i am having a bit of trouble trying to figure out a method or format for
arranging pages in a bound codex with signatures. somehow i just cant figure
out what the order of the pages ought to be for this to work.
i found an instruction (oddly, in a book about scientific illustration) for a
signature page, but the writer does not go in to great detail about the
technicalities of it. i have attatched this as a downloadable image so that
anyone may examine it and possibly decipher it. the author briefly notes,
"this sheet of paper is folded before being bound ... so that the pages are
arranged sequentially." she adds that this signature method is done for
pieces that are to be printed "with several pages on a single sheet of
paper." i have played and experimented with this model for awhile and have
yet to come up with anything that works. anyone want to try?
ok, so then does anyone have suggestions about an alternative arrangement for
ordering of codex signatures? maybe keith smith has the answer.
thanks for taking the time to read and think about this.
post script - i know that there might be a simpler way to upload this
illustration that i'm talking about onto some group webpage but i dont know
how/where to post it to, so if someone knows and wants to make it available,
i am willing to learn.
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- Hi, Jason,
Email attachments are not permitted for this Yahoo!Group so your
image didn't make it. If you really want to post the diagram, the
group URL is:
(and then upload it to the Files folder, link @ the left hand
frame of the webpage.)
Your question is about impositon layouts for which you may not
have to look farther than a word processor or desktop publishing
software. And almost any basic bookbinding or older printers'
manual has diagrams with details of how to imposition a codex.
Programs like MSWord have templates for creating pamphlets or
booklets as do many desktop publishing applications. These
require only an input of the number of pages to printout
signatures & can be a simple way to determine pagination by
printing a mock-up, or making one by hand.
Take a several sheets of paper, fold each in half or fold pairs
etc. at a time, stack these folios in a pile and label the cover
and pages sequentially.
Separate the sheets and you have the proper sequence for one
If by computer, all the content can be entered and when the
booklet format is applied, the sequence can be pre-proofed by
clicking Print Preview, or an equivalent command. Then edit as
desired until the layout is correct. Be sure the page orientation
matches the printer settings and print a draft to proof. Make any
other adjustments and print away.
Copy shops that offer printing & binding services may give
Hope this is helpful,
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