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Design

We have many tools to quickly and easily assist all skill levels through the AsukaBook design process.


The many options include our exclusive design software and plug-ins:

AsukaBook Maker - Our free design software features templates, masks, borders, illustration, album proofing, and much more!

AsukaBook Photoshop Tool - An alternate, and more efficient way, to create blank Photoshop templates, convert your design to a different product and/or size, and export high resolution JPEG files for print.

AsukaBook InDesign Tool - This plug-in integrates seamlessly into InDesign allowing you to create all files necessary for your layout, resize a design, generate a proof book, and more.

The following recommendations are to ensure you receive the best possible result for your design. Please contact customer care with any questions as we are happy to go over any concerns.

Proof Your Design

Please proofread and double-check your design before placing your order. It is solely your responsibility to ensure that your order is free of typographical errors, graphical errors (observing guidelines and image/text placement), colour issues, poor image quality, etc. Plus, we want you to have a perfect product! :) We also offer a free online proofing site that you may use for your client to proof the design, make comments, and approve it.

Understanding the Blank Templates

All AsukaBook templates have been set up to meet AsukaBook’s printer requirements, whether created by AsukaBook Maker or generated by the AsukaBook Photoshop or InDesign Tools, and each set is relative to a specific product.

Photoshop and InDesign blank template requirements such as filename, resolution, dimension, and colour space are already set and should not be changed. Case and cover template filenames will vary by product style.

AsukaBook Template Requirements

Guides & Layout Info

All of our templates include guidelines to assist you while designing including guides for trim lines, folds, divots, gutter, etc. It is important to design with the guides on for correct image placement. To view guides in Photoshop, go to View > Show > Guides. Many of our cases and cover files also include additional placement instructions. If you are designing in Photoshop, be sure to turn off instruction layers or delete them before saving your design to prevent them from being printed.

Trim - Full Bleed vs No Bleed

The outer blue guidelines are the trim lines. It is possible slight shifting may occur during the printing process and we do not recommend placing images/design directly up to the guideline. To ensure a full bleed to the edge of the page, extend the images and/or design must extend past the guidelines to the edge of the canvas. Place text and important parts of an image at least 1/4 inch inside of the guidelines if you do not want a full bleed.


Full Bleed off to the edge of the canvas and no bleed.

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Interior Spreads

Gutter - Layflat Binding

Our layflat binding allows for full spread design without gutter loss. Design freely, but keep in mind there will be a slight seam in the center of the spread.

Gutter - Book Bound Binding

The center guides represent the area that will be lost once the book is bound. Approximately a 1/2 inch gutter loss will occur in our book bound books so it is recommended to avoid placing important parts of an image, text, or any graphic in the gutter area.

AsukaBook Book Bound Book Spread Guidelines


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Covers

Designable covers have specific guidelines for each album style and many of the templates include an instructional layer. Be sure to turn off or delete the layer with instructions before saving your file or it will be printed on the cover.

Divot

The divot on a cover is marked by guidelines or a shaded area. It is not recommended to place text, or important parts of an image, on or near the divot area.



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Lacquer - Cosmopolitan

The Cosmopolitan albums come with the option of a vertical or horizontal strip in shimmering red or black that includes an optional hot stamp text. Avoid designing in this area as it will be covered up.

AsukaBook Cosmopolitan Album Horizontal Cover
AsukaBook Cosmopolitan Album Vertical Cover

Book Jacket - Zen Layflat EXD, Zen Layflat EX, Book Bound EXD, Book Bound EX

The cover and book jacket are printed from the same file.

AsukaBook Book Jacket

Cases

All of our albums include a case or presentation box specific to its style. Many of the cases are designable, and each one has specific guidelines. To best assist you, we have included an instructional layer and guides on the case files. Be sure to turn off or delete the layer with instructions before saving your file or it will be printed on your case.

Designable Presentation Case - Zen Layflat EXD, Book Bound EXD

The presentation cases for the Zen Layflat and Book Bound EXD books have a similar layout and are designed with the front of the case on the left side of the template, and the back of the case on the right. The shaded area should not be visible once assembled, but you may design with a full bleed into this area to ensure your design is consistent.

AsukaBook Album Designable Presentation Case

Designable Box Top - Art Layflat Book

The Art Layflat Book includes a gift style box with designable lift top and natural tan bottom. The case template allows you to design the top and sides of the box lid.

AsukaBook Art Layflat Book Box Top

Designable Presentation Case - NeoClassic, Zen Layflat Impact X, Zen Layflat Impact, Book Bound LX, Book Bound FLX

The presentation case for the NeoClassic, Zen Layflat Impact X, Zen Layflat Impact, Book Bound LX, and Book Bound FLX is designed with the front of the case on the right side of the template, and the back of the case on the left side of the template.

