Using Flipsnack's "Create from scratch" editor

Tutorial to help you create your first flipbook from scratch.

In Flipsnack, there are various ways of creating professional flipbooks, even when you don’t have a ready-made PDF. The design process uses a drag-and-drop function, so you'll finish it in just a few minutes.

Important: You can’t add PDFs to flipbooks created from scratch. However, you can upload a PDF first and then add new pages if you want to use a pre-made design page from a template.

Let me show you how.

1. Go to the main dashboard, and in the upper right corner, click on Create.

2. Choose a size for your publication (in this case, A4) and click Create.

choose a size button in flipsnack design studio

3. Select one of our templates and drag and drop it into the page to apply it to your flipbook.

Note: If you create a personal design for a page in your flipbook, you must add a new page before adding a template. Otherwise, your previous work will be overwritten by the template.


With the drag-and-drop function in our Design Studio, you can change photos without messing up the layout. The template can be customized extensively: change colors, visuals, and texts, or remove elements to make the page look exactly as you want. Check out a more detailed explanation of how to edit a template.

Repeat the same process for the remaining pages.

For a consistent design, use the same colors for the front and back cover. The Design Studio “remembers” the custom colors you use the most, so you don’t have to search for them every time. Click on the Background button and select the color of your cover from the Recent colors list.

choose background color in design studio

When you add a new page to your flipbook, it is placed after the selected page. You can work on a blank canvas and arrange images and texts to your liking. However, it is a lot easier to work with Flipsnack's templates.

Make your publication more engaging with videos, photo slideshows, (product) tags, and social media buttons. 

It’s time to check the preview. Select a page of your flipbook and click on the Preview button on the top right.


Once you’re happy with the results, click the Share now button. Fill in the required details, as they will be indexed by search engines, and make your flipbook more discoverable.

After your work is published, you can take another look at it and then share it with your friends and readers.

Learn how easy it is to create a flipbook from scratch with Flipsnack.

If you have any questions or suggestions, please do not hesitate to contact us via live chat.