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Layman's Guide to Book-Binding by Supaslim Layman's Guide to Book-Binding by Supaslim
Download, unzip, and double click the file labeled "index.htm" to view the tutorial!

Quick note: petty much everything in this tutorial uses technical terms, since I am not and probably never will be a professional book-binder and don't know the real terms for most things myself.

This tutorial includes:
- a tool list
- what to plan for
- advice for choosing materials
- all about soft covers (pros, cons, how to make them)
- all about hard covers (pros, cons, how to make them)
- FIVE binding methods
- and even more!

I hope you find this helpful :) This file will be continually updated as I get better/new photos to add, or learn better ways to do things.

v. 1.0

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:new: Thank you for the DD- I hope everybody finds this useful! As a quick note, I cannot possibly thank everybody who commented and fav'd individually, so I'll say it here- thank you all!
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Given 2011-05-14
Layman's Guide to Book-Binding by *Supaslim Suggesters Words: This tutorial has a ton of info. There are 5 book-binding methods explained, and some nice information about materials. It's a great mixture of how-to and recommendations. ( Suggested by PirateLotus-Stock and Featured by shelldevil )
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jdmason Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2014
Hello, I was trying to find the link to your post about binding books as it sounds quite comprehensive.  How to I access the link?  Thank you.

cheers
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BooCharm Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2013
Thank you thank you. I am just getting into bookbinding and this helps so much
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Bluelisamh Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2012  Student General Artist
Thank you, thank you, thank you :):):) I have wanted to try bookbinding for a while, but had no idea where to begin. You are a life-saver!!!
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Dr-Fig Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2012   General Artist
I've always been interested in book binding and this seems a really simple explanation on how to do it. Thanks for the guide!
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Darkwater-Lady Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I am just now embarking on the great adventure of binding a book (for a dear friend of mine) and I found the information you offered REALLY interesting and potentially helpful. Thank you for your awesomeness.
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MirChuChu Featured By Owner May 3, 2012
Thank you so much for this! I look forward to some binding this summer. <3
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Skier-Skyracer Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
Thanks for this so much :)
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Andecaya Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Great! Always searched for something like this :D Thank you for sharing ^^
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Amridamri Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2011
Thank you for sharing this ! Beautifully explained.
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WorldWar-Tori Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2011   General Artist
Amazing! Thank you, I will have to try this when I get a chance :D
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Supaslim Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2011  Professional General Artist
You're absolutely welcome!
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space-wolf Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you for making this tutorial and resource available on DA. I used it to make my first book as an accessory to my LARP character. [link]
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Supaslim Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2011  Professional General Artist
You're very welcome! Thank you for using it :D
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space-wolf Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This tutorial will be featured in this week's Art Friday Post on Wolfish Written [01 July]: [link]
I hope you don't mind.
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21stCenturyDamocles Featured By Owner May 15, 2011  Professional General Artist
cool cant wait to read this i have sevral books that are 100 years old or more that need rebinding
Paul
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Supaslim Featured By Owner May 15, 2011  Professional General Artist
oh geez. Don't take this tutorial as a legit, perfect way of binding books. I am not a bookbinder. For the sake of the books, either have a professional or learn from somebody who knows exactly what they're doing! I am very flattered though. Thank you!
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21stCenturyDamocles Featured By Owner May 16, 2011  Professional General Artist
ya well im pretty good at doing things of a technical nature all ready it first im not compleatly un familure with book binding it really donsent look that hard to do and im a vay percise person no worrys i wouldint do any thing to hurt my books thanks thoe for the heads up
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KOGR Featured By Owner May 14, 2011
Heyyyy... Sheri..
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Supaslim Featured By Owner May 15, 2011  Professional General Artist
Being a creeper? not so awesome.
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CheekyStoat Featured By Owner May 14, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
This is fantastic! I have to make myself a spellbook for LARP anyway. ;P
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thandav Featured By Owner May 14, 2011  Professional General Artist
cool :eyepopping: job :):party::blowkiss: :eyepopping::):party::blowkiss:
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Aeonoel Featured By Owner May 14, 2011
Thanks for sharing. More power to you.
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GillianIvy Featured By Owner May 14, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Ooooo nice resource! Thanks :heart: :iconloveemoteplz:
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I-Do-Care Featured By Owner May 14, 2011
Thanks! I have forwarded this to the other parents in my daughter's kindergarten. We are always looking for ideas for artisan crafts to raise money for the school.
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Supaslim Featured By Owner May 30, 2011  Professional General Artist
Wow, I never would have imagined this guide would actually see such use- good luck to you!
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I-Do-Care Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2011
Thanks!
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kingtut98 Featured By Owner May 14, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Sounds very informative- I once had a go at binding a book, but didn't use any real instructions. The end result was passable, but very basic. It would be good to have a go with a little more information to hand.

