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Print perfectly imposed booklets from InDesign CS3

Added on Tuesday 16th of March 2010 12:59 am EST

If you’re taking your InDesign booklet to a print shop, they will most likely have the RIP and software necessary to impose your pages on the fly. Actually, most print shops don’t want you to impose your own pages, but instead, require you to provide reader spreads so they can impose the InDesign document to their equipment’s specifications. But what if you’re going to print the booklet yourself? To clarify, we’re not suggesting you impose a 200-page book. However, printing small runs of short booklets (8-36 pages for example) from office laser printers or quick-print establishments isn’t unheard of. So if you’re going to tackle the job, you need to know how to impose your pages properly for optimum results.

Set up your document
The most important thing to remember when setting up a booklet document is to build each page on its own separate InDesign page. Don’t assume that because you’ll be printing two pages to a sheet that you should build two pages on one InDesign page. For example, if you’re creating a small booklet that you’ll print on 8.5” x 11” paper and then fold those pages in half, build your document with 5.5” x 8.5” facing pages—not on 8.5” x 11” single pages. The primary reasons for this are:
• If you commercially print the document, the printer wi...


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