All orders can be uploaded and submitted online via our shop. To prepare your album layout for export please follow these guidelines:
For your convenience, we have prepared sample Adobe InDesign templates that already include margins, guides, etc. for many types of layout. These templates are especially important for our fine art albums printed on cotton paper – we recommend one image per page with wide, white borders and vellum interleaves. For more flexibility in album design, we offer all of our album styles in fine art press paper. Please visit heirloombindery.com/resources for more information.
Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any layout questions. Regardless of what type of album you choose, for best album design results and maximum impact, we highly recommend featuring no more than one or two images per page. Layout should be fun!
- Two page spreads are not recommended for fine art cotton paper as each page will be divided by vellum. For best results with a two page spread, please select fine art press paper (without vellum). Do not place anything critical (subject’s face, eg.) within an inch of the center divider or the edges. While our Signature albums are near ‘lay-flat’, there is still a crease and visible linen stitching down the center of some pages.
- Allow at least 1/4” inch extra margin on the inside of each page to ensure visual balance after binding. Double check that the right-side pages (odd numbers) have more space on the left, and vice versa. These tips don’t apply to Signature Albums.
- Full bleed pages are not recommended for fine art cotton paper as the printing is delicate and the ink should not be touched by hands and fingers, this is also why fine art cotton albums should be designed with wide, white margins. For best results with full bleed pages, please select fine art press paper and check that any full-spread images have no whitespace in the bleed area of your layout or on the edges of an exported PDF. If they do, resize images to the bleed lines in InDesign.
- If you export to PDF, your file dimensions should be:
- 9×10 Albums: 9.125” X 10.25”
- 10×10 Albums: 10.125” X 10.25”
- 12×12 Albums: 12.125” X 12.25”
- 12×14 Albums: 12.125” X 14.25”
- 16×20 Albums: 16.125” X 20.25”
- If you are having a logo stamped for the first time, don’t forget to include your logo in black & white (vector art highly preferred).
Some general rules for exporting:
- Use sRGB or Adobe RGB color space when exporting
- Make sure your images are as high-resolution as possible.
- Page through your final document before submitting to check for any obvious errors or omissions. We do look at everything while printing, but we can’t be responsible for catching all mistakes made in layout.
TO EXPORT YOUR ALBUM (ADOBE INDESIGN)
As of 2015, we are recommending clients using Adobe InDesign submit their album ‘package’ instead of exporting to PDF. To do this, just go to ‘File > Package’ and follow instructions. You should end up with a folder including both your InDesign file and all the hi-res images you included in your layout.
PROOFING / EXPORT TIPS FOR OTHER PROGRAMS (SMARTALBUMS)
(1) Set bleeds equal to 1/8” on top and bottom, and 1/8” on outside edge. Leave inside bleed at 0. For software that asks for spread width and height, add 1/4” inch to both dimensions (for example, a 12×14 (portrait) album should have spreads that are 24 1/4” wide by 14 1/4” tall. If there is a ‘safe zone’ setting, also set that equal to 1/8”.
(2) (Optional) Increase inside margin by ~1/2” (note this option is not offered by all photo album software)
FINE ART PRINTS / MATTED PRINTS
(1) Submit your images as high-resolution JPEG files. Minimum resolution is 300 PPI/DPI.
(2) Submit one JPEG file for each uniquely sized print (even if they are the same image, for example ‘image-5×7.jpg’ and ‘image-11×14.jpg’).
(3) Please label files clearly.
All orders should be placed through heirloombindery.com/shop. If you do not see the professional products available there, please email email@example.com and we’ll get your account authorized.
Please see the PDF/Proofing instructions before ordering. If you are concerned about color accuracy, we recommend requesting a sample page print of your work first.
If applicable, you will receive a PDF proof of your box or album cover layout with the artwork to be stamped before printing or embossing begins.
For smaller files (logos, prints, etc.), you can attach the files directly to an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. For larger files, we recommend the following:
- – Shared Dropbox folder or link
- – Large file transfer service (WeTransfer.com, YouSendIt, etc.) to ‘email@example.com’.
For photo front album covers: remember to include your chosen image in the proper size (3”x4” suggested) at 300 dpi or higher. also remember to include a high-res version of your studio logo if applicable. If available, we highly recommend submitting any logos or stamping image as vector artwork (Illustrator (.ai) files or .eps). For larger fine art print orders, send your hi-res images to ‘firstname.lastname@example.org’ and specify print size and whitespace margins, if applicable.
Orders are invoiced and payable upon start of work. Orders are typically filled within 6-8 weeks.
We will contact you if there are any questions/issues with your order.