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Download professionally created templates for Adobe InDesign. Each document is setup with the correct dimensions, swatches and layers to ensure you get great results.
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Or you can download one of our exceptionally stylish, professionally created templates for Adobe InDesign. Each document is setup with the correct dimensions, swatches and layers to ensure you get great results. We've also recreated some of your favorites. You can create photo books with the same style and layout you've loved for years in Apple Aperture®, iPhotos®, and Photos with the versatility of Adobe InDesign.

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Screenshot of Creating a New Document in Indesign

Follow these steps in Adobe InDesign to create a complete book and enjoy PrestoPhoto’s book printing and great everyday pricing!

  1. Create your book in Adobe InDesign (following the guidelines listed below)
  2. Select “File” > Choose “Export” > Name your file and select the location you’d like to save the file to > From the drop down menu at the bottom select “Adobe PDF (Print)” > Once completed, select “Save”
  3. Under “General” > “Pages”, ensure the “Pages” button is selected. Under “Marks and Bleeds” select “Use Document Bleed Settings” under the “Bleed and Slug” section. Then hit “Export”.
  4. Upload your PDF to PrestoPhoto and you’re all done!

Please note: When creating your InDesign file, you have one ideal way to create your front and back covers. You can read more about that below!

When creating your book in Adobe InDesign, it is very important to understand how to best format it for printing with us. There are three key things to remember:

  1. Adjust Text and Pics so they don't get cut off.
  2. Ensure you Export your file as “Pages” instead of as “Spreads”
  3. Ensure the pagination in your project is correct!

Setting Up Your Document

Unlike traditional offset production, our on-demand printing is optimized for a simple document that is the full size of the book with bleed, without crop marks.

The best way to set up your document is:

  1. "File" > "New" > "Document"
  2. Select the following in the “New Document” window:
    • number of pages
    • check "facing pages"
    • enter in the final page size of your project plus .25". (For example, if you're creating an 8.5x11", set the width to 8.75" and the heigh to 11.25")
    • set margins to: 1/4" or .25"
    • set bleed to: 1/8" or .125"
  3. Start designing! Make sure to keep your margins in mind, and ensure no important content ends up being trimmed off in production.

inDesign Page Layout for PrestoPhoto

How Do I Create My Cover?

When designing your book from within Adobe InDesign, there is one fool proof way of designing your file.

When you set up your document, Page 1 should be designed as your front cover and Page 2 should be designed as your back cover. You would then begin designing your interior pages on Page 3.

Setting up your file as such allows your first two pages to be removed during upload without altering the pagination of the interior of your document!

Please Note:

If you intend to design 2-page spreads, keep in mind you will need to start designing these spreads on an even number. If you start your 2-page spreads on an odd number, the pagination of your project will be off and the spreads will print incorrectly.

What Colorspace do I need to use?

When exporting, we recommend you choose sRGB or U.S. Web Coated (SWOP) v2, as our production line is calibrated for these colorspaces. If you use an alternate or custom profile, your results may vary. If you want to preview your document, use US Web Coated SWOP as your profile to get the best approximation. However, we suggest most customers use sRGB unless they have advanced graphics (non-photo) designs.
Follow the steps below to make sure that your file is in the correct colorspace!
  1. Click “Edit” > “Color Settings”
  2. Under “Working Spaces” select the following:
    RGB: sRGB IEC61966-2.1
    CMYK: U.S. Web Coated (SWOP) v2
Adjust Text Placement in Aperture
Adjust Text Placement in Aperture

I’ve Made My Book! How Do I Save It?

You’re halfway there! Now that you’ve designed your book, it’s time to Export and Upload to our site. The steps below will ensure your file Exports properly for the best printing outcome.
  1. Click “File” > “Export”
  2. Name your file and choose where you’d like to save it
  3. From the drop down menu at the bottom select “Adobe PDF (Print)”
  4. Once you’ve done that, click “Save” at the bottom
Adjust Text Placement in Aperture
Adjust Text Placement in Aperture

A new “Export” window will pop up, ensure the following items are selected:

  1. Under “General” > “Pages” - Pages should be selected
  2. Please Note: If you save your file out with “Spreads” selected, we will be unable to print your book. If you're ever unsure of if you’ve saved out your file properly, just send us a quick note and we can double check before you place the order!
  3. Under “Marks and Bleeds” > “Marks” - Ensure these check boxes are NOT selected. Selecting any of these boxes will include marks on your document, which will skew the final document size.
  4. Under “Marks and Bleeds” > “Bleed and Slug” - Check the box that says “Use Document Bleed Settings”
  5. Once complete, hit “Export” and you’re all done!
Remove Page Numbers in Aperture
Remove Page Numbers in Aperture

Transparencies, Layers and More, OH MY!

Designing photo books takes a certain type of skill. If you're experienced with InDesign, you're probably familiar with using transparencies or other layering tools to get your book looking just right! When Exporting your document, you'll want to make sure you're using the proper PDF Compatibility version. To check or change your compatibility, follow these steps:
  1. From within the Export dialog box, locate the "Compatibility" dropdown in the top right of the menu.
  2. Most InDesign documents default to Acrobat 5 (PDF 1.4). While this may work with your transparencies, you'll want to change this to ensure your layering and other details print appropriately.
  3. From the drop down menu, select either "Acrobat 6 (PDF 1.5)", "Acrobat 7 (PDF 1.6)" or “Acrobat 8/9 (PDF 1.7)”
  4. Once you’ve done that, click “Export” at the bottom
PDF Version Dropdown
PDF Version 1.7

Once your Exported file is ready, just upload to our site and you're ready to go!

