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How To Impose and Print Printer Spreads in QuarkXPress

Tips for using ALAP's Imposer XTension By Greg Hatem
QuarkXPress documents are in a format called reader spreads. Meaning, the front cover is the first page with the back cover being the last page. At times a format called Printers Spreads, where the first page is output with the last page, is required for final output. This is also useful when trying to build a composite with your laser printer. This will demonstrate how to use Imposer to create a duplexed comp with your laser printer.

Setting up Imposer: In this example, we have a 12 page self cover manual we would like to print to our laser printer in reader spread format as well as print on both side of the paper, even though we do not have a duplexing printer.

With the document open in Quark XPress and Imposer loaded, select Imposer... from under the File Menu.

A preview will be dispalyed based on the current style. Click on the Layout tab. Here is where we will make the necesary changes to print our composite.

Set Imposition to 2-up Mode

Enter the following values in the Layout tab:

Imposition Type: 2-up
Binding Method: Saddle Stitched
Margins: Top: 0 Left: 0
Margins: Bottom: 0 Right: 0
Gaps: Vertical: 0
Bleed: 0
Creep: 0
Crossover: 0

Note: Positioning the mouse overtop of available options will display a description in the Info Area at the bottom.
Click the Preview tab to view our changes.

Setting up the print job

The preview now shows thumbnail images of your document using the current imposition style.

The Page Start should be set to +1 with a Signature Size set of 12. This means we are going to impose the document beginning with page 1 and ending with page 12. These are absolute page numbers and are not section start pages.

Click Print to continue the imposition process.

Setting up the Print dialog

In addition to your normal printer settings, set the following:

Document Tab:
Page Sequence: Odd

Setup Tab:
Page Positioning: Center
Orientation: Rotated

We print first with Page Sequence is set to Odd since we are going to print both sides of the paper. When this print job is done, place the odd spreads back into the laser printer (making sure they are inserted correctly) and print again via Imposer specifying Even for Page Sequence.

Final output

Printing this document using the outlined sequence will result in a booklet that has copy printed on both sides of the paper. This can then be folded in half to simulate the printed piece.

When printing spreads greater than your paper size, specify a reduction scale factor.

Changes that need to be made when printing a composite vs. printing final film output is to add margins, bleeds, and to specify crop and registration marks. When printing to final film, specifiy All for Page Sequence.

Greg Hatem is the product manager at A Lowly Apprentice Productions. He is a graduate of Rochester Institute of Technology and has a degree in print technology. Greg can be reached at Greg@alap.com. For more information about ALAP, visit http://www.alap.com.

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