How to Prepare Your Booklet for Printing the Easy Way — Designer Guide

Inkbot Design
10 min readJul 4, 2019


Creating a catalogue or magazine gives you a chance to get creative, but to make sure you get the result you’re expecting, you need to be able to set up a print file.

This straightforward guide to booklet printing will show you how.

When you’re working on a project such as a wholesale catalogue, a scrappy zine or a luxury magazine, it’s always a good idea to think about the details of how to get it printed.

It’s easy to forget that technology has given us the means to manipulate images and designs and makes it easy to edit things digitally to make them reflect our ideas.

We can tweak images to within a pixel-width and move things around easily to test out different designs.

Print is not quite the same, and the process of putting ink on paper is somewhat shrouded in mystery, mostly because of the way printers have guarded the secret language that they use to make the whole process sound even more complicated than it is.

If you haven’t prepared a design for printing before, then it’s essential to understand some of the terms used and design principles at play.

Once you’ve read this guide, you will be able to create print files yourself and open up your printing options to make your budget stretch further.

Everything you need to know is in this guide, complete with diagrams and explanations.

First things first: a booklet is several sheets of paper that have been bound together.

This means that a catalogue, magazine or even a comic book is a booklet in printing terms, no matter what the content or intended purpose.

If you want to be the master of your own print file, then read on!


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