Page order for print

In order to work out which page in the book is on the same piece of paper as which other pages I have discovered that algebra is required (using the value of ‘X’, being the number of sheets in a signature, to work out the page number).

This is not crucial to work this out but it makes the job a lot easier meaning I can use it to work out all pages without having to make a mock book and writing the page numbers on each page to then take it apart so I know what goes next to what to be in the correct order when printing.

The method of figuring this out I have discovered is that when I wrote out all the page numbers for one signature that in the center of the signature on the left page that it was double the number of the sheets in the signature (meaning it can be written as ‘2X’). From this, I could also tell that the last page being quadruple the number of sheets would be ‘4X’.

This tells me that page 1 is next to the page ‘4X’ and the two middle pages would be ‘2X’ and ‘2X+1’. This allows me to use this to work out all the page correlations for printing, no matter what the number of sheets in the signature is, however, this number is all dependant on which paper type I use for the book, the thinner the paper the more sheets there will be.

 

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Not in print order.

After finishing making most of the pages I went back through and worked out the page print order for each of the pages, deciding that whatever pages I decide to add after I will just think of a way to weave them in without disturbing the others. I also decided that I would work around having three sheets per signature.

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In the rough planning above, the shaded mean that’s where the illustrations with the stripy orange background will be and the section at the bottom means that the one at the top with the x3 is where there will be two striped backgrounds on each, one below that will have one and finally the sheet which will have none.

Sheet 1 –

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 Sheet 2 –

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 Sheet 3 –

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Sheet 4 –

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Sheet 5 –

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Sheet 6 –

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Sheet 7 –

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