Print-Ready File Specifications for Booklets

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Below are the general specifications and notes for preparing a booklet file for print:

  • Image Resolution: at least 300 PPI (at 100% view)
  • Colour Mode: CMYK 
  • Margin / Safety Margin (inside): at least 0.5" 
  • Margin / Safety Margin (top, bottom, outside): 0.125"
  • Bleed (all sides): 0.125"
  • Page Count: includes all sides of the final booklet (when closed and including the cover). For example, an 8 page booklet consists of a 4 page cover and 4 inside pages.
    • Page 1 - Front cover
    • Page 2 - Inside front cover
    • Page 3 - First "internal" page (right-hand-side)
    • Page 4 to 6 - Other internal pages
    • Page 7 - Inside back cover
    • Page 8 - Back cover

Saddlestitched or Coil Bound

  • Supply 1 PDF file with multiple single pages (including covers)

Perfect Bound

  • Supply 2 separate PDF files:
    1. Covers: 2 pages (inside and outside) of flat/spread cover (make sure to include spine)
    2. Internal Pages: multiple single pages

See: Perfect bound booklets: spine width.

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