Creating and Editing Layouts

You can use the Layout Editor to create complex layouts that you can apply to multiple jobs with similar printing, folding, and binding requirements. The layout determines the order and position of the pages on the sheet.
To create or edit a layout:
  1. On the Advanced Imposition screen, do one of the following:
    • To create a new layout, click Configuration button, the Configuration button, and select Layout Editor.
    • To edit an existing layout, click Paper, Trim & Layout, select a layout from the Layout list, and click Edit layout, the Edit layout button.

      The list of layouts depends on the folder and filtering settings specified in the Layout section.

    The Layout Editor screen opens.
  2. Configure the basic layout settings in the Template Setup dialog box.

    If you created a new layout, the Template Setup dialog box is displayed automatically. If you are editing a layout, click Setup, the Setup button, to open the Template Setup dialog box.

    Template Setup

    These settings are available:

    • Unit System: Specify a default unit system.

    • Signature type: Specify the type of output.

      For saddle-stitched and perfect-bound jobs, select Sheetwise Turn or Sheetwise Tumble. The numbers you assign to the pages in the layout are used as sequence numbers. When the job is processed, the pages in the job are placed according to the sequence numbers in the layout.

      For step-and-repeat jobs, use Step and Repeat Turn or Step and Repeat Tumble.

      For cut-and-stack jobs, use Stacked Turn or Stacked Tumble. The pages in the job are divided between the number of ups in the layout.

      Select either the Turn or the Tumble options depending on the method of printing the back side of the sheet.

    • Binding side: Specify the binding edge.

    • Trim Page Size: Specify the final page size after trimming or cutting. If you select Custom, enter custom values for the page width and height.

    • Paper/Plate Size: Specify the size of the sheet. If you select Custom, enter custom values for the paper width and height.

    • Page Orientation: Specify whether the pages have a vertical or horizontal layout.

    • Rows per Side and Columns per Side: Enter the number of rows and columns for one side of the sheet.

      The default values for these settings are calculated automatically based on the specified trim page size, paper size, and page orientation.

    • Plates per Signature: Specify whether to place pages on one side or on both sides of the sheet.

    The layout is generated based on the settings specified in the Template Setup dialog box.
    Layout Editor Screen

    The status message at the top of the screen provides information on the general layout settings and on the selected page. By default, the front side of the sheet is active and is displayed in the center panel. If the layout is double-sided, the back side of the sheet is displayed in the right panel.

    The pages are centered on the sheet and the margins are calculated based on the sheet size. The corners of the pages turn red when the pages do not fit on the sheet.

  3. Adjust the view and editing settings:
    • To adjust the zoom level, use the slider or click the Zoom to fit button.
    • To switch between editing the front and the back side of the sheet, click Back or Front in the right panel.
  4. Set mirroring options for page numbering, trim values, and page orientations:
    1. Click Options, the Options... button.
    2. Set page numbering options:
      • To update automatically the page numbers on the other side of the sheet, select the Mirror Page Numbering or the Mirror Page Numbering Reversed check box.

        For example, if you select the Mirror Page Numbering check box and enter 1 for a page on the front side of the sheet, the page number for the corresponding page on the back side is set to 2. If you select the Mirror Page Numbering Reversed check box and enter 2 for a page on the front side of the sheet, the page number for the corresponding page on the back side is set to 1.

      • To set the page numbers independently for each side of the sheet, clear the Mirror Page Numbering and Mirror Page Numbering Reversed check boxes.

      These options are taken into account both when you enter the page numbers manually and when you use the Page numbering function.

    3. Set mirroring options for trim values and page orientations:
      • To specify whether to mirror the trim values on the back side of the sheet, select or clear the Mirror Trim Values check box.

        If the Mirror Trim Values check box is selected, when you edit the front side of the sheet, the Page Mirror, Disallow creep, Page scaling, Bleed control, X-Y adjust, and Page adjust settings are also applied to the back side. When you edit the back side of the sheet, these settings are only applied to the back side.

