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1 Publish Your Own Book with Adobe InDesign & Blurb.com T&L Digital Studio William Overbeeke

2 Book Ideas Photo books Portfolios Blogs Textbooks Scrapbooks

3 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

4 Principles of Page Layout Space Balance Symmetry / Asymmetry Consistency Scale (Hierarchy) Grids Content

5 Anatomy of a Book 1.Belly band 2.Flap 3.Endpaper 4.Book cover 5.Top edge 6.Fore edge 7.Tail edge 8.Right page, recto 9.Left page, verso 10.Gutter 11.Spine 12.Text block 11 12

6 Pages & Spreads Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consec-tetur adipiscing elit. Donec consequat tincidunt odio, quis facilisis enim congue eu. Sed fringilla turpis nec leo egestas aliquet. Mauris consequat viverra scelerisque. Proin venenatis, dolor quis pharetra dignissim, neque turpis mattis orci, non dictum augue elit sed justo. fringilla turpis nec leo egestas fringilla turpis nec leo egestas Lorem ipsum BleedTrimMargin VersoRecto Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consec-tetur adipiscing elit. Donec consequat tincidunt odio, quis facilisis enim congue eu. Sed fringilla turpis nec leo egestas aliquet. Mauris consequat viverra scelerisque. Proin venenatis, dolor quis pharetra dignissim, neque turpis mattis orci, non dictum augue elit sed justo. Spread Page

7 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

8 Consider the Following Table of contents Titles, headings Footer Captions, taglines Index Pictures References Color Pagination What do you want your book to include?

9 Semester in Britain Book, 2011 Heading Text Captions Tagline Grid Example Spread

10 Typography 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 type

11 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)Booksmart Bookify

12 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

13 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?

14 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)

15 Design Your Book 1.Sign up for an account at Blurb.comBlurb.com 2.Follow the PDF to Book GuidePDF to Book Guide 3.Install Blurb PDF/X-3 for InDesignBlurb PDF/X-3 4.Download appropriate InDesign templateInDesign template 5.Design away! – Create a wireframe for your pages and cover and place elements – Take advantage of page masters, styles, & placeholder text 6.Export PDF 7.Upload to Blurb account and place order

16 I think it’s time for a demo.

17 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

18 Recommended Resources Layout Workbook, Kristin Cullen Layout Workbook The Smashing Book #2, by the Smashing Magazine The Smashing Book #2 Layout Index & Color Index, Jim Krause Layout IndexColor Index Cover to Cover, Shereen LaPlantz Cover to Cover

19 Helpful Websites I Love Typography, a blog by John Boardley I Love Typography Smashing Magazine Adobe Kuler

20 Alternatives to Blurb Books, Photos, Cards: Shutterfly Snapfish Picaboo Apple iPhoto Lulu Moo (business cards) Moo Calvin’s Printing Services Copying Printing Binding – Plastic – Wire – Steel – Tape

21 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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