Hard Cover Layout
Cover Dimensions and Spine Size Calculator can be found here.
A few things to keep in mind when building your hard cover:
- The cover bleed is .625" (5/8), much bigger than the interior pages
- The unsafe zone is .375" (3/8) between the safe area and the bleed area and marks the hinge.
- The front and back covers will be .25" (1/4) bigger than your page size (If the book is 8.5x11, the cover will be 8.75x11.25). This area includes the Safe and Unsafe Areas
- The safe zone for the cover is .5" (1/2) smaller than the page size (If the book is 8.5x11, the safe area of the cover is 8x10.5)
- Feel free to place anything on the spine you wish, it will print just fine
- There is a hinge. It allows the hard cover to open and close without ripping the casewrap (printed cover) and it is part of the front & back covers on each side of the spine.
Basic Layout for Hard Covers:
Centering the Front and Back Covers
Center all the text and other objects from
the inside of the unsafe area
The Finished Hard Cover
Its very easy to get "lost" in all this design jargon about bleeds and safe zones so let's take a minute to visualize what your file will look like when it's a finished cover.
|Cover file with bleeds, unsafe area, and the spine|
|The finished book. Notice the bleed is wrapped around to the inside of the cover and the hinge is part of the cover|