Uploading an existing PDF to Blurb

If you’ve made your PDF elsewhere, such as through Canva or SmartAlbum, the information below will be very helpful to get it ready to upload to your Blurb account.

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? Upload your PDFs.


If you run into any issues with your upload, our article about common preflight errors might be able to help you through it.


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