Send Design Materials

Use this tool to send us your files once you've placed an order. After we receive a 50% deposit, we'll review your PDFs within 1-2 business days. Look for an email from Gorham Printing with further information!

Wondering what to include in your files? Review our cover checklist and text checklist for a complete list.

Design Checklist

Below are points to consider that will help the designer create the best possible look for your cover and text.

Cover Design Checklist

1

Front Cover Words

Save all words in a single document as DOC or RTF file format.

  • Title
  • Author name
  • Subtitle

2

Front Cover Design Images

If you want Assisted Cover Design Services, please provide:

  • Digital images saved as JPG, PNG or TIF file format* *To obtain the highest quality images, provide us with an original scan or purchase files from a stock photo company. Shutterstock is highly recommended.
  • Photographs, artwork and other original source material for Gorham Printing to scan

If you want Custom Cover Design Services and your book is to be sold, please provide:

  • Insight to your intended audience and promotional plan
  • Optional rough cover concept

3

Back Cover Words

Save all words cover in a single document as DOC or RTF file format.

  • Author bio
  • Summary
  • Reviews
  • Publisher name
  • Genre/subject
  • Publisher logo
  • Web address

4

Back Cover Images

If you have images for the back cover of your book, provide:

  • Author photo (TIF, JPG, or PNG)
  • Optional company logo (EPS or PDF)

5

Barcode

If you want a barcode on your cover, first:

  • Get an ISBN number from myidentifiers.com
  • Send us the number and price (if any) to be shown on the barcode

Image File Formats

Photographs have these formats:

  • TIF file: The best format for photos. 300 dpi is best.
  • PNG file: 300 dpi is best.
  • JPG file: A common format from phones and the web. Files should be 300 dpi but can be lower if file size is too large.

Logos and images made of letters and lines:

  • EPS file: The best file format for logos and line graphics.
  • PDF file: Can also be used.

Text Design Checklist

1

Your Manuscript

Save your manuscript in a single document as a DOC or RTF file format. Before saving:

  • Completely edit and spell-check all content (editorial changes made once the design process has started will cost $92/hour).

2

Text Images

Digital images are computer files provided by you. If you will be providing digital files of your images, please save them in the following formats:

  • Save photos as JPG, PNG, or TIF
  • Save all images files with a number in the file name
  • Save logos as EPS or PDF

If you have photographs, artwork or other original source material, Gorham Printing can scan your items. Please provide your materials in the following format:

  • Put a sticky note label with a number on the back of each original photo
  • Save all captions in a single file with each caption numbered to match the numbers on the images

3

Image Captions

If your text images have captions:

  • Save all captions in a single DOC or RTF file with each caption numbered to match a corresponding image

Text File Formats

Your software has more than one way to save a file. For our uses, you will need to save your text files in one of these formats:

  • DOC file: This is an MSWord format, but you can also "Save As" a DOC format in Pages, GoogleDocs or other software too.
  • RTF file: This stands for "Rich Text Format." By saving a file this way, you keep your styling intact.
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