Types of Sheet Imposition

Imposition sheets may be either one-sided or two-sided. If you choose to create a two-sided sheet two sheets will be made in a mirrored display. Left side of the front corresponds to the right side of the back and vice versa. All parameters and settings (except for pages numbers placed on separate positions) are equal for the front and the back. All adjustments are made for the front page of the sheet and then they are automatically done to the back.

Note: Even a one-sided sheet of an imposition can be used for double-sided print! For example when using Work & Turn – Both sides are covered by the same design resulting in producing two (or more) pieces of the same printed matter. Two single-sided sheets can be used for double-sided print also if the imposition is symmetric and placed in the middle of the sheet. A typical example of this would be double-sided business card printing.

one-sided imposition
one-sided imposition

both-sided imposition
both-sided imposition

Three main types of impositions are used in the program and almost any imposition style or appearance can be achieved using their combinations or adjustments to them:

Standard N-UP Imposition

The simplest imposition method is to impose pages in the order in which they appear in the original PDF - this is commonly known as the N-UP.

N-UP imposition
Standard N-UP imposition

Cut & Stack Imposition

Pages can also be used by the Cut and Stack Imposition. The first sheet will contain page nr. 1, the second one will contain page nr. 2 etc. After all sheets are done, the following page is placed on the next position on the first page and so on. When these sheets are printed blocks of pages are obtained and when these blocks are placed upon each other they are already in the right order and there is no need for further sorting. Cut & Stack imposition is suitable for example for multiple brochure printing on a digital printer of a bigger format or numbered tickets printing. This feature is also very useful for personalized print.

Cut & stack
Cut & stack

Booklet Imposition

Booklet impositions are useful e.g. when printing magazines, brochures and books where the resulting sheets are folded and bound in the back. The first sheet therefore contains the first and the last page next to each other, the second sheet contains the second and second to last page and so on. This Imposition is used and available in many modification allowing cross-fold, double cross-fold and more.

Booklet (both-sided imposition)

Table CalendarCalendar Imposition

This is basically a modification of the booklet imposition which is mostly used for table calendars. The back side of the first page contains the last page, the back side of the second page contains the second-to last page etc.