Cover files are to be submitted as a full spread—back cover, spine, and front cover, with bleed. IngramSpark provides a free cover template customized to your book’s particular size, specs and spine width, upon which you layout your cover spread before uploading.
The Cover Template Generator is a tool authors, publishers and their designers are encouraged to use to layout the cover file on and to see specifications for the cover. The template displays bleed and safety areas and it also provides a free barcode. In addition, the template provides information such as spine width and document size.
If using an InDesign template:
The InDesign template will only open in InDesign. You may refer to the "Cover Set Up" section of the File Creation Guide, attached here, for instruction.
If using a PDF template:
The cover template generator should be used if using any program other than InDesign. Cover artwork cannot be placed on the template directly in Acrobat. If this is done, and not saved properly, all of the elements placed in Acrobat will drop out when processed and will be rejected by our Pre-Media file technicians.
If you are not using a “Graphic Design Program” (InDesign, Illustrator, Photoshop, Quark), then instructions for using the cover template can vary based on the program you are using.
In most cases, the PDF can be used like an image. It can be placed in the background as an image, and the cover created over it. The barcode is part of the cover template PDF in this case, and you will either have to place a barcode of your own or crop the template down to just the barcode. You can, of course, submit it without a barcode and we will place one in the lower right corner of the back cover, at no cost.
It’s important to know that the PDF sent via the cover template generator is high resolution (300 ppi) at a specific size. Just because a program allows the template to be used, it does not guarantee that the program used will open it at the correct size and resolution, or save it at the correct size and resolution.
If you are using Photoshop, you may refer to our File Creation Guide, which has specific instructions about opening the PDF in Photoshop.
The overall document size of the cover template is located in the bottom left corner of the template you receive.
Can I Move the Barcode in the Template I Receive from the Cover Generator Tool?
Yes, the barcode in the back cover area can be moved or repositioned as needed. We ask that you don't resize the barcode.
InDesign Server Transition for Ingram’s Cover Template Generator
The InDesign server utilized for delivery of our custom Cover Template Generator will no longer be maintained by Adobe after April 2020, which requires an upgrade to the InDesign CC 2019 Server. As of April 2020, the updated Cover Template Generator will continue to deliver PDF templates, but will only deliver InDesign templates that are compatible with InDesign CS6 and newer. This means, as of April 2020, InDesign CS5 and older users who currently request InDesign files from our Cover Template Generator will need to request PDF templates instead or update their version of InDesign to CS6 or newer.
WHO WILL NOT BE AFFECTED?
PDF Template Users: Those who request PDF templates from our Cover Template Generator
InDesign CC 2019 and newer users who request InDesign templates: These users will be able to open the InDesign templates emailed to them as normal.
Those who do not utilize our Cover Template Generator
WHO WILL BE AFFECTED?
InDesign CC 2018 and older users and InDesign CS6 users: These users will be able to receive the InDesign templates from our generator and will be able to convert them to their version. They will receive the following dialog alert when opening the initial InDesign file and should choose to “convert” the file. From our testing, there is nothing “modified or omitted” when opening our templates using this process:
InDesign CS5 and older: Users who currently request our Indd template and only have an InDesign version CS5 or older will need to either request a PDF template or will need to update their software to Indesign CS6 and newer by April 2020.
We will temporarily allow these users to continue to request an Indesign CS3 template from our legacy system until April 2020, to allow sufficient time to make necessary changes.
WHEN WILL CHANGES TAKE PLACE?
October 2019: The InDesign CC option will appear in the Cover Template Generator interface, but InDesign CS3 will remain the default. This will allow you to begin using the new template format at your discretion in advance of the full upgrade.
January 2020: The InDesign CC option in the Cover Template Generator interface will become the default option. InDesign CS3 will remain at this point, but not be the default. This will allow those who have not fully transitioned to InDesign CC to be more aware of the upcoming change, while still providing a temporary fallback if they still need to make adjustments on their end.
April 2020: The InDesign CS3 option will be removed from the Cover Template Generator
For questions regarding these changes, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org