Making Cover Files

Altering Covers

Making Cover Files
Alter spine widths, sizes and other aspects of your jacket or cover with GreenLight.

(GreenLight Run menu > Make / Alter Cover) allows some changes to an open InDesign document that has been created from a template using GreenLight (see previous section). A dialog is shown for amending the book information and spine width.

Because the spine is a separate page in the spread, when amending the spine width any objects on the front cover, back cover and any flaps are neatly moved along with their page and in accordance with the spine change.

Changes to jacket style, trim page size or flaps are not offered as amendments. If these kind of changes to the jacket are required it is recommended that a new jacket is created and objects transferred using InDesign copy and paste in place.

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Making Cover Files

Making Jackets and Covers

Making Cover Files
GreenLight makes it easy to start new jacket file by generating a new InDesign document.

The dimensions, style and name of the newly created jacket file is taken from the information entered into a dialog.

(GreenLight Run menu > Make / alter cover) opens a dialog for entering the book information and trim page sizes required.

If you wish to make a new jacket to match an existing internal file, open the internal file in InDesign before choosing the Make new jacket from template command and information such as book code, ISBN and trim page size will be brought into the new jacket dialog automatically.

Values are sense checked and you are prompted to change values if, for instance, you have chosen a jacket type that has flaps but have not entered the flap width.

With values entered, a new InDesign document is generated at the correct size for the jacket type with added extra bleed, 3mm overhang and 2mm turnaround as required. Use the Advanced Options check box to alter these assumed values.

The resulting InDesign document is a multi-page spread where the centre page is the spine. The front and back covers are different pages and if flaps are present then they make up a total of five pages in the spread.

Designing jackets using multiple pages make it easier to adjust the spine width, output just part of the cover or to export PDFs with accurate automatically generated crop and fold marks.

After the file has been generated you are prompted to save. Paste into the save dialog to use a valid file name for the jacket.

Extra layers and spot colours matching the publisher's File Creation Policy are included in the newly created file to help with the use of special finishes correctly.

Discard the layers and spot colours that are not needed.

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Making Cover Files