- Do always create your document the size of the finished piece. This should always
be the case for any print jobs anyway, but especially for crossovers.
- Do use facing pages.
- Do use picture boxes that cross over both pages in the reader’s spread. Don’t attempt
to make two separate picture boxes of the same picture butt up perfectly at the
- Don’t use small type as a crossover unless it is in the center spread of the book.
- Do make sure that you have the correct amount of bleed built into your document.
- Do print postscript (or export as pdf) as individual pages.
- Don’t print postscript (or export as pdf) as spreads because the printer will not
be printing the job as reader’s spreads.
- Do make sure that you follow any requirements for Safe Image Area as set by the
printer. The Safe Image Area is the maximum size for any important type and pictures,
in order to be sure that it will not be in danger of being cut off.
- Do postscript (or export as pdf) with document centered on paper size that is 1”
larger than the document size (in both directions) and have registration marks and
the necessary bleed included. Make sure to change the offset for the registration
marks to be .25” (in InDesign) (18 pt. in Quark) from the edge of the piece. This
will prevent the registration marks from interfering with the bleed.
- Do use guides to show where the Bleed and Safe Image Area should end.