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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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The recommended option Well, the real answer on "how to make my book appear more professional" is: find a designer. You should focus on the content, and let the designer focus on the look. There you have several options. The designer can prepare you a template so you can have the first idea on how the publication is looking, or he can have the design ...


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If your scans are consistent (same size and positioning), you could simply create an InDesign document, import them in and use the Masters to place your pagination number. It'll then apply to all the pages and you'll be able to export a PDF. For quicker placing of your images, I'm fairly sure something could be programmed to do this in InDesign using the ...


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Intentionally blank pages only serve a function in a printed piece (they are leftovers at the end of a form, or sheaf of pages which come in a multiple of four). There's no reason to have them in a PDF. If I were to see a "blank page" in an e-book, I'd assume it was a formatting mistake. Why would you leave it in? Additionally, the only place I've ever even ...


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Hi Vincent and welcome! I think Tschichold's Canon works esthetically but yes, depending on your binding, you will have to add to the inner margin. It obviously depends on the kind of binding and also the amount of pages in your book. There are other canons like Van de Graaf and Rosarivo and Bringhurst also has a nice section about page proportions in his ...


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For Photoshop, A4 or A5 in a landscape format, at minimum 300dpi/ppi (because you're printing it): Under Preferences > Guides, grids and slices make gridlines at every 50 PERCENT. typically with subdivisions every 1 unit. Now when you go View > Show > Grid you will get a clear subdivision of your page. If you need it to be 3 fold, simply show ...


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To avoid mousing over to the toolbar, or having to press the A key to switch to the Direct Selection Tool, you can just click the target in the center of your placed image (appears when you float your mouse over it). Then, as long as you have the content selected and not the frame (brown handles instead of blue), you can just drag the handles to scale the ...


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I had the same problem using CC, and I knew that no document had been modified outside the indb file. My book has individual indd files for each chapter, and my solution for this error was to update the contents page in the first file (layout/update table of contents) As each chapter was updated the error sign disappeared.


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You need to apply a paragraph style in InDesign. They are not in Window but the panel is located in Type. Shortcut cmd+F11: Create the paragraph style, double click, go to Indents and Spacing: Add your desired indent in the First Line Indent: Taking it a little further. You could unpack the ePub and navigate to your CSS and build a class and ...


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It's up to you, and quite often it's situation dependant. If it's a very niche book that's only going to sell a couple of hundred copies then you're probably going to prefer a flat rate anyway, if you're illustrating the cover of Dan Browns next novel however you might want a piece of the back end... The main thing is getting a fee that you can walk away ...


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A book on inspiration would in time become outdated, expensive and some books are based on the current trends. If you're looking for inspiration instead of purchasing a book I would look for websites pertaining to the field you have in mind. (An example for web) I frequently like to visit sites such as: CSS Design Awards Awwwards Bootstrap Expo ...


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ON *nix systems there is a command called psbook (see instructions here) and psnup so you can probably find it for osX. For windows you can get it with cygwin. what you would do is call: psbook -s16 print.ps out.ps psnup -la4 -2 out.ps > out2up.ps This will make pages with 16 page long signatures or 4 paper groups. You can change this by editing the -s ...


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"Best" is subjective. I don't think there is an ultimate inspirational book. Inspiration comes from anywhere/everywhere depending on your state of mind at a given time. Why not accumulate a collection of books over time?


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It depends on how you added those page breaks in the first place. Manually with "Insert Odd Page Break" and/or "Insert Even Page Break": add a regular "Page Break" (without 'odd' or 'even') immediately after the current page break, then delete the previous break. (Do it in this order so you cannot accidentally paste the previous and next paragraphs ...


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From my experience with textbooks (still in school) the most professional books are very clear and simple, they don't have fancy fonts or very clever designs. There are primarily 2 types of textbook, the plain clear and simple and the colourful and 'more fun' style. Although the content is the same there are a few key differences. Boxes and layout In all ...


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I learned a lot from the Classroom In A Book series mentioned in the other answer, and I recommend them highly, but it can only teach you so much. If you have access to any Adobe User Group meetings (for example there is an InDesign User's Group that meets in my area), you will learn much more from experts. Additionally, there are some amazing tutorial ...


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I can't recommend a font but I would consider fonts that were available up to the 1850s, or at most up to the beginning of the 20th C. So, maybe some modern romans. I don't really see the Arts and Crafts movement working that well for today's audience but ... it might. The UX guy in me says - know your audience.


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Gentium from SIL will likely work well for a free font. The SIL Open Font license also means that you can edit the font for your own needs using a font editor like FontForge. Gentium was designed for scholarly work and supports Latin, Cyrillic, and Greek.


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Rather than a clipping path, you can use InDesign's built in "Detect Edges" (it's under Contour Options in the Text Wrap panel, which defaults to "Same as Clipping"). InDesign will then ignore the Photoshop clipping path, most likely, but it won't hurt to remove it from the PSD. Once InDesign has created the path, you can tweak it if you need to using the ...


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Personally I hate the massive red, blue green or black text saying this page is left blank intentionally. I feel the reader is intelligent enough to see when its a page break and when something is missing. If you feel its necessary, I would just make a faint mark at the bottom saying so. Or what about setting a new icon at the bottom or an illustration ...


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The easiest way to do this would be to export out the .cdr file(s) as an EPS and import it into Illustrator by going to File -> Place and select from the drop down EPS. I would suggest if you are doing a book then export out as EPS and place it in InDesign and create a book document File -> New -> Book We do have a similar question that may help ...


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From your question and comments, I would strongly recommend signing up for a free trial week on Lynda.com and going through David Blatner's "InDesign Essentials" title and a couple of more advanced ones. He did two titles, at least, for CS5.5. Apply your OCDness to defining terminology. If you don't know what a pica is, or any other term you come across, ...



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