Thursday, December 4, 2008

Printing Signatures


For this project I printed text on my signatures for a flat-back book. I created the format in Microsoft Word by going into page setup and selecting landscape and book fold. I wanted a book with 8 pages in a signature (4 folded pages) so I selected 16 pages for each booklet (because they are double sided). Then I made the margins bigger on three sides so I could deckle the edges latter.
You can make a small book using regular printer paper and cutting it in half. Because I wanted to make a bigger book, I had to cut paper down to 8 ½ by 11 so that the grain was going the short way.
The hardest part was printing the book. It took me a while to learn how to print on both sides of the paper. Most computers will give you instructions while you are printing, but I recommend doing a test print with a smaller signature first.









7 comments:

janiecem said...

how did you work out which pages needed to be where? make a dummy book?

Sky W. said...

That's awesome! I never knew you could print registers in Microsoft Word.

Rebekah said...

I printed pages for a coptic book, which is pretty similar. But I put my document into Microsoft Publisher (and basically it was pretty much a pain to figure out) but it had an awsome end result. :) In my opinion.

Katy Kathryn said...

I wanted to print a book like this but felt overwhelmed, with good reason it seems. This turned out really cool.

rachel jan said...

your book turned out beautifully. I absolutely love the way you deccled the edges. I cant ever seem to get mine to look quite that cool. I still feel horrible about knocking your end band off. i'm glad it worked out thought.

Jess said...

Great work, I know how confusing it can be to place the pages back in the printer to print the back side correctly. I have been thinking about printing some fairy tales to bind in a book.

dileep k said...

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Thanks for giving this information
Small booklet printing