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Creating Custom Book Pages in Photoshop
Creating a Pre-Defined Layout without Bleeds
(2/17/2008)  

Again we starting by opening a template for our book and doing "Save As" under a new name. I used Blurb-4pPg-2H2V.psd this time. Before doing anything else I'm going to add some more guides. Since our images are not going to bleed off the edge, I don't want them too close to the edge. On the other hand, I want them to line up PEREFECTLY. If you remember the outside guide on all edges is where the book is expected to be trimmed and the guide inside of that is the "safe area". The problem with lining images up to the safe area guide is that they end up so close to the edge that any variance in trimming (and there will often be some) is accentuated. Moving the images a little inside the safe area keeps from calling attention to this variance. You can add guides by clicking on a ruler and dragging, but it's hard to place them exactly this way. An easy way to place them exactly is to use View>New Guide.

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First I put one along the left edge, 1/8th of an inch inside the safe area.

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Then I put one along the top which was also 1/8th of an inch inside the safe area (both the trim area and the safe area are 1/8th of an inch so these guides go at 3/8ths of an inch, or 0.375 inches.)

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Next I put one in the same place along the bottom of the page. (Since the page is really 8.24 inches high, it should have been at 7.865 inches, but no one is going to notice 1/100th of an inch.)

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And finally in the same place along the right edge of the page. (Here I noticed that although the Blurb page is spec'ed at 9.61 inches, the template was 19.2 inches wide, not the 19.22 inches it should have been. Once again, 1/100th an inch error isn't going to matter. I put the guide 3/8ths of an inch inside the width of the template.)

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With the four new guides in place, this is what our page looks like. (I was also careful to save this under another name as well so I could use this template with the extra rules as the starting point for other non-bleed page layouts.)

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I created a new layer, used "Fixed Size" Rectangular Marquee Tool to select an area and filled it with black.

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Here's where the new guides came into play. When I put an edge of a selection near the guide it snaps to the guide and as I add other masks to the page they will line up precisely. Since I had a guide on both the top and left edge the selection was exactly were I wanted it. Next I add another selection at the bottom, but this time I had nothing to line the upper corner with. Once I placed the selection I moved it useing the arrow keys on the keyboard. I lined it up with the new guide at the bottom and left the right edge approximately 1/8th inch from the safe area next to the gutter.

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Did you learn anything new?

-Wren

Download 4 per Page Clipping Masks (The one created here and the one created in the last part.)

Back to List of Custom Book Page Lessons or onto Part 7.


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