Endpapers or Endsheets Need Not be a Source of Confusion.
Endpapers that will print on press, are a fine and relatively inexpensive enhancement. They add an elegant finishing touch to hardcover books of all types. The right color or design can help to make your book unique and especially attractive.
Traditionally, the endpapers print on thick uncoated paper
You may also wish to choose a specialty paper stock or even add a foil stamp or blind embossing as additional touches of style.
Endpapers are also known as ‘ends’ or ‘endsheets’.
The endsheet art should be presented as a separate file from the text. The proper preparation of the endsheets file often causes confusion among designers who are not very familiar with book design. While a simple one color end is easy to designate with just a 4C sample or a PMS code, there is a foolproof way to present the endsheets file no matter how complicated the content might be. This entails the creation of an eight page file that will be finally presented as 8 single pages with all printer’s marks (trim, 3mm bleed and color bars). When laying out the eight pages in spreads in your design software such as InDesign, be sure that page one is a right hand page just as with your text.
The 8 page endsheets file is comprised of:
Page 1. Glued to inside of front board (always blank)
Page 2. Inside of front board (page 1 of front spread)
Page 3. Facing front board (page 2 of front spread)
Page 4. Facing first page of text block (blank if printing endsheets 4C/0C or 1C/0C)
Text block lies between the front and rear endsheets
Page 5. Facing last page of text block (blank if printing ends 4C/0C or 1C/0C)
Page 6. Facing back board (page 1 of rear spread)
Page 7. Inside of back board (page 2 of rear spread)
Page 8. Glued to inside of rear board (always blank)
Presenting the final PDF in this manner eliminates any source of confusion for the printer regarding pagination of your endpapers.
This is how to Set-up the Document. Go to File > New, select Document.