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How should I set up my document for books and magazines?

Last Updated: Aug 29, 2018 06:20PM CEST
In general, do not add bleed or cut marks - we will generate mirror bleed and cut marks for you depending on which printing partner will print the order. This way, you can just focus on publishing online without creating a separate print-ready file. 

There are a few simple rules for magazines and hardcover books.
  1. The cover and inside pages should be in a single PDF file.
  2. The first page of the PDF is on the front cover.
  3. The second page always starts on the first available left page (see distinction between hardcover and magazine below).
  4. If your last page is a left page (or an even page), it will be printed on the back cover.
  5. If your last page is a right page (or an odd page), it will be the last right page of the contents and your back cover will be white.
  6. The recommended color profile is RGB. 


This translates to specific bookalikes as follows:

Hardcover books

  • The first page of the PDF will be put on the front cover.
  • The inside of the front cover will be white.
  • The second page of the PDF will be on the first left page inside the book!
  • The inside of the back cover will be white.
  • If the PDF contains an odd number of pages, the back cover will be white. The last page will be inside the book.

Matte and glossy magazines

  • The first page of the PDF will be on the front cover.
  • The second page of the PDF will be on the inside of the front cover.
  • The page before the last page will be put on the inside of the back cover (even number of pages in the PDF) or the back cover will be white (odd number of pages in the PDF).

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