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Old 02-07-2007, 12:12 AM   #1
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So I am printing this booklet (The one that is inside a DVD case) and I created a document with 20 pages. So each page of this booklet is less than half of A4. Now how do I print this document so that I can print on both sides of paper and when I take these papers (A4) and fold them it is a book. You should be able to fit 2 pages of booklet size on an A4. I am a Novice using InDesign so I don't know how to do this. So I should be able to print it on to 5 pages double sided and the fold them to have a thickness of 10 pages

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Old 02-07-2007, 05:49 AM   #2
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I don't know InDesign - but what you are looking to do is called "imposition" - so try looking in the help for that.

Some programs allow you to select a printing style (e.g tentfold or booklet) and do it for you.
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Old 02-07-2007, 07:03 AM   #3
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I created a document with 20 pages. So each page of this booklet is less than half of A4. Now how do I print this document so that I can print on both sides of paper and when I take these papers (A4) and fold them it is a book. You should be able to fit 2 pages of booklet size on an A4. I am a Novice using InDesign
First, some terminology so you can discuss this (and read about the process):

You have created your booklet in “reader spreads” and you need it to be in “printer spreads” for printing. As Lois said, this process is called “imposition.”

“Creep” is compensation for the thickness of the sheets of paper when folded into a booklet. (You will need to make the content of your pages slightly narrower than the sheet size to allow for creep.)

We always used to leave this process to the (commercial) printer. Nowadays, though, people want to do it on their own desktop printers.

For InDesign, you can buy the InBooklet plug-in, which costs $100 U.S. If you plan to do this work on a regular basis, probably worth it. You can read about it on ID Help > Printing > Creating printer spreads using InBooklet.

If this is a one-shot deal, you can do it the hard (very hard, somewhat frustrating) way. Once you have the booklet perfect, all proofread and corrected, make a copy, and in the copy rearrange the pages so they will print correctly. (Best to make a dummy first so you can keep track of what you are doing.) Leave a decent margin at the center line and a wide one on the outsides; after you assemble the booklets, you can trim the sheets so the edges align perfectly. And you should be able to get a deep-throated stapler at the office supply so you can saddle-stitch.

Be sure to leave the original untouched, in case you must change something later. Trying to make edits on the imposed copy will make you sublimely crazy!

   
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If you're using InDesign CS2, it has InBooklet SE built-in (on the File menu). It should do all you need. There are also scriting solutions available.

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If you're using InDesign CS2, it has InBooklet SE built-in (on the File menu). It should do all you need.
Oops, nice! And I missed that. Thanks, Dave.

And of course there would be scripting options! Custom? or off-the-shelf?

   
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If you feel like doing it manually, export your file as pdf from Indesign. Then make another indesign file the size of your spread (ie. make each page the size of two pages side by side). Then place your pdf pages side by side in the following order (ie the 2 pages side by side in your new file): page one will have pages 1 and 20, page 2 will have pages 19 and 2, and so on with 3-18, 17-4, 5-16, 15-6, 7-14, 13-8, 9-12, and 11-10 (hope I got all that right!). Then you can print to your laser as duplex or manually feed them in so they back up.

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Sorry, got the page order wrong, make it pages 20 (on the left) and page 1 (on the right) on your first page, then 2-19, 18-3, etc.
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If you're using InDesign CS2, it has InBooklet SE built-in (on the File menu). It should do all you need. There are also scriting solutions available.

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Did they ever extend it to allow for group counts (num pages per sig) != 4?

Just curious,
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Old 02-07-2007, 04:22 PM   #9
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It really depends on how many you want and and if you have the equipement to finish the books ( Staple and trim them) -An easy solution unless its say 500+ would be to take your artwork to a local colour shop and get them to sort it.
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I know some have been talking about creep - but with 20 pages on say 130 gsm it really is not to relevant .
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Old 02-09-2007, 08:43 AM   #10
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Default or if you're using ID CS on a Mac...

For ID CS (not CS2) on Mac OS X there is an imposition script available at

Scriptbuilders

which is free.

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