If this is the first time producing a digital cover for Lightning Source (or the first time in a while),
please take a moment to review our submission standards and best practices:
An auto-generated template can be emailed to you that is custom-built for your specific title, and
includes guides for all necessary bleed, type safety, etc.
Publishers and designers experience less issues when using the templates from step two to build
the final version of their cover.
How to use our template:
How to open our template in Photoshop:
How to open our template in Quark:
Below are instructions for creating a Lightning Source compliant PDF file from various applications:
Windows and Macintosh*:
* Macintosh screenshots are shown in some documentation but the overall information may vary slightly from current
This is a very important – yet often overlooked – step in the process. Please open and review your newly created PDF to insure that all elements are present and properly represented in your PDF prior to submitting it for printing. Incomplete or incorrect digital files will put your project behind schedule and could add charges to your account.
Once you have the PDF completed and double-checked, it’s time to upload the file to Lightning Source.
Note : The upload area is typically in the publisher’s password-protected account. If you are a Designer who does not have access to this area, you may: