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How to create and self publish a print book with a lot of images and pictures
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Creating the inside pages document

This step refers to the layout program Adobe InDesign. You can use another layout program (like QuarkXPress) if you wish. Please review the hardware & software step first to familiarize yourself with the options you have.

Choose the correct program for each graphical task.
From a technical standpoint, Adobe InDesign is the program where you create text boxes, choose your fonts, link to your images, crop them if necessary, and generally lay out the pages of your book. Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator are basically for creating the images that you place into InDesign. InDesign collects everything together into one place. Any printer, including CreateSpace, will want you to set up the inside pages of your book all in one single layout document. (Your front & back covers must be in a separate document, we will go over later.) If you have not used these programs very much, or you just need a refresher, there are incredible video tutorials at that will walk you through the basics and beyond.

Let's start by creating a new InDesign document for the interior pages.
For example purposes, I will make my book 7 inches wide x 10 inches tall. Below are the technical dimensions and specifications (usually referred to simply as specs) for my book's interior pages. After opening Adobe InDesign I selected "File > New Document". You should follow the specs below exactly, except for 3 fields: the width, height, and page count. The width and height will be dependent on what size you picked, and your page count is up to you. CreateSpace has a 24 page minimum. The rest of your values should exactly match mine below:

New Adobe InDesign Document Window ScreenshotDocument Preset: [Custom]
Intent: Print

Number of Pages: 8 (use your own)
Start Page #: 1
Facing Pages Box: Checked/Yes
Master Text Frame Box: Unchecked/No

Page Size: [Custom]
Width: 7 inches (use your own)
Height: 10 inches (use your own)

Columns - Number: 1
Columns - Gutter: 0 inches

Margins - Top: .375 inches
Margins - Bottom: .375 inches
Margins - Inside: 1 inch
Margins - Outside: .375 inches

Bleed - Top: .125 inches
Bleed - Bottom: .125 inches
Bleed - Inside: 0 inches
Bleed - Outside: .125 inches

Slug - Top: 0 inches
Slug - Bottom: 0 inches
Slug - Inside: 0 inches
Slug - Outside: 0 inches

Note: I used Adobe InDesign CS5. If your layout program is older, newer, or different than mine there may be some difference in terminology or how the New Document window looks. If you don't see all of the options above, look for a button that says something like "More Options", click it to display additional settings.

Verify that your values match my values above (except for width, height, and page count; those should be whatever you decide) then click "OK".

On the right is a screen shot of what all 8 pages look like (zoomed out).
You can see the first and last pages are not paired up with any other pages. This is because we selected "Facing Pages" which sets up your document like an actual book. The first and last page of a book do not have a facing page.

You will have more than 8 pages, so change that to whatever even # you want. Book pages are printed 2 at a time, so your book must have an even # of pages. If you come up with an odd #, simply add 1 blank page, or delete 1 page. There is no other reasonable way around this. CreateSpace has a 24 page minimum.
Adobe InDesign Pages Screenshot

Notice how the pages flow left-to-right in the graphic below.
When you open a book, any 2 side-by-side pages you see together are called a spread. The first spread of a book has the front inside cover on the left and Page #1 on the right. Notice that Page #1 of the book is actually on the right hand side of spread #1. Whether a page is on the left or right will be important as you plan your book.

Page #2 and #3 make up the next spread. Note that Page #2 is on the left side, and Page #3 is on the right. Pages #4 and #5 continue the same, as do #6 and #7. The last page appears on the left side of it's spread.

Page Flow Graphic

The front inside & back inside covers are blank and must be left blank according to CreateSpace (typical in most books). We do not count the front or back inside covers as pages in our page count, and we do not need to make a blank page in our document to account for them.

We will go over the front cover, back cover, and spine later. For now we will keep our focus on the inside pages.

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You should plan now to have your title page, copyright, etc. on the exact pages you want. I suggest making a mockup with loose sheets of paper to make sure you get your page-flow exactly how you want it. It is your choice whether each page looks consistent, or each totally different. Go your own route, or note that a typical book's pages follow a format sort of like this:

• title page
• copyright page
• dedication and/or foreword
• first page of book or first chapter
• all the other pages

The way you set up your book is going to depend on the content.
This is where the artist & author in you should come alive. Your book's content will dictate how you lay out your pages. What are your pages going to look like? If you plan this now, your book will undoubtedly be more cohesive to readers. Draw, paint, or prepare them on the computer.

Now let's go over how to properly place text and graphics onto your pages.

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