Alternative Design: DIY

Alternative Design:  DIY

You have the option of using our Free Studio22 Online Creator Software, or to submit your own design from a wide range of alternative software applications. From Photoshop to Canva and many more (Lightroom, Illustrator, InDesign, iPhoto, PageDeisgn, Aperture etc).


Guidelines to supply your own design:

  1. Page Numbering to be: 01, 02 , 03… not 1, 2, 3… please include the 0
  2. Please Supply all Story Book Album artwork in Jpeg format. (Alpha range as spreads and XW range as individual jpegs)
  3. Please Supply Coffee Table Book pages in one PDF format as individual pages with a separate cover (cover in Jpeg) using our templates (place your images behind the template, we need our guidelines to show).
  4. Supply a contact sheet/s with all images in sequence and with page numbers showing. Roughly 6×6 images (36) per A4 sheet (210x297mm). 
  5. If artwork is not provided as per the above guidelines, it will be sent to the design department to be updated in the correct format at our Current hourly rate for graphic design.


  • All Coffee Table Books start with page 01 on the right
  • All Story Book Albums start with Page 01 on the left
  • If you need this to change, please notify us in writing with your order.

Page sizes:

Each page should be in their respective size at 300dpi
an Espresso A4 will be 210x297mm at 300dpi
an XW30 will be 10x15inches at 300dpi
Please do not change the page size by adding “bleed”. Please see “Safe Area” note below.

Cover Guidelines –  Bleed or “Safe Area”:

Our templates include guidelines which we treat in the same as the “safe area” in the Studio22 Album Maker Software. On covers, it is vital to over lap the guidelines to allow the design to wrap over the cover. See example below:

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Page Guidelines –  Bleed or “Safe Area”:

Guidelines on individual pages should not be treated as cut lines (Please do not change page sizes or add crop marks to the pages). Avoid placing small, detailed images or text close to the edge of the page or guideline. Our recommendation is to allow the image to overlap the page edge and guideline (see example 1 below), or stay within the guideline with ‘breathing space’ away from the page edge (see example 2 below).

Example 1.
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Example 2.
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Colour Correction:

If colour correction is required, we would need the files submitted prior to layout. We are not able to offer colour correction to pages that are already designed – once submitted, files are printed as “Print-Ready”, without any alternation.

Additional design fees:

If work is required by one of our designers prior to printing, our standard hourly design fee will apply.


Click here for our dedicated template page and select the appropriate templates for your product of choice. You will find templates for all our photo books, PresentAccordions, DVD cases, Presentation boxes and more.

More alternatives

We welcome design from other software too. If you are able to produce JPeg or PDF files at full photographic resolution to our page dimensions, we will be able to print and bind books for you. Examples: Lightroom, Illustrator, InDesign, iPhoto, PageDeisgn or Aperture (software not supplied). Additional fees may apply if alterations or customs books are needed – please see our submission requirements above.

When will my book be ready?

All products follow a 7 working day cycle. Your deadline will be confirmed via e-mail, or in-store, once it is booked into production. If the production team are at capacity, this time may need to be reassessed. Printing only begins once the payment notice has been received. Urgent orders will incur an express fee.

If you have any questions regarding these templates, please do not hesitate to contact us: