Kettle Valley Graphics, Kelowna Printing


Phone: 250-763-4431

Fax: 250-763-5576

Hours: Monday - Friday

9:00 am - 5:00 pm    #9-1470 Harvey at Burtch,

between BCAA and Dollarama

Self-Publishing Info

Kettle Valley Graphics has become Kelowna's printer of choice for self-publishing authors. We have printed thousands of books for authors from all over western Canada. No job is too big or too small. We will happily print 1 or 1000 books, in any size and specifications you desire. We have an excellent working relationship with book binders and can provide you with a completed (bound) book project. Don't know where to start? Visit for some great self-publishing information.

Kettle Valley Graphics Accepts Print Ready files..... So What is Print Ready? 

Print ready files are electronic files that have been formatted to create your final book. The file has been edited and proofread. Your pages are set up correctly to the size of book you prefer, with the margins, headers, footers, chapter breaks, photos and any other elements where they belong. We can help you with this for an additional cost, or recommend you to our excellent editor who has many years of experience with producing books. She can set up your book, edit, set up ISBN numbers, create stunning covers and advise you in many other areas.

Supported file formats include:

  • Adobe Acrobat PDFs (our preferred project file as it is very difficult to corrupt a PDF file. Please do not use freebie PDF programs)
  • CorelDraw
  • Adobe Pagemaker, Adobe InDesign, Adobe PhotoShop
  • MSWord or WordPerfect saved as a PDF file

Tips of the Trade

Here are just a few tips which will save you time, frustration and perhaps money.

Photos or illustrations that are well done can add value and substance to your book. Poorly done, they can add cost and may just cost you credibility.

Scanning Photos– Scan photos at a quality of 300 dpi (dots per inch) resolution. Try to scan images at close to 100% of the final print size - you will get much better results if you crop and re-size (scale) an image at the time of scanning, rather than increasing or decreasing the photo size when you insert it into your document. Also, converting your photos to grayscale when you first scan them will reduce the final size of the file.

Colour Scans – Please be sure to scan in 24 bit colour mode at 300 dpi.

Scanning from Newspapers – When scanning old newspaper photos or images from other books, try using the de-screening setting in your scanning software. Please be mindful of copyright restrictions on this type of art. It is far better to ask permission than to risk the consequences of copyright infringement at a later date. It is your responsibility to ensure there is no copyright infringement.

Web Graphics – 72 dpi (web quality) graphics are not acceptable for high quality printing. We will print what you provide to us, but low resolution graphics can be very disappointing. Images should be minimum 200dpi, and preferably 300dpi for any print projects.

Saving Your Files – If you have used MSWord to lay out your print project, we will require a PDF of your book.  Although Word is a program many people use, it has a tendency to 'glitch up' when transferring between computers. A PDF (portable document file) will ensure that the file we receive from you looks exactly like the file you sent to us!

Page Set-Up – If you are wishing your finished book size to be 5.5 x 8.5, you must use the Page Set-Up function in Word to create a document that is 5.5 x 8.5. You cannot use margins and tabs to 'shrink' your text within a standard 8.5"x11" page size. You can find the Page Set-Up function under the File menu.

Page Numbers – You may find centering your page numbers preferable. This way it does not matter whether the page lands up on the left or right hand side. You may like to use 'Headers' on the top corners of your document. Find a book layout that you like, and replicate it!

Cover Design– Go to your bookshelf, library or bookstore and get some ideas of what you like about the appearance of other books.  Consider your cover design carefully.  It should be readable and appealing and should communicate a feel for your book.  If you have the professional programs and the ability to use them to create a complete cover design, by all means use them.  A word of caution, if you have a Paintshop or Powerpoint program or an inexpensive program bought “off the shelf”, please resist the temptation. Files created with these types of programs often have to be rebuilt completely for a quality cover. We print your cover at 1200 dpi. This accuracy brings out the best in your work, but also the worst.

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