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Chapter Headings

Vellum gives you explicit control over the display of certain heading elements. You can add images and subtitles, suppress the chapter number, and even choose whether to hide the heading entirely. Access all of these options using the Gear Menu to the right of your chapter’s title.


Select the Add Subtitle menu item and an additional text field will appear below your chapter’s title:

The subtitle, like the title, will be affected by the Heading Style that you have chosen.

Volume Author

Volume elements have an additional menu item that allows you to add and remove the name of the author of the Volume. When you select the Add Author menu item, the author text field will appear. The author, like the title and subtitle above, will be affected by the Heading Style that you have chosen.

For more information, read the Box Sets with Multiple Authors section of our Box Sets help page.

Heading Image

Choose Add Heading Image… to decorate a chapter heading with an illustration, photograph, or other picture.

The size and layout of Heading Images coordinate with the Book and Heading Styles you’ve selected in Vellum’s Styles pane:

Heading Image Properties

Click the Heading Image to display its properties. The popover displays details about whether your selected has enough resolution, and allows you to to enter a description for accessibility.

Like the description for an Inline Image, this description is used by screen reading software to describe your image to a reader who might not be able to see it.

A description is recommended unless your heading image is solely used for decoration.

Assigning Heading Images to Multiple Elements

To assign the same heading image to multiple elements, select the elements you want to affect in the Navigator, and then use the Heading section of the Chapter menu:

Heading Images and File Size

Including Heading Images in your book will increase the size of generated files, which can affect your royalties when selling through Amazon.

When you reuse a heading image across multiple chapters, though, only one copy of the image will be included in your ebook. (It won’t be duplicated for each chapter.)

More information about file size, image size, and delivery costs can be found within File Size Considerations.

Show / Hide Heading in Book

Use this option to control the visibility of the entire heading in your final book. Elements like Copyright and Epigraph hide headings so that the title isn’t displayed. This option does not affect chapter numbering.

Note: the title of your element will still be used in the Table of Contents, regardless of whether your heading is displayed.

Convert To New Element Type

Use the Convert To menu to inspect and change the type (Chapter, Part, Epigraph, etc.) of your element. Vellum uses this type to guide some of its formatting decisions like the display of a heading and text, as well as the start page.

The Element Types help page includes more information about possible types and how they affect your book


This indicates whether a Chapter should be numbered in the heading and in the Table of Contents. When unchecked, this chapter will not be considered when computing numbers for other chapters in the book. This option is not shown for other element types.

Include In

Use the Include In menu to change the include options for front- or back-matter elements. For instance, use can use this menu to indicate that a newsletter sign-up page should only appear in your ebooks:

Choosing Ebooks only will ensure that the selected element appears only in ebooks that you generate. Selecting Print only will ensure that it appears only in the print edition.

Elements that are not included in all editions will show up italicized in the Navigator, with icons that indicate whether they are ebook-specific or print-specific.