posted this on November 16, 2011, 1:10 PM
Cover images not extended into bleeds will have a horizontal and vertical black border around the front and back cover images, on soft covers this will be .25 inch vertical and .375 inch horizontal, hard covers will have .5 inch vertical on gutter side and .25 inch face side, and .50 inch horizontal border
Text placed on the front and back cover images should be a minimum of 0.25" from the trim marks
When designing and centering your cover artwork and text, DO NOT factor in the page bleed areas, as the printer will cut the printed cover spread at the trim size, removing the bleed sections. If you do not follow this guidance, your cover artwork will not be centered, and cover text could be truncated.
Our dimensions assume a 5/8" bleed area on all sides of the cover spread. Your design should extend at least 1/4" into the bleed area, and the additional space should be padded in your file so your image matches the dimensions shown below (trimming your image could cause distortion during printing).
Front cover: Include .25" of bleed on the top, RIGHT, and bottom edges, but not on the LEFT edge.
Back cover: Include .25" of bleed on the top, LEFT, and bottom edges, but not on the RIGHT edge.
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