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Booklet printing confusion

Booklet printing confusion

Booklet printing confusion

I've got a problem with printing. I havn't been using InDesign in about a year (not that its relevant because the printing was always left to a printers).

Basically Ive been wanting to make an A5 mag to print for, more than anything, something to impress with at interviews. Now that I've actually done it Ive been stopped in my tracks at the printing. Its 8 pages, including cover and back and I want to print it at home, but when I try and print it as a booklet the ordering is wrong and it stuffs in an extra 2 or 3 blank pages.
Like I said I never did much in the way of printing at my old jobs so I don't really know what Ive got to do here.


RE: Booklet printing confusion


When you put a booklet together for printing on a printing press the pages are arranged into a form.

They do not appear in the same order and position as they do in InDesign.

The pages are arranged top to bottom and side to side so that when the sheet is folded, bound and trimmed the pages will be in the correct order and orientation.

So and eight page brochure would be printed on one sheet of paper all at the same time with 4 pages on each side back to back.  They would be arranged top to top, and side to side so that when the sheet is folded twice all the pages will align and be in the correct order. Then it will be stapled and trimmed.  The end result will be an 8 page folder bound in the gutter. If there are more pages the forms are bound together to make a book then trimmed.

You don't say how you are binding your brochure that would make a difference.
But if you are printing them on an inkjet printer at home ignore the make book feature of Indesign and just arrange the pages the way you want to see them.

Put the cover and back page on one sheet, and page 2 and 7 on another.
Then print the front cover and back, and run it through again and print 2 and 7 on the back of it.

For the insert you can put page 3 and 6 opposite each other and 4 and 5 will go across from one another and print on the other side of the 3, 6 page.

Indesign may be able to do this automaticly, but I find it easier to just do it myself since I too usually just let the printer take care of this stuff.  When I do menus that are going to be printed on inkjet printers (usually only 4 pages) I do it myself.

Just make a new document and copy and paste the completed pages from your existing one to the new one and put the pages in the correct order.

I think I explained this right, I hope this helps


If you are just making a  

RE: Booklet printing confusion

Thanks very much for the advice, I thought I may end up having to do it like this.

Just means that I'll have to get rid off automatic page numbering etc.

Thanks again!

RE: Booklet printing confusion

...how is your document setup?

...facing pages? single pages? this the ideal scenario.

...or have  you created 4 x A4 size pages and manually created each A5 page on each A4? not really recommended.

...choosing "file > print booklet" from indesign using "2-up saddle stitch" will save you much work, you don't need to be doing anything manually, and certainly not removing auto page numbering...

...personally i would print as booklet to postcript from indesign and process it to a PDF, then from acrobat print the spreads as needed so they back up correctly if you don't have a duplex printer...

8-1    backs up     2-7
6-3    backs up     4-5




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