Manual Layout Assistant

Resort to this option only if none of the  Templates  or the  Auto Layout  option aligns with the pagination of your job.

Before you begin...

It is recommended to create a paper dummy of the layout by hand:

• Develop a manual layout plan for the first signature (including the back side if necessary) on paper.

• Assign numbers to each page to indicate how they will appear after folding (if applicable).

• Document the page rotations for each page and sides, especially if the layout involves two sides.

This window opens when you select 'New > Manual Layout..' from the menu,  Templates Window , or the  File Menu.

Manual Layout Assistant Window

Step 1 

Imposition Method :  Select the imposition method.

Automatic Book Imposition : A llows Imposition Studio to do automatic pagination, binding, spine setting etc. for a book. Auto Imposition should be selected for all type of Books.

Manual Imposition :  All other types of the layouts like flyers, cards etc..

Job Type :  Select the job type options.

• Books :  (Auto) If you planning to make a book.

• Folded Leaflet :  Select this option for any type brochure jobs which may require folding but no binding.

• Plain Cut Sheet :  Select this option if your job is on a single sheet or the job from a single PDF page with or without folding, ex: Business Cards, Coupons, leaflets, Boxes etc.

Single Cut :  Use this option when a repeat job can be separated using a single cut (Available only with  Plain Cut Sheet  option)

Job Style :  Select the job style options

• N-Up :  Select option to print all imported PDF pages in a sequence. More signatures will be added when required.

• Step & Repeat :  Select option for jobs with auto repeat to complete the signature.

Three step & repeat modes are available on the ‘ Setup.. ’ button.

• Repeat All :  This mode will repeat all page boxes with a single PDF link.

• Column Wise Repeat :  This mode will repeat all page boxes in each columns with every PDF link.

• Row Wise Repeat :  This mode will repeat all page boxes in each rows with every PDF link.

•  Cut & Stack Set  :  This is the option for numbered page groups, so you may stack later to get a sequenced job.

PDF links are printed on each signatures sequentially. For example, PDF link 2 will print on the next signature and 3 on the next... The next column will start with the page after the sheets in a stack count. More options are available on the ‘Setup..” button

Setup.. :  Opens  Cut & Stack Set Setup  window

Note  : For front & back layouts, keep the back PDF pages after the front PDF pages. 

Example  : Use the front pages as 1,3,5,7... and back pages as 2,4,6,8..etc. So always keep all backside PDF pages in the second master signature page.

Signature Sides :  Select number of signatures required to make a print form. For front & back sheet wise jobs, select ‘2 Sides (Front & Back)’. For single sided, work & turn and work & tumble jobs select ‘1 Side’ for the layout.

Front & Back Paper Turning :  This option sets how you turn the paper after completing the one side Printing. There are two options available for one sided documents. 

If the document contain single side:

• Work & Turn (Left-Right) :  This method turns the paper horizontally with the same signature - Left to Right.

• Work & Tumble (Up-Down) :  This method turns the paper vertically with the same signature - top to bottom. 

If the document contain 2 sides:

Work & Turn - Sheetwise (Left-Right) :  This method turns the paper horizontally with the backside signature - Left to Right.

Work & Tumble - Sheetwise (Up-Down) :  This method turns the paper horizontally with the backside signature - Left to Right.

Step 2 

Output Method :  Here you sets the output method of your outputting device. ‘Digital Print / Film Output’ for Digital printing or making films using Image setter and ‘CTP Output (Computer to Plate)’ for making Plates using CTP Machine.

Printing Machine :  With CTP option you can select the included Printing Machine preset or create new printing machine configurations. If you couldn’t find your machine in the preset list.

Plate Width / Height :  (CTP mode) Width and height of the plate

Plate Gripper Margin :  (CTP mode) Distance from the bottom edge of the printing plate to the printable area of a plate. Required to position final printing image. Paper will be positioned on Plate Gripper Margin height minus Non Printable Area Height. 

Non Printable Area Height :  (CTP mode) A small area along the leading edge of the paper where the printer can not print as the machine uses that area to pick the paper. 

Signature Position on the Plate :  Determines the position of the signature on paper

On Gripper Side :  Places signature on the gripper side of the paper.

