InDesign Guidelines


Many have found Picaboo as a convenient way to print their projects designed outside of Picaboo’s online designer. Below explains how to export your designs from Adobe InDesign and import them into Picaboo for printing.


Build your project using our InDesign templates:
Landscape | Landscape Cover | Square | Square Cover

These templates should work for the Seamless Lay-flat and the Classic Custom book style with Standard pages, but will not work for the Classic Custom book with Lay-flat pages.

Note: Keep in mind when using the Cover template that the spine width will fluctuate based on the amount of pages in the book.  

The lines around the page are not margins. These lines are trim lines. This area has potential to be trimmed at printing depending on the dimensions of the printed book (chosen at time of checkout). This line matches up with the “Safety Zone” line in the Picaboo online designer.

Leave an acceptable space between objects and the trim line.

Extend full bleed objects to edge of template, past the trim line.

Do not create your own bleed lines with InDesign.



Export your project

From the File menu click Export.

Choose PNG from the Format dropdown.

Click Save.



From the Export PNG dialog, choose Range or All.

Choose Pages if you are exporting the book pages. Choose Spreads if you are exporting the book cover.

Set Quality to Maximum.

Set Resolution to 300.

Set Color Space to RGB.

UNCHECK Use Document Bleed Settings.




Each page of your project should have been exported to a PNG.

Add the exported PNGs to your project.

On each page drag the the associated page from the photo strip at the bottom of the editor on to the page and choose Apply as Page Background.



Do this until all your pages are placed.




Why does the photos and text appear pixelated on my screen?

After you have imported the pages from InDesign into Picaboo’s online designer, you may find the text or some photos pixelated. This is because the designer is using a low-resolution version of the page for displaying purposes. When the book prints, it will use the original image. As long as your original has sufficient quality, then the final print will too.

What is the Safety Zone?

Picaboo has made it possible to order a photo book in a few different sizes so you don’t have to commit to a size before designing your project. For example, if you create a landscape Classic Photo Book, you can choose 14” x 11”, 11” x 9” or 8” x 6” when you add it to your shopping cart.

Each of those sizes have slightly different ratios which means your pages will have slight differences in cropping depending on the size you have printed. To allow printing in different ratios while avoiding undesired cropping on your pages, we’ve built a “Safety Zone” into our editor. While the name sounds like it’s safe to put things in that area, it’s not. However, you’ll want to extend photos you DO want to bleed off the page all the way into the Safety Zone or past the trim line in the InDesign template.

See more about the Safety Zone

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