Frequently Asked Questions

Pre-press requirements for your project will vary depending on your experience so, we have outlined information accordingly. Use as much or as little information as you need, but remember, you are responsible for providing a trouble free disk for us to use. If you are comfortable and experienced with Pagemaker or PDF, all you may need to know is the General File Requirements.

If you have ANY questions regarding any of the information provided, please call us BEFORE typing your book or sending your file to us.



What are the file requirements I need to follow to send you a file?

What about bleeds?
What about resolution?
What about margins?
What about my text?
How do I convert my book to PDF?
How do I layout my cover?
How do I send you a file?
What software should I layout my book in?
How do I set up Microsoft Word.



What are the file requirements I need to follow to send you a file?

With the constant advancement in technology today, it is impossible to keep up with all of the possible ways to submit your files. For the most part, you can submit files electronically through our website or some type of portable storage device.

More and more the industry standard for printing is the PDF file. We prefer all electronic files to be submitted in this format. If you are unsure of how to do this, just give us a call and we would be happy to help.

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What about bleeds?

If you have graphics that bleed (prints to the edge of the book), the minimum bleed required by FBCP is 1/8".


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What about resolution?

Default resolution: 300 dpi. And for best results, scan images close to the same size they will be used in the book.


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What about margins?

Give your page comfortable margins; we suggest a minimum of 3/8" on all sides. This margin includes your heads and folios. If you are unsure that what you have is acceptable, go to a bookstore and take a look at some samples.


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What about my text?

Provide PDF files for the book text pages (if black). It should be one file for all of the text. Remember we use the word "text" to identify everything but the cover. All orders should (but not necessarily) be submitted as both digital files and hard copy. If hard copy is supplied for any book as camera copy there will be a charge of $50 or $.20 per page for scanning whichever is more. While all books start with some kind of word processing program like MS Word or Word Perfect, NO printing process (other than the printer on your desk) can print directly from these files. Word files must be either converted into PDF format or flowed into a page layout program and then converted to PDF. This conversion can either be done by you for free or done by us for a small fee. Remember: a file created in Microsoft anything, is not usable as is and will need to be converted either by you or by us.


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How do I convert my book to PDF?

To convert a file to PDF you can either buy the Adobe Acrobat Program or, for a small fee, convert your files online at Adobe.com. Provide 1 page of your book at a time, do not give us spreads.


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How do I layout my cover?

All covers are to be created in one piece including front, spine and back. With the exception of a simple single color cover, all covers are printed from digital files. Single color covers with no graphics can be printed either from digital files or using clean laser copy as camera copy. If your cover bleeds (prints to the edge of the cover) you must allow at least 1/8" of extra background image on all sides to allow for machine tolerances in the printing and binding process. (ie. a 5.5" x 8.5" front cover becomes 5 .75" x 8 .75".) However, your text on the cover still needs to be centered in the 5.5 inches of the your cover's finished size. Your spline must be set to the proper width to allow for the thickness of your book.


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How do I send you a file?

Files can be sent over the internet using our UPLOAD FILE link on our site, or may be saved to disk and mailed to us. One file is preferred for text and one for the cover. If you have multiple files, list all files in the order they appear in your book. Clearly indicate which files are needed for a particular job. Do not put outdated versions of job files on disk. All components (files, fonts, graphics, scans, laser proofs) for cover should be sent at one time. Label your disk with your name and/or the job name. Be sure we can use the media you are supplying. (see General File Requirements) Print out a copy of what the final piece should look like. Don't compress your files unless necessary and if you do be sure your file is selfextracting. Fonts: Using the "bold", "italic" or "underlined" command from the toolbar can have unpredictable results. It is better to use italics or bold by selecting the real font, i.e. Times New Roman Bold, Times New Roman Italic, etc. Also, please make sure to bundle a copy of ALL the fonts used in your project with your file transfer or disk as we may not have a particular font.


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What software should I layout my book in?

Page Layout Programs: FBCP prefers Microsoft Publisher or Adobe Pagemaker. Remember, Microsoft Word, Corel WordPerfect, etc are not page layout programs, and they must be converted to PDF. If you simply HAVE to use Microsoft Word, because you have no other program to use, please carefully follow the instructions listed in the section How do I set up Microsoft Word? BEFORE typing your project. Some software for laying out pages allow you to use a low resolution place holder for any graphics you might use and simply links the low res. placeholder to the Hi res. file located somewhere else on your computer. PLEASE make sure that you send the Hi res. file when saving or sending the file to us.


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How do I set up Microsoft Word.

1. Select File from the menu bar.
2. Select Page Setup from the File menu.
3. In Page Setup select the Margins tab and set top, bottom, left, and right to .625 (point five) inches.
4. Set Gutter, Header, and Footer to 0 (zero).
5. Make sure that Mirror Margins and 2 Pages per Sheet are UNCHECKED.
6. Select the Paper Size tab and set the width to 5.5 and the height to 8.5. (Make sure Portrait is selected for orientation.)
7. Click the OK button and you're all set to start.


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