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

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Formatting the Quoting of Internal Passages in a Story

I am working on a book that is a collection of short science fiction stories for adults. Typesetting in InDesign. What is the convention or industry standard for the formatting/typesetting of written ...
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Creating a long document with text and graphic: Framemaker or InDesign?

I'm working on a book about software with many graphics (screenshots of the software that I work on it, and some vector graphics) with the heavy body text. I guess the book will be finished about 600 ...
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(InDesign CC 2019) Continuous page numbering was cancelled and each file in Book Panel has own page number?

I have a Book file includes 161 .inDDs files inside it. Some files have one page and some of them have more than five pages and etc, Before I updated InDesign to the last version, the Book panel ...
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Can typography & elements be more balanced & less forced in this book cover design?

This is a re-design of a book named Paper Towns. Just for practice, I've re-designed the cover. Here, I can't notice any problem with the elements I've placed, but it somehow looks little cluttered ...
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Client's editor wants to work directly on my InDesign files

I design books on a 'for hire' basis i.e. I provide the client with the indd and image link files at the end of the project (once the book has been printed and there are no further revisions to be ...
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InDesign: How to make sure that new chapter are on the right side?

I designed a book in InDesign. How can I make sure that every new chapter is starting on the right side before going to print? Below, page 7 and 19 are new chapter. Page 2 is the book title page. ...
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Are there any textbooks/works on Graphic Design that are objectively seen as the best? [duplicate]

I'm looking to read a textbook or a work about graphic design or typography that is considered to be essential or the best for its field, and in particular, I would like one that is somewhat old and ...
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Where to get public domain East Asian book illustrations?

There are public domain resources (such as those listed on Wikipedia) where one can obtain illustrations from old books. However, most of these illustrations are of the "European style" (i.e. European ...
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Text frame not filling up in indesign

Hi friends today i have a problem with an indesign book i'm designing: the text that flow into some pages do not fill up page text frames completely. I don't know if the issue is from my formatting ...
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How can I test and apply certain changes to all documents in a book file?

I have a book file with around 75 documents amounting to 1927 pages. All of these documents contain the same paragraph style 'Body'. My first question is: How can I "test" a change in 'Body' to all ...
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Software for the graphic realization of an illustrative book [duplicate]

I was commissioned a job that comes out a bit from the patterns of my job (programmer). I was asked to create a book for a famous interior design company. I first accepted, because it is simply a ...
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What is the name of shapes that bleed off the edge of a book page, forming a 'tab' on the edge?

In design of bigger reference books, a common element is adding coloured blocks at the edge of every page of a chapter. These blocks are made to bleed off the edge of the page, resulting in a faux ...
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Don’t add space between paragraphs of the same style

Rather new at book body design. Having a little problem. I know there are similar questions here, but it didn't really solve my specifics. I have loads of quotes in my book that I will indent a ...
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What's the term of art for hardcover books with an illustration printed directly on the cover?

Is there a design / printing / bookmaking term of art for case-bound hardcovers with the art not on a dustjacket but on the cover itself (not common in US/UK trade publishing, but found e.g. on many ...
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Specifying paper weight/thickness for a textbook

I have to specify print instructions for a textbook that will be printed in China. If I want to create a hardcover textbook that is 300 pages in length, and will weigh less than 5 pounds, what paper ...
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Is binding correction necessary for a single-sided, bound document?

In book design, the combined inner margins of the recto and verso pages should add up to the outer margin of a single page (of course there are different designs). When I open a book, I see: left ...
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How to paint book edges?

I'm binding a custom book. The edges of the text block need to be painted black. I've been experimenting with techniques but have not found the perfect one yet. The best I have so far is using ...
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Can I claim ownership of derivative Illustrations in a book?

I am illustrating a book and I have used some stock art mixed with design in Illustrator and Photoshop along with a few hand drawn pieces. Can I say Illustrated by "my name" if I do use some stock art?...
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How can I mimic a used magazine cover (crease, earmark, cracks) with Gimp? [closed]

I have made a fan magazine cover with Gimp (Sunken novels): I would like to imitate creases, cracks, earmarks, tears (maybe even coffee mug marks) to give it a used, worn-out look. Something like: I ...
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How to create a simple split page layout

I am new to InDesign and I am trying to create a file to get an image book published. For page 1, I want to split the page into 2 halves, where 1 half has text and the other is filled with an image. ...
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Can you mix two documents in one book?

I am translating a book from latin and want to put the translation on the next page (parallel text edition) keeping different footnotes for each document. I have two documents in one book, latin.indd ...
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Deciding On Inside Margins For A Perfect-bound Book

What factors should guide my decision on adding extra inside margins when preparing a book for perfect binding? I'm working on a book that will be perfectly bound. It's a budget job, so I'm using an ...
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Jump to page in SWF viewer generated by InDesign

I have a cca. 120 pages book prepared in InDesign CC (2017), which was printed some time ago and now the customer wants it published on their website. The layout is quite complicated (it's more like ...
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Can I sign myself as illustrator?

I have written a children's book and also illustrated it. However, I have asked a graphic designer to redo the images for me. I hired her through a company which affords me total rights to the new ...
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Can I create a book index or table of contents in InDesign that automatically updates page numbers as text reflows?

