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Go to I received the thumbnail of a book layout from a client making a graphic novel. The book size is 8.5 “ by 10.875” , and it will be published with a heatset web press making it easier to understand the printing requirements as opposed to a complete book. The PDF I sent to the printers is composed of 208 side-by-side pages. The printing company showed me what the final copy would look like on the press with no signatures.
While the reader will see the two-by-two spread, the printer placed the pages in 32 signatures, indicating the page that would be on each side of the press. Signatures refer to a grouping of even number pages such as 4-page or8-page indicating page breaks, and the grouping may be larger. This allows the client to include a gatefold or other insert, and they can determine color conflicts with the heavy ink coverage on each page. For example, some colors used for a solid background like magenta may result in a reddish cast on images. Before your book is printed, ask the printer about web offset or sheet-feed offset, and inform them of any inserts you plan to use.