Many pages, many choices

An imposing problem, where do you put your color?


An imposition problem

You are producing a 24-page booklet with a page size of 8"x10”.

The printer will run this job on two (yes, TWO!) 20"x26” presses; a one-color and a 5-color.

They will cut a stock 23"x35” mill sheet into 17.5"x23” press sheets, and print 4 pages on each side. These sheets will be folded twice to create 8-page signatures.

To produce 24 pages we will print three 8-page signatures.

We would love to use lots of 4-color images and graphics, but our budget is rather limited.
We can only afford to make three runs through the 5-color press (using only 4 units), resulting in 12 pages with color. The other 3 press runs will be on the cheaper one-color press.

This is your first task

Make a small (approximately 4.25"x5.5") 24-page paper dummy to show where the color pages will appear.

This is only a page number guide made from folded letter-sized paper, stapled on the spine (saddle stitched).


The exercise:

After reading chapter three in Real World Print Production, you will be able to plan these page layouts.

Begin by making a 24-page folding dummy. This is a practical way to figure out where the page numbers will occur. It may have notations of contents, but no graphics needed at this stage.

Fold three sheets of 8.5"x11" paper into 8-page signatures. Combine these, spine-into-spine, into a 24-page arrangement. They will still be joined at the top or bottom. Do not staple them together at this point.

Begin at the front page and number them 1 through 24 as you flip through. Be sure you give the 6 and 9 underlines to avoid confusing them.

You can now unfold the three signatures and you will see where the page numbers fall. Each side of each signature will require a press run, through either the 1 or 5-color press. You can plan the flow of color images throughout the booklet by moving the 3 color runs to different positions in the 6 sides in the 3 signatures.

The client a full-color front cover and back cover. The rest of the color placement is up to you.

When you have decided on an arrangement, complete your page dummy with page numbers clearly marked and some splash of color to identify the 4-color pages. Assemble the signatures and shoot two staples into the spine to saddle stitch the dummy. Chop off the folded edges on the top or bottom to finish your small version of the booklet layout.

Hand this in, in class.