Knotty Kneat Stuff

Bookbinding (Part II)

PRINTING:

Because the sheets are going to be:

  1. stacked in groups of, say, 4, 5 or 6 sheets,
  2. folded in half (1 group at a time, creating several small leaflets),
  3. then stacked in order for binding (1 leaflet atop another, atop another, atop another, &c…)

 … you can NOT just hit PRINT.

You need to command the Printing sequence specific to the sheets you are including in each Signature (leaflet). You do this by typing the order in the PRINTER Dialogue Box where you see “PAGES.” You will typically see this below the “ALL” and “CURRENT PAGE” options. Figuring this out and loading the sequence(s) into the PRINTER Dialogue Box is quite possibly the single most difficult part of the whole process; but it MUST be done perfectly.

Fortunately, I’ve already done this part for you. Below, you will see the printing sequences for 3, 4, 5 and 6-sheet Signatures. They are displayed broken into a total of 8 Signatures, backsides first, then fronts. Remember, each sheet = 4 book pages. Thus, six (6) 4-sheet Signatures makes a 96-page book [4 sheets x 4 book pages = 16 book pages; 16 x 6 Signatures = 96 total book pages]. So, you can use a little math to determine the optimal Signature size and number. I’ve put a table below for quick reference. Total Page Counts are in the body of the Matrix. You want to use a Signature Size and Number that creates a Total Page Count that is equal to, or preferably a few pages higher (but not a single page lower) than, the total page count of your document. You may have to make layout & formatting adjustments to create a snug fit; and a snug fit looks best.

Now, here’s how you do it. I’ll use an easy example: I’ve formatted a book to a total of 46 pages. I can either use four (4) 3-sheet Signatures, or (3) 4-sheet Signatures. Pretty small book; but it is poetry, so I want full size (5½ x 8½) book with large fonts and a paper that’s a bit toward the heavy side (24lb+?). So, I’ll go with 3-sheet Signatures, 4 Signatures total. 12 sheets of 8½ x 11 paper altogether.

3-Sheet Signatures (4 Signatures):

    1. Back: 2,11,4,9,6,7,                 Front: 12,1,10,3,8,5,
    2. Back: 14,23,16,21,18,19,       Front: 24,13,22,15,20,17,
    3. Back: 26,35,28,33,30,31,     Front: 36,25,34,27,32,29,
    4. Back: 38,47,40,45,42,43,    Front: 48,37,46,39,44,41,

Open your document, and open the printer window. Find the “PAGES” option. Copy the first (“Back”) string of page numbers in Line 1 of the appropriate table below (I pasted in the 3-sheet table above). Paste it into the window next to the word “PAGES” in the Printer dialogue Box. Now hit print. Your Printer will spit out three (3) printed sheets. The top will be your book pages 2 and 11. Take these printed pages and load them back into your printer. Copy the second (“Front”) number string from Line 1 and paste it into the Printer’s “PAGES” window, replacing the first string that you just printed. Hit Print. Those same three (3) sheets will come out printed on both sides. The top page should have Book Pages 12 and 1 on the front, and 2 and 11 on the back. If the sheet with 12 and 1 has numbers 6 and 7 on the back, then you will need to reprint. Print the backs as before. But, reverse the order of the sheets before feeding back into the printer for the Front side printing.

In the end, you should have a stack of 3 sheets (1st Signature):

  • Top sheet: 12 & 1 (front), 2 & 11 (back);
  • Second sheet: 10 & 3 (front), 4 & 9 (back);
  • Bottom Sheet: 8 & 5 (front), 6 & 7 (back).

Repeat, using Line 2 of the Table to create the 2nd Signature … then the 3rd … then the 4th.

Keep the Signatures separate and in order. Do NOT fold them yet. They need to be punched first (Now it gets REAL fun). Punching, Folding & Stitching (Binding Prep) will be in the next post. Have fun, and if you wish me dead … I’ll understand.

