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When you're putting the final touches on your publication prior to sending it out we ask that you keep a few points in mind.

Printcrafters / Westcan produces a number of standard trim sizes in a variety of binding styles (5 1/2" x 8 1/2", 6" x 9", 6 3/4" x 9 3/4" and 8 1/2" x 11" are our most common and cost effective sizes) We also can produce books of customized sizes from as small as 4.5" x 6.75" up to as large 9" x 12''

Most publications are printed in 32 page signatures with the exception of 8 1/2" x 11" or similar sized publications which are produced in 16 page signatures. Adhering to these signature sizes when determining a final page count will work to your advantage. For those special projects that require a mixture of black & white and colour signatures with multiple sections, each section can vary in colour selection... b/w, 1 colour, 2 colour and 4 colour usually grouped by specific page counts. Please consult your Account Manager to determine the right solution for your project.

Covers are people's first and sometimes last impression, take the time and effort to have one made worthy of the work. Remember to take into account the size of the spine and necessary bleed area. As our craft is not an exact science sometimes a cover can move slightly in the finishing stage (perfect binding) and there will need to be allowances made for trimming. Please call us for an accurate spine width and if possible show us your ideas for cover design early on in the planning stage so that we can help eliminate any potential problems.

Printcrafters / Westcan is able to work with almost any PC or Mac formatted file, but some create less issues and expense and will result in a far better product. Again, please contact your Account Manager if you have any questions concerning file format. Please make sure that all elements are included (all fonts, imagery, a matching hard copy) and that a "Collect for Output" report is sent along with your electronic files.




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