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Lesson 4. Jewelcase booklet > Building a booklet

Building a booklet

The Build Booklet plug-in lets you create a copy of your current publication in which pages are arranged for printing multipage spreads or signatures. This publishing technique is known as page imposition. For this project, two pages are printed on each sheet of paper. When the paper is folded, the book pages are in the correct order. In your booklet, the first and last pages will be printed on one page, the second page on the same sheet as the second-to-last page, and so on.

Previewing the pages

Before building the booklet, you want to make sure that your text and layout are finished. Major changes may change the pagination and require that you rebuild your booklet.

To help you understand the results of using Build Booklet, you'll also open a finished version of the booklet with the pages already rearranged by Build Booklet.

  1. Browse through your publication, making sure that everything is in order.

    PageMaker's page sorting option lets you view thumbnails of your publication pages so you can see the entire publication at once.

  2. Choose Layout > Sort Pages. On the Macintosh, click the Options button, select Show Detailed Thumbnails, and click OK.

    Resize the window if necessary to see all the pages at once.

  3. Click Cancel when you have finished viewing the pages.

  4. Choose File > Open, and double-click 04FnlBkt.p65 in the 04Project folder.

  5. Choose Layout > Sort Pages. Resize the window if necessary to see all the pages at once. To increase the size of the thumbnails, click the Build Booklet zoom tool.

    The eight pages of the booklet have been distributed between four larger pages. Page 1 of the booklet contains the original page 1 and page 8. Booklet page 2 contains the original pages 2 and 7; booklet page 3 contains original pages 3 and 6; and booklet page 4 contains original pages 4 and 5.

  6. Click Cancel when you have finished viewing the pages.

  7. Choose File > Close to close 04FnlBkt.p65 and return to your publication. If prompted to save before closing, click No.

Using Build Booklet

You are now ready to use Build Booklet.

  1. With 04Work.p65 open, choose Utilities > Plug-ins > Build Booklet.

  2. Choose 2-up Saddle Stitch for Layout.

    This option is for standard booklet printing, where double-sided pages are folded once and fastened along the fold.


    Figure 4.62.


    After you choose a layout, PageMaker calculates the spread size for you.

    The Build Booklet plug-in gives you several additional options for arranging your booklet. You can adjust the spread size, delete extra pages, insert blank pages, rearrange pages, and adjust for creep. For more information, refer to the Adobe PageMaker 6.5 User Guide and the Adobe Print Publishing Guide.

  3. Leave the Place Guides in Gutter option selected. Click OK to create the booklet.

  4. When prompted, choose to save your original document.

    The Build Booklet plug-in saves and closes the current document, and then opens a new, untitled version that has the expanded spread size and new page sequence.

  5. Save the new file as 04Booklt.p65 in the 04Project folder.

    Page 1 of the booklet is a 56p7 by 28p6 page that contains the original page 1 and page 8.


    Figure 4.63.


    Notice that the left edge of page 1 and the right edge of page 8 abut each other and will not need to bleed. Because this is a saddle-stitch booklet, the binding edge of each page always abuts another page in the printed signature. Therefore any cropping you applied to images on the binding edge will be left in place during the prepress preparations.

  6. Continue to page through your document.

  7. When you have finished browsing through the booklet, close all open files and quit the Adobe PageMaker application.

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