AsukaBook Album Designable Presentation Case
Do you provide free design software?
Yes. We recommend using our free AsukaBook Maker design software, AsukaBook Photoshop Tool, or AsukaBook InDesign Tool.

Can I use other programs such as Smart Albums or Fundy to create my album layout?
Yes. You may use other design programs to lay out a product design. Note that additional steps will be required to ensure proper file setup.

Do you provide colour correction and retouching services?
We do not offer this service and do not retouch or colour correct any of the files provided. It is your responsibility to ensure that all corrections and adjustments to your images have been completed before designing and ordering. Please make sure you use a properly calibrated monitor and soft proof your design files. We print exactly what is submitted.

What is the proper image size for the layouts?
Our design tools create templates for the case, cover and inside page spreads that have a pre-set resolution and dimensions relative to each product. Adjustments to these settings will result in errors when uploading the files.

Why is it necessary to transfer designs to AsukaBook templates when designing in applications other than AsukaBook Make or the Photoshop and Indesign Tools?
We can only guarantee the templates we provide have the correct resolution, dimensions, and colour space required for the production of our products.

Why are the templates blank?
The blank templates allow creative freedom when designing so you can add as many images, texts, and other graphic elements to the layout. If you would prefer to use pre-set image placement layout templates, we recommend using AsukaBook Maker which provides hundreds of them.

What do the Photoshop guidelines on the blank templates represent?
To turn the guides on, go to: View > Show > Guides.

Case/Cover
  • The outer guidelines represent the area where the cover will be folded over board material.
  • The center guidelines represent the spine and divot.
Inside Spreads
  • The outer guidelines represent the area where the pages will be trimmed.
  • The center guidelines represent the center or gutter of the book.

Tip: Place your images at least 1/4 inch away from the blue guidelines to avoid any desired trimming.
Tip: Place image to the edge of the canvas to ensure a full bleed.
Tip: Place important parts of an image (such as a face) or text away from the center line to ensure nothing will be unintentionally lost in the gutter.

Can I have a variable number of pages/sides in my book?
Our page increments are pre-set. One page has two sides. Most products offer 10, 20, 30, 40, 50, 60, 70, 80, 90, and 100 sides, but some offer other options. Our NeoClassic, Cosmopolitan, and Heirloom albums all have a maximum of 60 sides. The Zen Layflat books offer sides in even increments between 10 and 100 sides. Our Vista Layflat Book, Curve book, USB/Keepsake Presentation Book, and DVD Presentation Book provide options starting at four sides.

How many images can I place on each page/side?
You may place as many images as you would like.

Can I add text as part of the design?
You may add text anywhere on the design. We recommend not placing text on the divot area or close to trim lines and gutters as any text and image information placed there may be lost.

What laser inscription fonts are available on the Heirloom album?
We offer three fonts for you to choose from - Cursive, Sans-Serif and Serif. The approximate font size varies for each size of book. A 10x10 is 24pt, an 8x8 is 18pt, and a 5x5 is 13 pt.

What is the font and size of the hot stamp text?
The font type is Skia which is a Mac OS standard font. You have up to 30 characters including spaces and only a single line of text. The approximate font size varies for each size of book. For example, a 10x10 is 24pt, an 8x8 is 18pt, a 7x7 is 16 pt, a 5x5 is 13 pt, etc.

Do I have to place an image on the cover?
No. The design is totally up to you. You can have an image wrap around to the back cover, a single image, or multiple images on the front and/or back. You may also add text and graphic elements wherever you'd like. If you'd prefer a white cover, you may leave the template blank. If you'd like a solid colour cover, simply change the template to that colour.

Can you design on the spine or back cover of the Cosmopolitan album?
The front cover of the album is the only designable space at this time. The spine and back are covered in a red or black textured fabric.

Do I have to convert my files to CMYK before submitting?
No. Submit your files in either Adobe RGB or sRGB. The production center will convert the files to CMYK for you.

How do I resize my layout from one product size or style to another?
AsukaBook Maker: Go to Tools > Change Book Type.
Photoshop: Use the AsukaBook Photoshop Tool's Convert Book feature.
InDesign: Use the AsukaBook InDesign Tool's Convert Book feature.

Once converted to a new size and/or style, be sure to review your entire design to ensure everything looks correct.

When saving images in JPEG format, which degree of compression should be used?
We recommend the image quality be set to 11(Maximum) with "Baseline Optimized."

Can you provide a proof sheet of my book order before it is printed?
We do not offer proof sheets, but a single side or spread test print can be produced for a fee. Contact customer care to request a test print.

Are there any restrictions on what can be printed?
AsukaBook requires that you have copyright permission for all images included in your order. In addition, your files will not be sent into production if they contain illegal and/or immoral content, or if the subject may be offensive to the public. We are also unable to print books with exposed genitalia or that show implied sexual acts.

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