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Book Design

Book Design

Tips and tricks for designing books in InDesign.


Glynnis Ritchie

April 20, 2016


  1. Tips and tricks for designing books. Book Design Glynnis Ritchie

  2. Book Terms

  3. http://centralcolour.co.uk/case-bound-books/

  4. http://ebookfriendly.com/book-diagrams/

  5. http://ebookfriendly.com/book-diagrams/

  6. Bleed is the extended area past ‘crop marks’ on the

    paper that will be trimmed off after printing. Art work or text that you want flush with the edge of the page or cover should have a bleed.
  7. The slug, like bleed, is not part of a final

    printed work. Unlike bleed, the slug area is not printed at all, as it is intended to provide space for notes to the printer. Occasionally slugs are printed to allow an area for notes about changes or final sign-off on a proof.
  8. A proof is a test print made to reveal errors,

    flaws, predict results when printing, or record how a print job is intended to appear when finished. There are many more specific words for proofs like “blueline” or “composite proof” which may show different stages of printing or indicate the type of print technology or material.
  9. Margins are the negative spaces between the edge of the

    page and the content. Margin proportions are important as they help establish the overall tension of the page, and provide a resting place for the eye.
  10. Gutters are the negative spaces of a page on the

    inside margins, between two facing pages. The gutter space may vary depending on the binding method, but usually gutters are larger than margins to allow for creep.
  11. http://ebookfriendly.com/book-diagrams/

  12. Baseline grids help create a common rhythm on the page.

    It helps with aligning text and choosing appropriate type sizes and hierarchy.
  13. http://www.thinkingwithtype.com/contents/grid/

  14. http://www.thinkingwithtype.com/contents/grid/

  15. Getting Started

  16. When you create a new document in InDesign, you’ll be

    prompted to make decisions about page size, number of pages, columns, gutters, margins, bleed, and slug. All of these are adjustable after the fact.
  17. http://ebookfriendly.com/book-diagrams/ For adjusting page size, bleed, and slug

  18. For adjusting margins and columns

  19. Toolbox, mode switch Property toolbar

  20. Property windows

  21. Using a Baseline Grid

  22. Baseline grids help create a common rhythm on the page.

    It helps with aligning text and choosing appropriate type sizes and hierarchy.
  23. Show baseline grid

  24. Configure baseline grid

  25. Configure: • the color of the grid lines • the

    increment • when you see or don’t see them based on zoom (“view threshold”) • whether grids appear behind images or on top • whether you want the grid only within the margins or across the whole spread
  26. Placeholder text is handy

  27. Link text boxes so text flows from one to another

  28. Tutorial on setting up and working with a baseline grid

    in InDesign: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jWH6HDaMkMM
  29. Master Pages

  30. Master pages provide a way to repeat elements like headers,

    footers, page numbers, or any other common elements or layout that should persist across pages.
  31. Double click master page from pages panel

  32. Letters on pages in the pages panel tell you which

    master page is being applied
  33. Adding an element to a master page puts it on

    every page that uses that master Elements on master pages are only editable from the master page
  34. Page numbers go on master page SHIFT + ⌘ +

    click unlocks master page items for editing or deletion on a normal page
  35. Click the arrow in the pages panel to choose where

    to apply a master page. You can also click and drag master pages to spreads where you want to apply them.
  36. Indicate which master to apply to which pages

  37. Tutorial on working with Master Pages in InDesign: https://youtu.be/40Vsy56ytaE

  38. Styles

  39. Paragraph and character styles provide a way to easily repeat

    type size, treatment, and spacing across the whole document. Using styles helps ensure consistency, and makes it easy to adjust type choices and style later.
  40. Use the property tool bar to modify appearance of text.

    Toggle between paragraph and character properties.
  41. Use the arrow menu on the style panel to create

    new styles or redefine styles.
  42. Tutorial on working with styles in InDesign: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pJOpBQXFL1w

  43. Sharing Files

  44. InDesign files refer to images, fonts, and many other files

    on your system that you’ve used to create your design. For someone else to see your work, they will need the same image files, fonts, and any other assets you’ve used (unlike other programs like PowerPoint). Fortunately, there’s a feature called Packaging that helps with this.
  45. Packaging is what you want to do if you’re sharing

    your work in InDesign with a collaborator who will also make edits or work on the design. This is different than exporting, which you will do to create a file that’s ready for sharing with someone who doesn’t have InDesign, or for printing.
  46. Package a file to check links, images, fonts, etc. before

    sending a file to a collaborator.
  47. Tutorial on sharing files or prepping for print in InDesign:

  48. Exporting

  49. When you’re done designing, you’ll need to export your work

    to a PDF (printers usually don’t want packaged InDesign files). Check with the printer to see what printers’ marks or bleeds they want included in the file you’re sending.
  50. How you export may vary depending on what you’re going

    to do with the file, how you are going to bind a book, etc. Imposition (changing page order so folios can be folded) may be required, or perhaps you just want to email someone a PDF or print a proof from your home printer.
  51. Tutorial on exporting from InDesign: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qzFGsgGb3x0

  52. Resources

  53. Thinking With Type Ellen Lupton http://www.thinkingwithtype.com/

  54. skillshare.com Video Tutorials and Classes Referral link: http://skl.sh/1S0kyTQ

  55. lynda.com Video Tutorials and Classes

  56. youtube.com Video Tutorials