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Not only you need bleed, but you need to consider if you need to shift the image a bit away from the borders depending on the binding method you are using. Saddle stitching binding allows the book to lay flat when it is open. The content that is close to the inside edge of the book will be visible. This method of binding is usually expensive. Perfect ...


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How did they do this without computers? They used rulers. If you exclusively know how to draw with a computer: that's a straight edged object, to help guide a pen or pencil into a straight line. For really advanced technical drawings, such as the curve graph example, there were templates with different curves (elliptic, parabolic, hyperbolic): There ...


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The purpose of bleed is to mitigate imprecision. The printer "may cut 1/16 inch off the pages" means that the printer will not guarantee that their cutter will be accurate within 1/16 plus or minus (a 1/8 inch range). So the question for you is not about cutting too much off, but whether you will be happy with a sliver of white paper showing when they don't ...


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Engineers and scientists of different branches used to have drawing classes on their curriculum. Many of these people were quite accomplished at this. We used to have row upon row of drawing boards in the classrooms in the design/engineering departments. The drawings were drawn with pencil and then inked for final results. They would then be reproduced on ...


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It's recommended to start new chapters on the recto page of a manuscript, as it establishes a predictable flow for the reader to follow. The resulting occasional blank pages are actually a part of establishing this rhythm, making the divisions between chapters even more distinct. This recommendation is listed in rule 1.48 requires login of the Chicago Manual ...


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There are many applications that can do this. I have explained two options that you may consider: (1) Paid Applications: (from Adobe) a. Photoshop - Image manipulation b. Illustrator - Vector Graphics c. Indesign - Layout your cover page/book exactly for Print & Publishing (2) Free Applications: (Open Source) a. GIMP - Image manipulation b. Inkscape - ...


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Yes, with the image selected within the frame, press s (for the scale tool), click once to set the origin, then click-drag holding shift to resize the image. Or if your reference point (below) is set to the centre, you can skip straight to click-dragging. When preceded by command Fill Frame Proportionally this workflow is quite efficient. More on ...


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Traditionally stock sites allow you download a free, watermarked "comp" image which can be used in your design until the client approves the piece. Once the client has approved, you can then go back and purchase and download the non-watermarked image. You are free to purchase and download the non-watermarked image whenever you'd like however. It's not ...


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Wow...it looks like you're not getting a whole lot of help here. I'm a graphic designer operating a design company here in Japan. To get you to where you're trying to be, I recommend using any "Mincho" typeface. That's the serifed variant in Japanese typography. If you have some Japanese fonts installed on your computer, they should have the name "Mincho" ...


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Edit: Here's something that came out recently (2013): Go: A Kidd's Guide to Graphic Design by Chip Kidd. It gets very positive reviews which tend to say that, while it's aimed at kids, the content is strong enough that it's good for adults too (I've not read it but thought it worth mentioning). Maybe a design magazine at the lighter end of the market ...


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Your best bets would be "The Non-Designer's Design & Type Books" by Robin Williams, and "Before&After, Graphics for Business" by John McWade (in that order). They cover the mistakes, but also the core principles you should keep in mind while you work. Both are very approachable, well-written, simple and full of the kind of excellent design wisdom ...


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Out of curiosity, I looked at the book in question to see if there was colophon information. Some books include the typeface names used. This one did not. Then I did a search for 19th century free ebooks with type specimens and found one called Shniedewend & Lee Co's specimen book and price list of type, Shniedewend & Lee Co, Mackellar, Smiths & ...


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No, usually not. This is a legacy of hardbound binding; these extra pages were glued to the cover and the inner pages, and do not count as "inner" pages. For a paperback, you don't need to explicitly add them. The page with the half-title is sort of a connector between the cover itself and the inner pages. Its use is (historically) to protect the real title ...


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A lot of the old engineering books have a chapter on drawing - for example, I have "A textbook on Electric Lighting and railways" International Correspondence Schools, Scranton, PA, 1901; the first 100 pages or more are about technical drawing. We had to learn technical drawing in school (1970s UK). One practical way to draw the lines on the graph is to ...


