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How to Design a Magazine?

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

Download Saddle-Stitched 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 Saddle-Stitched Magazine for print: video

  1. Choose the size.
    Select one of the available sizes at Cloudprinter.com to design and prepare for printing your Saddle-Stitched Magazine. Choose which fits you best — landscape, portrait, or square page orientation.
  2. Mind the number of pages 
    Keep in mind that your Saddle-Stitched Magazine can be 8 pages at a minimum and up to 100 pages long at a maximum. At the same time, the number of pages in your Saddle-Stitched Magazine should be divisible by 4.
  3. The print file’s requirements:
    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. 1-20):
    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 - cover’s front 2nd page and is printed;
    Page 3 - the page blocks 1st page with the required printed information;
    Page 18 - the page blocks 16th page (the last) with the required printed information;
    Page 19 - cover’s back 3rd page and is printed;
    Page 20 - the cover’s back 4th page with the cover’s image.
  4. Set Bleeds. 
    Another step on your way while you're designing and preparing your Saddle-Stitched Magazine for print is to set the bleeds. For this, add 3 mm (0.125 in) at each side of the Saddle-Stitched Magazine cover and page block.
    This way, you'll make sure all the important data is within the safe zone of bleed areas.
  5. Saddle-Stitched Magazine specifications:
    The binding type — staple binding; Cover paper—coated silk;
    Lamination type — matte, gloss, or no lamination.
  6. Prepare Saddle-Stitched 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.