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Direct2Time Print Ad Specifications Online Digital Ad Specifications Digital Magazine Ad Specifications Time Inc.



With the arrival of a digital era in the graphic arts industry, a lack of agreeable standards hindered the progress of increasingly efficient methods for the creation and distribution of digital advertising. Thus, in collaboration with various industry groups such as Digital Ad Lab, SWOP and the former DDAP Association, Time Inc. advocated for the development and adherence of standards when creating digital advertising intended for print. It was decided upon that the specifications for PDF/X-1a compliant files would be suitable for all areas of the digital advertising process.

As of January 1, 2004, all ad files submitted to Time Inc. titles must be supplied in PDF/X-1a format.

Time Inc. will no longer accept native application files, such as QuarkXPress, PageMaker, etc.


NOTE: Diagrams are not to scale, also not all sizes are available. Please refer to the mechanical specifications below to see which are available.


Ad Size Trim Bleed Live / Safety Non Bleed
Page 8.375” x 10.5” 8.625” x 10.75” 7.875” x 10” 7.875” x 10”
Spread 16.75” x 10.5” 17” x 10.75” 16.25” x 10” 16.25” x 10”
1/2 Page Vertical 4.25” x 10.5” 4.5” x 10.75” 3.75” x 10” 3.75” x 10”
1/3 Page Vertical (One Column) 2.875” x 10.5” 3.125” x 10.75” 2.375” x 10” 2.375” x 10”
2/3 Page Vertical (Two Columns) 5.375” x 10.5” 5.625” x 10.75” 4.875” x 10” 4.875” x 10”
1/2 Page Horizontal 8.375” x 5.25” 8.625” x 5.5” 7.875” x 4.75” 7.875” x 4.75”
1/2 Spread Horizontal 16.75” x 5.25” 17” x 5.5” 16.25” x 4.875” 16.25” x 4.875”
1/3 Square n/a n/a 4.625” x 4.875” 4.625” x 4.875”

Build ads to trim size and extend bleed 1/8” beyond trim on all sides.

*Allow 1/4”safety on both sides of gutter for spreads.

Coastal Living is Perfect bound and jogs to the foot

Please note when designing an ad with the expectation of an equal border on all sides, there is a 1/16” allowable tolerance in the trimming of our magazines. We require using a border with a minimum width of 3/8”.


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Please adhere to the guidelines below when preparing files. Ensure that only one ad is included per PDF/X-1a file.

Images Fonts Dimensions
Marks & Positioning
Note: Special consideration MUST be taken if you are designing an ad with a varnish or Scented area. Please CLICK HERE to Download a Spec. PDF for how to create the Ad.

Creating PDF/X-1a File


Files must be submitted via the Time Inc. Ad Portal. Please click on the Ad Portal Guide link above to access step-by-step instructions on how to submit a file.


Coastal Living is presently using Virtual Proofing at its printing plants and is no longer accepting hard proofs from advertisers. Please click on the Virtual Proofing Guide link above to access information on submitting a Virtual Proof compliant file.


COASTAL LIVING magazine is perfect-bound.