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Attention: Meredith Corporation is migrating specifications for the publications to a unified site with all Meredith publications. Please refer to the following schedule for when each titles specifications will no longer be valid on this site. Click here to see the unified site.

Publication Effective Issue Date
Coastal Living September 2018
Cooking Light September 2018
Food & Wine September 2018
Real Simple September 2018
Health October 2018
People en Espanol October 2018
InStyle November 2018
Southern Living November 2018
Time 11/12/18
Entertainment Weekly 11/09/18
Fortune December 2018
People 12/17/18
Sports Illustrated 12/17/18
Travel+Leisure December 2018
Departures January 2019
Sports Illustrated for Kids January 2019
Money January 2019



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. Additionally, TIFF/IT-P1 files are also not accepted.


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 Bleed Live / Safety Trim
Page 8 1/8” x 10 3/4” 7 1/8” x 10” 7 7/8” x 10 1/2”
Spread 16” x 10 3/4” 15” x 10” 15 3/4” x 10 1/2”
1/2 Page Vertical 4 1/8” x 10 3/4” 3 3/8” x 10” 3 7/8” x 10 1/2”
1/6 Page Vertical (Half Column) 2 1/4” x 4 5/8” n/a n/a
1/3 Page Vertical (One Column) 3” x 10 3/4” 2” x 10” 2 3/4” x 10 1/2”
2/3 Page Vertical (Two Columns) 5 1/4” x 10 3/4” 4 1/4” x 10” 5” x 10 1/2”
1/3 Page Horizontal 8 1/8” x 3 3/4” 7 1/8” x 3 1/8” 7 7/8” x 3 5/8”
1/2 Page Horizontal 8 1/8” x 5 1/4” 7 1/8” x 4 1/2” 7 7/8” x 5”
1/2 Spread Horizontal 16” x 5 1/4” 15” x 4 1/2” 15 3/4” x 5”
1/3 Spread Horizontal 16” x 3 7/8” 15” x 3 1/8” 15 3/4” x 3 5/8”
1/4 Spread Horizontal 16” x 2.875” 15” x 2.125” 15.75” x 2.625”
1/5 Page Horizontal 8 1/8” x 2.25” 7 1/8” x 1 1/2” 7 7/8” x 2”
1/3 Square 5 1/4” x 5 1/4” 4 5/8” x 4 5/8” 5” x 5”

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”.

    • Spreads and Half Horizontal units: Type crossing the gutter should be positioned 1/16” from center fold on each page to provide 1/8” total separation. Safety for live area is 3/8” from top and bottom. Safety for face sides is 5/8”.


    Material Extensions and
    Technical questions:file format, specs and portal
    Contact Email
    People Ad Production


    Cycle Key code Explanation
    NAT National
    REG Regional
    SEL Selective
    MNI Supplied MNIs
    A/B A/B Split


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

    File Specification/General Guidelines
    • Include/embed all fonts and artwork.
    • Min 150 DPI and Max 300 DPI for images and 2400 DPI for line work.
    • CMYK or Grayscale only. Convert any Spot colors not intended to print into CMYK.
    • All RGB elements must be converted to CMYK. Pantone Elements must be limited to ONLY the spot color that is printing. Otherwise convert to CMYK.
    • Apply image trapping as needed.
    • Do not nest PDF files in other PDFs, EPS files in other EPSs.
    • Do not use illegal characters in file names.
    • 4-color black type is not allowed.
    • Free fonts or system fonts should not be used. If used, they must be outlined
    • Do not apply styles to basic fonts, use the actual font.
    • 4-color type should not exceed 300% density.
    • To avoid low-res (soft type) or 4-color black type, type should be set in InDesign or Illustrator and not in Photoshop.
    • Reverse type should use a dominant color (usually 70% or more) for the shape of the letters and should be trapped when practical and not detrimental to the appearance of the job.
    • Color or reverse type and line art should not be less than .007 at the thinnest area. Single color type and line art should not be less than .004 at the thinnest area.
    Document Settings
    • Ads should be built at 100% trim size.
    • Bleed ads, extend bleed to 1/8" beyond trim on all sides.
    • Printer marks should be offset .167" when creating PDF-X1a files. Marks are not to touch live image or bleed areas.

    Creating PDF/X-1a File
    • To create an acceptable PDF/X-1a file, please click Here for a procedure on how to create a PDFx/1a

    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.


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


    This title is presently using Press side Virtual Proofing at its printing plants and is no longer accepting hard proofs from advertisers.


    PEOPLE magazine is saddle-stitched.

    Disposal of Submitted Materials

    PEOPLE magazine assumes no liability for any and all advertising materials submitted. Other than as explicitly agreed upon in writing and in the absence of disposition instructions, such materials will be discarded seven months after issue date.

    Print Reproductions

    Queries concerning printed reproduction should be submitted within three weeks of issue date.

    Titles with SHARED Specifications

    TIME| People| Entertainment Weekly| Sports Illustrated