I have nearly completed an employee handbook with sections and headings such as "Your Guide to Personal Conduct", "Parking", "Benefits", "Dress Code", etc. As the handbook is updated, sometimes the ...
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Looking for some simple sans serif book ornaments

We are making the first-ever full size book for a minority language in West Africa. I want this not just OK, but a really nice and well done "real" book. I even found a budget for quality binding. So ...
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How to give photo credit in a book

A client of mine wants to use photos off the internet for her book that will be printed on a small run from 50-200 for clients of hers for a training manual. How do i cite them properly to cover both ...
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How to Interview DTP Operator for Book Design Company

We have a small publishing company (Physical Children's Books ages 2 - 14 of different sizes) and currently outsource all our design and illustration job. We however now want to hire an in-house DTP ...
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What is the industry standard for novel printing? CMYK or Pantone?

I'm just wondering: What is the industry standard for printing the interior pages of a novel or a book that contains only black text and B&W images? Do you print using CMYK but only use 100% black,...
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Indesign print options if you plan on cutting the page in half

I have been trying to find the answer to this but have had no luck. I've got a book that I would like to print out for a sample proof. I figure an 5.5" by 8.5" would be good so i could simply cut a ...
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InDesign: how to import text from Word Perfect or Pages format

My book designer is using InDesign, but she cannot import text in Word Perfect or Pages (mac). She likes me to send my text in PDF but then she retypes it. It is causing lots of confusion and error. ...
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Pantone CMYK v. Solid

I am working in illustrator and creating a logo guidebook for a client. When I go to choose my Pantone color from the provided Pantone Color Book, it gives the option of Pantone CMYK and also ...
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Is it OK to layout landscape images vertically in a book?

I am currently laying out a book (poetry). There are a few images to be placed at various points throughout the text. Most of these are portrait orientation. For various reasons it is necessary for ...
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The Allure Of The Book [closed]

I am writing my dissertation on 'The Allure Of The Book' and i'll be focusing on; why consumers love books, why designers love books, what is it about the book that is held in such regard to the ...
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Should I send my client the original file of a job? [duplicate]

I have recently accepted a free-lance job to typeset a book in LaTeX for a publisher. I'm not a professional graphic designer, but I have been working with this tool for a long time now. Now I even ...
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Where can I find open source graphics for print layouts? [duplicate]

I'm looking for some assets to decorate an Art Book I'm working on. Simple textures, board trims, etc are what I'm after. Thanks!
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Use master pages to change text frame on every page

I am currently using InDesign to edit a book that my father wrote and is republishing. He is making some changes, most notably, differently sized pages. I was able to very easily change the size of ...
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What is the correct use of quotation marks for very long spoken texts in a novel?

I am layouting a novel, and while it generally flows like novels do, in two occasions, one person holds extremely long political speeches -- a couple of pages long, several paragraphs each. I find it ...
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How best to handle multiple editions & changes provided by the client?

Over the past few months I've been working on a number of book layout & design projects. Normally, the client provides me with a manuscript in DOC/DOCX which I import into InDesign and go about ...
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What is a critical spine and when should I avoid it?

Recently, I made my first forays into professional book cover design. I submitted a design for a glued-back book with a base white front and back, but a coloured spine. The customer, an experienced ...
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Poster book to be printed

I have a big collection of film posters from the 40s-70s and I am working on a project where I want to print 100 posters into a book. I will credit the production company and mention all the info on ...
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Is there a clean way to use primary colors as a partial background in a book cover?

A lot of UI guides advise against using primary colors as a background for text. I'm in the process of designing covers for a series of 4 books, and I thought it would be good to have a band across ...
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Van de Graaf Canon and title pages

I am currently working on typesetting a book and I have been fairly consistent about following the Van de Graaf canon. However, the question arises when dealing with the front matter, whether it is ...
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InDesign: Synchronize styles WITHOUT Color swatches

I need to have several InDesign (CS6) documents with same object, paragraph and character styles, but each with a different color scheme. For example a Paragraph style Heading with Character Color set ...
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Creating a book for print

I am creating a book in InDesign for the first time. It's a children's book that will feature scanned actual photos that I've touched up in Photoshop and am dropping into Indesign. I've saved these as ...
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Continuous Footnotes in InDesign CS6

I'm having trouble how to place continuous footnotes to my work. I'm working on a book and in every instance that I use footnotes for a spread, it always starts with 1. Please help me how to fix ...
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Name of this Font? Body text in the series of books by Time-Life

I am trying to identify a font from a series of books by Time-Life that has gone out of print. A sample of the particular is given in the image below: OCR, image processing and correlation with font ...
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How to have a section start on an odd page _and_ number the page with a prefix starting again at 1?

I've set up a paragraph format section, which starts on the next odd page. Additionally, I would like the page number to be prefixed by the section number and starting again at 1, i.e. page numbers ...
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Brochure Design: For a saddle stitch (center stapled) brochure, what adjustments should be made to compensate for creep?

For a saddle stitch (center-stapled) brochure, what adjustments should be made (if any) to counter any page-size distortion from folding? I know measures are taken to mitigate this with other types ...
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How were scientific illustrations made before the spread of digital computers?

Before the advent of digital computers, a lot of scientific publications had high quality illustrations. How did they do this without computers? EDIT Examples of illustrations to which I am ...