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What do you mean by ‘lay out my book’?
Pick any two different books from a library shelf and ask yourself, “What do they have in common?” The answer is that someone has turned simple, word-processed text into something that is easy on the eye: that’s what laying out your book does, and it can make the difference between causing a headache and being a pleasure to read. Laying out your text is a creative process (and we can help you with the process) but it’s better if you do it yourself before you send it to us.
To help you, we’ve created a list of sites that provide advice and sometimes tools to help you lay out your book. Have a browse. Each link will open in a new window or tab in your browser so you can flip between them.

What is Bleed?
Ink that prints beyond the trim edge of the page to ensure it extends to the edge of the page after trimming. As there is a degree of movement when printing on any press, you should always create 3mm bleed on all edges where bleed is needed. Supplying your job without bleed may result in white lines when we trim it.

What is the difference between CMYK and RGB?
CMYK stands for Cyan, Magenta, Yellow and Black
RGB stands for Red, Green and Blue – the colours of light a computer screen mixes together to make colours on your screen.

What does resolution and DPI mean?
All images should be 300 dpi. DPI is the amount of ink dots per inch; 300 dots per inch is the required standard for printed material. Anything below 200 dpi may not be good enough resolution for printing.

I’m not sure if my artwork is correct, what should I do?
Send it to us to check! If you are in any doubt or have any questions please contact us and we will be delighted to help you. Or upload it to our free file check page here. 
We’re experts in print, so you don’t have to be!

Perfect Bound Books
How do I supply my artwork?
Please provide a pdf with of the inside pages in the correct running order including blank pages where needed. If you have it in any other format, that’s still OK just let us know and we’ll do all we can to help. (Supply the cover separately if possible, e.g. upload 2 pdfs, one for the cover and one for the inside pages.)

My cover has a printed spine, can I supply the cover with my spine include?
Yes, it is possible to design your cover separately to include a printed spine. You can supply this as a fully imposed cover including the spine or as a multi page pdf.

Do I need bleed and crop marks on my artwork?
Yes, this is very important when producing books. Please give us a 3mm bleed.

How do i know how large my spine width is to be?
You can use our spine width calculator here


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