Hardcover Design Guide

Hardcover Design Guidelines

Bleed Area

Extend all colors and graphics to the full edge of the bleed area – it will make sure you don’t end up with white edges on your book cover when it is wrapped.

Cover Edge

This is the edge of the hardcover, where we aim to wrap the design. Your background still needs to run to the edges of the bleed area.

Safe Area

Keep all the key elements of your design, including text, logos, and iconography within the this area to insure it is not wrapped around the edge of your hardcover.

Flex Area

This is the edge of the hardcover, where we aim to wrap the design. Your background still needs to run to the edges of the bleed area.

DO

  • Edit and save in CMYK
  • Use 300DPI or High Resolution images
  • Use Vector graphics
  • Convert all text into Graphic Form/Outlines
    • Illustrator: Type>Create Outlines

DON'T

  • Flatten layers before saving – it’ll reduce your print quality
  • Add print or crop marks
  • Use graphics taken from websites
  • Save as multi-page PDF

Why 300 DPI?


 

Files such as JPEG, PNG, TIFF etc., are made up of a thousands of tiny ‘dots’ or ‘pixels’. These pixels are all the same size, but can be different colors. The amount of pixels or dots in an image is called ‘resolution’. When there are lots of pixels and an image looks smooth or photographic, that’s ‘high resolution’. When there are less pixels an image often looks blocky and bad.

For this reason, we ask for 300DPI or ‘High Resolution’ graphics – these have a large number of pixels available and will look smooth & precise when printed.

# of Pages # of Sheets Width in Inches Width in mm
A spine 10—120 pages 5—60 sheets 0.25″ 6.4mm
B spine 120—220 pages 60—110 sheets 0.5″ 12.7mm
C spine 220—360 pages 110—180 sheets 0.75″ 19.7mm

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