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
  • 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
  • Save as multi-page PDF
# 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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