File Setup and Creation

What files are required for Lulu Print API production?
All products require a multipage INTERIOR PDF file, and a single page COVER PDF file.
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What programs can be used to create PDFs?
More and more programs allow for PDF creation. We recommend the following: Adobe Acrobat – Allows you to easily create, edit, rearrange, and publish PDFs....
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What are the recommended settings for the interior PDF?
Each PDF is unique, and can be created by different software. Some best practices for interior files are: All interior PDFs should be single-page portrait...
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What are the recommended settings for the cover PDF?
Like the interior PDF, the software used to generate files can vary. Some best practices for covers are: All cover PDFs should be a single-page portrait o...
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Does Lulu provide templates?
We provide templates for the most commonly used file types. You can download our templates from the Product & Shipping page.
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What is bleed?
Bleed defines printing that goes beyond the edge of where the sheet will be trimmed. The “bleed” is the area to be trimmed off. Most of our files require 0....
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What is a safety margin?
Safety margin refers to a recommended area between the final trim size and the content in the formatted file. We recommend that important elements and text ...
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What is a gutter?
The “gutter” is a typographical term referring to an additional margin added to interior pages to compensate for the part of the page made unusable by the b...
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How is spine width calculated?
For Softcover Saddle Stitch and Coil Bound: There is no spine for these binding types. For Softcover Perfect Bound: (pages / 444) + 0.06” = Spine Width or...
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Which side of the flat cover file is the front?
A properly formatted cover file will have the back cover on the left, the spine in the middle, and the front cover aligned on the right side.
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