File Setup for Perfect Bound Books

advancedpf Tips & Pointers

File setup for perfect bound books can be a bit tricky at times. Accounting for all the variables such as paper thickness, page count, bleeds and hinge scores is necessary to have a quality end product. Here are a few tips to prepare your files:

Set Up Tips for the Cover:

  • We require a 3/8” trim on the top and bottom of the book cover.
  • We require an 1/8” trim on the face of the cover.
  • Keep critical text and graphics clear of the trim edges; pull in 1/4” (.25″ margin).

If you have any questions about determining the spine thickness feel free to email our prepress department at prepress@advancedpf.com with the type of cover paper, text paper and page/sheet count to get an exact measurement. 

Set Up Tips for the Inside Pages:

  • We require 1/8” trim on all sides of the book.
  • Send collated slip sheeted sets if printing digitally.
  • Keep critical text and graphics clear of the binding edge and trim edges; pull in 1/4” (.25″ margin).

We are always available to answer any questions along the way. Simply call or email our prepress team and we’ll walk you through the process: 770-664-8199 or prepress@advancedpf.com.