Here’s some helpful information for you BookSmart users who want detailed page and trim specs for pages designed outside of and imported into BookSmart. I originally posted this as an FAQ, but have added a graphic for full effect. Take away what is helpful and let me know what other hints I can give you in the future.
When importing high-resolution designs as a JPG or PNG from other layout apps (such as Adobe inDesign), size your documents to the following page measurements. These specs can also double for those who want exact sizing for full-bleed images. Please make sure your images are at least 150 DPI at 100% scale (300 DPI is preferred) and to set your color profile to sRGB.
Note: Full-bleed page measurements below include 1/8-inch (.3175 cm) bleed on top, bottom, and outside edge.
Updated September 10, 2010
Black and White Text Pocket
Cover (full bleed): 1663 x 2550 px – 5.543 x 8.5 inches, 14.08 x 21.59 cm
Page (full bleed): 1538 x 2475 px – 5.127 x 8.25 inches, 13.02 x 20.96 cm
Black and White Text Trade
Cover (full bleed): 1934 x 2850 px – 6.447 x 9.5 inches, 16.37 x 24.13 cm
Page (full bleed): 1838 x 2775 px – 6.127 x 9.25 inches, 15.56 x 23.50 cm
Cover (full bleed): 2225 x 2142 px – 7.417 x 7.14 inches, 18.84 x 18.14 cm
Page (full bleed): 2063 x 2067 px – 6.877 x 6.89 inches, 17.47 x 17.5 cm
Cover (full bleed): 3059 x 2555 px – 10.197 x 8.517 inches, 25.9 x 21.63 cm
Page (full bleed): 2888 x 2475 px – 9.627 x 8.25 inches, 24.45 x 20.96 cm
Cover (full bleed): 2530 x 3080 px – 8.433 x 10.267 inches, 21.42 x 26.08 cm
Page (full bleed): 2363 x 3000 px – 7.877 x 10 inches, 20.01 x 25.40 cm
Cover (full bleed): 3942 x 3342 px – 13.14 x 11.14 inches, 33.38 x 28.30 cm
Page (full bleed): 3788 x 3263 px – 12.627 x 10.877 inches, 32.07 x 27.63 cm
Cover (full bleed): 3702 x 3675 px – 12.34 x 12.25 inches, 31.35 x 31.12 cm
Page (full bleed): 3563 x 3600 px – 11.87 x 12.0 inches, 30.16 x 30.48 cm
Need trim information? (See graphic below or click for larger image.)
For pages we trim 1/8 inch off the top, bottom, and outside edge (not the gutter/binding side of your page). I recommend keeping vital text or important imagery away from the edge unless it’s okay if it gets trimmed. Look at your own favorite books to see how text and image bleeds are oriented toward the edge of pages to get a good idea of what I’m talking about. For book dust jackets, the full-bleed front and back panel, we trim 1/8 off the top, bottom edge, and the outside edge of the flaps for a dust jacket.
A quick word on ImageWrap: ImageWrap covers are made by adjusting and stretching the front and back cover images around the edges of the book case, so please make sure that critical content – images and text — is at least one inch (2.5 cm) from your book’s edges. Also, please note that ImageWrap books do not have cover flaps.
Plain and simple: To get that cool full-bleed look we have to trim the edge of your image. Knowing this simple info lets you design your book with added confidence!
Next week’s post will focus on the best way to save out pages from other layout applications to import into our beloved BookSmart. Note: We’ve moved this discussion to the Forums.
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