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Creating a book cover layout for a perfect bound book

From: InDesign CS5: Print Production Guidelines

Video: Creating a book cover layout for a perfect bound book

Let's go ahead and take a look at how we can use multiple page sizes to create a perfect-bound magazine or book cover. In this example, I have my front cover, back cover, and spine as a three-page spread. By using my Page tool, I can select my back cover, my spine, and my front cover. Now if I look at the inside, I can see I have my inside back cover, my spine which of course is left blank for gluing, and then I have my inside front cover. Now the advantage to setting it up this way is if my spine width would change due to the page count or the weight of the stock, I can just simply click on the spine, go up to my Width and change it right there, and I can make it wider or narrower depending on the page count and the stock.

Creating a book cover layout for a perfect bound book

Let's go ahead and take a look at how we can use multiple page sizes to create a perfect-bound magazine or book cover. In this example, I have my front cover, back cover, and spine as a three-page spread. By using my Page tool, I can select my back cover, my spine, and my front cover. Now if I look at the inside, I can see I have my inside back cover, my spine which of course is left blank for gluing, and then I have my inside front cover. Now the advantage to setting it up this way is if my spine width would change due to the page count or the weight of the stock, I can just simply click on the spine, go up to my Width and change it right there, and I can make it wider or narrower depending on the page count and the stock.

Let's take a look at how we set up a new document with a perfect-bound cover or for a magazine or book in mind. I am going to go up to a New > Document. I want to create a three-page spread. I'm going to turn off Facing Pages. I'm going to leave it at 8.5 x 11 for now and I'm going to change my Bleed to 0.125, which is the standard 8-inch blade. I'm going to go ahead and click OK. And in my Pages panel, I can see my three pages, but I want to get them next to each other as a spread. So I want to go to my File menu, and I am going to select Allow Document Pages to Shuffle, which deselects it, and now I can go ahead and I can move my pages into a three-page spread.

I have my back cover, my spine, and my front cover. The next thing I want to do is click on my spine and change the width. Before I change my spine width, I need to change my guides. I'm going to go under Layout and go to Margins and Columns and go ahead and change that to zero and make sure all four of those change. Now, I can go up and I can change my Width. In this case, I'm going to go in to 0.375. You're going to have to verify the width again based on the page count and the weight of the stock.

I'm going to use my Page tool to drag my front cover next to my back cover and my spine. Now, I would do the same thing for the inside. I would go ahead and I would create three new pages, move those next to each other, and then change my spine to the same 0.375 width as I did, but notice I forgot to change my margins. This page size will not fit. So I am going to click OK, and I'm going to go under Layout and I'm going to adjust my Margins and Columns to 0-- make sure all four are the same--and now I can go ahead and change my Width to 0.375.

Finally, I'm going to take my front cover and slide it over next to my back cover and my spine. There are many benefits to using multiple page sizes when creating a perfect- bound magazine or book cover. I showed you how you can use a page for your spine and change the width using the Page tool. This allows us to increase the width or decrease the width depending on the weight of the stock and the number of pages. It also means you don't have to readjust any of your guides when using multiple page sizes.

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InDesign CS5: Print Production Guidelines

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  1. 3m 19s
    1. Welcome
      54s
    2. Using the exercise files
      31s
    3. Asking the right questions before starting your document
      1m 54s
  2. 21m 59s
    1. Building documents correctly
      3m 9s
    2. Understanding facing pages vs. non-facing pages
      2m 8s
    3. Creating a four-page spread with a left-hand page 1
      1m 48s
    4. Creating a gatefold layout
      2m 7s
    5. Creating a letterfold layout
      2m 27s
    6. Creating a book cover layout for a perfect bound book
      3m 11s
    7. Creating a calendar layout
      3m 13s
    8. Creating a drill edge
      3m 56s
  3. 11m 16s
    1. Understanding the preflight settings
      4m 55s
    2. Creating profiles
      2m 26s
    3. Loading and embedding profiles
      1m 18s
    4. Looking at the results
      2m 37s
  4. 10m 13s
    1. Understanding process colors, spot colors, and the Ink Manager
      1m 57s
    2. Using overprint vs. knockout
      1m 46s
    3. Using rich black (percentages of CMYK)
      1m 44s
    4. Checking for unnamed colors
      2m 4s
    5. Using mixed inks and registration
      2m 42s
  5. 4m 25s
    1. Using layers
      2m 25s
    2. Understanding Conditional Text and GREP
      2m 0s
  6. 6m 6s
    1. Understanding document fonts
      1m 33s
    2. Avoiding common font problems
      2m 57s
    3. Choosing the best font formats
      1m 36s
  7. 9m 0s
    1. Looking at the Links panel
      1m 32s
    2. Customizing the Links panel
      1m 56s
    3. Understanding resolution and scaling
      2m 4s
    4. Understanding actual resolution vs. effective resolution
      1m 53s
    5. Choosing file formats
      1m 35s
  8. 6m 47s
    1. Understanding RGB and CMYK
      2m 13s
    2. Using ICC profiles
      2m 13s
    3. Converting from RGB to CMYK during PDF export
      2m 21s
  9. 7m 44s
    1. Understanding accurate soft proofing in Acrobat
      2m 32s
    2. Using the Separations Preview panel
      3m 16s
    3. Using the Flattener Preview panel
      1m 56s
  10. 11m 43s
    1. Packaging your files
      2m 0s
    2. Using Adobe PDF presets
      2m 2s
    3. Understanding PDF/X-1a vs. PDF/X4
      3m 20s
    4. Understanding when to create an Acrobat layer
      1m 25s
    5. Using single pages vs. spreads
      2m 56s
  11. 2m 14s
    1. Final thoughts: 10 things to keep your printer happy
      2m 14s

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