Read our simple step by step guide to design and prepare your hardcover book/photo book for print with Cloudprinter.com.

Download Photobook Templates in all available sizes in AI and PDF formats via the link

Download black and white textbook templates or full colour textbook templates

With the help of the templates, you can prepare the file for print in your Adobe Illustrator simply and easily.

*While preparing your file for print, you’ll have to exclude the bleeds layer.

Follow these 7 simple steps to design and prepare your hardcover book/photo book for print:

 

  1. Choose the size and page orientation

    To design a hardcover book/photo book you'll first need to choose one of the available sizes at Cloudprinter.com.
    Also, you'll have to decide on page orientation — landscape or portrait.
  2. Set page bleeds

    Don't forget to set the bleeds while designing your hardcover book/photo book to ensure the pages of your book/photo book are cut appropriately.
    Set 3 mm (0.125 in) on each side of your hardcover book/photo book.
  3. Prepare file with pages for printing 

    - Set 300 DPI resolution
    - Choose RGB print
    - Save file in PDF/X-4
  4. Determine spine width 

    While designing your hardcover book, you'll have to determine the spine width.
    For this, use our calculator via the link https://docs.cloudprinter.com/client/spine-width-calculator/
  5. Calculate hardcover (case wrap) size

    While designing your hardcover book/photo book, you'll need to determine the size of your book cover, for this, add up:

    - Cover spine
    - Cover squeeze — 5mm (0.197 in)
    - Cover sides
    - Cover overlap — 3 mm (0.125 in)
    - Cover wrap — 18 mm (0.750 in)
  6. Set hardcover (case wrap) bleeds

    Don't forget to set the bleeds while designing your book cover.
    Set 3 mm (0.125 in) on each side of your hardcover (case wrap).
  7. Prepare hardcover (case wrap) file for printing
  • Set 300 DPI resolution
  • Choose RGB print 
  • Save file in PDF/X-4.

Done! Now you can print your hardcover book/photobook globally as close to delivery destination as possible.