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Your Print Edition

Vellum can create beautiful books for print-on-demand services like Amazon KDP and IngramSpark.

When creating the Print Edition of your book, Vellum automatically:

Which means all you have to do is press Generate!

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.

A purchase is only necessary to generate. If you aren’t yet ready to purchase Vellum Press, you can still use Vellum to configure and preview your print edition.

Generating Your Print Edition

Create the print edition of your book by pressing Generate.

The first time you generate, 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:

More options for your print edition can be found in Print Settings:

Screenshot of controls shown in Print Settings

You’ll find Print Settings in Vellum’s File menu.


To preview your print edition, 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.

Style Options

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.

Edition-Specific Content

You may want to exclude some pages from your print-edition, such as a newsletter sign-up page. You can do this using the Include In menu item, found in the Title gear menu:

More information can be found in Edition-Specific Elements.

Side of Page Spread

Vellum begins most elements of front and back matter on the right side of a page spread. To achieve this, Vellum may insert a blank page on the left. You can control this behavior using the Begin On menu.

More information can be found in Side of Page Spread.

Table of Contents

By default, the Table of Contents Vellum creates for your book is only included in your ebook. To include it in your print edition as well, you can make use of the Include In menu described above.


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.

ISBN-13: 978-1-5427-5405-7

See Copyright for more details.

Automatic Layout

When creating the Print Edition of your book, Vellum applies several layout functions to improve the quality of your book:

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:

Uploading Your Cover

For your print edition, you’ll upload a cover file directly to the print service of your choice. This is a completely separate file from the interior file that is created by Vellum. The specific requirements of the cover file will depend on the service you use.

If you choose to use Amazon KDP, for example, you can generate a template for your book using their Cover Template Creator. Services like IngramSpark and Barnes & Noble Press offer similar options.

To use these template creation tools, you’ll need to know the total page count for your book. You can find that by opening your PDF, or by going to Vellum’s Print Settings.

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 KDP, we recommend ordering multiple copies, as printing results can vary from copy to copy.


I see blank pages in my generated PDF

When creating your interior file, Vellum may insert blank pages to ensure some elements begin on the right side of a spread. Vellum will do this before the first page of Chapter 1 and before many types of front and back matter.

For front and back matter elements, you can control this behavior using the Begin On options, accessible from Vellum’s Chapter menu.

To better understand the use of blank pages, we recommend viewing your book as page spreads. You should find that these blank pages only appear on the left side of the spread.

Depending on your page count, Vellum may also append a blank page to the end of your PDF. This is necessary for services like IngramSpark.

I don’t see any page numbers in my book

Vellum will only include page numbers in the Chapters of your book, and hide them for front and back matter like a Copyright page.

If you don’t see any page numbers, it could be because none of the elements of your book are marked as Chapters. To check and change an element’s type, use the Convert To menu found next to an element’s title.

When I upload to IngramSpark, I receive a warning about color profiles
This is expected. Press Yes, Proceed with My Files and IngramSpark will continue processing your PDF.