[scribus] Clarify printing as spread

Louis Desjardins louis.desjardins at gmail.com
Fri Jul 22 14:10:35 UTC 2011

2011/7/22 Tom Connolly <tconnolly at embarqmail.com>

> A "printer's spread" is an imposition, in that it will combine pages 1-8,
> backed by 7-2, etc., in an 8-page booklet, for example.
> A "reader's spread" is what Scribus shows during the process of building
> the booklet, i.e., Page 1-2-3-4 etc.
> An "imposition" is manipulating the pages into how the pages will fit on a
> press. Aside from the imposition done in Adobe Reader to print a booklet,
> the imposition phase is always done by the commercial printer, because only
> he knows what press he's going to use and what finishing (cutting, folding,
> binding, trimming) needs to be done.
> Except in the rarest of circumstances, imposition is not done at the
> creative level, but at the mechanical level. The printer will add his
> registration marks, cut marks, color bars, fold marks, and will allow for
> "creep," etc. during imposition. Unless you're intending on buying a million
> dollar 46-inch printing press, don't worry about imposition. The printer's
> software, for which he paid a hefty sum, will handle it in a snap of a
> finger.
> I would hate to see the great talent of the people who labor over improving
> Scribus spend any time on imposition.

Hi Tom,

I think we all agree on that.

If you want to read more on imposition and where the team stands about it,
the mailing list archive has a few threads where this topic is discussed at
length, as early as back in 2004 and maybe before.

Printing/Exporting pages that are displayed side by side and layout as such
like a pamphlet or a book cover is not the task of an imposition software
(although you can do lots of things in a powerful imposition software).


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