Specifying Advanced Imposition Settings

The advanced imposition settings let you create output files with complex layouts, barcodes, marks, and banner sheets. You can specify page scaling, page alignment, bleed, and image shift settings. You can also save your settings as a template and apply them directly to a job or use them with hot folders for automated processing.
    Important:
  • The Advanced Imposition feature is available as an optional licensed component. See the Setup Guide for more information.

  • When you specify advanced imposition settings, all the pages in the job are saved into a single PDF file. The changes are then applied directly to the PDF file.

  • When you apply the advanced imposition settings, these settings are also applied to the PDF file and removed from the job ticket and the job properties:

    • Text, mask, and image overlays

    • Headers and footers, page numbers, page stamps, and bleed edge tabs

    • Normal, booklet, and gangup imposition settings

    • Color exceptions

    • Pages that were converted to tabs and covers and designation sheets printed with job content are saved as normal PDF pages.

    We recommend that you specify these settings after you apply the advanced imposition settings.

  • When you specify advanced imposition settings, these settings are removed from the job:

    • Finishing settings

    • Output trays

    • Paper exceptions and stapling exceptions

    • Chapter settings

    • Inserted tabs, preprinted covers, blank designation sheets, and inserts

    We recommend that you specify these settings after you apply the advanced imposition settings.

  • TotalFlow Prep automatically adds blank pages to complete duplex jobs with an odd number of pages. When you specify advanced imposition settings, these implicit blank pages are saved as normal PDF pages.

To specify advanced imposition settings:
  1. In the settings area on the right, click Impose.
  2. In the Impose panel, select Advanced Imposition....
    Open the Advanced Imposition screen
    Note: You can also select Advanced Imposition on the Settings menu to open the Advanced Imposition screen.
  3. On the Advanced Imposition screen, configure and apply the imposition settings required for the job.
    Advanced Imposition screen

    For details about a specific setting, click the Help button to display the on-screen field help.

    1. To start from an advanced imposition template, select the template from the Select template list.
      All the advanced imposition settings are updated to match the settings from the template.
    2. In the Files tab, add files to the job and specify page range, page size, and page alignment settings.
      Only PDF files are supported.
      Note: All the pages in the currently open job are saved and displayed as a single PDF file with the name of the job.

      In the browser version of TotalFlow Prep, you cannot add more files to the job. The settings from the Files tab are available in a separate Files panel, in the settings area on the left.

    3. To create or edit layouts, banner profiles, mark profiles, barcode profiles, or signature profiles, click Configuration button, the Configuration button, and select Layout Editor, Banner Editor, Marks Editor, Barcode Editor, or Signature Editor.
      You can launch the layout and profile editors only on the computer where TotalFlow Prep is installed.
    4. Configure all the necessary imposition settings in the Binding, Paper, Trim & Layout, Marks & Banner Sheets, Scaling & Bleeds, and Image Shift panels.
      In the browser version of TotalFlow Prep, the Files panel is also available.
    5. To see a preview of the PDF file with the specified imposition settings, click Preview at the top of the view area.
      To update the preview with the most recent settings, click the Refresh preview button.

      The preview displays the sheets in the job as thumbnails in a grid, scaled according to the paper size. If the job is set to print on one side, only the front side of the sheet is displayed. If the job is set to print on both sides, the back side of the sheet is also displayed.

      On top of the thumbnail, you can see the sheet number and the paper specified for the sheet.

      The chapter icon Chapter icon marks the first page of each chapter. The exception icon Exception icon is displayed for sheets that are configured as exceptions.

      To adjust the size of the thumbnails, use one of these controls:

      • Zoom in button Zoom in: Use this button to increase the size of the thumbnails.

      • Zoom out button Zoom out: Use this button to decrease the size of the thumbnails.

      • Scaling percentage: Use this setting to adjust the size of the thumbnails according to a specific percentage. To fit the sheet thumbnail to the width of the workspace area, select Fit width.

      • Use Fit width and 12% to switch between scaling the sheet thumbnail to the width of the workspace area and 12% scaling percentage.

      Note: To undo all the changes and return to the default settings, click Reset.
    6. Click Apply to PDF.
      A PDF file is created from all the pages in the job based on the specified advanced imposition settings. The advanced imposition settings are applied directly to the PDF file and are not saved in the job ticket or in the job properties. You can preview the resulting PDF file in the workspace area.
      Note: To undo all the advanced imposition settings applied to the PDF file of the job, click Undo.