Your Print Edition
Vellum can create beautiful books for print services like CreateSpace, IngramSpark, and Nook Press.
When creating the Print Edition of your book, Vellum automatically:
- Selects appropriate margins and font size for your chosen trim size
- Numbers the pages of your book, starting after front matter
- Adds configurable headers and footers to pages that need them
- Creates a Table of Contents with page numbers
- Ensures your first chapter starts on the right-hand page
- Applies several Automatic Layout Features such as widow prevention and spread balancing.
- Converts any color images to black and white for print
Which means all you have to do is press Generate!
- Purchasing Vellum Press
- Generating Your Print Edition
- Print Settings
- Style Options
- Table of Contents
- Edition-Specific Content
- Automatic Layout
- Viewing Page Spreads
- Ordering Review Copies
Purchasing Vellum Press
Generating a print edition requires a Vellum Press license. If you have previously purchased an ebooks license, you will be prompted to upgrade when you next press Generate.
Otherwise, you can purchase Vellum Press using the Vellum ▸ Purchases… menu item.
Generating Your Print Edition
Create the print edition of your book by pressing Generate.
If this is your first time generating, you will be asked to select a trim size for your book:
Print will then be included with your preferred ebook platforms when you generate:
You can also change trim size, along with other options, using the Print Settings dialog, available from Vellum’s File menu.
Selecting the above menu item displays these controls:
For a detailed description of these options, see the Print Settings help page.
To preview the print edition of your book, select Print in the Preview’s Device Popover:
Draft vs. Proof Mode
By default, Vellum’s Preview will show your print edition in Draft mode. This mode is optimized for speed, and gives you a good idea of what your text will look like.
Draft mode does not include all of the Automatic Layout features that Vellum employs to generate your final PDF.
To see this final version, you can use the Preview’s Settings Popover to change the Preview Quality to Proof:
Since Proof mode can be significantly slower than Draft mode, we recommend only using it to inspect layout, and switching back to Draft mode before making significant changes to your book.
Font and Line Spacing
Vellum automatically configures the font family, font size, and line spacing according to your selected Trim Size and Book Style.
If you’d prefer to use a different typeface, or adjust the font size or line spacing, you can do so in the Body section of Vellum’s Styles Pane:
As you adjust these values, Vellum will display an updated page count for your book.
Table of Contents
By default, Vellum will not include a Table of Contents in the print edition of your book. To change this, use Vellum’s Table of Contents Settings.
Some elements may not be required in all editions of your books. For instance, you may prefer that a newsletter sign-up page only appears in your ebooks.
To change an element‘s include options, use the Include In menu item in the gear menu next to its title in Vellum‘s Text Editor.
Choosing Ebooks only will ensure that the selected element appears only in ebooks that you generate. Selecting Print only will ensure that it appears only in the print edition.
Note: You can only change include options on front- and back-matter elements.
Elements that are not included in all editions will show up italicized in the Navigator, with icons that indicate whether they are ebook-specific or print-specific.
If you’d like to include an ISBN in your print edition, you can do so on a Copyright page, e.g.
© 2017 Corina Arca. All rights reserved.
Note: In previous versions of Vellum, the ISBN entered in Title Info was automatically appended to your Copyright page. In Vellum 2.0, that value is only used in ebook metadata.
If you are creating both an ebook and a print edition, and you have an ISBN for each edition, you can list both, including descriptions for each ISBN:
© 2017 Corina Arca. All rights reserved.
ISBN-13: 978-1-5427-5405-7 (Paperback edition)
ISBN-13: 978-3-16-148410-0 (Ebook edition)
Alternatively, if you’d prefer to only include the relevant ISBN in each edition, you can do so by creating an ebook-specific and a print-specific Copyright page using Include In options:
When creating the Print Edition of your book, Vellum applies several layout functions to improve the quality of your book:
- Widow Prevention
- Runt Prevention
- Final Page Lengthening
- Spread Balancing
You can learn more about these features in Automatic Layout for Print.
Viewing Page Spreads
After you generate the Print edition of your book, you can proof it using your Mac’s built-in Preview application. Use its View ▸ Two Pages mode to view your pages side-by-side as spreads:
Ordering Review Copies
If you use a service that supports it, we highly recommend ordering review copies of your book before publishing. Especially when using CreateSpace, we recommend ordering multiple copies, as printing results can vary from copy to copy.