TABLES

Signature Guide

Number of Signatures

3

4 5 6 7

8

Signature Size

3 sheets

36 48 60 72 84 96

4 sheets

48 64 80 96 112 128

5 sheets

60 80 100 120 140 160

6 sheets

72 96 120 144 168 192

Printing Sequences:

3-Sheet Signatures (8 Signatures):

  1. Back: 2,11,4,9,6,7,                       Front: 12,1,10,3,8,5,
  2. Back: 14,23,16,21,18,19,             Front: 24,13,22,15,20,17,
  3. Back: 26,35,28,33,30,31,           Front: 36,25,34,27,32,29,
  4. Back: 38,47,40,45,42,43,           Front: 48,37,46,39,44,41,
  5. Back: 50,59,52,57,54,55,            Front: 60,49,58,51,56,53,
  6. Back: 62,71,64,69,66,67,            Front: 72,61,70,63,68,65,
  7. Back: 74,83,76,81,78,79,            Front: 84,73,82,75,80,77,
  8. Back: 86,95,88,93,90,91,           Front: 96,85,94,87,92,89,

4-Sheet Signatures (8 Signatures):

  1. 2,15,4,13,6,11,8,9,                               16,1,14,3,12,5,10,7,
  2. 18,31,20,29,22,27,24,25,                   32,17,30,19,28,21,26,23,
  3. 34,47,36,45,38,43,40,41,                  48,33,46,35,44,37,42,39,
  4. 50,63,52,61,54,59,56,57,                   64,49,62,51,60,53,58,55,
  5.  66,79,68,77,70,75,72,73,                  80,65,78,67,76,69,74,71,
  6. 82,95,84,93,86,91,88,89,                 96,81,94,83,92,85,90,87,
  7. 98,111,100,109,102,107,104,105,    112,97,110,99,108,101,106,103,
  8. 114,127,116,125,118,123,120,121,     128,113,126,115,124,117,122,119,

5-Sheet Signatures (8 Signatures):

  1. 2,19,4,17,6,15,8,13,10,11,                                                20,1,18,3,16,5,14,7,12,9,
  2. 22,39,24,37,26,35,28,33,30,31,                            40,21,38,23,36,25,34,27,32,29,
  3. 42,59,44,57,46,55,48,53,50,51,                            60,41,58,43,56,45,54,47,52,49,
  4. 62,79,64,77,66,75,68,73,70,71,                            80,61,78,63,76,65,74,67,72,69,
  5. 82,99,84,97,86,95,88,93,90,91,                            100,81,98,83,96,85,94,87,92,89,
  6. 102,119,104,117,106,115,108,113,110,111,                    120,101,118,103,116,105,114,107,112,109,
  7. 122,139,124,137,126,135,128,133,130,131,                    140,121,138,123,136,125,134,127,132,129,
  8. 142,159,144,157,146,155,148,153,150,151,                    160,141,158,143,156,145,154,147,152,149,

6-Sheet Signatures (8 Signatures):

  1. 2,23,4,21,6,19,8,17,10,15,12,13,                                      24,1,22,320,5,18,7,16,9,14,11,
  2. 26,47,28,45,30,43,32,41,34,39,36,37,                              48,25,46,2744,29,42,31,40,33,38,35,
  3. 50,71,52,69,54,67,56,65,58,63,60,61,                              72,49,70,5168,53,66,55,64,57,62,59,
  4. 74,95,76,93,78,91,80,89,82,87,84,85,                              96,73,94,7592,77,90,79,88,81,86,83,
  5. 98,119,100,117,102,115,104,113,106,111,108,109,                    120,97,118,99116,101,114,103,112,105,110,107,
  6. 122,143,124,141,126,139,128,137,130,135,132,133,            144,121,142,123140,125,138,127,136,129,134,131,
  7. 146,167,148,165,150,163,152,161,154,159,156,157,            168,145,166,147164,149,162,151,160,153,158,155,
  8. 170,191,172,189,174,187,176,185,178,183,180,181,            192,169,190,171188,173,186,175,184,177,182,179,

[Stay tuned for Binding Prep instructions, next Post]

About Knotty Puppet

I'm the rather slight fellow you see dangling in the cave, center stage on the cover of THE GODDESS & THE DEVIL, a most unique and provocative multi~genre creation. It's a ton of real, thoroughly researched history called upon by our fictitious players arguing about good & evil (&c., &c., ...) who happened to find themselves in one Hell of a bind one night in Salem, 1692.

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