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 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 like 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 task

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

The client has two wishes you must fullfill:

Begin by making a 24-page folding dummy. This is a practical way to figure out where the page numbers will occur.

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 lower corners 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. Write down the groups of page numbers for each face of the signatures. Later, you'll trim off the folds and it won't be clear which signature the pages came from.

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 within the 3 signatures.

You will have to design where the color falls. This can take some trial and error. Use a splash of bright marker to identify the colored pages on the three sides that will get the CMYK. You may need to make several dummies to get the color pages where they will support your layout. (Sometimes the flow of content within a booklet is arranged to fit the location of color pages.)

This dummy will not have content; only the page numbers and splashes of color on the CMYK pages.

The final stage is 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 and you'll have a small version of the booklet layout.

Turn in your completed dummy, in-class.