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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” 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 1/8” 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” x 3 1/8” 7 7/8” x 3 5/8”
1/2 Page Horizontal 8 1/8” x 5 1/4” 7” 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” 15.75” x 2.625”
1/5 Page Horizontal 8 1/8” x 2.25” 7” 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”.


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


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


The following guidelines should be followed when creating content for print advertising. Ensure that only one ad is included per PDF/X-1a file.

Images Fonts Dimensions
Marks & Positioning Safety

All safety dimensions are off the bleed sizes.

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.


PEOPLE magazine 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.

For your internal approvals please follow these guidlines:

1.If you own a Virtual Proofing System:

Virtual proofing, also known as monitor based softproof, is a process that does not require the use of hard proofs. The virtual proofing system must be a SWOP certified system and recently calibrated to the manufacturer's Application Data Sheet (ADS). We require the use of TR005 as the output profile. In addition, the type of system and profile used must be communicated in the file as part of the information slug (please refer to for instructions on downloading a sample slug). For a complete list of SWOP certified virtual proofing systems, please visit

2. If you DO NOT own a Virtual Proofing System:

If you opt to use a hard proofing system, please calibrate your hard proofing device to TR005. The use of hard proofs is for internal approvals only. We no longer require hard proofs.

Paper Stock

Body Stock: 30#
Cover Stock: 60#


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

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