For further dummy book info, you can also refer to:
- Writing and illustrating a picture book
- Picture book dummy, picture book construction
- Part 1- Making the Dummy Book
- Part 2- Preparing the Dummy Book to Send to Publishers
- Part 3- Sending the Dummy Book to Agents and Publishers
Specs, bleed and fold
- Determine the illustration specs before starting your project.
o Size is always determined by the art director.
- Create your illustrations to spec size (or 10% bigger) and orientation (landscape or portrait) of the intended book or graphic novel. Sometimes you are requested to create an image larger than the final printed version.
o Double the size is twice or ‘two up’. It is two times the diagonal of the finished size.
o Remember that tiny details are lost when an image is reduced in size.
o Ensure digital images have a resolution of 300 to 600 DPI (dots per inch) .
o Ensure digital files are in the required mode (CMYK, RGB).
o Refer to Why size matters when it comes to digitizing art.
- Include a 5mm (1/8 inch) horizontal and vertical ‘bleed’. This is the area of your composition that doesn’t contain anything important, and extends outside the trim lines of the image.
- Keep important parts of your illustration away from the fold line (center of page).
o Never put small details such as hands or faces in the center.
o Keep text at least 2.54 cm (1 inch) away from the fold.
Final digital steps
- Image resolution is 300 to 600 DPI.
- Illustrations are clean and free of erasure markings etc.
- Color and lighting is adjusted (if necessary) for cohesiveness and consistency throughout all your images.