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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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Best book about modernism typography

"Grid systems in graphic design" by Josef Müller Brockmann is THE book about the modular grid system and deals with layout. The "Vignelli Canon" by Massimo Vignelli partly deals ...
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My font looks blurry on book cover

I am starting out as an author and do my own book covers using ‘Be Funky.’ I start out with a photo and edit it to suit, and then ‘add text.’ The problem is that my text sometimes looks blurry when ...
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Mobile (TabS3 Samsung) apps to digital drawing: I need to draw book/ebook covers in 300dpi

I want to produce ebook covers and printable covers. So, which apps can I use to draw, without any doubts, in 300dpi or higher using my tablet?
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When working with printing services, how big are paper sizes before trimming to “standard” sizes?

I'm working on a case-bound hardcover A5 book (portrait) and this is the first time I've ever had design files for content inside the book when bookbinding. The signatures will be sewn together and ...
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Largest commercially available paper size and binding for art books?

Although there have been notable instances of very large photography books being printed, there doesn’t seem to be a way to search books by their size. In other words are there printing presses that ...
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How can I get a pattern going down like this on my specific book covers? [closed]

How can I get a flower effect to come down running on my custom made book stack? Also what is best to do this on Adobe illustrator?
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How should you design both sides of a diary page to avoid sewing/stitching/punching the content?

I'm using Illustrator to design a page which have content on both sides. I've created 2 artboards of same size for this. It will be used in the middle of a blank diary as an advertisement. Now I'm new ...
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How can I achieve this print look for a Bookcover?

i'm currently designing a book cover and try to find a possibility to produce a golden square like in the picture, with text on it. I think in the picture they used a sticker. How can I achieve this ...
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Printing: will a font always give exactly the same result, regardless of how it's printed?

Will a font always print exactly the same, regardless of the print technology? Example: printing at the local print shop on a laser printer versus the commercial printing of a book. Here is Linotype's ...
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Is this a reasonable workload?

this might not be the place to ask this question, but I don't know anyone else in my field. I work for a book publisher. I design around 90% of their 100+ books per year. I have worked there for 7 ...
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Is QuarkXpress still relevant for manuscripts and books please? [duplicate]

I used QuarkXpress years ago when freelancing on a temporary basis with a local printer/publisher, when I edited manuscripts for local authors and developed the layouts. The version with which I am ...
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If I want my published art book to be 6.5 x 6.5, how big should the actual art work be?

I wondered how big my physical, not digital, art work should be for a finished book size 6.5 x 6.5? Many thanks
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General rules for figure/table placement in books?

I would like to know whether there are any general rules for the dimensions and placement of figures and tables in books. For example, if you first refer to a figure in the middle of a page, is it ...
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Typographers' “canon of exemplars”: What are some books that typographers think are examples of great typography?

Please note that I am not asking for famous books about typography (like this question does), although I imagine that such books would usually themselves be examples of great typography. What I have ...
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Where and/or why is a slanted hyphen used?

I was reading this version of White Fang and I noticed that the hyphens connecting words are slightly slanted to the left. I have never seen a slanted hyphen before and googling it did not yield any ...
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How can I print a PDF booklet with pages the right size?

Sorry about the ambiguous title. I have a PDF file of A5 pages I'd like to print as a booklet. I have Adobe Reader and Adobe Acrobat and the rest of CS6 — although I didn't use it to produce the PDF. ...
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Lightroom Book Module Text Pixelation

I have been using Lightroom for several years and have not run into this problem until now. I used to and usually would run Lightroom Classic on my computers which were Windows machines. I really ...
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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 or ...
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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 ...