Over the years we have printed many custom catalogs and booklets. The one common issue that print designers and marketers have been struggling with is setting up the files correctly in InDesign. Adobe InDesign is the industry standard for creating and laying out multiple page magazines, booklets, and catalogs.
Our creative team has put together a great infographic on how to set up a booklet print in Adobe InDesign. If you follow these steps, you will have an easy time setting up your design project and exporting it. This will give you the ability to have a print ready file that you can send to a printing company of your choice. Here at Printleaf, we require a high resolution PDF exported in single pages with a .125″ bleed on all 4 sides.
The infographic also goes over various binding options. Many times when we receive requests for a saddle-stitch bound booklet, people think that they can print any number of pages. That is not the case, saddle-stitch booklets or catalogs, must be in multiples of 4 pages. Lets say, you want to print an 8.5″ x 11″ finished size booklet, how does that work? We take an 11″ x 18″ sheet (accounting for bleeds), then we folded in half. Once its folded, that sheet has 4 pages. So when you stack these sheets on top of each other, the final number of pages will be multiples of four pages, 12, 16, 20, 24, 38, 32, 36, 40, etc.
Outlining text note: While converting text to outlines is not normally necessary, if you feel you need to do this, then read this article to learn how to do it.
We have also put together a slideshare for this infographic.
If you need help with printing your booklet projects, reach out to our sales team firstname.lastname@example.org, and we will be happy to answer any questions. With production on the east and west coast of the U.S. we can produce digital and offset custom booklet printing.
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Last modified: January 31, 2020