Questions about hand written or printed work, consisting of pages; bound together between a cover and attached to the spine.

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Do I absolutely need a bleed for the interior of my book, if images cross over the edge of the pages?

This is the first time I've put images next to the edges of the pages in my books. I understand that that the printer may cut 1/16 inch off the pages, so that's why I let the images slightly overlap ...
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Designing book covers with stock images

I'm a freelance graphic artist. I'm designing book covers and the book covers require stock images. I want to get stock images legally and have a couple of questions. Do I need to buy the stock images ...
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What is the purpose of always locating/starting new chapters on odd pages?

I notice that in every book I have always start a new chapter in an odd page and it leads me to wonder why. I have some written work that's about 40 pages long and 7 chapters; should I follow that ...
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What are good pre-internet books or courses for the creation of a logotype?

I am a software engineer attempting the impossible: to codify logotype creation. I want to learn all the rules and principles for logotype design and don't want to rely on blogspam. I'm looking ...
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Endnotes in InDesign: Closest thing to a pain-free, flexible workflow?

It's an age-old complaint: up to and including CS6, InDesign supports footnotes, but not endnotes. Documents, books, reports etc aren't going to stop needing endnotes because Adobe don't support them. ...
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What book should I buy for a 12 year old that wants to learn graphic design?

My cousin-nephew is 12 years old. He doesn't quite understand what the term Graphic design means at the yet, but he's been having a play in Photoshop and Illustrator and copied some design concepts ...
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How does one design a children's book?

My dad one day decided to write a children's book, and my wife illustrated it. However, we've had some difficulties in putting the illustrations into a book format. What kinds of things should one ...
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What should a (technical) writer know about graphic design?

I'm starting out as a technical writer, and want to present my written material as best as possible to the customers. Are there any "bibles" or introductory books on graphic design that I could ...
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What characteristics are common to well-designed and well-formatted textbooks?

I'm looking for inspiration on how to make my book appear more professional with regard to typesetting and page design/layout (although of course these alone don't make it more professional). I found ...
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Can you recommend web design books/tutorials that teach specific design techniques?

Other questions that deal with book recommendations do not address my particular need. I'm looking for web design books that teach me how to design using specific techniques and elements. Such as ...
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Books on the Golden Ratio/Others for WebDesign?

Is there any recommended books about using the Phi (Golden Ratio) for WebDesign? I've seen a lot of layouts taking advantage of this proportion, but it would be great to read a book with a lot of ...
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Infographics smoothing and shadows : background or ressources ?

i'd like to know if there are resources or background knowledge on the new tendency to smooth the lines/outlines and add gradients and shadows to information graphics. For example, on the new version ...
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Resetting InDesign's “Document modified outside of book” warning

This feels more like a Super User question than Graphic Design, but I figure someone here will be more likely to know the answer. Using InDesign 5, I have a "book" collection that I use to keep a ...
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High-Resolution Operina Scans

I'm not sure if this is the right forum but there doesn't seem to be a dedicated typography forum. I'm looking for high-resolution scans from pages of Arrighi's La Operina, which is a classic manual ...
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Drawing people, where should I start?

I've got zero experience with drawing in real life and I don't have a tablet. Neither do I know anything about human proportions. But I do know my way around Photoshop & Pixelmator. My goal is to ...
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Inner margin in a classical book layout

I used to think that the inner margin should be smaller than the outer margin in two-sided paper layouts, as in classical book layouts. This is an example of what I mean: This example was taken ...
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InDesign: Faster way to resize image in frame

I'm using Adobe InDesign (CC 2014) to layout a photo book. I've created a frame, and placed an image inside it. I want to resize the image and drag it around to frame it nicely. I know that you can ...
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how to print saddle stitch booklet from a Indesign book file?

I was wondering if anyone knows how to print saddle stitch booklet from Book File? I know how to do it from normal Indesign file. However, book file is different since there are so many different ...
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What page numbering conventions are there for front matters (prelims) of books?

When a book uses arabic page numbering, the usual habit is to treat the front cover as a page number 1, and start the book itself by page number 3. However, sometimes the front-matter of the book is ...
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Software like InDesign or QuarkXPress to create instructional documents

I'm creating a booklet on teaching programming through examples and exercises. What's the best software for writing the pages? It'll be code examples, exercise questions and some diagrams. I'm new ...
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What font can I use for a Japanese book?

I have a PDF book to be translated in Japanese, and what wondering which fonts to use. My main languages are French and English and I have no experience with asian fonts. I would not be able to say ...
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Structure of a book. Details about front matter

This multiple question is maybe a little bit off-topic, but I do think it is slightly related with the topics covered here. I am preparing a book to be printed (my PhD Thesis, to be more precise), ...
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Help identify or find more examples of this font

I am attempting to either "revive" or find a particular font for a project, but seeing as I found it in an old book, I have only been able to find a few examples of its usage. Using the examples ...
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Back-matter numbering

It is a given fact that I cannot number the appendicies (i.e., back-matter) in my works/book by continuing the arabic numbering from the main-matter. The reason is that the main-matter numbering is ...
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Can you merge multiple .indd files into one editable .indd without using book?

I was curious to know if it is possible to merge several .indd files into one master .indd file that can be editable and preserve all links and images? I am familiar with the drag and drop method and ...
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Scribus book templates

I'm preparing a textbook; mostly text, with some illustrations, and I'm considering Scribus. Does anyone have any suggestions on using Scribus for book-length material, or know where can I find ...
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The way it's supposed to work with books in a team in InDesign is not coherent, then how to properly work?

