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Multipage Booklet

Setting Up A Multipage Book

Booklets and catalogs are a little more complex to design than single sheet pieces.

Here are rules to follow when creating your multipage booklet:

  • Page counts start on the cover as page 1, inside cover as page 2 and so on.
  • Total bleed is .25” and total Safety is .5”. For example, an 8.5×11 booklet with bleed should be 8.75×11.25 total. This allows us to set up your crossovers properly.
  • Only single pages will be accepted. NO readers OR printers spreads.
  • We prefer a multipage PDF but single page files are also ok.

Typically page counts for booklets start on the cover as page 1, inside cover as page 2 and so on.

Crossovers are common in booklets and require extra attention. A Crossover is an image, text or other graphic element that goes from one page to another.

Below you can see a good example of how to create crossovers:

Booklet Crossovers

Designers must pay close attention to the crossover design and make sure it is as seamless as possible on the finished piece. Also, do not use text or thin lines as crossovers. Big pictures work best.

Note: Due to the nature of saddle stitch binding, crossovers may not line up 100% on the final booklet.

Artwork done in Indesign or other layout software as spreads or facing pages must be saved out as single page pdfs. When creating your design, keep this in mind especially when doing crossovers. The easiest way is to create the bleed is when creating your document. Below are instructions on how to create your document in Indesign.

When creating your document, make your page size the cut size and your margin size .25” for safety for a .5” total:

InDesign Settings for Booklets 1

Then, click the More Options button on the right. It will reveal Bleed and Slug settings below. Enter .125” as the bleed for a total of .25”:

InDesign Settings for Booklets 2

Your Indesign document is now ready for proper booklet layout. You should see proper bleed and safety guidelines:

InDesign Pages Showing Margins, Trim and BleedWhen your ready to export your booklet as PDF, make sure to Use Document Bleed Settings in the Marks and Bleeds menu:

InDesign PDF Export

After submitting your booklet, we review artwork for proper set up, so please include a few extra days in your plan for review, production and delivery.