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Without a tablet or touch device, your best bet is to use vector graphics. I mean, some pretty incredible drawings have been done using mice and trackballs, but it takes a lot of time and patience to develop the kind of control you need for drawing on such devices. If you're doing raster drawing though, you're better off just spending $40-50 to get an entry ...


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The simplest rule on this is usually the best: less is more. I have often found myself in the position where i was praised for layout that was simply not overdoing it (see also this long-winding answer on the topic). Inexperienced users will over-design and over-layout a document. Stick to 1 Typeface. You can have two, one for headings. But think if you ...


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A good textbook is about content. Without something worthwhile to say, the design fades away. Content is King. So let us look at what kind of content you will need. 1. Illustrations Most subject, need or at least greatly benefit from pictures to clarify things. The right picture at the right place can do wonders for your design. This said you can not just ...


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Here in Switzerland there are quite a few multilanguage Examples with multiple languages on one page (even more than two). Most differentiate with color. (I don't have any example around but it really is very pretty). -- If you don't have color as an option this falls short. In addition to color many use different positioning for the type area. This way ...


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Speaking from experience of reading books to my three sons, which are now five years and below. I must add that this may apply mostly to younger kids and elder toddlers. However, I still think the below holds true for nearby ages as well, in many cases. Likewise, I'm also considering making children's books, and these are the main things I would consider (...


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See Philip's comment. LibreOffice is just not a tool for book design. It is a tool for book authoring, and lacks almost all the tools necessary to design a book. On the subject of book design, there are some quite competent articles on About.com, and a fairly good two-part video tutorial here: (Part 1) (Part 2) Keep in mind that there are two quite ...


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I'm not entirely sure what you are asking, but it sounds like you want to be able to retain the text of the book in a format that is flexible, and have some (relative) longevity to it. Based on that, you're going to want to try and find the most basic and universal file format you can that will give you the features you need. .doc/x is a fine format, ...


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Lèse majesté is offering solid advice. My own recommendation on where to start would be to find local evening classes in drawing. There are several levels of skill to master: knowing how to see (not as obvious as you'd think), knowing how to draw, and knowing how to draw with a tablet. In most countries there are the equivalent of American community ...


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Duplex printing is a function of your printer and it's associated drivers and software. Indesign simply prints pages. It is the printer's job to duplex them if it has that capability. The Brother MFC-J6910DW specifications do state it will duplex. You simply need to tick the option in the print dialog. THere should be an option for "2-Sided" or "Duplex" in ...


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Paraphrased from the Chicago Manual of Style (15th edition; section 1.105 - Separate versus consecutive pagination): the decision for whether page numbering continues or begins anew in a subsequent volume rests with the publisher. They recommend that a publication with two volumes with a combined index at the end of the second volume would be easier with ...


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The Geometry of Design is not about the web specifically but it is a great book on proportion systems in layout and product design in general. For what it's worth, phi is not the end all proportion. There's a lot more value in considering standard view port sizes or the proportions of the screen. The beauty of phi has been most notably exploited in the ...


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Lowercase roman numerals: i.1, i.2, i.3, ii.1, ... Alphabetical: a.1, a.2, a.3, b.1, ... As long as the reader can navigate, any scheme is acceptable. Unless you're publishing in an industry that has a particular set of expectations.


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The most straightforward way to do this is to export to PDF, then use the PDF booklet printing option in the Print dialog. As you have seen, the Print function from the Book Panel doesn't offer a booklet printing option.


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I think you're right. Classically, inner margins are smaller than outer margins. However, you do need to ensure the inner margins are large enough to keep content out of the gutter. The reason outer margins are larger is due to creep. (which you can calculate). Creep is the slow outward movement of content due to the gutter and binding. Content will move ...


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The basic tools were, for students and small shops, drawing board, T-square, triangles (30-60-90 and 45-45-90 and sometimes adjustable-angle ones), pencils (non-repro blue was favorite since it didn't have to be erased, but black was used too), compass sets (center-wheel K&Es (Keuffel & Esser) and Dietzgens were probably favorite) and Rapidograph ...


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It's tricky to make a recommendation. You say "booklet", which implies a small project, but I assume if it's successful you won't stop at one. Here's the thing: no matter what software you use, you're faced with a significant investment of time learning to use the application, and from a practical standpoint I consider that a very important consideration. I'...



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