On Paper Center :  Places signature exactly on the paper centre.

Step 3 

Auto PDF Output Size :  The margin around crop area of a signature and outputs with the margin regardless of the printing paper size. Put the value on Slug Area Margin field.

Slug Area Margin : This is the margin space around the total trim area of the signature when Auto PDF Output Size is checked.

Printing Paper Size : Set the size of paper you are planning to feed on the printing machine.

Step 4 

Single Page Box Size : Set the default final size of the pages not including bleed. You may change sizes and other properties of individual pages by using ‘ Gang Run Transformations.. ’ or   PDF Link Transform  menu item.

Set From PDF Link 1 : Set the default final size as the first PDF link you imported to the links window.

Page Crop Width : Width of the default page box 

Page Crop Height : Height of the default page box

Horizontal Scale : PercentageScale for placing the PDF Link file horizontally.

Vertical Scale : PercentageScale for placing the PDF Link file vertically. 

Book Reading Order : This option is only required if you want to make book in Arabic , Hebrew or similar right to left writing languages. Otherwise use the default ‘Left to Right’ option.  Symbolic Page Numbers  will remain same on both modes. Imposition Studio will place pages according to the mode you selected. 

Note:  use only ‘Right to Left’ option when the first page of the PDF is the first page of the book in reading order (Last page of the normal reading books)

Step 5 

Number of Page Columns : The Number of Horizontally placed PDF Pages in the signature (as per the preview).

Number of Page Rows : The Number of vertically placed PDF Pages in the signature (as per the preview). 

Number of Cloned Pages : Useful for creating small books, user manual etc. Small books are very difficult to bind individually. Clone option creates multiple copy of the books together. Automatically. These Combined books are separated After the binding to get separate books. 

Page Orientation on the Signature : Here you set the page orientation in the given signature - Vertically or Horizontally. Or Portrait or Landscape.

Total PDF Links Used In A Form : Enter the number of PDF pages to complete a Master Form (including back side if the document has two sides). Auto Imposition does not require this option. For manual jobs enter only the required pages exactly. If you planning for ups consider only the required number of source PDF pages for the master form.

Custom Number of Original PDF Links :  Check this option if you want to change the total PDF links in a form. For example you want to use a PDF link more than one places.

Step 6 

Binding Method : Select the binding method of the Job. 

• Saddle stitch / Stapling :  Select this option if you planned a stitch of thread or a wire staple to bind the book. This option not required binding margin. So keep the margin as ‘0’.

• Perfect Binding :  Select this option if you planned to bind your book in small folded groups combined and glued on the spine. Perfect binding may require some binding margin on the spine area.

Creep / Shingling :  S addle stitched books with more pages require creeping to get the pages are aligned on the outer edge after cutting. Imposition Studio will calculate the value automatically when you enter the correct paper GSM in the ‘ Creep Setup ’ window. Check Creep Setup section for more details.

Creep Setup : Opens Creep Setup window

Binding / Routing Margin : Enter the Binding/Routing Margin here. Use 0 for Saddle Stitch / Stapling jobs. For Perfect binding jobs, use the routing margin required for your binding machine. Included Perfect Binding templates use 6mm as routing margin. Check with your technical person for the exact values.

Auto Gutters / Gaps :  Apply new values to all gutters in the layout

Auto Distribute to Print Run Paper Size :  Keep all gaps in same size by distributing the folding gaps evenly on the specified print run paper size. This will ensure easy folding & binding on some automatic machines.

Apply Values to all Gutters / Gaps :  Apply changed values to all vertical & horizontal gaps.

Note:  You can edit individual values for Binding Gap, Folding Gap, and Routing Margin at a later stage. In the Layout Editor window, double-click on the desired page gaps in the layout preview to modify the 'Vertical Folding Gap' and 'Horizontal Folding Gap' between two adjacent pages. Check the 'Change All' box to apply the new values to all corresponding folding gaps (Horizontal or Vertical) on the signature. Changes will be applied to both sides if the layout contains two master signatures.

Show Auto Page Numbering Options :  Use this option to apply symbolic page numbers automatically. After completing this assistant,  Auto Layout Assistant  window will open for auto page numbering (if available).

Finish:  This button completes the manual layout and displays on the  Layout Editor .