Useful tips

Generally speaking when you want your file to be printed double-sided, it is most beautiful if you place the uneven numbers on the right side of the page and the even numbers on the left side of the page. This way the numbering will never disappear in the spine of the book and it is always on the same side for the reader of your book. You can arrange this with the following settings:

Go to 'Insert / Page Number' and select the option 'on the bottom right'.

Thereafter click, under 'Header and Footer Tools', on the 'different odd & even pages' button (under this same heading, you can also click on the 'different first page' button so the numbering does not start on the cover).

Go to page 2 (or the page from where you want the numbering to start) en go to 'Insert / Page Number'. Choose the option 'on the bottom left'.

Generally speaking when you want your file to be printed double-sided, it is most beautiful if you place the uneven numbers on the right side of the page and the even numbers on the left side of the page. This way the numbering will never disappear in the spine of the book and it is always on the same side for the reader of your book. You can arrange this with the following settings:

Go to the left of your screen and click on 'document' > 'section'. On every page there now appears a page number.

Don't you want a page number on every page, such as the cover? Go to the page from where you want the numbering to start and click on the first letter of the title. The cursor will now blink. Choose in the menu for 'insert' > 'section-end'.

Click in the menu on 'view' > 'show info venster'.

In the info venster you go to 'document' and you choose 'section'. Now you will see the option 'page number'. Click on 'start with' and fill in the number you want to start with. 

When you convert your Word file to a PDF, it is important that you maintain the quality of your document. To make sure your file will always look the regardless of the computer, including font and layout, it is necessary to convert Word files to PDF. First of all, you need to include the fonts before converting the file to PDF. To do this, go to the Office button.

Select 'options for Word'.

Go to 'save' and under the option 'preserve fidelity when sharing this document' you click on 'embed fonts in the file'.

Do you want the quality of your documents to be maintained, regardsless of the computer you are one? To ensure that your fonts and lay-out will always stay the same, you convert your Word file to PDF. When you use Word on a Windows computer, you will need to embed your fonts manually (see tips above). When you use Word on a Mac computer, this is not necessary. 

Go to 'File' and then to 'Print':

Select the option 'Save as a PDF':

Choose 'Save' and your PDF file is created with automaticcaly embedded fonts and lay-outs:

Go to 'file' > 'properties' 

A window will appear in which you can read the size in mm (see the arrow).

 

If you want to be sure that the quality of your order is at its best, it is important you submit your file with a resolution of 300 dpi. Sometimes no image with this resolution is available. We recommend you to zoom in to the image to 100% and 150%. Do you still think the quality acceptable? Then it is no problem to order it! If you don't like the quality, we would advise you to choose another image, because we cannot change anything about the resolution.

Do you want to print your document in a particular size, but are you unable to design it? We have created templates for you in a number of sizes and covers https://www.printenbind.nl/en/submitting/templates. If the desired size is not listed here, you can use the very simple tool Canva.com. Templates are available on this website that you can personalize online.

If you want to create a custom size in Word, you can follow the steps below. You can personalize this file yourself and have it printed by us!

1. If Word is open, click at the 'tabs' (top) for 'Page setup / Page layout'.

2. In the 'Page setup' tab, select the 'Paper size / Size' option.

3. If 'Page size / Size' is clicked, choose more 'Paper sizes / More paper sizes' at the bottom of the list.

4. A 'Page settings / Page setup' pop-up window will appear, in which the size of the page can be adjusted.

5. When the format has been changed, click on 'OK'.

To prevent an image or text from 'falling off' the page, you must take into account a distance (text margin) of at least 7.5 millimeters. Pay attention! This applies to both non-borderless and borderless files. When printing a book you have to take into account the fact that a glued (threadless bound) book cannot lie completely flat, so even if you place your design exactly in the middle of the page, after finishing it it can look like the book is not centered. This can also be seen in the preview on the order page.
 

The margins of a Microsoft Word document can be adjusted manually. Follow these steps to set the margins.

1. If Word is open, click at the tabs (top) for Page setup / Page layout.

2. Select the Margins / Margins option in this Page Setup tab.

3. If Margins / Margins is clicked, choose more Custom Margins / Custom Margins at the bottom of the list.

4. A Page Settings / Page Setup pop-up window will appear, in which the margins of the page can be adjusted.

 

5. When the margins have been adjusted, click OK.

It is possible that your document contains images or objects that are partly transparent, which we call transparency. These transparencies are usually not visible in your file, but cannot be processed properly by the printer. This looks like this:

Not flattened

Well flattened

It is therefore important that you flatten files with such transparency. You do this as follows:
Illustrator: choose the option "Flatten transparency" under "Object".
InDesign: create a new profile under the menu "Edit> Flatten transparency presets". Choose the line (high resolution), click on "new" and give your file a name. Then set the "Raster / Vector Balance" from 100% to 75%. Then check in the bottom box "Trim complex regions". The other options are correct, so now you can confirm the settings by clicking on "OK". Then export your design in InDesign to PDF and choose the PDF menu at the top of the preset PDF / X-1a: 2001. In the "Advanced" menu on the left, choose "Transparency Flattener" for the newly created flattener.

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