question for someone extremely knowledgeable about how lulu prints bleeds
i'm trying to print a 224-page A5 book with full bleeds throughout. every page of the book is an image. i've followed lulu's specs to the letter on how to submit a pdf made in indesign -- embedded images, 0.125" bleeds on all sides. but when lulu sends me back their print-ready proof pdf, i see two errors:
1. the bleeding image areas on the *inner edges* are printing on the facing pages.
2. in the pdf lulu sends back to me, there is a very thin white margin around each page of the sized document, even though they're supposed to be full bleeds.
i tried to fix the first error by trimming the inside edge of the bleeds to 0", since the gutter probably doesn't need a bleed anyway. but when i submitted this revised pdf, lulu rejected it on the grounds that the new page size isn't correct (as trimming the inside-edge bleeds make the page 5.92'' wide instead of 6.08" wide. which, duh. but i can't get an answer back from customer service about how they'll accept this.)
and i did download and apply lulu's full-bleed job options presets; however, they don't seem to be fully compatible with indesign cs6 -- i got error messages that wouldn't allow me to export, so i had to change the compatibility settings to comply with an earlier pdf version. that took away the error messages but who knows how it changes how the document prints; i can find no information about this in the tutorials or from lulu's customer-service labyrinth.
thanks for anyone who has concrete answers to this problem! and yes, i've read all the tutorials and forum questions about bleeds several times; please don't link them to me again, like lulu's customer-service rep has been doing to me for the last three weeks ha. lulu seems to be sorely due for an improvement of their bleed game -- or at least an update of their tutorials to explain why they can't handle bleeds.