Monday, October 28, 2013

Ask Pat: Laying Out a Booklet

Juan puts together the pages of a printed booklet to submit to HANYS Printing ServicesOur colleague Juan is a great designer.He usually doesn’t handle the final steps of putting together booklets. Tasked with creating a booklet with specific blank pages, he spent 15 minutes scratching out grids, moving pages on his computer, even laying pages on the floor to figure it out—to no avail.Frustrated, he asked Pat.“That’s not going to do you any good,” Pat said, pointing to the paper on the ground.Instead, Pat made a "dummy booklet" with the number of pages Juan was shooting for, numbered them, and voila!—simplified pagination. Juan was able to see which pages he wanted where, and then dragged them into order on the computer to be sent to the printer.Pat shrugged. “I’ve been printing books for 35 years.”He didn’t expect Juan to know how to quickly set up the pages, saying “If he doesn’t do pagination, he doesn’t know pagination.”“It’s a simple method. It’s a lot cleaner, and you can see what you are doing and what you want the book to look like.”