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Children's book design

$400$640 USD

Designing a children's book is one of my favorite things to do. It takes me right back to when I was little and all the picture books, storybooks and board books I loved to read. The pages are playful, dynamic and quirky, text weaving through, above, below and around illustrations as they help tell the story. And for books like these, with their glossy color and beautiful pictures, a good understanding of print can really make all the difference.

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Files Files: Send us the text for your story in editable format (MS Word) as well as all illustrations at the highest possible quality.

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Storyboard Storyboard: Including a rough layout with each illustration next to its accompanying text really helps ensure our designers are clear on the order of your story.

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Cover Cover: Either show us your existing cover or see our cover design service page. A cover really sets the tone for a book so it must be created first.

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Trim size Trim size: We need to know the size of the paper pages in your book so we can lay them out correctly. Most printers offer a range of standard trim sizes to choose from.

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Binding Binding: Tell us how your pages will be held together – paperback or hardback, sewn or glued.

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Paper Paper: State your paper choice. The thickness (#, gsm) stock color (typically white) and coating (gloss, matte) may impact how ink is absorbed.

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ISBN ISBN: Include this 13-digit number and we will add it to your copyright page in order to uniquely identify your book for distribution.

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Printer Printer: We need to know your choice of printer in order to produce your final book PDF correctly for their machines (crop marks, spreads, ink saturation, bleed).

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Restrictions Restrictions: Tell us anything else we need to know before we get started. For example picture books are typically 12 spreads of story, if your book is more or less then let us know.

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Order Order: We follow your storyboard and instructions to sequence all the text and illustrations correctly.

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Setup Setup: Set trim size, margins and bleed for print, adding page numbering if required.

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Front Front: Style front matter to work with your cover and illustrations; often including extra design elements to add interest.

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Layout Layout: Place text opposite, under or overlaying pages to best accompany the artwork and tell your story.

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Style Style: Select fonts and colors to complement illustrations and really enhance the character of the book.

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Text Text: Adjust type size and spacing to work for the quantity of text and the target age group.

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Typeset Typeset: Apply emphasis and shape to text to enhance the story and make best use of the space.

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Color Color: Enhance illustrations where needed by adjusting color model, resolution, contrast, tones and ink saturation.

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Fix-ups Fix-ups: Adjust illustrations to avoid important parts being lost in folds, bleed or trim. Build extra bleed where required.

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PDF PDF: Generate a final book file to all the requirements of your chosen printer (spreads, ink saturation, transparency flattening, font embedding, bleed, crop marks).

The details

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from $400$640 USD

The work required typically depends on how your illustrations have been created. We will therefore need to review your files before we can issue your quotation. Read more about receiving your quotation .

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Turnaround in 5 – 10 business days

This timescale is an estimate. The time required to complete your particular job will be in your quotation. This does not include time you'll need to review files or request changes. For tight deadlines we provide an express service subject to availability.

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Images in books

If your book contains images you may want to consider how these are to be sourced, see sourcing images for books for further details. Where you ask us to source images for your design, these will have a stock license for printing 500,000 copies of your book. However, under the terms of the license we cannot send you source jpg image files for you to use for other purposes as this is considered 'reselling'. In this case you will need to purchase the image and license it directly.

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Receive a print-ready PDF

We return to you a PDF prepared to all the specifications of your chosen printer (spreads, ink saturation, transparency flattening, font embedding, bleed, crop marks). Each file is checked against the latest verification standards.

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Process & changes

We initially provide a styling sample — changes will be made to this until you are entirely happy. Next, we send the whole book as a watermarked PDF — a single set of changes to this are included before we return your final file. Read more about reviewing your job and requesting changes.

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50:50 payment via PayPal

We request an initial 50% payment before our designers start work and a 50% payment of the balance once you are totally happy. All instant payments paid via PayPal. Read more about making payment.