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Binding Multiple Page Documents

Perfect Bound / Soft Cover Books

Multiple page books should be set up as separate pages in the file with .125 bleed on all sides. The page size you select should be the finished size of your booklet. Create the pages so the order is sequential. Do not place single pages next to each other in spreads. If you have an odd number of pages, add blank pages so your total page count is a multiplier of 2. Even page numbers go on the left.

The cover needs to be setup as a four page document with the spine width included. Spine width will depend on page count and stock thickness of text pages. If your book should have a hinged score on the cover it will be .25 inches from the spine to the score. Please ensure your images and text are not too close to the spine.

Saddle Stitched / Stapled Documents

Multiple page books may be set-up as printer spreads in the page layout program of your choice. Placing pages next to each other in spreads is acceptable, but when creating the pdf file all pages should be separate, not sent in spreads. Pages should have a minimum .125 bleed.

Twin Loop / Wire-O Binding

Multiple page books should be set up as separate pages in the file with .125 bleed on all four edges. The page size you select should be the finished size of your booklet.


Create the pages so the order is sequential. Do not place single pages next to each other in spreads. If you have an odd number of pages, add blank pages so your total page count is multiple of 2. Even page numbers go on the left. The cover can be set up as single pages as well.

If you do choose this type of binding one thing to consider while setting up is the back gate margin. The back gate margin is the distance from the edge of the paper on the binding edge to the edge of the hole closest to the paragraph where no live copy can be placed. This is set by wire size.

Wire size is set by using a simple formula of (book thickness + 3/16" ) this allows room for pages to turn easily.
1/4" to 9/16" wire-o is a back gate of a 1/4" of a inch.
5/8" to 1" inch wire-o is a back gate of 3/8" of a inch.

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