How to Set Up a Front Cover in InDesign: Dimensions

I am super excited!  That’s because I am starting to work on a new book!  It is going to be called “Our Lives, Our Love, Our Memories”.  It will be a fun book with various sections for couples to jot down details that they don’t want to forget.  Since I am starting a new book, I want to record down how I set up different documents in InDesign.  In this entry, I am going to set up the dimensions of the front cover.

How to Set Up a Front Cover in InDesign: Dimensions

This quick entry will record down how I set up the dimensions of the front cover in InDesign.

First of all, you need to determine what size you want your book to be.  For example, do you want your book to be 6″x9″, 8″x10″, etc. For my book, it is 5.5″x8.5″ in size.

Open a brand new document in InDesign, and you will see the following screen.

How to InDesign Cover: Dimension 01

Under Page Size Width, put in 11.5.  This number is from adding three dimensions, 5.5″ front cover + 5.5″ back cover + 0.5″ for the initial gutter, or the spine width of the book.  Right now, we do not know how wide to make the spine, as we do not know the number of pages we will have in the book yet.  Once we have finished making the book, then we can use a tool to determine the spine width based on the number of pages.  *** MUST remember to update this before sending it to print!!

How to InDesign Cover: Dimension 02

For the Page Size Height, we will put in 8.5 because this is the height of the book.

How to InDesign Cover: Dimension 03

Next, we will put in 0.125 for all the Bleed.

How to InDesign Cover: Dimension 04

Then 0.375 for all the Margin.

How to InDesign Cover: Dimension 05

We will enter 0.5 for the gutter, as explained earlier. *** MUST also change this number.

How to InDesign Cover: Dimension 06

And finally, we’ll change the Columns Number to 2.

How to InDesign Cover: Dimension 07

Press OK, and we will see something such as this.

How to InDesign Cover: Dimension 08

 

Very easy and straight forward.

To recap how to set the dimensions of the front cover in InDesign:

  • Determine the size of the book
  • Open a new document
  • Enter Page Width (width of front cover + width of back cover + width of gutter***)
  • Enter Page Height
  • Bleed: 0.125″
  • Margin: 0.375″
  • Enter Gutter: 0.5″ inital (make sure to calculate this after you’ve finished your book!!!***)
  • Column number: 2

I’m mainly documenting this for myself, but I hope that it’s also useful for you.  If you have any comments, questions or suggestions, don’t hesitate to send me an email and connect with me through any of the social media!

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