Exporting your Perfect Bound Book as a PDF File

File > Export > Adobe PDF (print)

Body File
Export your body/inside file as Pages

Cover File
Export your cover file as Spreads


Marks & Bleeds
Check Crop Marks, Bleed Marks, and Use Document Bleed Settings.

Offset
0.125″


Viewing
Check Video PDF after Exporting to be sure that your PDF file looks correct.

Make sure to open your PDF in Acrobat.

File Examples

When you open your two files in Acrobat, this is what they should look like

If you want the inside of your cover to be something other than the paper color, make sure your cover file has two pages. The inside of the front cover is on the left and the inside of the back cover is on the right.

Need Extra Help?

If you have further questions about file setup, please contact us by email or by scheduling a consultation.

File Preparation for Perfect Binding

Booklet Sizes

8″ x 10″ (portrait) or smaller are standard book sizes.

Covers larger than 12″ x 18″ must be printed on our inkjet printers. This costs more (we charge our inkjet by the square foot of your image) and this will add up to 1-2 business days to your turnaround time. Keep in mind that our inkjet papers also cannot print double-sided and depending on the paper selection may have a watermark on the backside of the paper. 

Spine Calculations

Below is an estimate of spine width calculations. Keep in mind this is just an estimate.

The dimensions of your spine will depend on the paper type you choose for your interior pages and the thickness of the paper stock.

We will do our best to adjust your cover file if needed. However, we may ask that you edit and resend your cover file once the binding process is underway. Please keep an eye on your CCS email.

File Preparation

You will need to create 2 InDesign files. There will be a Body/Insides file and a Cover file.

Body File

The interior pages must be laid out in InDesign, as facing pages, with a bleed included in the document.

Document Size is the dimensions of your final book in inches.
Bleed set to 0.125″ on all sides
Margins set to at least 0.25″ on all sides

 

Cover File

The interior pages must be laid out in File > New Document…

Height = Page Height
Width = Spine Width + (Page Width x 2)

Give your cover file 2 columns and set the column margin to be the spine width. You now have guides for your spine. 

Set your Documents Margins & Bleeds to 0.125″ (to match your body file)

 

Gutter

Perfect bound books are glued at the spine which results in approximately a 1/4″- 3/8″ of the inside edge of your pages to be less visible since a perfect bound book cannot lay completely flat without the spine breaking. 

There will be a portion of each inside page that will lose visibility (or be swallowed) into the spine. Be mindful of this while designing and adding an extra cushion to the binding-side margin of each page. We recommend approximately 1/2″ of a cushion. 

For this reason, we highly recommend printing a proof copy before submission. 

How to design for images & text across a two-page spread

The gutter can be problematic when you are placing an image across the center spine. 

When an image or text covers a two-page spread, the inside 1/4″ on both pages will be obscured. This amounts to approximately 1/2″ in the center of the image or book. Text and images may not line up correctly across the spine. This is a natural occurrence with a perfect-bound booklet. 

Generally speaking, 1/2″ for your gutter margin is the best recommendation for most books.

Need Extra Help?

If you have further questions about file setup, please contact us by email or by scheduling a consultation.

Pricing & Paper Information

The Imaging Center offers a bulk discount on select “body” papers for perfect-bound books.

The Imaging Center offers a variety of papers for discounted perfect-bound books. If you intend on using a paper not included in the available paper list, the cost per sheet will be outside of the discounted pricing we offer for perfect binding. This can increase the cost of your job considerably.

Pricing chart for Imaging Center supplied paper

We encourage students to provide their own paper. Students can supply their own paper or work already printed, but some papers won’t work in our printers or perfect binder, so check with an Imaging Center Technician before submitting your job. 

Pricing chart for student supplied paper (BYOP)

Please make an appointment via Calendly to drop off the paper or to chat with an IC staff member about what would work best for your project.

Perfect Binding

Perfect Binding is a form of bookbinding in which the book pages are bound by gluing together single sheets. With this binding method, the pages and cover are glued together at the spine with a strong yet flexible glue. The other three sides of the book are trimmed as needed to give them clean “perfect” edges. Because of this gluing process, creating the square spine, the pages do not lay flat while you are flipping through them. 

Perfect bound books look clean and professional. They are ideal for catalogs, portfolios, photo albums, small-run comics, and self-published artists’ books.

Perfect binding works best for books that are 20+ printed pages. If less, it might be cheaper and more ideal to either saddle-stitch or wire/plastic bind your booklet.

Turnaround Times & Proofing

The standard turnaround time for the entire perfect binding process is 8 business days, not including weekends. The IC can have a proof copy ready in three (3) days, and the finished book(s) (5) five days after the proof is approved. This does not include weekends. 

