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Direct2Time Print Ad Specifications Online Digital Ad Specifications Tablet Digital 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 Bleed Live / Safety Non Bleed Trim
Page 8.625 x 11.125 7.625 x 10.125 7 x 10 8.325 x 10.875
Spread 17 x 11.125 16 x 10.125 15.375 x 10 16.75 x 10.875
1/2 Page Vertical 4.375 x 11.125 3.375 x 10.125 3.5 x 10 4.125 x 10.875
1/6 Page Vertical (Half Column) n/a 2.25 x 4 2.25 x 4 n/a
1/3 Page Vertical (One Column) 3.125 x 11.125 2.125 x 10.125 2.25 x 10 2.875 x 10.875
2/3 Page Vertical (Two Columns) 5.5 x 11.125 4.5 x 10.125 4.625 x 10 5.25 x 10.875
1/2 Page Horizontal 8.625 x 5.625 7.625 x 4.625 7 x 5 8.375 x 5.325
1/2 Spread Horizontal 17 x 5.625 16 x 4.625 15.375 x 5 16.75 x 5.325
1/3 Square n/a 4.625 x 5 4.625 x 5 n/a
Digest * not a standard size 5.5 x 7.25 4.5 x 6.25 4.625 x 6.625 5.25 x 7


Southern Accents : 31-Jan-08
Issue / Edition Contact Phone Number
Southern Accents (all editions) Karla Hardy 205-445-6340
Southern Accents (all editions) Meagan Yeilding 205-445-8852


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 Safety 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.


Southern Accents 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.


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