If Photoshop is your design tool of choice you can create a magazine in Photoshop by following a few simple steps.
1. Create each page as a separate JPEG (quality 10 setting) file in the sRGB color space. To create your JPEG files, start by creating a 8.5″ x 11″, 300 DPI Photoshop document. Since there are no bleed settings in Photoshop, it is best to create Guides to show where the trim will be (0.125″ from the top and bottom, 0.25″ from the outside edge). Keep in mind that the side with the outside edge bleed will switch as you design a righthand versus a lefthand page. Once you have finished your first page, save it as a JPEG file in the sRGB colorspace with a quality setting of 10. Do not use “Save As Photoshop PDF” as the resulting file size will be too large to upload to MagCloud in a multipage document. Repeat these steps until all your pages have been created. Note: naming your files by page number will simplify the process going forward, with the cover as “Page 1.”
2. Combine these JPEG files using Adobe Acrobat® or another PDF merging software into a multipage PDF. To merge your pages in Adobe Acrobat, go to File > Create PDF > Merge Files Into Single PDF… In the Combine Files window that opens, click the “Add Files” button, navigate to the folder where you saved your MagCloud JPEGs, and select them all. Tip: Name your files consecutively this way when you select order by file name it will put them in the correct page order.
3. Once you are ready to create the PDF, chose “Larger File Size” for better quality (this is the largest paper icon next to File Size) and click the “Combine Files” button. Acrobat will automatically assemble your PDF for you.
4. Upload your PDF file to MagCloud and publish away.