Sunday, January 12, 2014

Instructions about Printing

Not limited to Rick DeLano, though originally posted on his wall.

Hans-Georg Lundahl
I would be a bit more interested in reprints, but reposts are not bad either, especially with links to my original post.
Rick DeLano
Publishing in print, alas, is not something I am presently equipped to undertake, but that may change in the future.
Hans-Georg Lundahl
A little note on further use conditions

Those are the conditions. Now, you may not have a press, but you might have:

  • computer with both internet and word and connexion to a printer
  • a neighbourhood with a photo copy service.

In that case you are as equipped as I was for the actual printing I did in 2011. Alas I could NOT get any very good shape when trying to bookbind without knife or table just with needle and thread in the street. Ask Hyoo Mikdonalad about the result.
Rick DeLano
Hans-Georg Lundahl
I don't know if you have bought the kind of old fashioned paperback books in which you have to cut pages open. I have, and I have studied folding of paper as it applies to this. If you fold once, you have four pages on a printed sheet, no cutting. If you fold twice, eight pages, you cut only on top, and if you fold three times, 16 pp. you cut the tops and some of the sides as well.

Now, in order to get the pages where you want, there are some things to observe:

  • deciding how much each printing sheet is folded, obviously
  • knowing what pages to put side by side on the printing sheet so the right ones are side by side in the final result (big hint: not exactly same ones);
  • knowing how much you diminish each page from A4 as it comes from the printer of your computer to the part it has in the folds and writing the pages sufficiently big to start with (meaning you copy from blog, put text on word, mark all, augment size to 14 or even 20 points).

For two folds per sheet, assuming you start a sheet with page 1 (which you can if it is the second sheet and the first is numerated in Roman Numerals after the title page and it contains a foreword and an index), the first sheet would have pages joined like this:

  • 8-1
  • 2-7
  • 6-3
  • 4-5

Then the diminished page with 8-1 side by side is joined to that with 4-5 top to top and similarily for the pages between 1 and 4, between 5 and 8.

And 9 to 16 of course go as 1 to 8, meaning you start off the next (and continue):

  • 16-9
  • 10-15
  • 14-11
  • 12-13

The copy machine is on A3 > A4 during the operation. Both when 16-9 (each a separate A4 from the printer) are joined to one A4 and when 16-9 is joined to 12-13. When it comes to joining the two sides of a printing sheet, it is of course not A3 > A4, but recto/verso copying.

When you have all the rectos and all the versos of all the printing sheets with all the original pages from the word document, obviously you decide how many double sided copies you want and from there print them and after that start folding.
Recto or outfold before any folding
Verso or infold before any folding
Outfold after first fold
New infold after first fold
English text/Texte français
Here is the right position before folding it.
Voici la bonne position avant de tout plier.

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