• Set up and complete book pages


  • Set document parameters
  • Import bleed template
  • Set guidelines and margins
  • Create masterfile
  • Create book pages
  • Import text and any images
  • Create book cover artwork
  • Add ISBN and Barcode
  • Finalise book page files


  • Organise ISBN if you intend to get one
  • Read and understand the Bleed Requirements


Before you proceed with the Book Layout it is a good idea to first secure your ISBN. This way you’ll have the information ready for your copyright page and rear cover when the time arises that you need it.

You don’t require any book details like title and author etc to apply for an ISBN. That information can be inserted later once you know it. Even after your book goes to print. To complete and finalise your book proof, you only need a copy of the ISBN number and the pdf barcode (if you select that option). There is usually a small waiting period when obtaining ISBNs which can hold up completion of your book proof if you leave organising your number till the last minute. So if you wish to secure your number, go straight to Step 06 and get things in motion. Then return here to Step 05 and start on your book layout.

If you’re unsure about an ISBN, read all the information in Step 06 and you can make a well informed decision and proceed from there.

Information on attaining an ISBN is covered in:


Bleed Requirements

Before you embark on your book pages layout you must make an important decision about the bleed set up.

Will you do it yourself?  Or do you need an expert’s help?

This procedure MUST be done properly. If not, parts of your book may not be printed properly or may risk being trimmed off when your book goes to print.

Templates are available for download that will assist you in the correct setting up of your bleed. They are simple to follow. Ideally though, the bleed set up should be done when setting up the initial book page master file. This saves time and double handling. But it can be done later if desired, it’s just not the preferred or most economical method.

If you don’t know anything about bleed at all it is suggested you read up on it first then decide what to do. For further information about bleed and print ready requirements go to:


You will need to view the following information:


As mentioned above, this is critical to the correct layout and printing of your finished book so read carefully. Don’t be afraid to get the help if you need it. When you’ve made your decision, return here and proceed with your book layout.

If you’ve decided to skip the bleed for now and are coming back to it later, or if you’re handballing the job to an expert, read on…

Now to the creative part!

Your book pages.


This important section features an initial introduction to Inkscape including a screen tour of all the tools and features used for book pages. Also how to open and close the program, setting up the book page size and parameters, importing the PDF template and setting any other required margins and guidelines.


This section features instructions on how to import text into Inkscape or creating text within the program. Also how to add different text effects plus rotating, skewing or fitting your text to a particular path, shape or direction.


Featured here are instructions on how to import the various types of image formats used in the set up of the book pages. Also how to crop or trim images plus manipulate image to fit book page.


Here you’ll be shown how to set up your book cover artwork to specific parameters. Also how to do the rear cover synopsis or blurb plus there are instructions on how to incorporate barcode on cover layout.


This is the last and final step in the set up of your book pages. All pages must be finalised, numbered if required and all guidelines or templates removed. Files will also need to be saved in numerical order as SVG files and then again in PDF print ready format.

In Step 07 the book proof is created from the single PDF book page files.

Great work. You’re nearly done.

The next thing you will be doing is double checking all your SVG files to make sure they are correct. Ensure you have your ISBN details incorporated if applicable on your copyright page. Also that you have positioned your PDF barcode where and if applicable on  your rear cover.

The final step is to save all your SVG files as a PDF version for the printing. Then lastly you’ll have to combine them in a multi PDF file to create the print ready proof.

If too large to send you may need to compress the files first.

Then it’s off to the printer!

ALL pre-print information is covered in detail in Step 07.

For those not wanting an ISBN you can skip Step 06 ISBN and go straight to:


For those wanting an ISBN you may have organised it already when prompted at the start of this step. If not you’ll neet to do that now as this is the last element to add to your book cover before you finalise the artwork and save.

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