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

  1. 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.

    Facing Pages Double-Page Spreads InDesign Setting Spreads Crossover

  2. 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
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. Double-check that your dust jacket file includes 0.125 inches of bleed around the perimeter.
  6. Double-check that all important text and graphics are at least 0.125” away from the bleed area.
Dust Jacket Template Print Ready File Setup

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