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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


I think it s time for a demo

I think it’s time for a demo.


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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