2-Page Spread Ad

Your 2-page spread ad will be spiral bound in the middle. This spiral binding will partly hide about 1/4″ of each page. There will also be a small gap between the two pages. In that respect, this is different from most 2-page magazine spreads and requires special planning in designing your ad.

Dimensions Left Page Right Page Image Across 2 Pages
Artwork Size 6-1/8 x 9-1/8 6-1/8 x 9-1/8 12 x 9-1/8
Page Area 5-5/8 x 8-7/8 5-5/8 x 8-7/8 11-3/4 x 8-7/8
Live Area 5-1/8 x 8-3/8 5-1/8 x 8-3/8 5-1/8 x 8-3/8*
Safety 1/4 1/4 1/4
Left Side Bleed 1/8 3/8 1/8
Right Side Bleed 3/8 1/8 1/8
Top & Bottom Bleed 1/8 1/8 1/8

* There are 2 live areas of 5-1/8 x 8-3/8 (see illustration)

There are two ways to approach building your 2-page spread ad:

Complimentary right-hand & left-hand pages.
With this method you build left and right pages separately, lining up any continuous elements and allowing 3/8″ on the right of the left page and the left of the right page for the spiral binding and the bleed.

Single image across two pages.
This is a method you can use if you have a single image that you want to spread across both pages. With this method you will have two live areas (one on each page) and you will have to allow for the fact that a 1/2″ wide area (1/4″ on each side of the centre-line) will be partly hidden under the spiral binding. This methods works best if you are building your ad in Photoshop.

To ensure that your printed ad will be properly centred and that the spiral binding will not hide any type or other important elements of your ad, it is necessary that you build your ad to the exact dimensions specified.

Please refer to the illustrations below to guide you through building your ad to the necessary specifications.

Complimentary right-hand & left-hand pages.

With this method you build left and right pages separately, lining up any continuous elements and allowing 3/8″ on the right of the left page and the left of the right page for the spiral binding and the bleed.

Left-Hand Page

Wedding Guide Left PageArtwork Size: 6-1/8 x 9-1/8
This size ensures that there is enough bleed, including that which goes under binding.

Live Area: 5-1/8 x 8-3/8
All the important elements of the ad, including all type, must be within this area.

Page Area: 5-5/8 x 8-7/8
This is the size of the visible page, not counting the area which will be partly hidden under the spiral binding. Everything outside of this area will either be cut off or partly hidden under the binding.

Safety: 1/4″
This 1/4″ space between the live area and the edge of the page ensures that nothing gets too close to the edge, or even cut off, due to variations in trimming throughout the press run.

Bleed: 3/8″ on right, 1/8″ on left,
1/8″ on top & bottom
The bleed areas on the top, bottom and left side will be trimmed off, the bleed on the right will be partly hidden under the spiral binding. The 3/8″ bleed on the right ensures that there is enough for the binding as well as normal bleed.

Right-Hand Page

Wedding Guide Right PageArtwork Size: 6-1/8 x 9-1/8
This size ensures that there is enough bleed, including that which goes under binding.

Live Area: 5-1/8 x 8-3/8
All the important elements of the ad, including all type, must be within this area.

Page Area: 5-5/8 x 8-7/8
This is the size of the visible page, not counting the area which will be partly hidden under the spiral binding. Everything outside of this area will either be cut off or partly hidden under the binding.

Safety: 1/4″
This 1/4″ space between the live area and the edge of the page ensures that nothing gets too close to the edge, or even cut off, due to variations in trimming throughout the press run.

Bleed: 3/8″ on left, 1/8″ on right,
1/8″ on top & bottom
The bleed areas on the top, bottom and right side will be trimmed off, the bleed on the left will be partly hidden under the spiral binding. The 3/8″ bleed on the left ensures that there is enough for the binding as well as normal bleed.

The Finished Ad and Binding

Toronto Wedding GuideNote how 1/4″ of the bleed on each page is partly visible under the spiral binding. Note also how live area is properly centred on the pages and all the important elements of the ad have adequate breathing room due to the 1/4″ safety around the live area.


Single image across two pages.

Wedding Spread AdThis is a method you can use if you have a single image that you want to spread across both pages. With this method you will have two live areas (one on each page) and you will have to allow for the fact that a 1/2″ wide area (1/4″ on each side of the centre-line) will be partly hidden under the spiral binding. This method works best if you are building your ad in Photoshop.



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