Imagine this scenario: User A opens the book User B opens the book and make important changes User B saves the book User A closes the indesign and it's asked if wants to save the changes to the book ...
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What are the most common album layouts besides the classical one?

When one try to make/publish a photo album the most common layout is the one with one photo per page. What other layouts are proven to be successful, especially considering that we intent to print on ...
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What Photoshop CS5 Book Describes Making Images From Scratch?

Can someone direct me to a photoshop cs5 book that details the image making process from beginning to end ie showing how to make an image from scratch, best techniques etc Please share why you think ...
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what software to use to transcribe a book ?

I have an older book (it isn't copyrighted), and as a certain tribute and preservation, I'd like to transcribe this book to a digital form. I was wondering what application to use to do this. I don't ...
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About “This page is left blank intentionally”

I have sometimes seen that when the 'half title' page of a book (the page that goes before the title page) is left in blank (which is one of the possible alternatives), a message such as 'This page is ...
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How to display cross-references between multiple volumes?

I am preparing a book which is too lengthy to appear as a single volume. The format is similar to an encyclopedia. It has many cross-references, e.g. "see Bears, p. 20". What is the typical way to ...
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How can I turn my cooking blog into a basic book?

I have a blog where I've been posting recipes and pictures for the last 6 months or so. I'd like to turn these into a cookbook. I was thinking about sticking everything in a .doc and printing it at ...
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I want to print a double sided BOOK not booklet that is 200 pages long

My book is 200pages long.I need to print double sided but I want it bound properly so needs to be in order for guillotine and stacking.My paper size is A4 but the book is A5 sideways on the A4 paper ...
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Which features should I look at when choosing typefaces for classical, text-rich publications?

I am thinking about self-publishing some of Søren Kierkegaard's works (mainly because I realised that I can release them at a much cheaper price than what they currently cost). In order to keep costs ...
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How do I do these certain things in Adobe InDesign CS5.5?

Disclaimer: I'm fairly new at this, I haven't gone to school for it or anything, I'm just trying to teach myself this stuff as I go along, one piece at a time, so please, to the greatest extent ...
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How to create 'sub' tables of contents for each section in a table of contents in Adobe InDesign?

I have a document with multiple sections that has a table of contents (TOC) at the beginning, which includes h1-h3 styles for the whole document. I want to create a sub TOC for a single section that ...
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Creating bookmarks in indesign?

I am creating a catalog in InDesign and I am using the “book” feature because I have different files to create my catalog all into one. I am trying to create bookmarks, so that when I PDF the book, ...
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Creating a book using InDesign

I'm learning about InDesign (using versions CS5.5 and CS6 - depending on which computer I use). I am competent at using it at a basic level - creating INDDs, creating joboption files for PDF export, ...
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Indesign's “import Photoshop clipping path” feature has left me in trouble, please help with a workaround

The book I am working on has hundreds of graphics for children along with text for each of those graphics. The graphics have soft edges for the clouds, walls, etc. that ends up in pure white. The text ...
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Drawbacks to InDesign Book Files

I am creating my first book file in InDesign CS6. It's not technically a book (with chapters and a TOC) but rather a collection of files that share the same style sheets. Will there be any issues ...
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Method for Wrapping Around a Design into a Book Cover form?

Is there any method for wrapping a design into a book cover form (3D-like)? I mean wrapping a single rectangular design to cover & spine & back. I'm using Adobe Illustrator CS5.
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How to number half of a booklet with Roman numerals, and the other half with normal numbers in Word? [closed]

I am having difficulties making the first part of a booklet to have Roman numerals and the second part to have normal numbering. i.e. summary, table of contents etc to have i, ii, iii as the numbers ...
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In Adobe InDesign, how to print full duplex (both sides of paper)?

When I print or "Print Booklet" in Adobe InDesign, I don't see any options about printing full duplex (both sides of the paper). I'm using a Mac with a Brother MFC-J6910DW printer. Does Adobe ...
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When invited to publish in a design showcase book, what considerations should a designer make?

(This is a deliberately broad question. A correct answer would be a set of considerations with a strong experience-based rationale) I've been invited to put some of my designs forward for publication ...
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Textbook to learn Adobe Illustrator

What textbook(s) should I read to learn Adobe Illustrator from start to mastering, and use it as a reference?
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Why doesn't my HTML markup have any indentation when I export it to .epub from InDesign?

I am using Indesign CC to create a book on HTML programming. I have used TextFrames to add blocks of code and markup. When I generate an ePub out of it, the code blocks and markup are generated ...
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Free / cheap desktop publishing software for a book with some graphics? (OS X)

Nothing too complex. I need a few custom paragraph styles, and here and there a graph or diagram will be interspersed with the text. I've looked at Scribus, and it seemed suited for my needs... only ...
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InDesign CS6 quality difference “Export to PDF” vs “Print Booklet”?

Using InDesign CS6, I regularly create booklets of anywhere from 8, 12, 16 to 32 pages for offset printing. For this I typically use the Print Booklet module, set to create a PDF file at Press ...
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QuarkXpress shortcut for adding custom pagination

I'm creating a booklet in QuarkXpress and I have it set up for automatic pagination, but on some of the pages I want to make my own pagination (move to next column or next page). I used to be able ...