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Using the Templates Feature for Your Booklet LayoutsWhen you visit our website, you may notice the tab for templates on the upper-right hand corner of the page. When you click on it, you're going to get something like this:
File setup templates are guides that let you see how your layout will look and if it fits the page. Below is a template for an 8.5 x 5.5 wire-bound booklet which will be bound on the left side:
The broken lines act as a guide and tell you if a portion of your image will be trimmed and which elements you may need to readjust so that your layout fits perfectly. This is also what the prepress does when they are given a layout to proof.
Here are some useful terms to know when you’re using the file setup template:1. Bleed- bleed is when your layout extends to the edge of the page when it’s trimmed. When you print booklets, the standard allowance for bleed is 1/8” on each side.
2. Safety Zone- the safety zone, which is represented by the green line on the template, is where text and images that are critical to the layout shouldn’t go beyond so that it won’t risk being trimmed off. As a general rule, your files need to be built on the final trim size with a 1/8” bleed allowance on each side.
3. Bindery- For booklets and catalogs, UPrinting offers saddle-stitching and wire-o binding. A saddle-stitched booklet is bound using staples in the seam or the spine of the booklet where it folds, while wire-bound booklets use double loops of a wire passed through holes.
To get the best printing results, files need to have a resolution of at least 300 dpi. If your files have a lower resolution, they may turn out pixelated or blurry in print. Full color artwork and/or images also need to be saved in the CMYK color mode, while black and white artwork and images must be in grayscale. Files that are in RGB or Pantone color mode automatically get converted to CMYK and would cause a shift since they are not of the same color spectrum.
For people creating files using vector-based software such as illustrator, InDesign, or Freehand, the text must be converted to outlines before generating the final PDF file. If you’re using Photoshop, just flatten the image. Don’t use fonts smaller than 8pts, and small or very narrow fonts may not show up well on print against dark backgrounds.
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