Custom Covers - Instructions


If you are thinking about or have purchased one of our custom cover books, please follow the following steps to complete your order:

Step 1

Design your front cover. We can print in full CMYK colour (but please note we don't offer Pantone or any special inks).

Please use the right Adobe Illustrator template below, which has guides for artwork, bounding and bleed.

A5 Template - W155 x H210 plus 2mm bleed. (.AI, 690kb)
A4 Template - W217 x H297 plus 2mm bleed. (.AI, 956kb)

Step 2

Once you have set up your AI file with your artwork, please save your file as an Adobe PDF. Go to File > Save As and select PDF from the drop-down menu. When saving, select the 'Marks and Bleeds' tab and tick the 'Trim Marks' checkbox. Make sure it is saved as a high-quality PDF suitable for printing. If you have any problems, please don't hesitate to get in touch.

This is where you should purchase your custom cover dot grid books if you haven't already.

Step 3

Once you have saved your PDF and purchased your books, you're all set to go! Just send your PDF file to us at hello[at]dotgrid.co. If it is a big file, we recommend sending us a link to download the PDF from the internet (we recommend Dropbox or Google Drive). Please let us know your order number in this email and give us a suitable subject heading.