If you do not want a proof copy, your final book(s) will still take 5 business days. 

We highly recommend getting a proof of your book. Proof copies are printed on the papers that you have selected at the sizes you submit. If you are supplying your own media, make sure to supply the IC enough paper for the proof & final copies. 

Proofs are 1/2 price if you approve the order. If you decide to cancel the order, the proof copy will remain at full price. 

Proofs are labeled with a sticker on the inside cover. 

The perfect binding process at the Imaging Center is done all by hand and takes a considerable amount of production time which pulls trained staff & management away from their other duties. For this reason, the IC does reserve the right to deny certain amounts of perfect binding requests. We may recommend other options for booklet binding (saddle-stitch or wire/plastic coil)


Having Trouble Uploading?

The upload limit is 96MB on all of our forms. Try some of these helpful tips and tricks to get your file prepared to upload.

Check your Internet Connection

Make sure that your wireless internet connection is strong. Often times students have issues when their connection has dropped in the middle of an upload.

Are you working in Adobe Illustrator?

If you are working in Illustrator make sure that you are saving your PDF correctly. By default, Illustrator saves PDFs with full capacity editing capabilities. You should only use Illustrator Default when you plan on editing the file again in Illustrator, or when you need to place it in a layout application such as InDesign.

However, when you are ready to save your file to print in the Imaging Center (and other print shops), you should export your file as a PDF/X-1a. This eliminates the option to preserve editing capabilities and flattens your file.

A common misconception is that by saving your file as a PDF that you are protecting yourself from others editing your file. If you save your file as an Illustrator Default PDF, we are able to open your file in Illustrator, move and even delete elements of your file. We have more information on saving PDF files HERE.

Are you still having issues? Do not panic! We have a fake file that you can download HERE to upload. Please fill out the form so that we have all the specifications and send us a Google Drive link with your file(s) in the notes section of your file.

If you have any questions or issues, reach out to the Imaging Center (ic@collegeforcreativestudies.edu) for further instructions! Thank you 🙂

Quick Tip #3

PDF Export Preset & Settings 

PDF documents can be exported using many different settings depending on the desired output destination (print, web, working file, etc.).

PDF Tips 

There are many ways to create a PDF file, but not all of them work well for professional printing and/or file sharing. The way in which you create a PDF can dramatically alter the quality of your printing.

The Imaging Center recommends using PDF/X-1a for most print submissions.

PDF/X-1a 

  • All transparency and layers are flattened
  • Spot colors are maintained
  • RGB content is converted to CMYK

PDF/X-4 

  • This is a newer PDF standard that takes advantage of modern prepress processes.
  • Retains live transparency & layers
  • Retains CMYK, RGB, LAB, and spot colors
  • Intended for workflows that support live transparencies
  • Definitely worth trying to use!

Recommended Changes to Settings

Marks & Bleed: Only include crop & bleed marks if the file set up for that item requires it. Click ‘Use Document Bleed Settings’ to include previously setup bleed, usually should be set to 0.125″(1/8″)

Output Color Conversion: Change to No Conversion & Include all Profiles

Risograph Studio

Location & Hours of Operation

Located in the CCS Imaging Center
6th floor, Taubman Building
313-664-1507
ic@collegeforcreativestudies.edu

Riso Studio Hours
Monday – Thursday // 8:30am – 6:30pm
Friday // 8:30am – 3:00pm
Saturday – Sunday // Closed
The Riso Studio is also closed during finals & school breaks

Busy periods are October (before the Detroit Art Book Fair and the Ann Arbor Wayzgoose), after Thanksgiving, before Noel Night, the last month of any semester, and Fridays.

Reservations can be made HERE
Contact us with questions HERE

Risograph Training

Introduction Training

  • Students must complete training in order to reserve the room. This consists of a three-week training workshop (6 hours in total). Students learn how to care for the machine, change the drums, print “off-the-glass” and prepare a digital file. Students are required to attend all three sessions.
  • Make-up session requests will be accepted on a case-by-case basis.
  • This semester, workshops are taking place September 20 – October 8, 2021!

All mandatory training sessions must be completed by October 15.

  • This includes make-up sessions.
  • All refresher and intro training sessions are free of charge.

Returnee Training (optional)

  • Trained returnees can sign up for a 1-hour refresher session at the beginning of the school year or at any point during the semester with a Riso tutor or IC staff.

