Tips for designing a magazine for print

Are you designing a magazine especially for print? Here are a few pointers to get a better result:

  • Images need to have a resolution of at least 300 dpi to get the best results in print.
  • Try to avoid placing text too close to the edge of each page - technically, at least 1 cm is required, but for large products it looks nicer if it is more than that.
  • Add a little extra space near the expected fold.
  • Preferably, use a photo or a solid color as a background (including white). Avoid patterns (like stripes) near the edges of pages.
  • If you will offer your publication in print and you don’t want any empty pages at the end, design it with an even number of pages.
  • Define the size and orientation of the publication before you get into the nitty gritty details of the interior.
  • Set the parameters of your layout and try to keep this consistent throughout the book, are you using columns or will the text be centered in a single block? What kind of alignment fits your design better? Tip: justifying your text will help you avoid awkward spacing issues.
  • Consider dividing your publication in chapters and preparing a table of contents.
  • Choose a set of complementary fonts and heading styles and don’t use more than 2 or 3 fonts in one page.
  • Avoid using bold type, it’s ok for heads and subheads but won’t look as good in your main text. It’s best to emphasize things by using italics.

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