What It Takes — Day 9 + 10 :: Time for the first print proof

 
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So I didn't get around to sending an email yesterday because honestly I didn't do a lot of work on The Unmistakable Effect... I sent out a couple interviews, but apart from that I had some other biz + life shit to get done. 😉But today I been working on getting a printed proof, check it out below!


Getting a printed proof

Today I worked on setting up the print files to get a proof! I'll probably end up getting at least 2-3 printed proofs, just because of the tight timeline.

The printer I'm using is Ingram Spark. Their process is nowhere near as simple as using Blurb, but there's so many advantages to using Ingram Spark including the price, so I think I understand as much as I need to about how it all works, haha.

So! For the print files you need to have two — one for the cover, and one for the inside pages. One of the few not-so-ideal things about using Ingram Spark is that there's different fees throughout the process, so for every new book you setup there's a fee of around $50, and any time you want to upload a revision to that book there's a fee of $25. I managed to grab a discount code for the setup fee (which means its free), but I'll defo be trying to keep my number of proofs to a minimum so I don't spend too much on the revision fee. 

With Ingram Spark they have a Cover template generator, so I just throw in the size of the book, the pages, all of that good shit, and it emails me a custom In Design template that I then put my designs into. In Design is the Adobe program that's standard for designing any kind of layout/publication, and it's also my fave to use. 💜

So the point of getting this first proof is to check a couple things ::

  • Check the size of the magazine — since I've decided to do a smaller size of 7.5 x 9.25 inches/19cm x 23.4cm I want to actually see this in person before I commit to it 100%. Designing 100 pages and then realising I hate the small size and having to re-do it would NOT be fun. I also want to check the page count and see how the thickness of it fits with the width and height.
  • Check some different options for black. When you're printing solid black, how it actually shows up on paper can vary between printers and some different settings, so I want to test out some different variations and see what works best. (I added a screenshot of this spread below).
  • Check the overall print quality. I've brought magazines from this printer before but I just want to check the quality again, and see how this size feels to read content and flip through.
  • Suss out some different body copy fonts. In the previous issue I went with Gotham for the body text, but I want to at least try out some others and see how they look + feel, and also how much space they take up.
  • Check the margins and the main page layout. I dig the footers/headers I designed for the first print issue, so I translated them over to this issue too.
  • Also... Just because seeing new design work in print is THE BEST SHIT EVER. Even though the designs I'm using for this first proof aren't final (because I wanted to show 'em to you!), I have no doubt it'll get me even more stoked to see the final thing.

So here's the print file for the cover —

 
What It Takes | Behind the scenes of an indie print magazine | http://theunmistakableeffect.co/
 

And this is without the design, where it gives me instructions on where to put things and what the margins are...

 
What It Takes | Behind the scenes of an indie print magazine | http://theunmistakableeffect.co/
 

And this is what one of the spreads to check the black looks like... On screen they literally look exactly the same, but when I get the proof I'll take some photos and videos and show you the difference. I also have x5 pages set up with full black backgrounds to see how it looks and if it transfers or shows up much on the other side of the page. 😉

 
What It Takes | Behind the scenes of an indie print magazine | http://theunmistakableeffect.co/
 

The spreads below are designs I grabbed from Issue 12 and scaled down to fit the smaller size, and this is where I want to try out a couple different fonts to see what works. I don't even know if you can see 'em properly since the images get automatically downscaled, but I'll show ya close ups when I get the actual proof.

 
What It Takes | Behind the scenes of an indie print magazine | http://theunmistakableeffect.co/
What It Takes | Behind the scenes of an indie print magazine | http://theunmistakableeffect.co/
 

That's all for today fam! ✌️

 

 

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