Preview your PDF before upload

Before you upload your PDF (using either the Blurb plug-in for InDesign or the Blurb PDF Uploader) you should carefully review each page of your PDF.

While Blurb is unable to review files for you, there are several things you can do to ensure the best possible results (and no unpleasant surprises when your printed book arrives in the mail).

1. First, view your exported PDF using our recommend settings

  • In particular, make sure any page spreads display correctly.

2. Make sure your full-bleed images completely cover the page. 

  • Make sure your full-bleed layouts go all the way to the page edge and not just the trim edge.
  • If you don't lay out your bleeds correctly, your PDF (and your printed book) will have a white edge, as in this example:

3. Make sure your important content won't be trimmed off.

  • Our InDesign plug-in has guides to help you. 
  • For PDFs not made with our plug-in, use the trim and bleed settings on our specifications page.
  • If uploading via our PDF uploader, also use the guides in the PDF preview after the upload completes.

4. Proofread your work.

  • It doesn't hurt to have a friend or colleague look things over, too.

5. If you plan to order multiple copies, order and review a single Blurb-printed copy first.

  • This can help avoid costly mistakes in case you overlooked any layout issues or typos.
  • Remember, you are entirely responsible for the content and layout of your book. Blurb does not review or edit your file at any point and we can't cancel or change in-progress orders. 


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