Creating Wall Art with Adobe® InDesign®

This article describes the Blurb Book Creator Wall Art plugin for InDesign. For information on the Blurb Photoshop plugin for Wall Art please see this article.


Install the plugin

You must have Adobe InDesign CS 6/InDesign CC or newer in order to create Wall Art with the Blurb  Plug-in for Adobe InDesign.

If you are using an older version of InDesign please use our Online tool instead.

After installing our InDesign plug-in, the Blurb Wall Art Creator can be found at the bottom of the FILE menu. This is separate from the Blurb Book Creator (located above the Wall Art Creator) which allows you to create Blurb books and magazines.

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Template guides

The template created by the plug-in will show the Safe Art Boundary, Trim Line, Bleed Line and the Canvas Wrap Area.

The instructions and guides will not appear in your final upload. (Do not modify, or add your content to, the instructions layer). 

i. Magenta safe art boundary

Keep your important content (text and faces, for example) within this area. Don't let important content cross over the magenta safe line. 

ii. Page Size/Trim Line

This is approximately where your Wall Art will either be trimmed trim or, if Canvas, begin to wrap around the frame.

iii. Bleed Line/Final File Size

If you want your content to completely cover your Wall Art (a full bleed layout) make sure it reaches past the trim line and all the way to the bleed line on all four edges. 

On acrylic Wall Art the Bleed Line and Trim Line are in the same position. 

iv. Canvas Wrap 

The Canvas Wrap areas indicate the four sides of the canvas. The black trim line for canvas Wall Art shows approximately where the front folds over to the sides. 

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Be sure to extend your image or background color to the red Final File Size/Bleed Line. If you leave the edges uncovered your printed Wall Art will have a white edge.

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Minimum image resolution

We recommend a resolution of 150 ppi or greater for your images, with 300 ppi being optimal. Images under 90ppi will be flagged as low resolution.

You can check the resolution by double-clicking the filename in the Link Palette and scrolling down to read the Effective Resolution of your image.

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