1. Help Center
  2. Print Products
  3. How to design print products? A-Z

How to prepare print-ready files for a Hardcover Text/Photo Book?

Learn how to prepare your print-ready files for a hardcover text/photo book in just a few simple steps.

Download Hardcover Photobook Templates in all available sizes in AI and PDF formats via the link. 

With the help of the templates, you can prepare the file for print in your Adobe Illustrator simply and easily.

*While preparing your file for print, you’ll have to exclude the bleeds layer.

Follow these simple steps to prepare a print ready file for your Hardcover Book / Photobook for print:



Follow these simple steps to prepare print-ready files and prepare your Hardcover text/photo Book for print:

  1. Choose the size and page orientation
    To prepare files for your Hardcover Book, you'll first have to choose from one of the sizes that Cloudprinter.com supports.

  2. Mind the number of pages 
    a hardcover book starts from 24 pages at a minimum. the number of pages should always be able to be divided by 4.

  3. The number of files required for a book:

    The print-ready files for a book consist of 2 separate files:
    - Cover file
    - Book block file.

  4. Set up your files 
    In the templates that we offer are lines, and measurements for the bleed, squeeze, wrap, and spine. if you need to calculate the spine for your book, you can do this with our spine calculator.

    This way, you'll make sure all the important data is within the safety zone of the bleed areas for every printer worldwide.

  5. Prepare the Book file for printing
    - Set 300 DPI resolution
    - Choose RGB print
    - Save the file in PDF/X-4.

Well done! Now you can upload your file and print all over the world as local as possible to your customer.