California Home + Design

These are the design specifications for a full-page ad in California Home + Design magazine.

The image below is provided for illustrative purposes only. Please design all ads to the Document Size provided and keep all of your important information within the Live Area.

Trim Lines are provided for your reference but please note that we cannot accept files designed to the trim lines  so please do not include them in your document set up.


This is the excess image area that must surpass the trim dimensions to ensure that your image will flow over all sides.

LIVE AREA: 6.875" X 9.5"

Any elements of your ad that should not be cut off in the trimming process must be within the live area.

Set inside and outside margins to 1.31" and top and bottom margins to .95" (and remember to keep ALL live matter within the margins).

PUBLICATION TRIM: 9" x 10.875"

Please use the trim sizes as guides only when designing your ad. Your file must be set to the Document Size dimensions noted above.



  • We recommend using InDesign to create your ad.

  • You can download a pre-set InDesign template here.

  • Note: we will not be able to accept files with trim lines—please do not include them in your document setup.


  • Ensure all images and artwork are CMYK and 300dpi in resolution.

  • Select PDF/X-1a in the Adobe PDF pre-set dropdown.

  • Select Acrobat 4.0 in the compatibility dropdown.

  • Do not include crop marks or trim lines.


  • Go to your Orders .

  • Select the order that pertains to your ad.

  • Select Upload Your Final Design or Select a Previous Design.

  • Follow the instructions to select the file from your desktop and upload your ad!

Key Settings

LIVE AREA:  6.875" x 9.5"

DOCUMENT SIZE:  9.5" x 11.375"

TRIM LINE: 9" x 10.875." Trim lines are provided for your reference only; please do not include trim lines in your document setup.




Design Templates

InDesign:  Click here to download a pre-set template for California Home + Design.

Photoshop: Click here to download a pre-set template for California Home + Design.