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How to Design a Magazine?

Learn how to design and print a Magazine globally with Cloudprinter.com in just a few simple steps.

Download Magazine Templates in all available sizes in AI and PDF formats via the link

With the help of the templates, you can prepare the file for print in your Adobe Illustrator simply and easily.

*While preparing your file for print, you’ll have to exclude the bleeds layer.

Follow these simple steps to design and prepare your Magazine for print:

  1. Choose the size
    Select one of the available sizes at Cloudprinter.com to design and prepare for printing your Magazine. Choose which fits you best — landscape, portrait, or square page orientation.
  2. Mind the number of pages 
    Keep in mind that the number of pages in a Saddle-Stitched Magazine should be a multiple of 4 and in a Perfect Bound Magazine - a multiple of 2.
  3. The print file’s requirements
    For the Saddle-Stitched Magazine, the print file must include the Magazine cover and the Magazine page block as one file (each page should be designed separately in the order you want to read your Magazine e.g. 1-16).
    In case you want to have 16 pages Magazine, the print file must include 20 pages - 16 pages for the page block and 4 pages for the cover:
    Page 1 - cover’s front 1st page with the cover’s image;
    Page 2 - front cover's 2nd page may or may not be printed;
    Page 3 - the page blocks 1st page with the required printed information;
    Page 18 - the page blocks the 16th page (the last) with the required printed information;
    Page 19 - back cover’s 3rd page may or may not be printed;
    Page 20 - the cover’s back 4th page with the cover’s image.
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    For the Perfect Bound Magazine two print files should be prepared: a cover and a pageblock.Page set up-page count multiples of 4 magazine-1140-px-2
  4. Set Bleeds 
    Another step on your way, while you're designing and preparing your Magazine for print, is to set the bleeds. For this, add 3 mm (0.125 in) at each side of the Magazine cover and page block.
    This way, you'll make sure all the important data is within the safe zone of bleed areas.
  5. Prepare Magazine file for printing 
    - Set 300 DPI resolution
    - Choose RGB print
    - Save the file in PDF/X-4

Well done! Now you can print your Magazine all over the world as close to the delivery destination as possible.