Stack Exchange Network

Stack Exchange network consists of 174 Q&A communities including Stack Overflow, the largest, most trusted online community for developers to learn, share their knowledge, and build their careers.

Visit Stack Exchange

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

2
votes
1answer
39 views

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 ...
0
votes
1answer
24 views

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 ...
3
votes
2answers
45 views

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 ...
0
votes
2answers
30 views

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 ...
0
votes
1answer
24 views

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 ...
7
votes
2answers
286 views

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 ...
0
votes
2answers
55 views

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?...
1
vote
1answer
117 views

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 ...
0
votes
0answers
60 views

Split Chapter in Indesign Book

I am trying to prepare a magazine for online publishing via InDesign’s Publish Online. We have a file for the cover, Pages 1–2 and 19–20 out of 20, and one file for the content, Pages 3–18. I ...
0
votes
1answer
1k views

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. ...
1
vote
2answers
110 views

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 ...
0
votes
0answers
713 views

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 ...
3
votes
1answer
68 views

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 ...
0
votes
1answer
36 views

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 ...
0
votes
3answers
373 views

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 ...
0
votes
0answers
412 views

How to setup a book's pages for press printing in InDesign/Illustrator?

i have to setup output of a 500 page's book for press printing. i want to know about forma setup in InDesign/Illustrator. Image for understanding my question TIA
12
votes
3answers
701 views

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 ...
6
votes
3answers
2k views

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 ...
1
vote
2answers
176 views

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 ...
3
votes
3answers
161 views

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,...
0
votes
3answers
2k views

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 ...
3
votes
2answers
240 views

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. ...
5
votes
1answer
1k views

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 ...
5
votes
1answer
381 views

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 ...
-3
votes
1answer
66 views

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 ...
1
vote
0answers
37 views

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 ...
0
votes
1answer
47 views

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!
0
votes
3answers
611 views

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 ...
5
votes
2answers
122 views

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 ...
3
votes
2answers
81 views

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 ...
12
votes
1answer
220 views

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 ...
1
vote
1answer
37 views

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 ...
3
votes
1answer
93 views

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 ...
3
votes
1answer
120 views

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 ...
0
votes
1answer
234 views

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 ...
0
votes
3answers
92 views

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 ...
1
vote
1answer
3k views

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 ...
0
votes
0answers
52 views

Publishing Books: considering Adobe ID, XeLaTeX

As a university professor, I feel like gathering my notes and create books (ebooks) out of them. I know LaTeX quite well but sometimes I feel like the placement of floats is not very well done ...
1
vote
2answers
373 views

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 ...
2
votes
1answer
858 views

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 ...
1
vote
1answer
212 views

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 ...
14
votes
8answers
4k views

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 ...
16
votes
3answers
2k views

Good strategies for typesetting bilingual books

I’m currently laying out and typesetting the second edition of an academic book about European fisheries and their status in the current EU climate. The book is bilingual, with all articles appearing ...
3
votes
2answers
393 views

Center align to page or to safe area

I'm designing a cookbook in InDesign using templates from blurb.com similar to the one below. If I want a photo or a piece of text to be aligned to the centre of the page when the book prints, is it ...
0
votes
1answer
66 views

What movement is this book cover (Mischief by Ed McBain, Avon 1994) from?

When I first read this book as a kid, I was struck by the warped angles and stark design of its cover. In order to look up more examples of such art/design, it would be helpful to know what genre/...
2
votes
2answers
740 views

InDesign: chapters under sections in a multi-document book

I am working on a book where each chapter is a separate .indd file. These files are assembled in a single .indb file to make the final book. However, I am considering grouping these chapter-documents (...
1
vote
1answer
457 views

A4 portfolio as a book in photoshop. page compilation?

i want to design my A4 portfolio like a book format. and want to design 2 pages at a time. Could you suggest how shall i go about it. I was thinking of taking pages (1,4-2,3) and (5,8-6,7) together. ...
2
votes
1answer
453 views

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 ...
0
votes
2answers
240 views

Best book for design inspiration [closed]

I recently thought of buying some good graphic design inspiration book. but the problem is choice, I got a big list of book and I don't know which one to buy. I prefer books with a lot of pictures.My ...
19
votes
2answers
4k views

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 ...