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How to set up signatures? (16 pages each)

Nov 24, 2012 5:28 AM

Tags: #cs5 #signatures #set_up

The book will have 9 signatures (16 pages each one). 144 pages in total.

I'd like to know if there exist a tutorial about signature set up for InDesign.



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    Nov 24, 2012 6:30 AM   in reply to sergioch

    The first question is why you want to do this? Are you doing the printing? If not, you probably should not be setting up the signatures. Imposition is the printer's job.

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    Nov 24, 2012 6:33 AM   in reply to sergioch

    If your commercial printer has asked you to do this, look for another printer. No designer should be asked to do this. This is something your printer can handle because they know the characteristics of their printing press, and understand the technical details required.


    If you're a commercial printer, there are several commercial packages available for doing what's called imposition.

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    Nov 24, 2012 8:54 AM   in reply to sergioch

    InDesign has a VERY simple imposition module built in called Print Booklet (under the file menu) that will allow you to print signatures either direct to a printer or to file or PDF if your printer doesn't have automatic duplexing. IDImposer is a plugin for InDesign that makes a new imposed dodument from your original layout, and it can handle more complex impositions (Overview | IDImposer). It is being offered for free until the end of the year.


    There are also impostion plugins for Acrobat that work with your exported PDF.


    Full-blown imposition pacakges used by professional printers are pretty expensive....

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    Nov 24, 2012 9:50 AM   in reply to sergioch

    Keep in mind that delivering an imposed document to a commercial printer is a very bad idea.

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