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Publish Your Own Book with Adobe InDesign & Blurb.com. T&L Digital Studio 04.15.11 William Overbeeke. Book Ideas. Photo books Portfolios Blogs Textbooks Scrapbooks. Self-publishing. PROS Made easy by the Internet & software Full customization (or close to it)

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publish your own book with adobe indesign blurb com

Publish Your Own Book with Adobe InDesign & Blurb.com

T&L Digital Studio

04.15.11

William Overbeeke

book ideas
Book Ideas
  • Photo books
  • Portfolios
  • Blogs
  • Textbooks
  • Scrapbooks
self publishing
Self-publishing

PROS

  • Made easy by the Internet & software
  • Full customization (or close to it)
  • No rigmarole with publishing houses
  • A fun, fulfilling hobby – doesn’t have to be your full-time job

CONS

  • Time commitment
  • No professional editors, proof-checkers, designers
  • Software learning curve
principles of page layout
Principles of Page Layout
  • Space
  • Balance
  • Symmetry / Asymmetry
  • Consistency
  • Scale (Hierarchy)
  • Grids
  • Content

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anatomy of a book
Anatomy of a Book

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  • Belly band
  • Flap
  • Endpaper
  • Book cover
  • Top edge
  • Fore edge
  • Tail edge
  • Right page, recto
  • Left page, verso
  • Gutter
  • Spine
  • Text block

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pages spreads
Pages & Spreads

Bleed

Trim

Margin

Page

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Verso

Recto

Spread

thumbnails maquettes
Thumbnails & Maquettes
  • Thumbnail sketches help you visualize layouts
  • Construct a maquette to help you visualize the flow
  • Enhances mind and hand connection
  • Planning makes designing in InDesign easier
consider the following
Consider the Following
  • Table of contents
  • Titles, headings
  • Footer
  • Captions, taglines
  • Index
  • Pictures
  • References
  • Color
  • Pagination

What do you want your book to include?

example spread
Example Spread

Captions

Heading

Tagline

Text

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Grid

typography
Typography

type

  • Font choice
    • Serif versus sans-serif
  • Leading (line-spacing)
  • Kerning (letter-spacing)
  • Point size
    • 1 pica = 12 points = 1/6 inch
  • Positive and negative space
  • Legibility is key
blurb com
Blurb.com
  • Designs from scratch
  • Full control of design and content (except size)
  • PDF to book
    • Adobe InDesign
    • QuarkXpress (alternative)
  • Blurb Booksmart or Bookify (free alternatives)
adobe indesign
Adobe InDesign
  • Page layout software
    • Print
    • Digital (PDF, eBooks for iPad, Nook)
  • Reference file type – links to content
  • Precise typography
  • TIPS:
    • Create a folder and save your file and all assets in that folder
    • Take advantage of character & paragraph styles
make design choices
Make Design Choices
  • Size (Blurb offers 7 different sizes)
  • Page Count
  • Cover
    • Softcover
    • Hardcover, Dust Jacket
    • Hardcover, ImageWrap
  • Four-color books or black & white text
  • Premium paper?
image formats resolution and color mode
Image Formats, Resolution, and Color Mode
  • Decide on a format
    • AI or EPS (vector)
    • TIFF or JPG (raster)
    • PSD (Photoshop)
  • Images at least 300 PPI (high resolution)
    • Be careful when resampling from low resolutions
    • Best to use at 100% but never above
  • CMYK (four color) color mode
    • Cyan Magenta Yellow Key (Black)
design your book
Design Your Book
  • Sign up for an account at Blurb.com
  • Follow the PDF to Book Guide
  • Install Blurb PDF/X-3 for InDesign
  • Download appropriate InDesign template
  • Design away!
    • Create a wireframe for your pages and cover and place elements
    • Take advantage of page masters, styles, & placeholder text
  • Export PDF
  • Upload to Blurb account and place order
extra features of blurb
Extra Features of Blurb
  • Sell your book in the Blurb Bookstore
    • You set the price
  • Order more copies at any time
  • Embed interactive version of your book into your website
recommended resources
Recommended Resources
  • Layout Workbook, Kristin Cullen
  • The Smashing Book #2,by the Smashing Magazine
  • Layout Index& Color Index,Jim Krause
  • Cover to Cover,ShereenLaPlantz
helpful websites
Helpful Websites
  • I Love Typography,a blog by John Boardley
  • Smashing Magazine
  • Adobe Kuler
alternatives to blurb
Alternatives to Blurb

Books, Photos, Cards:

  • Shutterfly
  • Snapfish
  • Picaboo
  • Apple iPhoto
  • Lulu
  • Moo (business cards)

Calvin’s Printing Services

  • Copying
  • Printing
  • Binding
    • Plastic
    • Wire
    • Steel
    • Tape
thank you for coming
Thank you for coming.

Now start designing that book!

  • We’re more than happy to help you with InDesign and other page layout software in the Digital Studio (HL 121), even if your project is not as ambitious as a book.
    • Open 8 AM – 5 PM, Monday – Friday
  • Questions?
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