Design It Yourself FAQs

Do you offer templates?

No, we don't offer templates because of the variety of software used by our customers. Our layout instructions include all the measurements you need to prepare your text and cover in any software.

I don’t know how to use InDesign, Photoshop etc.

If you choose to provide us with a PDF, we will not teach you how to design your text or cover, and will not provide instruction on how to use professional software like InDesign, Photoshop or Illustrator. We provide layout specifications on our Design It Yourself page. If you do not have the skills necessary to layout your book on your own, please review our Cover Design Portfolio or Text Design Portfolio and we'd be happy to do it foryou.

How does Gorham Printing evaluate my PDF file?

The first text and/or cover PDF evaluations by our Prepress are included in your quote. The Text PDF evaluation includes checking for issues that would create problems in the printing process such as low-resolution images, color pages, margins, page size and count, bleeds, screens and fonts. The Cover PDF evaluation includes checking image quality, fonts, proper layout, spine width, size, and barcode. We do not check for editorial issues including punctuation, grammar or spelling. If there are issues with your files that prevent us from printing, our Prepress will contact you. Any required changes must be made by the customer and a new PDF file must be resubmitted on our website. New files will accumulate additional charges.

Can Gorham Printing Make Changes to my Text PDF?

Customer-supplied PDFs that require alteration during prepress review are subject to design rates of $92 per hour in fifteen-minute $23 increments. We are limited on changes that can be made to customer provided files. Modifications on customer provided files must be approved by Prepress. Modifications that require extensive time will be recommend to our Design Services.

What do you do with my text PDF?

Within 3 business days your file will be preflighted to check file quality, missing fonts, image placement and page size and other checks. If the file passes all preflight checks, it moves to the proofing stage.

What do you do with my cover PDF?

Within 3 business days your file will be preflighted to check file quality, missing fonts, image placement, crops and spine marks, and other checks. If the file passes all preflight checks, it moves to the proofing stage.

Can Gorham Printing Make Changes to my Cover PDF?

Customer-supplied PDFs that require alteration during prepress review are subject to design rates of $92 per hour in fifteen-minute $23 increments. We are limited on changes that can be made to customer provided files. Modifications on customer provided files must be approved by Prepress. Modifications that require extensive time will be recommend to our Design Services.

Why can't I give you a MS Word file instead of a PDF?

We do not accept MS Word documents or any other native files in lieu of PDFs for ready-to-print books. Word files can have many potential problems, including: missing fonts, text reflow, embedded images, and many more. A PDF will lock everything in place so no movement or changes will occur.

How should I do my pictures, maps and charts?

Screened images should be scanned and saved at 300 dpi (dots per inch). Line art should be scanned and saved at 600 dpi. If you have used postscript software to create your maps or charts, they should be saved in a vector file format like .eps for optimum quality.

Do I still need to approve a proof if I bring my work in on disk?

It may seem like a proof wouldn't be needed in this case but it really is. Output devices process digital information using a variety of processing languages. Your approval of the proof which we will provide assures that the output device used has correctly interpreted and processed the information you have provided.

What if my text has bleeds?

Any image, color or type on a page that touches the edge of the page, extending beyond the trim edge, leaving no margin, is called a bleed. The bleed may extend off one or more sides. After the book is bound, 1/8 inch is trimmed off the top, bottom and outside edge. If your book has bleeds, it would be best to contact us to make sure they are possible. Some restrictions due to size and other factors may make the project cost high. Also, there are many technical aspects to setting up a bleed. This PDF will give you more information: Text Bleeds.

How does proofing work?

We offer either an online proof or a printed proof. Your initial pricing includes an online proof of your interior pages and cover. The online proof is the least expensive proofing method but is not accurate for color or halftone quality. If color matching or halftone quality is critical we would recommend a printed proof. If this is not critical, an online proof should suffice. Online proofing also saves time from mailing printed proofs. If new files are submitted or new proofs are required, additional charges will be incurred.

How long does it take for you to complete my order?

The production "clock" does not begin until we have received a signed proof form that the job is ready for printing, after the proofing process. From this point, it takes: 2-3 weeks for Softcovers, 6-7 weeks for hardcovers and 3-4 weeks for spiral books.

If you have several rounds of proofs, this will cause time delays. The production "clock" does not start until we have received the final "okay" from your signed proof form.

Can you print full color text pages?

Yes. We can print your pages digitally and in full color. See Price Charts for more information.

Will you keep my book files in case I reprint it in the future?

Yes. We archive all books for at least 5 years.

What happens when I need reprints?

You can call customer service to obtain a price quote for reprints. Alternatively, you can log into your account and order from your "past orders" link. We will print from the file that has been archived on CD if we have them on file. This will save you the cost of setup. If you have small changes to the copyright page, such as a new edition number or a new date, we charge $23 (for 15 min of work) to make those changes.