Also, it's great to see something like this get a Daily Deviation. Guides and tutorials often seem to get a little overlooked. Congratulations!
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Supaslim Featured By Owner May 30, 2011  Professional General Artist
It took me a while for my efforts to actually look good, too- nobody's perfect, especially in the beginning. :) Thank you!
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AcheronHades Featured By Owner May 14, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Yay! Thank you for making this : D We learned a little bit of book binding in uni lately and I found it kinda' interesting, it'll be good to practice!
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Avanii Featured By Owner May 14, 2011   General Artist
I've always wanted to try book-binding, thanks for sharing the information! :D
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NoBuddy-else Featured By Owner May 14, 2011
Can't wait to study it properly, but it sounds like a lot of fun and very interesting! I bound books sometimes before, mostly to repair some old volumes that were falling apart.
Congrats on the DD! :iconbouquetplz:
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Bishonenrockmysocks Featured By Owner May 14, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
This is amazing~! Thank you thank you thank you~!
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PirateLotus-Stock Featured By Owner May 14, 2011
Yay! It got a DD! ^.^
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Vampyeress Featured By Owner May 14, 2011  Student General Artist
SO. USEFUL.
Thank you, kind human, for sharing this with the internet world.
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ScarabDynasty1 Featured By Owner May 14, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You just won the itnernet and my eternal gratitude for this :heart:
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Mistshadow2k4 Featured By Owner May 14, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
I've been looking for this info! Talk about great timing. Thanks! :D
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branwen5 Featured By Owner May 14, 2011
Thank you so much for this! I've been searching for a clear, structured tutorial that my daughter and I can use together as we'll be tackling a book binding project this summer. This is perfect!
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ToxicBunnyProduction Featured By Owner May 14, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Adding to faves to so I know to come back here to download later and the fact I like it :3
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Leathurkatt-TFTiggy Featured By Owner May 14, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I've actually thought about learning to do this. Thank you for posting this.
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ANDROBETA Featured By Owner May 14, 2011   General Artist
WOW!!! This is incredibly great :D
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Elizelda Featured By Owner May 14, 2011  Student General Artist
wow, this looks cool!
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commandobunny Featured By Owner May 14, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I was planning on making a small hand-binded book for my friends birthday present, this will be very useful. Thanks for making this tutorial. :)
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sketchy208 Featured By Owner May 14, 2011
so great!
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Queen-of-Daemons Featured By Owner May 14, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Quite a wonder! I knew some of these techniques from my years at the Library, but this is amazingly helpful! Thank you very much, friend. ^_^
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Vigilo Featured By Owner May 14, 2011  Student Writer
Oh, thank-you, thank-you! I have been looking for something like this for ages! It looks amazing. :heart:
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fyoot Featured By Owner May 14, 2011   Writer
How useful. I've been looking for something like this for a while. Thanks.
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shroomcat Featured By Owner May 14, 2011
whoa. so much new methods.... i loved bookbinding. wonderful half year... (only 2h per week at school though ;A;)
i'll definitely try making a sketchbook by myself, too.
*i don't have 300g black cardboard for nothing... hehehehe*
THANKS SO MUCH FOR MAKING ALL THIS! :la:

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Lessaen Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Awesome work! Its really cool
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Supaslim Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2010  Professional General Artist
Thank you! I'm glad you like it!
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Aoki-Yuu Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2010  Student Traditional Artist
It is to downnload the image and then open it ?
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