Design TIps

The following recommendations are to ensure you receive the best possible result for your design. Please contact us with any questions as we are happy to go over any concerns.

CHECKLIST

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checkmark Spelling
checkmark Color
checkmark Satisfactory image quality
checkmark Make sure any text in the spine is between the blue guidelines
checkmark Make sure nothing is placed in the divot on the front and back covers
checkmark Check for bleeds on all pages and placement of images and text within blue guidelines
checkmark Check for any image and text placement in the gutter area
 
checkmark NeoClassic BookMake sure the front and back placement is correct on the presentation box (sleeve-box.psd) .
checkmark Heirloom AlbumAn embossed frame design comes standard on the center of the cover with an optional embossed text in the center of it in one of three fonts and up to 30 characters.
checkmark Cosmopolitan AlbumPlace the cover design within the allotted white "Front Cover" box. Anything under the red vertical or horizontal strip will not be printed.
checkmark Art Layflat BookRemember the pages are ivory art paper. Be sure to plan your colors of design accordinly to produce desired effect.
checkmark Art Book Soft CoverIs the first spread fully designed? This book starts the book with a printed spread instead of a single page.
checkmark Zen Layflat ImpactMake sure the front and back image and text placement is correct on the presentation box (000000.jpg).
checkmark Zen Layflat EXDMake sure the images and background colors desired on the front and back cover of the book are placed within the book jacket flap guidelines.
⇢ Make sure the front and back image and text placement is correct on the designed book case (000000.jpg).
checkmark Zen Layflat EXMake sure the images and background colors desired on the front and back cover of the book are placed within the book jacket flap guidelines
checkmark Book Bound LX or FLXIs the presentation box designed (000000.jpg)?
checkmark Book Bound EXDMake sure the images and background colors desired on the front and back cover of the book are placed within the book jacket flap guidelines.
⇢ Make sure the front and back placement is correct on the designable book case (excase.psd).
checkmark Book Bound EXMake sure the images and background colors desired on the front and back cover of the book are placed within the book jacket flap guidelines.
checkmark Vista Layflat BookIs the first spread fully designed? This book starts the book with a printed spread instead of a single page.
⇢ Place text no closer than ½ inch from the cover spine guidelines to allow for the cover divot.
checkmark CurveIs the first spread fully designed? This book begins with a printed spread instead of a single printed side.
⇢ All page have rounded corners so be sure to keep images/text a minimum of ¼ inside of the template's delete layer guidelines.


GENERAL DESIGN TIPS

AsukaBook cover template  
COVER

The printed cover will fold over the outer blue guidelines onto the board material.

Place text or important parts of an image at least 1/4 inch within the outer blue guidelines. To ensure a full bleed, images and backgrounds must extend past the blue guidelines so they go all the way to the edge of the canvas (beyond the blue guidelines).

The two vertical center blue guidelines represent the spine area. You may place text in this area, or you may leave it blank. To ensure text does not wrap around past the spine and onto the front or back covers, make sure the text is within these two blue guidelines.

To the left and right of the spine guidelines there will be a DIVOT. Place any text or important parts of an image at least 1/2 inch away from the spine guidelines to avoid them being printed in the divot.

For the NeoClassic Books and Vista Layflat, you will see two more vertical blue guidelines to the left and right of the spine blue guidelines. Those blue guidelines represent where the raised portion of the cover starts.

For the Cosmopolitan Albums, place any images or text to be printed within the allotted white box on the cover template. Anything under the solid red vertical or horizontal strip will not be printed.

For the Book Bound EX, the Book Bound EXD, the Zen Layflat EX, and the Zen Layflat EXD, you are able to design the front and back inside dust jacket flaps. These are the right and left outside sections on the cover template 000000.jpg.

For the Art Book Soft Cover and Book Bound Soft Cover Books with 30 sides or less, we do not recommend putting text on the spine, as there is limited space.

For Curve, keep in mind that the corners of the book are rounded. Images and text should be placed a minimum of ¼ inch inside the template's delete layer guidelines.

 
AsukaBook cover template
AsukaBook cover template
 
THE FIRST & last INSIDE PAGes

The outer blue guidelines are the trim lines. Place text or important parts of an image at least 1/4 inch inside of the guidelines. To ensure a full bleed off the page, the images and backgrounds must extend past the guidelines, to the edge of the canvas.

The first inside page of all products, with the exception of the Art Book Soft Cover, Vista Layflat Books, Curve, and Presentation Books is a single side. It falls on the right side of the template. The left side will be left white automatically. The top, bottom, and right guidelines are the trim lines. The left guideline is part of the gutter, where the book is bound.