Independent Printing Sessions

Reserving the Riso Studio

  • All reservations must be made via the Imaging Center Calendly.
  • Reservations can only be made by students who have completed their Risograph training.
  • There will be an opportunity for you to request 10-sheet French paper sample packs when making your reservation.
  • Students may request up to three packs (or 30 sheets) of French paper.
  • For big runs, we encourage students to purchase their own paper. French is a great resource but often regular construction paper purchased from Staples or Amazon is a great alternative.

At the Beginning of your Riso Session

  • Check-in at the front of the Imaging Center.
  • If you requested French paper when making your reservation, it will be prepared and waiting for you in the Riso Studio.
  • If you ask for additional French paper in the middle of your session, we may or may not be able to accommodate, so try to predict how much you will need before you start.
  • A current list of our French papers can be found HERE.

During your Riso Session

  • Studio rental includes individual access to the studio, inks, and proofing paper.
  • If you listen to music, wear headphones.
  • If you need help loading the drums, changing ink, or emptying the master disposal box, please ask for help from a Riso tutor or IC staff.
  • If you need a new master roll installed, ask Rachel, Michelle, or a Riso tutor (if available) for help.
  • For troubleshooting with the machine, please ask Rachel, Michelle, or a Riso tutor (if available) for help. Let us know when you first start having issues.
  • For file prep issues, please ask the Riso tutor or IC staff. You can make an appointment with a Riso tutor or Riso consultation on Calendly.
  • Leave prints on the drying rack with the corners tucked in. If you are planning on running another color at a later date, please clip a note to the drying rack using a pink form.
  • Prints on the drying rack may be left for up to a week. If someone else needs the space, or it has been more than a week, we may move your prints to the Imaging Center.
  • If you are missing prints off of the drying racks, check at the pick-up counter in the IC.

At the End of your Riso Session

  • Turn off the printer. If the printer is asleep, wake it up before you turn the machine off.
  • You can leave your prints to dry on the drying racks. (Corners tucked underneath the bar, to keep them from falling off.)
  • Take any instruction handouts with you that you would like, or put them back in the rack.
  • Please leave the Riso books on their magazine rack.
  • We cannot store paper, backpacks, boxes, or any other items in the Riso room, so please take them with you.
  • Pay for your session or any French paper at the cash register. The IC accepts cash, credit card, or CCS Flex.
  • Clean up any excess paper or collage clippings around the Riso room.

Renting the Riso Studio

Rental Fees

  • Students are charged for time in the Riso room, rounded to the nearest quarter-hour.
  • If you are working with a Riso tutor in a planning capacity, rather than printing, you will not be charged.
  • Student rental is $10/hour up to $200 per semester. Once you have paid for 20 hours, you will not be charged for the remainder of the semester.
  • If you are working with another Riso member in the room, you will not be “double-charged”. Either member may pay for the room, or you can split the cost between you at the register. If no payment is made, the person who makes the reservation is responsible for payment.
  • IC Management will keep a running tally of hours spent in the Riso Studio.

Late / No Show Policy

  • Your reservation will be held for 20 minutes, after which the Riso room will be made available for other students.
  • Please call the Imaging Center if you are running late or if you need to cancel at 313-664-1507.
  • Three “no shows” will result in a suspension of Riso room privileges

Riso Tutors

Booking time with the Riso Tutors

  • The IC Riso Tutor oversees students making work on the Risograph in the Riso Studio. The tutor will guide students through project management, file preparation, and the operation of the machine. The Riso Tutor will not print your project for you.
  • Students can book an appointment with a Riso Tutor on Calendly.
  • Booking with a Riso Tutor automatically books the room for that time.
  • Riso Tutors are a free service unless you use the machine, in which case you will be charged the normal hours rate ($10/hour) for use of the Riso printer.

F. A. Q.

Can a non-trained friend be in the Riso Studio?
Yes, but you need to let us know at check-in. Please include their names on your Calendly form. A non-trained friend cannot touch the machine – this includes changing the drums!

If two Riso-trained people schedule time & print together, will they be “double charged”?
No, you are paying for use of one machine and one room. The rate remains the same whether or not you are printing as an individual, or as a pair, or as a group.

The time spent also will be split on the 20-hour benchmark as well. For example, each trained person would receive one half-hour towards their completed 20 hours.

Online Resources

Stencil wiki | stencil.wiki/

Run by Issue Press, this site has lots of tutorials and an interactive map locating Risograph studios across the globe.

YouTube channel | Oliva and Pindot

Pindot press makes helpful videos that cover file set up and how a Riso differs from other printers and general use of the machine.

YouTube channel | Risolve Studio

Risolve Studio makes helpful tutorials that cover file set up particularly in Photoshop.

