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105. Jan 10, 2014 8:31 PM in response to: Setaysha
Re: how to create 6x9 pdf book cover?

Setaysha wrote:

 

I have tried reducing the size of the image to 75% and then to 50% but that seems to make no difference.

 

Don't resize the artwork -- even if you get a smaller file size as a result, the physical properties will then be incorrect and CS won't be able to print the cover.

 

What software are you using for your cover design work, and have you flattened the layers prior to saving as a PDF?

 

 

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106. Jan 12, 2014 10:37 AM in response to: Setaysha
Re: how to create 6x9 pdf book cover?

There is a program called Irfran View that is free.  It should be able to help you compress that file.  When you download it, make sure you also search for the the plugins that will allow you to load PDF files too. Please let me know if that helps you.

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107. Jan 12, 2014 4:32 PM in response to: lipmag
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I know very little about how the cover was made. I sent the size specifications and page numbers and it was done by an artist in UK and sent to me as an Adobe Reader PDF.

 

The file size is 41.67 MB and the maximum allowed by CS is 40MB.  I just need to know how to reduce it a bit so CS accepts it.

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108. Jan 12, 2014 4:36 PM in response to: Condor
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I had a look at the Irfan View website and in the list of supported programs it does not mention Adobe (which my cover is).  Does this mean it's not possible to use it.  I am less than a novice at the kind of stuff it talks about so havn't a clue whether I could use it. 

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109. Jan 12, 2014 9:47 PM in response to: Setaysha
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I would contact the original artist and request that they flatten the layers and provide you a PDF that's under the size requirement.

 

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110. Jan 28, 2014 3:18 PM in response to: lipmag
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Thank you for your reply.  Sorry I did not get back to you - suddenly had to go off on something else and forgot.

 

Probelm is solved now by my cover artist.

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111. Jan 28, 2014 3:19 PM in response to: Condor
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Thanks so much for your help and sorry i didn't get back to you.  Got called away and then forgot till now.

 

Problem solved by my cover artist

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112. Jan 28, 2014 3:20 PM in response to: Seisa
Re: how to create 6x9 pdf book cover?

Thank you for your advice.  That's exactly what I did and he was able to sort the problem out for me. I now have my first proof copy to check and edit and then I'm on my way.

Sorry for not getting back to you before now.  I got called away onto something else and forgot till now.

 

Cheers.

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113. Feb 18, 2014 3:20 AM in response to: PeggysBooks
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Why this and wht that. But finally I have discovered that I've used the wrong template. I was laughing at myself. It was my first self made all-in anyway.

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114. Apr 9, 2014 1:54 PM in response to: PeggysBooks
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I have downloaded the templates and complied with all aspects of the submission requirements, yet still get the pdf bounced back.

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115. Apr 9, 2014 2:30 PM in response to: RogueCop67
Re: how to create 6x9 pdf book cover?

Let me tell you what I did. First I've cropped the template canvas to the "RED AREA". That's the book cover template. After puting your things in it, save that image as PDF. Or if not possible save it as PNG or JPG. After that convert it to PDF (high quality print). That's all I did.

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116. Jun 3, 2014 7:36 PM in response to: walton
Re: how to create 6x9 pdf book cover?

Seeking encouragement.  I'm ready to begin cover design. FYI - have mid-range technical skill for someone my age -- 70 yrs.  How easy/difficult is the CS cover templates?  I found the perfect image for my novel on Getty Images but don't know what size to purchase. Will do a 6 x 9 book/cover. To all -- I'm quaking in my shoes about all the tech stuff I need to do but am determined to get my book published so I can check it off of my list of things to do before I die!  Have been all over CS communities soaking up info and taking copious notes. So good to see all the energy and excitment about being part of the writing life.

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117. Jun 3, 2014 9:04 PM in response to: Bengal
Re: how to create 6x9 pdf book cover?

Your cover size depends on the number of pages in the book due to the spine width. If you have 100 pages then your spine will be 0.25 - 200 pages 0.5 inch, etc. So for a 200 page book your overall size for the book cover will be 12.5x9. If you are looking to use the image only on the front cover than 6x9 will be good whereas a full cover will be 12.5x9 (assuming 200 pages, of course).

 

If you are buying the use of an image you should multiply your cover size by 300 in both directions to determine the pixel requirement.

 

Personally, I would not use the CS cover template or the CS cover creator. It is just as easy to create your own template if you remember to center your spine text and turn it 90 degrees clockwise.

 

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118. Aug 31, 2014 7:19 AM in response to: Seal
Re: how to create 6x9 pdf book cover?

Personally, I would not use the CS cover template or the CS cover creator. It is just as easy to create your own template if you remember to center your spine text and turn it 90 degrees clockwise.

Easy for one person is hard for another. I remember my first book, where because there was no Cover Creator I had to create the cover myself, which I did using tables to get things into the proper boxes, and then I had to go into Draw to rotate that spine text, learning a whole new skill set (I'd never used Draw before, and only used it that one time, not once since then!) It was such a pain for me that I always use Cover Creator, though I really don't like everything it does. (In my latest book, I have a subtitle. CC put the subtitle on the back cover, not where  think it belongs, unser the title on the front.)

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