• Never plan a printing job without talking to the
• Only the bindery can say whether the stock, folds,
trims, etc. that the designer wants actually can be assembled into a
deliverable piece. "Just because you can print it doesn't mean you can
• Example: "thrust" or "creep," i.e., the tendency of
the inner pages of a saddle- stitched job to push outward from the open
edge. These pages need more "safety" for the additional trim: ask the
• Another example: When designing the cover for a
perfect-bound book, did we remember to make space for the spine copy?
How much space should there be? Ask the bindery!
• Another example: Should the job fold parallel to the
"grain direction" of the paper, or against? Ask the bindery!
• For most jobs, the bindery will prepare an imposition
layout to indicate how images should be assembled, with trim marks,
folding lines, etc.; a folding dummy showing pages in order; and a
binding dummy that is stitched and trimmed as the finished product will