Carmel Magazine Advertising Specs


An important message to advertisers: Ad material must meet explicit requirements in order for Carmel Magazine, Inc. to deliver the high quality our advertisers deserve. Please review all advertising copy policies against your ad to ensure quicker processing and avoid unnecessary processing charges. For information on having Carmel Magazine, Inc. prepare your ad, please contact your representative.

Carmel Magazine pages are printed using web press with Sunday technology with four-color process inks (cyan, magenta, yellow, and black). Carmel Magazine covers are printed offset on coated stock with four-color process inks. The outside covers are UV-coated while the inside covers are not. Carmel Magazine is perfect bound and over-runs are saddle stitched.

Mechanical Specifications at a Glance:

Magazine Trim size is 8.375” x 10.875”
Magazine Bleed size is 8.625″ x 11.125″
Safe or Live area is 7.715” x 10.215”
(Text or logos should not appear outside this area to avoid clipping.)
Please email Ruben Cota at ruben@carmelmagazine for a pdf ad sample.

We currently are only excepting High Press/High Quality PDFs.
PDF/X-1a PDFs are preferred. If creating ads in Illustrator, Photoshop, InDesign etc.,
please create a PDF and submit the pdf file and not the document file.

NOTE: In the event you must submit native files, please call our art department at 831.625,9922 ext. 4# to find out what can be submitted. Although Carmel Magazine, Inc. makes every effort to use the latest versions of design software, we cannot guarantee that all releases and formats submitted by clients will be compatible with current applications used by Carmel Magazine, Inc.

Carmel Magazine, Inc. does not accept ads built in Freehand, Pagemaker, Corel,
Publisher or MS Word files.

For submitting ads electronically, send pdf via email to For PDFs over 25MB, please use any one of the many file transfer websites including Hightail or For color accuracy ads submitted must have an acceptable color proof sent by mail to accompany the ad: (Examples of acceptable proofs: Fuji Pictroproof, Scitex Iris, Kodak Approval, Rainbow Dye Sub, 3M Digital,and Matchprint).

2-Page Spread — Bleed 17″ x 11.125″ (includes 1/8″ bleed)
(Please submit two separate pdfs for the left and right sides)
2-Page Spread — Non-Bleed 15.875″ X 10″
(Please submit two separate pdfs for the left and right sides)
Full Page — Bleed 8.625” x 11.125” (includes 1/8” bleed)
Trim size 8.375″ x 10.875″
Full Page — Non-Bleed 7.5” x 10”
2/3 Page — 4.875” x 9.875”
1/2 Page Horizontal — 7.375″ x 4.875″
1/2 Page Vertical —  3.6″ x 9.875″
1/3 Page Square — 4.875” x 4.875”
1/3 Page Vertical — 2.3” x 9.875”
1/4 Page — 3.6” x 4.875”

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