Creating an Original Design Custom Cover

An original design custom cover is one created outside of Pictavo using a design program such as InDesign, Photoshop, or Illustrator. Please note we do not accept files from Microsoft Word, PowerPoint or Publisher. 

To ensure your cover file meets the correct specifications, you will need to download a cover template from our website. A variety of templates exist on the website—the information you need to select the right template can be found on your Pictavo Dashboard as outlined below.

SOFT COVER BOOKS

If your project includes a soft cover, reference your Project Specs (upper right corner on the Dashboard) for the following specifications:

  1. Dimensions – 8.5” x 11” or 9” x 12”
  2. Binding – Saddle-Stapled or Perfect Bound
  3. Final Page Count – reference the quantity displayed in Original Page Count as well as any pages added to or removed from your book, if applicable, to calculate the final page count. 

Example A: 32 Original Page Count + 24 Additional Pages = 56 Total Pages
Example B: 44 Original Page Count - 4 Pages Removed = 40 Total Pages

The template needed for the soft cover example is: 8.5x11 Saddle-Stapled, 16-76 Pages

HARD COVER BOOKS

If your project includes a hard cover, access your Project Settings by clicking on the ‘cog wheel’ icon  (lower left corner on the Dashboard) and reference these specifications:

  1. Dimensions – 8.5” x 11” or 9” x 12”
  2. Binding – Standard Hard Cover or Smyth Sewn Hard Cover
  3. Paper Weight & Board Thickness – paper weight 80 or 100 lb. / board thickness 90, 100, 120 or 160 pt. 
  4. Final Page Count – reference the quantity displayed in Original Page Count as well as any pages added to or removed from your book, if applicable, to calculate the final page count.

Example A: 100 Original Page Count + 8 Additional Pages = 108 Total Pages
Example B: 200 Original Page Count - 16 Pages Removed = 184 Total Pages

The template needed for hard cover example A is: 9x12 Hard Cover, 80/120 84-144 Pages

The template needed for hard cover example B is: 8.5x11 Hard Cover, 80/120 84-144 Pages

Other Important Information Regarding your Original Custom Cover Design:

Image Resolution
Images must be high resolution (300 dpi at print size). 

File Types Accepted
PSD, JPEG, TIFF, PDF or a packaged InDesign file. 

Personalization
If you are offering personalization as an option for your cover, be sure to check out our Cover Personalization Space Requirements help article. 

Changes in Page Count:
Please discuss the addition or removal of pages with your yearbook provider before submitting the project. 

Hard Cover Upgrades
Please discuss upgrade options with your yearbook provider. Foil, Emboss, Deboss, Lenticular, Spot UV, Silk Screen, Die Cut and Custom Endsheets require special setup and scheduling between you and your yearbook provider. Artwork should be provided electronically.