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Please read prior to submitting your PDF file.

Last Updated: Feb 20, 2015 10:04AM EST

There are a few common issues that can slow down the review process for your submission. To help make this process as smooth as possible please try to eliminate as many of these issues prior to submitting your PDF file.
Artifacting is caused by over-compression of the PDF file. You can tell that your  artwork has artifacting if it has a stained-glass effect instead of having flat colors and crisp lines. If you have artifacting present in your PDF file, you will need to create a brand new PDF using high quality or print settings. Please see our PDF export guide for more information ( As a rule of thumb, view your comic at 300% this will help you to identify any potential artifacting issues.
Pixelation can either be caused by over compression of the PDF file, or by upscaling. Upscaling is when you increase the dimensions of a rasterized (or pixel based) image. With rasterized images it is not possible to add pixels only subtract them. When you increase the dimensions of a rasterized image, say from 2” x 3” to 4” x 6”, the image editing software attempts to extrapolate the missing pixels. The resulting pixelation causes the artwork to appear slightly blurry and /or soft and fuzzy. Pixelation can also be identified if the line work is not crisp and the blacks appear grayish. To avoid pixelation, scale down, never up. Again, as a rule of thumb, it’s best to view your comic at 300% this will help you to identify any pixilation related issues.
Excessive White Space
Excessive White Space is commonly caused by using an 8.5” x 11” document to compile your comic. The result produces a white border that will appear on the pages. To avoid this issue the PDF dimensions need to be resized to be the trim size of the comic. Below are standard US comic book page print dimensions:
BLEED SIZE: 6.875” x 10.437”
This is the TOTAL SIZE of your page files including a 0.125” bleed on all sides. The bleed will be trimmed off so artwork that goes to the edge of trim should bleed off the page. Please make sure all artwork fills the bleed area.
TRIM SIZE: 6.625” x 10.187”
This is the actual page size of the book when trimmed, folded & stapled.
LIVE AREA: 6.125” x 9.687”
Also known as “safe zone.” This is the area that your lettering should be contained within, to ensure it’s not too close to the trim.
BLEED SIZE: 13.5” x 10.437”
TRIM SIZE: 13.25” x 10.187”
LIVE AREA: 12.75” x 9.687”
To ensure your art/lettering doesn’t get lost in the gutter, leave a 0.5” type gutter down the middle. This is especially necessary for thick collections.
The use of fonts like Comic Sans and other non-industry standard lettering fonts can give your submission an unprofessional feel. It’s recommend that only professional comic book fonts be used to letter your comic. If the font came free on your computer, it’s not an industry standard lettering font.
Both ComiCraft and Blambot offer a wide array of professional lettering fonts as well as tutorials to help your lettering look as professional as possible.
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