The plug-in creates blank templates in the correct size and specs we require.
Do not modify your document page size or it will fail our preflight check or need to be re-sized (which can distort your artwork).
Yes, those odd numbers you see in the document setup are indeed the correct size.
You may add pages to or subtract pages from the document prior to creating your cover file.
Do not add printer marks of any kind. We'll add any necessary marks on the back end. If you add marks of your own, they'll appear in your printed book.
If you already have a non-Blurb InDesign file we recommend manually copying and pasting your content into a blank template from our plug-in.
2. Set your InDesign color settings
Go to Edit > Color Settings.
Select the options shown below. You can either download and install the Blurb ICC profile or choose CMYK US Web Coated (SWOP) v2.
Also go to Edit > Transparency Blend Space and select Document CMYK. This will make any over-lapping elements consistent.
3. Don’t use spot or registration color
Convert all spot/pantone color to CMYK prior to uploading your PDF.
Some spot colors can be converted at the press to a mix of CMYK, but depending on the complexity of your design (drop shadows, etc.) they may not translate correctly. This is why Blurb recommends not using spot colors at all.
Registration color (100% of all four inks) is just that–to check the registration of the color–and should be avoided when designing your book.
Black text should almost always be K only (0,0,0,100).
4. Avoid overly complex vector art
Convert complex vector art using this method to help reduce the likelihood of problems when your PDF reaches the press.
Overly complex vector art embedded in PDF files (such as architectural drawings) can cause great strain at the print device and result in print failure. A page with this type of content can contain thousands of paths that are not easily seen when visually reviewing a PDF, nor is there a way to catch this prior to sending the file to press.
All artwork that appears to display slowly when reviewing the exported PDF (giving the page an animated look) should be converted to a raster image prior to export.
5. Make your cover only after you complete your pages design
Do not create your cover template from the plug-in until you have the exact page count of your book. This will create a correctly sized cover for your book.
6. Correctly review your exported PDF
In Acrobat/Adobe Reader make sure the following are set in preferences:
View -> Page Display menu of the PDF, select Two-Up and Show Cover Page During Two-Up
Preferences > Page Display > de-select Use Local Fonts
Preferences > Page Display > set Use Overprint Preview to Always
7. Design out to the bleed
All exported PDFs include a bleed that will be trimmed when sent to print.
If content is to “bleed” off the page make sure to place it at least to the red bleed line, not at the black trim line.
8. Order a proof
Even with preflights and careful review of the final PDFs we highly recommend ordering a single copy of your book prior to placing a larger order to ensure that everything is correct.