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InDesign settings for CreateSpace

InDesign Margins and Gutters for CreateSpace

In working with Jenz on his new book, we wanted to produce a full-color 8 1/2″ X 11″ book with bleed edges.  We used Adobe InDesign CS5 software because we like it a lot.  But the problem is that the book layout took a number of iterations. We’re still not fully there, but I thought it might be helpful to share some of the settings we used.

“Full-bleed images should extend at least 0.125” beyond the book’s trim line on the top, bottom and outer edges. “

This had to do with our images.  Some of these were simply the rectangles we placed at the top and bottom of the pages.  Many were lined up on the edge and CreateSpace caught these.  But also, the Document Setup needed to have the correct bleed settings.

(Don’t forget to export with the right settings also, see below).

“The interior doesn’t have sufficient margins for printing. For a book with [x] pages, the gutter (inside) margin requirement is 0.75″.”

This was again the text appearing too close to the edge on the inside.  CreateSpace uses the term gutter, but in InDesign this is the inside margin.

“The interior doesn’t have sufficient outside margins for printing which could result in content being trimmed when printed, for example, PDF page(s): x. The outside, top, and bottom margin requirements are 0.25″. To access our specifications”

This turned out to be how close the text was on the page.  We went through the entire book and looked at the inside margin (where the book is bound) and the outside margin.  Since there was going to be a bleed edge, we had to make sure that it was going to be 0.25″ from the actual (8 1/2″ X 11″) edge.  Graphics didn’t matter for this error, just the text.  We did this by hand because we had an existing InDesign document.

When you export the final PDF, you need to make sure that your

We still have some issues.  There is white space near the bound side of the page.  This is maybe the version we are on.

I’ll update this as we have more information.

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