Inserting Images into eBook and Paperback formats

Does anyone know how to 1) insert an image into a eBook format, and 2) insert an image into a paperback format, with each allowing you to insert a caption? I’m writing an nonfiction book, and for each chapter I have a picture to show.

The answers to these questions can be found in the user manual, §15.5, Inline Images, starting on pg. 217. There are a number of options available depending on what you need. Although the mechanics of inserting images are pretty much the same no matter what format you are writing for, I would definitely consider using linked images (§15.5.3) so that you can essentially keep two different folders, one for digital publishing and another for print. Since image links are static text pointing to a place on your drive, you can merely swap out the name of the folder prior to compiling, so that the compiler uses the correct set of images.

Captions in Scrivener are nothing fancy: just make some text that looks like a caption. :slight_smile: Note you can use Formatting Presets to save that look for easy application in the future.

To clarify one thing that I feel is important, based on your phrasing, there is no concept of “a format” in Scrivener while you are writing. It is fact deliberately divorced from the concept of working in end output formats while writing. It’s better to think of it is “source” of content for which the Compile process takes all of these fragments of text, image calls, formatting adjustments and so forth—and then turns it into a document. A format. A book. A PDF. In Scrivener you do not create a “PDF project”, you create a project that can operating as a central engine for producing multiple products in parallel. There is thus no such distinct as inserting an image “into a paperback format” vs. “into an eBook format”.


your description is very helpful, I’m in the process of going over a download of Scrivener. I’ve watched several tutorials so far but none seem to be oriented to books with images. I intend to ‘compile’ two books both image intensive. One graffiti the other documentary photography of the US/CDN west. I’ve taken a screen shot of your answer for future reference.

appreciated, thanks!


Late to the game, but keep in mind that the standards for images are very different depending on whether your ultimate product is an e-book or a printed text.

Digital texts are perfectly happy with 72 dpi RGB colorspace images.
Printed texts need 300 dpi CMYK colorspace images.

This is true regardless if the image is black and white.

A photograph taken with a digital camera will often report itself as 72 dpi. You can convert such a photograph to 300 dpi without resampling. But that is a whole other topic.

Thanks for the reply. I regularly use CS5/Photoshop so adjusting DPI or converting from one format ie CMYK or RGB are straightforward.

Just a note for anyone reading this old post…

It is not a matter of 72 dpi or 300 dpi alone for print. It is dpi at the size to be printed.

I do a lot of layout for clients, & this seems to cause a lot of confusion. Something that is 300 dpi but is tiny will not print well… it needs to be 300 dpi at the size… so taking for instance a 3x5 72 dpi image & just changing it to 300 dpi will do nothing. It needs to be resampled & in the past resampling up was a very fraught issue usually resulting in a poor quality image.

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