Saddle-stitched file formats
Say you wanted to print a saddle-stitched (staple bound) Booklet. You can submit one multi-page PDF. The first page should be your front cover; the second should be your inside front cover, and so on. The last page will be your back cover.
You can also submit a separate file for each page or a double-page spread. Once you have uploaded all your files, you can rearrange the page order by dragging the thumbnail to its new position - no other online printing platform offers this!
If you name your files by their position (e.g. Page4, Page_4, etc.), our system automatically puts them in order.
Wire-O bound file formats
Just like a saddle-stitched format, if you're printing a wire-o bound booklet, you may submit a single PDF with all pages in the order you want them to appear in print. Again, start with the front cover and end with the back cover.
We also accept separate files for each page and double-page spreads for this format.
Perfect bound and paperback file formats
You may want to add a spine to your cover design, and there are two ways to do this. You can either:
- Upload a double-page spread design that includes your front cover, back cover, and spine in one file.
- Or use the Spine Calculator in your Shopping Cart. When you begin your order, this tool will automatically work out the width of your spine.
Since you need to upload a separate file for perfect bound book covers, the rest of your files should begin with the first interior page and end with the last page before the back cover.
You can name the spine file as spine.pdf or similar. Our system will place it correctly, and if you upload a separate file, remember to add bleed.
Casebound / Hardcover file formats
You need to upload a spine with your cover design. Keep in mind that the cover pages for Hardcover Books have considerably larger bleed areas than those of the interior pages. You will need to include a 0.8" bleed for the cover design to wrap around the sides of the book board.
Hardcover designs can be challenging, so feel free to download a template to set your cover design correctly.
How do I submit my files?
Once our Instant Price Calculator gives you a FREE quote with an estimated delivery date, select a quote > Add to Cart > click Proceed and upload files to enter your Artwork Dashboard.
On the left-hand side - you will see the following text: Please drag your file(s) here or use the button below to upload your artwork. Please note that page order is rearranged every time a file is uploaded. You can drag and drop files from your desktop or upload them from your computer, your Dropbox or WeTransfer account, or even a web URL.
If you choose to upload several files, label files in the order you want them to appear, and our system will place all your pages in the correct order. Use file names like: file1.pdf, file2.pdf and so on, or page1.pdf, page2.pdf, etc. You can also use words like front, back and last in place of numbers, if you prefer.