      • To specify whether to mirror the page orientations on the other side of the sheet, select or clear the Mirror Page Orientations check box.
    To apply the specified options to the layout, click Apply Mirror Options Now.
  5. To number the layout pages, click the current page number and enter the new value in the text box.
    Layout Editor — Numbering pages
    To leave a page blank, delete the current value and leave the text box empty. To set the same page number for multiple pages at once, select the pages and enter the value in the text box.

    You can also use the Page numbering function or the Origami function to number the pages:

  6. To set the width for a horizontal or vertical gutter, click the current value displayed next to the gutter and enter the new value in the text box.
    Layout Editor — Setting gutters
  7. To modify the width of a margin, click the current value displayed next to the margin and enter the new value in the text box.
  8. To center all the pages vertically or horizontally, click Vertical centering, the Vertical centering button, or Center signature horizontally, the Center signature horizontally button.
  9. To change the orientation of one or more pages:
    1. Select the pages.
      • To select multiple pages, hold the Ctrl key and click each page that you want to select.
      • To select a range of pages, click the first page in the range, then hold the Shift key and click the last page in the range.
    2. Click Page orient up, the Page orient up button, Page orient right, the Page orient right button, Page orient down, the Page orient down button, or Page orient left, the Page orient left button.
  10. To mirror page images:
    1. Select the pages.
    2. Click Page Mirror, the Page Mirror button.
      Page Mirror, the Page Mirror icon, appears on the page thumbnails.
    To reset the settings for the pages, click Page Mirror, the Page Mirror button, again while the pages are selected.
  11. To cancel the effects of the Saddle stitch margin alignment setting for one or more pages:
    1. Select the pages.
    2. Click Disallow creep, the Disallow creep button.
      Disallow creep, the Disallow creep icon, appears on the page thumbnails.
    To reset the settings for the pages, click Disallow creep, the Disallow creep button, again while the pages are selected.
    The Saddle stitch margin alignment setting is available in the Binding panel on the Advanced Imposition screen.
  12. To enlarge or reduce one or more page images:
    1. Click Page scaling, the Page scaling button.
    2. Select the target pages.
    3. Specify the scaling values in the Page scaling tab.
      To calculate the scaling values automatically, click Scaling Percentage Calculator, the Scaling Percentage Calculator button, and specify the file page size and the required page size in the Scaling Percentage Calculator dialog box.
    4. Click Apply.
      Page scaling, the Page scaling icon, appears on the page thumbnails.
    To reset the scaling settings for the pages, click Clear in the Page scaling tab while the pages are selected.
  13. To specify bleed settings for one or more pages:
    1. Click Bleed control, the Bleed control button.
    2. Select the target pages.
    3. Specify the bleed amount in the Bleed control tab.
      To output bleed up to the fold line or the edge of the sheet, enable the To Fold option. To set a specific bleed value, disable the To Fold option and enter the bleed amount in the text box.
    4. Click Apply.
      Bleed control, the Bleed control icon, appears on the page thumbnails.
    To reset the bleed settings for the pages, click Clear in the Bleed control tab while the pages are selected.
  14. To adjust the position on the sheet for one or more pages:
    1. Click X-Y adjust, the X-Y adjust button.
    2. Select the target pages.
    3. Specify the offset values in the X-Y adjust tab.
    4. Click Apply.
      X-Y adjust, the X-Y adjust icon, appears on the page thumbnails.
    To reset the position of the pages, click Clear in the X-Y adjust tab while the pages are selected.
  15. To adjust the position of page images:
    1. Click Page adjust, the Page adjust button.
    2. Select the target pages.
    3. Specify the offset values in the Page adjust tab.
    4. Click Apply.
      Page adjust, the Page adjust icon, appears on the page thumbnails.
    To reset the position of page images, click Clear in the Page adjust tab while the pages are selected.
  16. Save the layout:
    • If you created a new layout, click Save.
    • If you are editing an existing layout, click Save to overwrite the layout or Save As to save the layout with a new name.
    Important: Save the layouts in this location: Installation path of this application\imposition\templates. All the saved layouts are listed under Layout field.

You can apply layouts from the Paper, Trim & Layout panel on the Advanced Imposition screen.