3 Replies Latest reply on Feb 8, 2015 8:08 AM by Peter Spier

    Inner Margin Question


      Hi everyone,


      I am designing an art catalog on 240 pages, size 200x280 mm, which will be perfectly bound.

      I wanted to have the outer margin larger than the other margins, however, I am not sure about the inner margin size - I originally set it at 15 mm, but now I am thinking it should be larger?

      Also, should I use inner margin bleed, as I have 2-page images on some of the pages?

      Thanks for your help.

        • 1. Re: Inner Margin Question
          Derek Cross Adobe Community Professional

          Is there a special reason for making your book just slightly smaller than A4 - your size doesn't seem to be one thing or the other.


          Margins are rather subjective. I suggest you go into a bookshop and look at books that are around your selected size and with the kind of design and content you want  and see which margins seems to work best.


          You wouldn't have inside bleed on books that are printed in sections.


          If your book is to be perfect bound, you will also need to produce cover artwork. This will be printed separately on heavier stock than the text and maybe laminated. The flat size of the cover artwork should be twice the size of the text trimmed page size plus and allowance for the spine.


          Design your book in double page spreads and supply the printer with single page PDFs with printers marks. Discuss with your printer all technical matters before proceeding.



          • 2. Re: Inner Margin Question
            melaz26088643 Level 1

            Hi Derek, thanks for the reply. Yes, this size is requested by the client, slightly smaller than A4. I was just worried if the 15 mm inner margin would be too small, and whether full spread images would get broken up by the gutter. Thanks.

            • 3. Re: Inner Margin Question
              Peter Spier Most Valuable Participant (Moderator)

              You may need inside bleed to handle the crossovers, but check with the printer. They will have VERY specific setup instructions for perfect bound.