[CREATESPACE] Are PDFs considered camera ready?

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[CREATESPACE] Are PDFs considered camera ready?

Post by villagewordsmith » Thu Mar 08, 2018 1:13 pm

I'm preparing my small (30 page) booklet for publishing through CreateSpace, but am stumped on one question. My book is a how-to with lots of illustrations. CS seems to have a lot of restrictions on how the book is to be formatted, but I want to control the content on the page, e.g. placement of illustrations with wraps, etc. I expect to deliver the copy in PDF format so I can do that. Will that work, or must I treat my copy as standard "novel style text"?

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Re: [CREATESPACE] Are PDFs considered camera ready?

Post by Seisa » Thu Mar 08, 2018 1:27 pm

PDF is the preferred and recommended file format for interior and cover files.

As long as your PDF meets all of their stated printing specifications, it's up to you how it looks. Just be sure any artwork is 300 ppi.

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Re: [CREATESPACE] Are PDFs considered camera ready?

Post by walton » Fri Mar 09, 2018 5:38 am

Yes. PDF are considered "camera ready" art. I tend to refer to the final, finished, PDF that is to be uploaded as "print-ready."

The PDF acts like finished, camera-ready, art, where all the elements of a page are assembled perfectly on a board, ready to be shot (then film ultimately to plates). The intent of a PDF is to hold all content exactly, a facsimile. Things can happen, but the most common is not embedding fonts. If you fail to embed fonts, your PDF will still look okay on your computer. But I I were to open it on my system, and I did not have the font . . . when a PDF is opened, Reader will look for the font, in the file itself, then on in the font folder . . . it will substitute a font. Trouble. And, more subtle, suppose I have the font, but I'm on a PC and you were on a Mac . . yeap, possible trouble. But otherwise, a good, print ready PDF works okay.
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Re: [CREATESPACE] Are PDFs considered camera ready?

Post by walton » Fri Mar 09, 2018 6:36 am

I just finished my coffee, and thought to add a bit. Inasmuch as you mentioned "camera ready" that suggests that you have some knowledge of printing. P-o-d is remarkable. Before printing as we define it by Gutenberg, et al., you could have a few books made, if you had money, but that was it. With printing as we've known if since the middle of the 15th century, we could get hundred, thousands even millions of books printed, but one or two copies was a problem. Now print-on-demand. The haft from the wet side to the dry side just seems to have happened, but it has been seismic.

Hmm. . . time for more coffee.
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