Booklet Printing Tips

Sketchbook

Sketchbook Page Layout—Lauren Manning

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Before you go any further you must have made a dummy indicating page imposition and total number of pages. Simply fold signatures together and number each page. Your total number of pages must be a multiple of 4. This dummy does not need to be full size or even to scale.

Before you print your final booklet to “good” paper, you must print a dummy version showing page imposition and layout to “regular” paper.—a soft proof.

Use the Print Booklet command NOT the Print command to initiate the correct page imposition process. (The only exception to this would be if you were printing on one side only—the right-hand page—for perfect binding. Then you would uncheck the facing pages option in the document settings in your InDesign file and use the Print command like normal.)

Print Booklet Window

  1. Choose File >Print Booklet

TO PRINT TWO BOOKS AT ONCE

  1. Print All (essentially you are going to print all pages of your book, turn them over and print again on their back sides following the directions below. This will result in two books.)
  2. Choose a Booklet Type or binding style. This choice will determine the correct imposition of pages for your chosen method of binding. 2-up Saddle Stitch works great for a 1/2 page folded and stapled (a four page signature, two pages print next to one another on each side of the piece of paper which is folded down the middle)
  3. Margins: Choose Automatically Adjust…
  4. Click Print Settings button at bottom of the window

TO PRINT ONE BOOK ONLY

  1. Print ODD pages (essentially you are going to print only the odd number pages of your book first, reorder them  and print again on their back sides the EVEN number pages following the directions below. This will result in one book.)
  2. Choose a Booklet Type or binding style. This choice will determine the correct imposition of pages for your chosen method of binding. 2-up Saddle Stitch works great for a 1/2 page folded and stapled (a four page signature, two pages print next to one another on each side of the piece of paper which is folded down the middle)
  3. Margins: Choose Automatically Adjust…
  4. Click Print Settings button at bottom of the window

Set-Up Button>>Print Settings>>Page Setup

  1. From the Print Settings button in the Print Booklet window choose Page Setup (lower left corner) and click OK at the Warning box
  2. Choose the correct printer from the Format For drop down box (this SHOULD NOT say Any Printer)
  3. Paper size is US letter (Don’t any of the variations of the “US letter” option, just simply “US letter” size)
  4. Choose correct page orientation. (Set the page orientation to landscape when printing letterhalf)
  5. Scale is 100%
  6. Click OK to apply those changes
  7. From the Print window >>Options check the Print Blank Pages option
  8. Choose Setup from the left-hand column options (it’s listed under “General”)
  9. From the Paper size drop down choose Defined by Driver
  10. Under Options, select Scale to Fit if necessary and Centered for Page Position Be sure to Center the image on the page (the default position is upper left and you also have the options of centering the image only horizontally or only vertically)
  11. Use the Preview option to check imposition and page/paper orientation, if not correct in the Preview window, go back and check your previous settings.
  12. Click OK

Print Booklet Window

  1. Print Button

Double-Sided Printing (Duplex) or Printing to the Back Side

These directions are for inkjet printing to the Epson Printers.

Duplex printing to the laserjet requires a different re-ordering, or collating, of the pages prior to printing the backs.

Unless you are printing to a duplex printer, you will need to print the “front” side of each spread, then reload them into the printer and print the “back” side of each spread. The 2 keys to doing this successfully requires that you first have made a dummy/mockup of the page order as a reference and secondly that you understand which pages you WANT to print on the back of another.

First Determine the paper path of the paper through the printer you are using. Do this with a trial print. (With a pencil, mark an arrow at the bottom edge of the paper and then pay attention to what side of the paper and in what direction the arrow is pointing after the paper comes out of the printer.) This will allow you to know whether to turn the pages over end for end (called work-and-tumble) or instead turn them over sideways (called work-and-turn) when printing the back side. Both options keep the same end of the paper entering the printer first. The difference is that work-and-tumble will not place the bottom of your layout the same on both sides of the paper. Instead, one will be upside down. So, In most cases use work and turn + change the upside-down man icon. To do this correctly with the File > Print Booklet command you do one of the following printing options:

Choose one of the following 3 options

* 1. To easily print 2 saddle-stitched books at once do the following:

