Thanks for your feedback, Lori!


  3. Hi Lauren, Am a new user to Scrivener, with the very latest version (2.6 – just bought it), I want to put a caption under my images and give them a reference number (i.e. Figure 1, Figure 2). That way, they are all referenced at the end of the book too. However, I can’t seem to figure that one out at all! Can you help me? Thanks, Minter


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