PDF Output Settings

PDF Output Settings Window

Outputs the Imposition layout into one or more PDF files. The resulting file is fully compatible with digital printers, image setters, and CTP machines. Imposition Studio does not alter any of the PDF elements in this process unless you have applied an optimizer or enabled color mode conversion in the 'Layout Settings'. Therefore, the resulting output file is as clean and trouble-free as your original source PDF files.


PDF Output 

Output Folder :  Select the folder to save the PDF output files.

Signatures From :  Choose the starting signature number you want to output.

Signatures To :  Choose the ending signature number you want to output.

Combine All Output PDF files :  By selecting this option, Imposition Studio will combine the selected number of signature PDF files into one PDF file.

Include Combo Half Form Signature :  Two options are available when using 'Make Combo Half Form from Extra Pages' in the ‘Signature Settings’ window.

Include Combo Half Form Signature :  Allows you to print 'Half Form' along with all full forms when you select 'Show All Full Forms' in the 'Layout Editor' window.

Include All Combo Full Form Signatures :  Allows you to print all 'Full Forms' along with half form when you select 'Show Half Form Only' in the 'Layout Editor' window.

View Output PDF Files :  Open completed output files using the default PDF reader application.

Remember Signature Selection :  This option restores the signature numbers selected for the last successful PDF output.

Note:  In Digital/Film Output mode, if the Auto PDF Output Size is checked in Signature settings, the PDF Output will be trimmed to the selected margin amount regardless of the printing paper selection.

Batch / Sections PDF Output 

Output Folder :  Select the folder to save the output file.

Output Mode :  Choose from the following output mode options:

• Split into Small Groups  ▸  Outputs the PDF files with a selected number of pages. For example, if you have more than 100 signatures in the layout, you may output 10 PDF files with 10 signatures each.

• Signatures From :  Choose the starting signature number you want to output.

• Signatures To :  Choose the ending signature number you want to output.

• Output for Section Sewing  ▸  This option becomes available when you choose 'Section Sewing' in 'Signature Settings.' For instance, if you intend to create 16-page sections using two 8-page print forms to make the book. This option is essential when you require more than one print form to create a section for sewing. For single-form section sewing, you can use the 'Perfect Binding' option in 'Signature Settings.'

• Pages in a Section :  Displays the number of pages in a section set on the ' Signature Settings ' window.

• Sections From :  Choose the starting section number you want to output.

• Sections To :  Choose the ending section number you want to output.

• Batch with PDF Source File Folder  ▸  This option is suitable for those who need to output the same type of signatures with different PDF files. Ensure that all PDF files have the same size as the original PDF link. The master layout should contain only one PDF link file, and multiple links are not allowed. This option is useful for simple batch jobs. For advanced batch processing, use ‘ Automatic Workflow .’

• Batch Source Folder :  Select the folder containing all source PDF files for batch output.

Output Options 

Slug Line Text :  Allow to fine tune the auto generated slug line text.

Output File Naming Scheme  ▸  Control the naming scheme for the output PDF file. Three options are available:

• Layout Document Name :  Names the output file with the layout file name.

• First PDF Link File Name :  Name output file with the name of the first PDF link file in the link setup.

• Use Custom Name :  Manually enter the PDF output file name in the 'Output PDF File Name' field.

Encrypt with Password :  The resulting output file will be encrypted using the given password. Use this password to remove any restrictions applied in the output PDF file. You may use this password with the ' Decrypt PDF Files ’ utility to remove restrictions permanently.



Setup :  Encryption password setup. 

Password Required to Open the File :  This password will be required to open the PDF file.

Keep Original PDF File :  This option will keep both unencrypted and encrypted files.

Add Source PDF Page Information :  This option displays PDF file names and page numbers as name tags on each page, making it particularly valuable for tasks involving multi-page layouts, such as books and business cards. You can also use this PDF as a reference for binding and collation purposes.

Distortion Compensation :  Allow to apply distortion compensation to the output.

Distortion Compensation Factor :  Allow to apply distortion compensation values to the output vertically or horizontally.

Calculator.. :  Open the distortion compensation calculator window.

Go to  Distortion Compensation  section for more information of ‘Distortion Compensation Calculator’ window.

Disable General Optimizations :  Disabling any optimization functions used in the document. Use only with some output errors. Checking this option will increase the output PDF size.

Disable Resource Optimization :  Disabling optimization for repeat elements in the document. Use only with low memory situations. Checking this option will increase the output PDF size.

Use Hard Disk for Extra Memory :  Uses your hard disk space as memory if the layout contain bigger PDF files which need more memory than the computer RAM.

Note :  Use only with huge source PDF files or low memory situations. By checking above 2 options may increase output PDF size or takes too long to create output PDF files.


Digital Proofing 

The imposition proof is the last test that is performed before beginning the print run. This test is performed to verify, through the formation of a prototype, that the imposition was successful. Typical checks are that the pages are on the correct spot and the crossover bleeds work etc.

Create PDF for Digital Proofing : Use this ‘ File Menu ’ item to output digital ready PDF file contain only the pages and printer’s marks. and slug area. Useful for all CTP layouts which always have huge extra empty area outside the actual printing area.


  Important :  it is very important to print a proof of your output PDF before going for final production. Especially if you are printing in large quantity or the job itself big in number of pages or size. You may even use a small sized black & white printer to create a miniature proof. A digital proof should save a lot of your money and time.