Printing Templates & Guides

Printing the cover of a book comes with very specific needs for the design. There are a variety of factors that influence the layout of every cover, including the width of the spine and the gutters and bleed.

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Print Layouts & Trim Size

Trim Size Comparison for Print Layouts. www.paperandsage.com

Trim size is a key piece of information needed to start a print layout. In fact, the trim size must be chosen before we can move forward with a print design because it directly effects the proportions of the blank canvas that's used to start the layout. A quick-reference diagram is included below to help demonstrate what that means visually.

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ISBNs and Barcodes

The ISBN (International Standard Book Number) is the unique 13-digit number that is used internationally to identify a book. ISBNs can be assigned by LightningSource/IngramSpark and CreateSpace or purchased through a variety of other avenues, one of the most popular being Bowker. This is a simple diagram of the visual elements of your barcode. (Please note, if you are printing…

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How-to: Upload the Print-Ready PDF to CreateSpace

There are just a few steps to follow when you upload your print-ready PDF to CreateSpace. When looking at the Cover options on CreateSpace’s website, you will choose either a Matte or Glossy finish for #1. Then for #2, please choose the third option: Upload a Print-Ready PDF Cover. Next, simply Browse to the folder where you have saved the…

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