The following templates will be needed as starting points in either Adobe Photoshop™ or Adobe Photoshop Elements™. You will need to resize the templates in either application to a resolution of either 300 or 360 before you start the layout.
In order to send your files efficiently and completely you must package your files. If you are working in InDesign you will need to make sure that your image files are properly linked before you start, then go to File > Package. This will put all of your images, fonts and InDesign file in the same folder. You will then want to Zip or Stuff the folder to compress it for quicker delivery. If you are unsure of how to check that your image files are properly linked, simply go to View > Links and then you will see the window for your links. If anything has a red circle with a questions mark or yellow triangle with an exclamation point. You MUST address these issues before you package your file. Otherwise, those files will not be included in the final package. Therefore, slowing down your production schedule!
If you are working in Photoshop it is best to have all of the images (TIFF or PSD) in one folder. DO NOT compose text in Photoshop, as this program does not render text properly when printing to inkjet printers. You will then need to Zip or Stuff the folder for quickest delivery.
Booksmart Studio’s foundation is in the production and creativity of the book structure. Yes, we have design skills but our time is much better suited doing what we do best: MAKING BOOKS, PRINTS, & ICC PROFILES.
At the same time, we have a group of freelance designers that we could put you in touch with. If you need help finding a graphic designer please take a moment and think about what old design looks like to you. Look at some photography books and start to decide what you like and what you do not like. This is a great way to get started to fit you with the perfect graphic designer. We need to make sure that your aesthetic is matched up with the correct designer. Booksmart Studio will simply put you in touch with the designer we believe is a good fit, the business aspects are between you and the designer. Hint: another good practice is to provide a list to the designer of things you like and do not like along with books you like and do not like. This saves everyone involved time and money.
If you are working with your own graphic designer we encourage you to have them read through all of our information online. Please let hem know that they are welcome to e-mail us with any questions they may have along the way, we do not want to wait to the end to start fixing problems.