Whether designing from a template or completely from scratch, there are a few things you need to know about when creating a custom 12 x 12 Post-Bound Album. The tips in this article will help you understand the Design Guide in Studio and what to expect in your published project.
The Design Guide:
When you first open Studio to work on your project, the Design Guide is visible and can be a bit overwhelming. It is important to read and understand the tips and guide areas for each product type. If you have read and understand the tips laid out in the Design Guide, you can hide the tip bubbles by clicking the Design Guide button in the upper right-hand corner of the Studio window.
The Safe Area is designated by a purple dashed line around the edge of the design space in Studio. It falls about 1/8 inch to the inside of the edges of a project. Projects look better when words, photos and borders aren't sitting right on the edge of the paper. To avoid this, keep text, photos, and borders well to the INSIDE of the safe area.
The Crop Marks indicate where the page will be cut. However, cutting is not 100% precise. That's why we have the Safe Area and the Bleed Area. These provide us with some necessary allowances in the cutting process.
Projects are printed on paper larger than the final cut area. That's why we have marks for the Bleed Area. The Bleed Area on your project is represented by the gray border surrounding the page. Your background paper, background art or anything that you want to come completely to the edge of your cut project needs to extend all the way through the bleed area. Otherwise, you might end up with white edges.
On the inside of a Post-Bound Album, you can see that the edge of the cover design wraps around the edge of the album piece and is finished on the inside in a process nearly identical to that of the covers of our hardbound storybooks. This is the Bleed Area, as designated by the grey area in Studio. If you do not design fully through the Bleed Area, this portion of your album (where you can see the dots in the above picture) may be white.
This tip bubble lets you know that, depending on the size of your monitor, you are likely not viewing your Post-Bound Album at its full size while designing in Studio. To make sure that your design elements are not too large or too small, it is good to adjust the zoom tool at the top center of the page to 100% every so often. Just grab the triangle on the slider bar and slide it to zoom in or out until you reach 100%.
The Binding Area:
While designing a Post-Bound Album, you will notice a large area sectioned off on the side of both the Front Cover and Back Cover pages. This area is the Binding Area of the album. If you have never seen a Post-Bound Album in real life, this is what the binding looks like:
When the album is assembled and closed, this is what the binding looks like. It is folded in upon itself and the pages are loaded between the two cover pieces. You can add essentially as many pages as you would like by purchasing post-extenders or larger posts at any local craft store.
When the album is assembled and opened, this is what the binding looks like. You can see the post screws holding the two album pieces together.
Our Post-Bound Albums come with 4 posts, 8 pieces in all. You will use 3 of the posts to assemble the album and will have 1 extra, just in case.