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new author--childrens book--margin/trim issues with illustrations



  • Erik Istrup Publishing

    I have been searching on the Internet, but it only seems to work on the MAC version of Word.

    I use Adobe InDesign.

    Maybe you can use a different program to load the document, add the bleeds and generate the pdf.

    I will check out the free Scribus:

  • Erik Istrup Publishing

    Sorry, Scribus does not seem to be able to open any of the filetypes Work can save in.

  • Erik Istrup Publishing

    I assume your book does not contains a lot of pages. You may want to go for a try and use Scribus.

  • David Clarke

    Yes, anything is better than Word!

    For full-page illustrations, I create the pages in Photoshop as hi-res jpgs (RGB or CMYK depending on who is printing) with dimensions that include a 3mm bleed all round and then import the pages into InDesign. The text is created directly in ID (normally by copying and pasting from something else) since text in PS isn't nearly as sharp when imported into ID - it may look ok but when printed it's not good enough. Text in ID can also be placed with pinpoint precision. The final file for printing is a print quality pdf export from ID.

    If you are looking for an alternative to Word that has all the same functionality but none of the hassle of hidden coding, try Nisus Writer Pro. It's not expensive, saves file as .rtf and can export to docx etc if you need them. I've been using it for a couple of years and the latest version is very sophisticated. (I have no commercial interest in recommending it!)

  • Erik Istrup Publishing

    Thanks for your input Dave. Just out of curiosity I will check out Nisus Writer Pro. Scribus (which is free/open source) acts very much like InDesign, but is crude in its appearance and very different to use than Word.

  • Erik Istrup Publishing

    Nisus Writer Pro is for Mac only.

  • David Clarke

    Being a Mac user, I'd forgotten that! However, I hope my other suggestions for Laura might be helpful.

    If your manuscript is a substantial part of your book, Laura, I'd suggest also looking at Scrivener, which is these days both Mac and PC. It's an invaluable program for all authors and only $45. It's only useful for the text, but for organising that side of a book, it's in a class of its own.

  • Erik Istrup Publishing

    OK, here is what you can do (if you don't have a lot of pages). I use a Danish version, so the menu names my differ:

    1) Adjust so paper size is 3 mm larger in width and 6 mm larger in heigh.
    2) Set page margins to 0 (and ignore the warning).
    3) Turn on Grid and set it to something meaningful for you. You will use this to get track on your 'margins'.
    4) Add images (Remove option: Move object with text)
    5) Add text in text boxes (Remove option: Move object with text). Remove frame and maybe background.
    6) File > Export as PDF/XPS, under settings chose PDF/A-standard.

    Ingram Spark do not need cut marks.

    Here my grid is set to 2.5 mm and shows grid at every 5 mm. The text box is placed 25 mm from the left and 20 mm from the right edge. This gives the margins of approx. 20 and 15 mm when trimmed.

    Just out of curiosity, how do you handle the cover? I assume you download the template in pdf format.

  • Erik Istrup Publishing

    I can't upload the pdf here.

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