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A Few More FAQs

InDesign’s default measurement unit is picked as (sixths of an inch). In order to change that setting to inches you will need to, first, make sure no document is open. If a document is open the changes will only occur in that document.

On a Mac Go to the InDesign menu and under “Preferences” choose “Units & Increments” look for the “Points/ Inch:” box, scroll down and select “PostScript (72 pts/inch) to change your measurement to inches.
On a PC Click the “Preference” which is located under the “Edit Menu”, go to the “Units” tab on the right and select Inches.

Don’t worry! The most common reason our site states that there are no products available is due to your file being uploaded in a size that we don’t offer. With books created in InDesign, this typically means that you saved out your file with the “Spreads” button selected during Export, instead of the “Pages” button.

All you’ll need to do is go back into InDesign, Export that file following the directions above and re-upload to our site!

This is called a Transposed Bleed. InDesign automatically formats your document with Transposed Bleeds to ensure your book has that nice “finished” look to it.

If you find that the PDF resulted with transposed bleeds in the gutter of your book and you wish to correct this then you can click here.



by Lynda, 21 Oct 2021 (17:49 UTC)
I am wondering if the cover for an 8.5x8.5 book has different document setup than the pages? I am guessing the wrapped image on the full cover would need some extra for the wrap. I would rather know the exact document set up than have it be stretched. I am using Indesgn.


Final document size for 11"x8.5" Landscape PDF

by Mike Niedringhaus, 08 Dec 2019 (18:12 UTC)
So, what will the final page size be if creating a Landscape 11"x8.5" PDF with margins, bleeds, etc. Is it 11.5"x9"?

Re: Final document size for 11"x8.5" Landscape PDF

by Tim Weaver, 10 Dec 2019 (16:42 UTC)
Hi Mike,

Your final document size is actually going to be 11.25"x8.75". See more information about cropping and bleed at this page: https://www.prestophoto.com/help/Cropping+And+Bleed

As well, see more information about the specific product you are designing for here: https://www.prestophoto.com/help/11x8.5+Photo+Book

Warm Regards,
Tim from PrestoPhoto

Page Size vs Bleed

by RocketMan, 08 Oct 2019 (07:27 UTC)
Hi PrestoPhoto,

So I am creating a file to print one of your 8"X8" books using InDesign, and you all instruct to create a file of 8.25" X 8.25" with an 1/8" Bleed. Two questions:

1. Can I create the document page size as 8"X8" and make the bleed 1/4", or does that not work because you trim the prints on all 4 sides?

2. Using the set up instructions posted on this page, should I be making my non-vital material reach the bleed marks, or just the end of the page size (since it has 1/8" more than the actual size already)?

Thanks for your help - excited to get this thing printed!

Re: Page Size vs Bleed

by Tim Weaver, 16 Oct 2019 (18:02 UTC)
Hi RocketMan,

Thanks for reaching out, here's some answers for your questions:

1. We suggest sticking with our initial instructions of creating the 8.25" X 8.25" with an 1/8" Bleed as advised for our printing process.

2. Please make all content reach to the bleed marks, as it may leave a white sliver if you do not during the printing and cropping of your book.

If you have any further questions, please don't hesitate to reach out!



by , 19 Aug 2012 (01:51 UTC)
hey, so are we required to keep .5" margins or is that just an example? Seems somewhat exorbitant... I'm working at .25 right now.

Also, I'm making an 8.5x11 landscape book right now. Should it actually be an 8.5x11.1 book?

Re: Margins

by PrestoPhoto Support, 20 Apr 2015 (18:45 UTC)
Greetings from PrestoPhoto,

You only need a .25" margin on interior pages, you are correct. I would also suggest reading this page too as you begin, to get other options for setting up the pages: Transposed Bleed in the Gutter

There is an automatic trim that occurs during production to ensure that all pages are flush. This trim is approximately 1/8 inch on all sides. Due to any potential for shifting during production we suggest that all vital content is kept within .25" from all sides, and consider this the Caution Area. We do not guarantee any content that is not within the Red crop guide (.25") / Caution area. You can learn more about this here: Cropping And Bleed

Ideally all non-vital content should be extended to the edge of the page while all vital content like text and faces should be kept within .25" of all sides (for all standard size books.) In the crop guides you will also see the Pink Crop-guide for mini-books. This is a more aggressive guide due to the the mini-books small size, and therefore requires a more aggressive crop. As long as the book you select is 9x7 or larger then .25" is sufficient for interior pages. If you have questions about mini-books (smaller than 9x7) please let us know!

PrestoPhoto support

How does Bleed work at the center

by Sourav, 17 Jun 2011 (06:45 UTC)
I have created a bleed layout on InDesign for my 7x5 PDF according to your instructions.
Here is a screen shot of my InDesign file.

However, when I print according to your settings, the center of the pages look like this.

Is this what it is supposed to look like? Kindly let me know as soon as possible what I should do to correct it if it's wrong. I would like to upload a PDF to you by tomorrow so I may be able to get it by next week. I have a 42 page 7"x5" PDF Portfolio.

Thank you very much,

Re: How does Bleed work at the center

by PrestoPhoto Support, 17 Jun 2011 (12:15 UTC)

Thanks for your question! We received your email as well and have responded to it. Let us know if we can answer anything else for you.

-PrestoPhoto Support
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