Dust Jacket File Setup Guide
Dust jackets are printed on a single sheet of paper that gets wrapped around the outside of your hardcover book. Your dust jacket artwork should be created as a “double-page” or single spread.
Dust jackets are slightly larger than the book itself. Be sure to double-check the numbers in this guide as you set up your files.
Dust Jacket File Template
- Set up a double-page spread:
- Make sure the “facing pages” option is checked when exporting from your graphics program.
- If your not using InDesign, note that you should exclude bleed from the center. The only bleed required is ⅛” around all outside edges.
- Calculate your page height and page width:
- The “Page Height” and “Page Width” measurements in the image below are the same as the inside pages of your book:
- Add 0.27 inches added to the page height
- Add 0.3 inches added to the page width
- Calculate the spine width of your dust jacket using our tool below
- Add 0.04 inches to the calculated width of your spine to account for the extra thickness of the paper.
- Set up your dust jacket flaps:
- Your dust jacket flaps must be at least 2.83”. Most creators design flaps that are ⅓ the width of the book’s cover.
- Double-check that your dust jacket file includes 0.125 inches of bleed around the perimeter.
- Double-check that all important text and graphics are at least 0.125” away from the bleed area.