  1. Print all printer spreads on one side and pay attention to how the resulting stack of paper comes out of the printer. (see above for determining printer paper path). After printing the front sides, you must reorder or collate the stack before printing the backside. As you look at the stack of prints still in the printer you will see that the sheet at the top of this stack is the last page in the printer order. You must first rearrange this stack so that it is at the bottom.
  2. Place the 2nd sheet on top of the 1st, the 4th on top of the 3rd, the 6th on top of the 5th, etc. (You are only switching the order of each “pair” of pages, keeping the top pair on top and so on) refer to the drawing below. This will result in 2 of every spread, printed on both sides. You now simply collate the pages into two books.
  3. Assuming that you already know the paper path of the printer you are using (see above) do work-and-turn and place this stack of pages back in the printer with the same edge going in first. (if the bottom of the page was on the right for the first printing then it will now be on the left. This means you need to change the direction of the upside down man icon) and print the entire file a second time.
  • All print settings should remain the same as the first side printing except one thing. You must select the “upside down man” icon from the four page orientation icons in the Print Window Setup (to do so you may have to deselect the auto rotate option first to make the page orientation icons active) You must now also select the opposite paper direction from that used for the first side printing. (ie. If the icon for the first side direction was right-side up/vertical, now choose upside down-vertical, or if the orientation icon-guy had his head on the left-side for the first time printing, then you now need to change it to have his head on the right-side).

2. If you choose to print single-pages (for perfect binding for example) not spreads, do the following.

  • You will need to first print just the odd pages, then reload those pages in the printer and print the even pages.
  • You access the even/odd pages printing setting by first hitting the Print Settings button at the bottom of the first screen, then the Printer button at the bottom of the second screen, then the Paper Handling>>Pages to Print option for even or odd.
  • After printing the first side (odd pages) then reorder pages so the first pages are on the top of the stack. Rotate, not flip, the page around so the design you just printed is still facing up, and re-insert it back into the Epson inkjet printer. This will place the same edge (the leading edge) of the paper going into the printer as it was for the first side printing.
  • Then hit the print command to initiate printing the back, or even numbered, sides.

imposition odd-even

Trouble Shooting

  • Essentially, if it is printing on the wrong side (in this case the same side as the first printing) then the reason is that you put the paper in the printer with the print side facing up instead of facing down. (for the Epson printers always put the side of the paper you wish to print on face down in the  printer tray)
  • If it is printing on the correct side of the paper but upside down then you put the paper in the printer with the wrong edge going in first. Pay attention to which side is the bottom of the page after the first side printing. That will still be the same side for the bottom of the pages when printing the second time for backside printing.
  • If incorrect page numbering then you did not reorder the stack correctly. Simply put the second page at the top (instead of second) the 4th page as number 3, the 6th page as number 5 and so on. Reinsert this stack into the paper tray correctly as described above.

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THESE DIRECTIONS ARE FOR LASERJET PRINTING ONLY

Duplex printing to the Epson inkjet printers require a different re-ordering, or collating, of the pages prior to printing the backs, see above.

Unless you are printing to a duplex printer, you will need to print the “front” side of each spread, then reload them into the printer and print the “back” side of each spread. The 2 keys to doing this successfully requires that you first have made a dummy/mockup of the page order as a reference and secondly that you understand which pages you WANT to print on the back of another. To do this correctly with the File > Print Booklet command you do one of the following workarounds:

Double-Sided Printing (Duplex) or Printing to the Back Side

(this option will result in 2 booklets) Recommended

  1. After printing the front sides, you must reorder or collate the stack before printing the backside.
  2. Take the second sheet and put it on top of the first, the 4th sheet on top of the 3rd, the 6th on top of the fifth and so on. If you have done this correctly you will see the inside cover spread on top and the cover spread as the second sheet.
  3. Reload the paper with the print side down rotate the stack so that the “top” of each spread is now pointing in the opposite direction as how papers originally came out of the printer during the first side printing.
  4. Then do Print Booklet command a second time.  All the settings will be the same as your first side printing EXCEPT in the Print Window Setup. You must now also select the opposite paper direction from that used for the first side printing. (ie. If the first side direction was vertical, now choose upside down, or if the orientation icon-guy had his head on the left-side first time printing, then now you need to change it to have his head on the right-side).

Other backside printing Options

Second workaround (this option will result in 1 booklet)

  1. Add an additional blank page on top of the reloaded stack.
  2. Reload the paper with the print side down and “top” of each spread on the right side
  3. Then do Print Booklet command a second time.
  4. The additional page on the stack will cause the first spread to print on top of the second and so on in the correct order.

Third workaround

1.     Create a High Quality Print PDF of the document from the layout or reader spread page order from the Export command under the file menu.

2.     Check All and Spreads, click Export button

3.     Open the PDF in Acrobat.

4.     Choose File > Print.

5.     In the drop-down list under Copies and Pages, choose Paper Handling,

6.     Under Pages to Print, choose Even Only and print the spreads. Repeat for the back sides after reloading the paper in the printer by selecting Odd Only.

Set up Duplexing (If you have a duplex printer)

  1. From the Print window select the Printer button at the bottom of the window and click OK at the Warning box
  2. Choose the correct printer from the smaller Print window
  3. Click expansion triangle to display more options if necessary
  4. Select Layout from the drop-down menu
  5. Choose Short Edge Binding
  6. Click the Print button to apply the changes
  7. From the larger Print window hit OK and then Print from the Print Booklet window

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