[scribus] Newbie Questions About Spreads

Tom Connolly tconnolly at embarqmail.com
Thu Apr 9 20:41:39 CEST 2009

I'm new to Scribus, but not to DTP. Your best bet is to confer with your
printer. Does he have the software to make a booklet pdf from your
single-page pdf file?  If so, he will deal with the things like bleed and
creep.  All you need worry about is the precise placement of your pictures
where they cross over.  I would stay away from having body type cross over.
Headline size type (24 pt & up) OK, but you may not be pleased with small
crossover type.
If he doesn't have pagination software you may have to create your layout in
printer's spreads, in which case you need to ask the printer for a
imposition layout. This will tell you what pages print side by side that
when folded and collated and bound will provide proper page sequence. In
order to get this you need to know how large a signature he is going to
print (i.e., how many pages on a press sheet). This will be based on your
needs regarding page count and page size and number of copies, and his
equipment capabilities. That's why you need the printer to be involved asap.
You shouldn't have any trouble doing this in 15 or so days.  I'll be
watching for any other questions from you that I may be able to answer, and
will be glad to help. There is a way to achieve what you want to do. Start
with the printer.

wingsgroup wrote:
> I am new to DTP and Scribus and needing to get a project done in the next
> 2.5 weeks. (I'm probably crazy!) Anyway, I have searched, but not really
> found any good answers to my questions. My project is actually a
> homeschool group yearbook and I am wanting to use two-page spreads for the
> section dividers. It will be a picture across the pages with text running
> across. How do I go about this without losing the text and making the
> picture look funny? I used single pages for the setup and just put the
> picture and text right across as I was designing it visually. I didn't do
> a lot yet because I realized that I needed answers to these questions
> first. I read somewhere about bleeds and so I did make my pages slightly
> bigger (the printer suggested .25 inches). Someone suggested using margins
> for the gutter, but I am afraid that I might get some white space showing.
> I would appreciate any help you can give!

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