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    I'm working on designing a booklet for work and they're on a limited budget for this project. It's simply a saddle-stitched booklet, likely with no bleeds, and will probably be about 24 pages.

    When it comes to printing, are there any sizes that allow you to maximize the number of spreads you can get on a single sheet of paper and save money? I don't know if there's a standard size printer sheet out there. If there is, please tell me They don't need a huge quantity, so I'm recommending digital printing.


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  • #2
    Probably letter sized pages run flat, folded and stitched to finish 8.5 x 5.5.

    Running smaller than that would be even more cost effective, but it would be the size of a business card! This way you wan run two pages on a tabloid and add probably 50 bucks to cut and fold, depending on the quantity.
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    • #3
      What size are the sheets in the booklet. They will most likely run it on a 11x17. For instance if you would run business cards on a 11x17, cut to bleed, you could run it at 24up(meaning 24 cards per page). If you are going to run it duplex with a finish of a 8.5x5.5, it would be run 2up getting 4 pages. But a size would help alot when calculating amount of paper usage. If you are going to send the files digitally, make sure there are no mistakes and you will most likely have to send it as a pdf, it makes it easy for them to send it to the printer, and when it's easier for them, the computer usage fee isn't as great. This is what I do all day at work, and when we have to correct someones work and just even have to tweak it because it's pixelated or what not, our fee for working on it goes by the time we spend on it.
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      • #4
        you need to call the printer and ask the size of the sheets they print on, and ask how much room they need in between cuts. then based upon what sizes they tell you, layout your pages and sizes in the space available on each sheet.
        the more runs you can fit on one sheet, the less cost you have on material...
        Last edited by Silence04; 10-04-2005, 10:54 PM.


        • #5
          Catalog Costs generally depend on final quantity, number of pages and size. When you fill the press size, that is where you get price breaks.

          Quantity - lower quantities cost more. Press time is the most expensive component and they don't make money when they are stopped. Most will run 10-15,000 impressions an hour so let them Run!!!

          Number of Pages & size - Say you have a press that will print 4 - 8.5x11 size pages at one time. You will get an 8 page signature (Or 16 if they are 5.5x8.5 size pages) If you need to print more pages, fill up the next signature or you will end up buying the paper anyway just to have it thrown out. Now you are at 16 or 32 pages depending on size.

          Lastly, remember bindery! Signatures are printed paginated to fold. All signatures are collated together then sent through a stitcher that will also 3/side trim. Stick to the standard sizes and save some costs that way as well.

          Hope this helps.
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