Also refer to the following resource links:

Bookbinding Class

The subject or topic of your booklet is wide-open, in other words, it is your choice what your book is about. Examples include a book of poetry, a short story, a historical account, etc. Pick a subject which you can write a unique and interesting perspective.

Booklet Requirements

  • A minimum of 20 letter-half pages or 5 spreads. You may have more, but remember page total should be in some multiple of 4 since each “page” actually adds a spread and each spread makes four pages. (this applies only to layouts that are created with facing pages or spreads. It does not apply to perfect binding, for example.)
  • If designing for Saddle-stitch binding then create spreads or facing pages
  • If designing for Perfect Binding, then uncheck the “facing pages” option in Document Setup.
  • Cover Design as a separate InDesign Document.
  • Title page
  • Pull quotes
  • Colophon
You might include additional pages depending on the subject of your booklet such as:
  • Dedication page
  • Table of Contents (TOC)
  • Index
  • Bibliography

Additional parts of the book that you may also consider adding if appropriate:

Make use of:
  • Use Roman Hanging punctuation
  • Graphic elements from Illustrator
  • Photographic elements from PhotoShop
  • Diminuendo (diminishing visual presentation of graphic elements related to grouping and hierarchy)
  • Headings
  • Subheadings
  • Images with captions
  • Use of baseline grid based on text leading
  • Use of golden section/Fibonacci number series for margins (0, 1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13, 21, 34, 55, 89, 144, . . .) Master page elements
  • Paragraph Styles

Avoid default text settings, Make them unique and customized to your subject/topic/audience instead Use typographic variables check list Check and use correct typographic punctuation Check and use the Minimum Typographic Management sheet.

Refer to the inDesign Tips page for additional help with Page Numbering Options and Print Booklet Commands.

The video below illustrates the basics of how to correctly create a cover for a saddle-stitched book/booklet.

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