The Art Book Soft Cover, Vista Layflat Books, Curve, and Presentation Books offer a printed spread to start. The top, bottom, left and right blue guidelines are the trim lines.

The NeoClassic, Cosmopolitan, Art, Zen Layflat, Vista Layflat Books, Curve, and Presentation Books will NOT have any gutter loss.

The left blue guideline is part of the gutter, where the book is bound. All Art Book Soft Covers and Book Bound Books will lose approximately 1/4 inch per side in the gutter area.

 
AsukaBook cover template  
Inside Spread Pages

The outer blue guidelines represent the area where the page will be trimmed.

Place text or important parts of an image at least 1/4 inch within the outer blue guidelines.

To ensure a full bleed off the page, the images and backgrounds must extend past the blue guidelines so they go all the way to the edge of the canvas (beyond the blue guidelines).

Gutter for NeoClassic, Cosmopolitan, Art Book, Zen Layflat, Vista Layflat Books, Curve, and Presentation Books:
NO gutter loss, split or seam.

Gutter for Book Bound Books:
The three vertical blue guidelines in the center represent the gutter, where the book is bound.

All Art Book Soft Covers and Book Bound Books will lose approximately 1/2 inch total in the gutter area. Do not place text or important parts of an image in this gutter area. It usually looks fine to have parts of an image go through the gutter, as long as it is not important, for example someone's face or text.

For group photos going across the spread, we recommend careful placement, for example positioning the center blue guideline between people. We do not recommend splitting, stretching, or doubling the images in the gutter, as it is possible to see more into the gutter when the books are opened and laid more flat, and there may be some uneveness between the pages. When splitting, stretching, or double an image in the gutter, we cannot guarantee the image will match up and look natural.

NOTE: Gutter loss varies with book size and number of pages.




SPECIFIC DESIGN TIPS PER BOOK TYPE

AsukaBook NeoClassic presentation case template  
NeoClassic - Designable Presentation Case

The NeoClassic Book comes in a slide-in presentation box that you are able to design the front, spine, and back. This is the sleeve-box.psd file in the set of templates downloaded from our website for this particular book.

When working in this template, the LEFT side is the front of the presentation box and the RIGHT side is the back of the presentation box, and the two center vertical guidelines represent the spine.


 
AsukaBook NeoClassic cover template  
NeoClassic - Cover

The printed cover on a NeoClassic Book is slightly raised, and will fold around the outer blue guidelines onto the board material.

Place text or important parts of an image at least 1/4 inch within the outer blue guidelines (fold lines).

To ensure a full bleed, images and backgrounds must extend past the blue guidelines so they go all the way to the edge of the canvas.

The two inner most vertical center blue guidelines represent the spine area. You may place text in this area, or you may leave it blank. To ensure text does not start to wrap around past the spine and onto the front or back covers, make sure the text is within these two blue guidelines.

Attention: To the left and right of the spine blue guidelines you will see two more vertical blue guidelines. Those guidelines represent where the raised portion of the cover starts.


 
AsukaBook Cosmo cover template    AsukaBook Cosmo cover template  
Cosmopolitan - Cover OPTIONS

The Cosmopolitan Album has an acrylic cover with a solid black or red bar. We recommend to place all images/text to be shown within the allotted white box on the cover template. Anything under the red bar on the cover template will not be printed.

Place text or important parts of an image at least ¼ inch inside of the blue guidelines. Or to ensure a full bleed, images and backgrounds should be extended past the guidelines to the edge of the template.

There is no printing on the spine or back cover of this album. The book has a material spine.


 
AsukaBook Art Layflat Book case template  
ART Layflat Book - CASE

The case included with the Art Layflat Book has a designable gift box top and a natural tan bottom. The template Art-box.psd will allow you to design the top of the box. There is a large rectangle design space for the top of the box and small strips that are the designable area for the sides of the box top.


 
AsukaBook Art Layflat Book case template  
ART Layflat TRI-FOLIOS and Zen Layflat tri-folios - COVER

The cover template includes an extra set of guidelines around the spine that are to show where there is a small dip in the cover. We recommend to place images or text ½ inches away from this guideline to ensure they are not in that cover dip.

Art Layflat Folio/Tri-Folio ONLY: The cover template also includes one of the inside pages. Since this template is printed on one sheet of paper and finished it will also have the cover page finish of glossy or matte. The 3 inside sides shown on the template named 000001.psd will not print with any page finish, but the uncoated ivory paper instead.

 
AsukaBook Art Layflat Book case template  
ART Layflat TRI-FOLIOS and Zen Layflat tri-folios - INSIDE

The far right section of the template will fold into center first. The far left section will fold on top of the right side when completely closed.

