The Perfect Bound Book Artwork Guide

The Perfect Bound Book Artwork Guide

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11 Aug 2016

A Perfect Bound Book will present you with a great opportunity to wow your audience. As one the most sturdy, proficient and professional-looking binding types, it’s well-suited to any book that will be kept and referred back to; such as novels, brochures, guides and look books.

When it comes to setting up your Perfect Bound Book for print, there’s a lot to consider, but we're here to help! Each book has to have a double-sided cover which includes the front, spine and back, plus the pages inside. While this might seem complicated, we’re here to help every step of the way, which is why we’ve created this useful guide to walk you through the process…


1. Select Your Size

First thing’s first, you’ll need to settle on the size of your book. We have a huge array of options available, each one offering up its own unique benefits…

The A4 has ample space for all your nitty gritty. It’s the perfect fit for prospectuses, corporate brochures, magazines or programmes.



The popular A5 is cool and compact and works great as a catalogue, programme or magazine.



The pocket-sized A6 is both practical and fun. It’s ideal for city guides, catalogues, brochures or manuals.



If you fancy mixing it up a bit, opt for one of our landscape options. Available in A4, A5 or A6 sizes, they’ll give your content a whole new perspective.



How about going a size that’s built to break the mould? Our 210 or 148mm Square booklets are spot on to use as magazines, event guides and look books.



Last up there’s the DL. Sleek, smart and sophisticated, it’s ideal for stylish drinks menus, price lists, directories and guides.




2. Design Dos and Don’ts

When designing for your Perfect Bound Book, there are a few essential dos and don’ts that you need to consider:


For the cover….

DO take into consideration what the entire size of your document will be. This is when your front page, spine and back page are joined and laid flat.

DO keep in mind the safety zone is 6mm. This allows room for the document to fold.

DO consider how the spine folds and how his will affect your artwork. For the outside cover, the spine will fold out; for the inside cover, the spine will fold in.

DON’T place any design on the inside of the spine as the glue won’t take to the cover.

DON’T use any fonts that are smaller than 6.5mm as they won’t be readable once your book is printed.


For the inside pages…

DO bear in mind that the safety zone is 6mm.

DO make sure that all text sits within the safety zone so that nothing will be hidden once the page is glued to the spine.

DO be careful when placing images over the binding edge. Your artwork may be hidden by the spine. 

DON’T venture outside of the safety zone as some of your design might be cut off!



3. Supply Your Artwork

Here comes the tricky bit. Depending on the amount of pages you need, the document size will vary ever so slightly. To ensure you supply your artwork at the right size, we recommend you stick to these specifications:

A4 Portrait

Size: 420mm x 297mm

Colour: CMYK




A4 Landscape

Size: 420mm x 297mm

Colour: CMYK




A5 Portrait

Size: 210mm x 148mm

Colour: CMYK




A5 Landscape

Size: 210mm x 148mm

Colour: CMYK




A6 Portrait

Size: 105mm x 148mm

Colour: CMYK




A6 Landscape

Size: 105mm x 148mm

Colour: CMYK




210 Square

Size: 210mm x 210mm

Colour: CMYK




148 Square

Size: 148mm x 148mm

Colour: CMYK





Size: 420mm x 297mm

Colour: CMYK



Feeling confident and ready to roll with your Perfect Bound Book design? If there’s anything at all that you’re still unsure of, you can get in touch with one of our dedicated book-binding experts. We’re always happy to help and can't wait to assist you in bringing your next book project to life.


About the Author

Hi, I'm Jess and I head up the studio team at instantprint. I help customers understand how to supply their artwork for print.