Risograph Printer Outline: Rachel DeBoard // Risograph Doodles: Lilia Neill

Favorite Printing Resources

There are many resources in Detroit and online that offer similar services as at the Imaging Center. Here is a selection of our favorite places:

Off-Campus & Local Resources

Fine Art Printing

Image Works: Fine Art and Photographic printing */**
Image Works specializes in archival pigment printing, also known as giclée or inkjet printing, for reproducing photographic and fine art imagery.

3726 Monroe St.
Dearborn, MI 48124

313-768-5020
info@imageworksfineart.com

Small Works Detroit */**
Resource for small print runs and printing advice, specializing in fundraiser printing and special projects.

Located in Detroit, temporarily an online-only storefront.

Cache Printing */**
Cache offers affordable, high-quality printing to artists, designers, and community organizers. Cache Printing also has a Risograph printer! Based in Detroit, MI

Laser Paper

French Paper *
Located in Niles, Michigan, French Paper offers uncoated papers, brightly colored card stock, and envelopes. Keep an eye out for ‘free shipping codes’ promoted on their Instagram

Millcraft Paper Store **
Wholesale paper and printing supplies. Often carries French, Neenah, and Domtar papers. Call for current inventory! Open 7:30am-5pm Monday-Friday

21118 Bridge St., Southfield, MI 48033
248-355-0310

Online Resources

Moo
Business cards, stationery, stickers, labels, marketing materials. Moo offers short-run & rush delivery options if you’re in a pinch!

Spoonflower
Upload and print your design on a variety of unique options, including wallpaper, fabric, decorative pillows, and more.

SmartPress
Online printing service including all types of book binding, booklets, card printing and signage.

Risograph Studios & Online Resources

Perfectly Acceptable
Offers Riso printing as a service as well as an online bookshop (which is really awesome!!)

Risolve Studio
Risograph printing and graphic design services, an online portfolio, and a small store. They also have an active YouTube channel with amazing tutorials. These tutorials can be incredibly helpful if you are struggling with file set up in Photoshop!

Issue Press
Issue Press is an independent publisher of artist publications and multiples and a Risograph printing service based in Grand Rapids, MI.

Stencil Wiki
Run by Issue Press, this site has lots of tutorials and an interactive map locating Risograph studios across the globe.

Apricot Press
Local Riso print shop that focuses on flyers, zines, and buttons. Owned and run by former Imaging Center work-study technician, April West.

Pindot Press
Risograph studio in the Greater Toronto area. They are also a wonderful resource that includes YouTube tutorials about Riso printing as well as information on their own workflow.

* Local / Michigan or regional business

** Brick and mortar business within 30 miles of Detroit proper

Do you have a suggestion of an awesome print shop or digital printing resource? If so, send the Imaging Center an email (ic@collegeforcreativestudies.edu) with their website and why you think we should add them to our list.

Risograph Workshops

Riso Training in Fall 2021
Want to learn more about Riso printing?
Apply for a 3-week Intro to Riso workshop series.

The Intro to Riso workshop series will run for 2 hours, once a week, for 3 weeks in September 2021. Learn to print off-the-glass, the basics of color separations, and Riso file prep.

Upon completion of the course, you will be able to rent time on the Riso for $10/hour. Riso Room rental includes ink, proofing paper, and individual access to the Risograph.

Availability is limited, but we will try and accommodate as many students as possible. Students will be selected based on their graduation year, scheduling concerns, and first-come, first-serve.

Please note:
If you are not able to go through training this year, you are still welcome to attend pop-up Riso events, Riso-related club events, one-day mini-workshops, and submit Riso jobs to the IC online, with or without Riso basic training. We also do zoom consultation if you would like help setting up your file for service printing.

More information will be available soon! Keep an eye out for information in the Weekly Student Email & our social media!

Risograph Printer Outline: Rachel DeBoard // Risograph Doodles: Lilia Neill

Buttons

The Imaging Center can make 1.25” buttons. 

Each button costs: $0.35 with a maximum of 60 buttons/order. 

Templates can be found on our Campus Office site on Blackboard.

Please keep in mind that each template is slightly different. There are specific application directions in each version. Pay attention if there are layers to be deleted. 

Remember that because the buttons are small (1.25”), any text that you include on the edges may be difficult to read and/or folded over once the button is made.

By default, the IC prints all button orders on our Hammermill 28# color copy paper. 

If you’d like something different, keep in mind that paper must be 28# bond (or 70# text) or less. We will not be able to print on card stock. 

General turnaround times for button making is 4 business days. 

CCS Pride Buttons for an event in June 2021