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How to Design Covers and Deboss Files in Smart Albums

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If you're already designing the spreads for your books using Smart Albums, but don't have Photoshop, you can still make a photo cover or deboss placement file using Smart Albums.

1. After designing all of the spreads, save the project.

2. File > New Project > Custom

3. Email Vision Art customer service ([email protected]) that you want to make a cover for a _________ book (Original, Photo Art or Dulce) sized ___ x ___ with ___# of spreads in Smart Albums, and ask them to send you the cover template file along with specifications to make a custom file (cover) in Smart Albums.

4. Enter the specifications given as shown below. (Please note the specifications below work only for a 15-20 spread 10x10 Original book.) You may click Save Preset so that you can use it on future orders for the same size book.
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5. Click next.

6. Import the cover template as an image for the project.

7. Drag and drop it onto the template, and adjust the scale until it fills the whole template. The red lines show the wrap around, spine, and gutter where the cover flexes to open.
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8. For Photo Cover: Import your cover photo(s), and Add the photo(s) to the template. Make sure the photo(s) fill the entire template. Use Text tool to add any text you'd like on the front or back cover, keeping it inside of the safe zone lines. Skip to step 11.

9. For Deboss Placement file: Use the text tool to add text where you'd like it debossed onto the cover. Make sure the text is Black, and there are no effects on the text layer.

10. If adding your logo, import the Black and White image of it, then place it where you'd like it debossed on the cover.

11. File > Export > Export for Print. Save at maximum resolution, and upload the cover or deboss placement file along with your spreads when placing the book order.

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