book imposition 16 page signatures
Posted: 21 March 2008 08:35 PM   [ Ignore ]
Total Posts:  8
Joined  2008-03-21

Hi; I’m very new to this program and wish to produce standard 16 page folded signatures for book printing / binding. I see in the preferences the settings for new documents; would the pdf have to be dragged after preferences are made in for the imposition to commence? Would I use 8 pages per sheet side or 16 pages per side? Is book mode on? Facing sheets on? The PDF is a long book of 600 pages. Thanks for any help…Derek

Posted: 21 March 2008 09:25 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 1 ]
Total Posts:  475
Joined  2007-03-23

Hi Derek,

First off: the book mode and facing sheet settings apply only to how the document is presented on-screen, as does anything else under the view menu. Anything under the tools menu however will affect the output to the final PDF.

As for the number of folded pages in a signature: the number of pages is always double that of the number of pages per sheet side, since there are two sides to a sheet. So, a 2-up imposition, when folded has four pages; an 8-up imposition, which gets folded 3 times, ends up with 16 pages; etc. Looks like what you need is the 8-up imposition.

You can simply open the PDF and then change to the imposition. You can dynamically change between impositions (and no imposition) at any time.

The preferences for new documents are meant to be used if you tend to create documents with specific settings that are different from the default settings. Good candidates for customisation here for instance, are the margins settings for even/odd pages, to make sure the output always falls within your printer’s margins. You would only change the default imposition mode if you usually want a particular imposition and do not need to edit the individual pages before switching to the imposition.


António Nunes