Canva is a free online design software which allows you to create and design your saddle-stitched booklets for print. With this step-by-step guide, we’ll show you how to build a basic booklet using Canva.
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The home screen has a Booklet template. Just need to type “Booklet” in the search bar on the home screen. Many different Templates will show up.
- Edit your temple for a booklet:
There are many different types of editing tools, all located on the left toolbar. They are:
– Templates (Is a continue of selecting a template)
– Elements (Clipart, stickers, photos, illustrations, and more to add to your design)
– Uploads (to add a saved image or document to your design)
– Text (Is too edit the type or add different styles of type)
– Projects (where all your projects automatically save to)
– Apps (to import images or documents from the apps you use)
Whatever you use, it will help with the design of your booklet. But the most important part of making the booklet is the order of the pages.
- Putting your pages in order:
In the bottom right corner, there will be a square with a number. The number is the number of pages in your booklet. Click on it. You will be a screen with all your pages shown.
PLEASE NOTE: Your pages need to be devisable by 4
(Help Link: https://www.helloprint.co.uk/blog/how-to-calculate-the-amount-of-pages-you-should-print-your-booklet/)
I have shown a sample of how you would order your sheets for an 8-page saddle-stitch book. In Canva, just click and drag the order that the booklet will need to be. Using this sample will help you when it comes to any amount of pages, as long as it is divisible by 4
- Saving your design:
If you are happy with how your Saddle-stitch Booklet looks. It’s time to save it! By going to the top right corner. Click the “Share” button, it will give you a scroll-down menu with different save options. The best option is file type: PDF Print, crop marks and bleed, flatten PDF, and CMYK. After downloading, save it to your computer. Then you’re done!
If you save it as a PDF, it will help when you go to a printing center to produce it.
Easy and free, that is how to design a saddle-stitched booklet using Canva
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When you have your design ready to print, your next step is to send us your file and request a price quote.
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