[Scribus] How was bleed issue for perfect binding resolved in 1.3.4?

Hedley Finger hfinger
Wed Jan 9 00:15:10 CET 2008

I have just been reading 0000129 re bleed functionality, particularly 
in the gutter.

If the publication is to be sewn and backed, burst and glued, or 
bound by any other method that preserves the spine fold, you don't 
need bleed on the gutter edge of the page.

However, if the publication is to be perfect bound, the spine fold is 
trimmed and roughened so that typically 2--3 mm is removed.  In this 
case you do need a bleed and if a graphic or type spans the gutter, 
then the part of the image that falls within the bleed margin needs 
to be duplicated on the gutter side of each of the facing 
pages.  (When trimmed, the image needs to be continuous across the 
cut edge, of course.)

Reading the issue 0000129 notes, it is not clear how this issue was 
resolved and implemented.  Will Scribus automatically duplicate the 
bleed portion of the spanner on output to PDF?  Of do you have to do 
this yourself, in effect pasting in the image twice, once on each 
facing page, suitably offset to ensure duplication in the bleed 
area?  Tricky, as you can't see the bleed area in the gutter because 
it is (sensibly) hidden.  It would be nice if 1.3.5/6 did this for you.


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