Art Layflat Folio/Tri-Folio ONLY: The cover template also includes one of the inside pages. Since this template is printed on one sheet of paper and finished it will also have the cover page finish of glossy or matte. The 3 inside sides shown on the template named 000001.psd will not print with any page finish, but the uncoated ivory paper instead.

 
AsukaBook Zen Layflat Impact presentation box template  
Zen Layflat Impact - Deluxe Presentation Box

The Zen Layflat Impact Books come with a deluxe presentation box that you are able to design the front, spine, and back of. This is the 000000.jpg file in the set of templates downloaded from our website for this particular book.

When working in this template, the RIGHT side is the front of the presentation box and the LEFT side is the back of the presentation box, and the two center vertical blue guidelines represent the spine.


 
AsukaBook Book Bound EX Cover template  
Zen Layflat EX & EXD And Book Bound EX & EXD - Book Jacket

The Zen Layflat EX and EXD books, as well as the Book Bound EX and EXD books, come with a custom designable book jacket that matches the cover of the book. The cover template is used to print both the cover and book jacket. The book jacket includes flaps on the front and back that are fully designable.

The template contains two sets of two vertical guidelines representing the fold lines for the book jacket flaps. To ensure images and/or backgrounds wrap around consistently on the book jacket, it is necessary to extend the images and/or backgrounds to the outside guideline.


 
AsukaBook Book Bound EXD book case template  
ZEN LAYFLAT EXD And Book Bound EXD - Designable Book Case

For the Zen Layflat EXD and Book Bound EXD, you are able to design the front, spine, and back of the book case.

The designable case is the excase.jpg templates are in the set of templates downloaded for this type of book.

When working in this template: the LEFT side is the front of the book case and the RIGHT side is the back of book case. The two center vertical blue guidelines represent the spine.


 
AsukaBook Book Bound LX and FLX presentation box template  
Book Bound LX and FLX - Designable Presentation Box

The Book Bound LX and FLX books come in a presentation box that you are able to design the front, spine, and back of. This is the 000000.jpg file in the set of templates downloaded from our website for this particular book.

When working in this template, the RIGHT side is the front of the presentation box and the LEFT side is the back of the presentation box, and the two center vertical blue guidelines represent the spine.


 
AsukaBook Vista Layflat Book book cover template  
VISTA LAYFLAT BOOK - COVER

The printed cover on a Vista Layflat Book is slightly raised, and will fold around the outer blue guidelines onto the board material creating a cover divot.

Place text or image at least 1/4 inch inside the outer blue guidelines (fold lines).

For a full bleed, images and backgrounds must extend past the blue guidelines so they go all the way to the edge of the canvas.

The two inner most vertical center blue guidelines represent the spine area. You may place text in this area, or you may leave it blank. To ensure text does not start to wrap around past the spine and onto the front or back covers, make sure the text is within these two blue guidelines.

Attention: To the left and right of the spine guidelines you will see two more vertical guidelines. Those guidelines represent where the raised portion of the cover starts.


 
AsukaBook Curve Book book cover template  
CURVE – COVER/INSIDE PAGES

The removable book cover is 000000.jpg in the set of templates downloaded from our website for this particular book. When working in this template, the RIGHT side is the front of the cover and the LEFT side is the back of the cover, and the center vertical blue guidelines represent the spine.

Place text or important parts of an image at least 1/4 inch within the outer blue guidelines. To ensure a full bleed, images and backgrounds must extend past the blue guidelines to the edge of the template.


 
AsukaBook Presentation Book outside presentation book cover template  
Presentation BookS - Outside Presentation Book Cover

There are 2 designable covers for the USB/Keepsake Presentation Book and the DVD Presentation Book; the outside cover as well as the cover of the book itself.

The outside cover is outside-cover.psd or USB-cover.psd in the set of templates downloaded from our website. When working in this template, the RIGHT side is the front of the cover and the LEFT side is the back of the cover. The two center vertical blue guidelines represent the spine.

The additional lines next to the spine represent the DIVOT. Do not place any text or important parts within these guidelines to avoid them being printed in the divot.


 
AsukaBook DVD Presentation Book book cover template  
Presentation BookS - Book Cover

The removable book cover is 000000.jpg in the set of templates downloaded from our website for this particular book. When working in this template, the RIGHT side is the front of the cover and the LEFT side is the back of the cover, and the center vertical blue guidelines represent the spine.

Place text or important parts of an image at least 1/4 inch within the outer blue guidelines. To ensure a full bleed, images and backgrounds must extend past the blue guidelines to the edge of the template.


 
 
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