Creating comics is great fun, and may be the perfect solution to get reluctant writers engaged in literacy.

You can add panels, stickers, fun backgrounds and comic text. Here's how.

Access the comic templates

Some of the comic styles (for example comic text and speech bubbles) can be found in the standard Book Creator options. But if you want the full set of comic styles, you need to open up a comic template.

Click the New Book button and scroll down so you can see the comic templates. As per the basic templates, you can choose from Portrait, Square or Landscape.

Now, when you click the + button in the toolbar, you'll start with the menu set for comic styles: Panels, Speech, Thought, Text and Stickers.

Panels

First, add a panel layout. There'll be a slightly different set depending on which page orientation you chose.

Once a panel layout is added, you can add an image to it by clicking on the photo icon (to add an image from your computer) or the camera icon (to take a picture with your device).

Backgrounds

Click the Inspector (i) in the toolbar and make sure you're on the Page tab to add a comic style background. Tap the circle with a + inside to access the basic backgrounds and colours.

Speech bubbles

When you add a speech or thought bubble, you can type directly into it. If you want to change the look of the bubble, click the Inspector when the bubble is highlighted.

Text

When you click Text you'll see a selection of pre-styled texts. To edit the text, simply click the Inspector.

Stickers

Choose from our pre-designed stickers or select a blank one and add your text over the top of it.

Adding audio and video

You can still add audio and video to your comic books. Click the + button and switch to the Media tab at the top of the menu.

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