Layout 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.

Template Requirements

All AsukaBook templates, whether downloaded for Photoshop, created by AsukaBook Maker, or generated by the AsukaBook InDesign Tool, have been designed to meet AsukaBook’s printer requirements and each set is specifically created for a product available for purchase.

The following specs are set and should not be changed:
AsukaBook Template Specs

PROOF Your Design

Please proofread and double-check your design before placing your order. It is solely your responsibility to ensure that your order is free of typographical errors, graphical errors (observing guidelines and image/text placement), color issues, poor image quality, etc. Plus, we want you to have a perfect product! :)

Guides & Layout Info

All of our templates include guidelines to assist you while designing including guides for trim lines, folds, divots, gutter, etc. It is important to design with the guides on for correct image placement. To view guides in Photoshop, go to View > Show > Guides. Many of our cases and covers include further information as well. If you are designing in Photoshop, be sure to turn off instruction layers before saving your design to prevent them from being printed.

Trim - Full Bleed vs No Bleed

The outer blue guidelines are the trim lines. Place text and 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.

AsukaBook Trim Guides

Interior Spreads

Gutter - Layflat Binding
Our layflat binding allows for full spread design without gutter loss. Design freely, but keep in mind there will be a slight seam in the center of the spread.

Gutter - Book Bound Binding
Gutter loss will occur on our book bound books. Avoid placing important parts of an image, text, or any graphic in the gutter area. This space is approximately 1/2 inch and is specified by the center guides on a spread.

AsukaBook Gutter


Designable covers have specific guidelines for each album style. An instructional layer and guides will be on your cover template file. Be sure to delete the layer with instructions before saving your file or it will be printed on your cover.
The divot on a cover is specified by guidelines or a shaded area. It is not recommended to place text, or important parts of an image, on or near the divot area.

AsukaBook Album Presentation Box
Lacquer - Cosmopolitan
The Cosmopolitan albums come with the option of a vertical or horizontal strip in shimmering red or black that includes an optional hot stamp text. Avoid designing in this area as it will be covered up.

AsukaBook Cosmopolitan Horizontal Cover
AsukaBook Cosmopolitan Horizontal Cover
Book Jacket - Zen Layflat EXD, Zen Layflat EX, Book Bound EXD, Book Bound EX
The cover and book jacket are printed from the same file.

AsukaBook Album Presentation Box


All of our albums include a case related to the album style. Many of the cases are designable and each one has specific guidelines. To best assist you, we have included an instructional layer and guides on the case files. Be sure to delete the layer with instructions before saving your file or it will be printed on your case.
Designable Presentation Case - Zen Layflat EXD and Book Bound EXD
The presentation cases for the Zen Layflat EXD and Book Bound EXD albums have a similar layout and are designed with the front of the case on the left side of the template, and the back of the case on the right. The shaded area should not be visible once assembled, but you may design with a full bleed into this area to ensure your design is consistent.

AsukaBook Album Presentation Case
Designable Box Top - Art Layflat Book
The Art Layflat Book includes a gift style box with designable lift top and natural tan bottom. The case template allows you to design the top and sides of the box lid.

AsukaBook Art Book Box Top
Designable Presentation Case - NeoClassic, Zen Layflat Impact X, Zen Layflat Impact, Book Bound LX, Book Bound FLX
The presentation case for the NeoClassic, Zen Layflat XZen Layflat Impact, Book Bound LX and Book Bound FLX is designed with the front of the case on the right side of the template, and the back of the case on the left side of the template.

AsukaBook Album Presentation Box