There are two parts to getting a PDF printed: making sure your PDF is print-ready and then actually uploading the PDF. Follow the checklist below to successfully print your PDF with Blurb.
1. Make sure your PDF is print-ready
- Ensure all the fonts you used are properly embedded in the PDF.
- Use our specification calculator to design files to the correct dimensions.
- Make sure your book has an even number of pages, and at least 20 pages. 5x8 and 6x9 books should have page counts divisible by 6.
- Verify that all the images in your book are between 150 and 300 DPI.
- Make black text only 100% Black ink.
- Rasterize overly complex vectors (e.g. Illustrator or CAD graphics).
- Create your cover last after you know your final page count.
- Place images and artwork out to the bleed of the document to allow for trim so white lines will not appear at the edges of trimmed pages.
- Use perceptual rendering intent on all objects when possible.
- Don't use spot or registration color.
- Review your PDF file prior to upload. 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
2. Upload a PDF
You have a few options on how to get it over to us:
- If you are using Adobe InDesign to create your book, use the Blurb InDesign Plug-in to design and upload your project.
- If you created your PDF using a program besides InDesign, you can upload it via our PDF uploader.
Please note: PDFs will be automatically resized if they are within about a 10% dimension tolerance, so after you upload your PDF, carefully review its preview.
All set? Start uploading your PDFs