When AK Litho prints your project, be it your business card or a corporate annual report, our prepress department will IMPOSE the final layout. Imposition is a process of file arrangement that seeks to print your project as efficiently as possible and/or arrange a series of pages so they can later be bound properly. Customers often impose their projects for us and nearly just as often we must un-impose the project so it can be imposed in a manner more suitable for the intended output device.
Imposition often means that your business card will be printed 2 at a time, maybe 8 at a time, or even 21 at a time.
The number of repetitions depends on a number of factors such as color, quantity, and even the stock being used. Your annual report may be printed 1 page at a time (1up), 2 pages at a time (2up) or even 4 pages at once (4up). Again, how the arrangement ends up depends on specific factors of the job.
Alaska Litho's prepress department has an array of imposition tools ready to organize your job's final PDF output into whatever imposition configuration is required by the equipment it is destined for. What does this mean for you? Scratch this detail off your list! We'll take care of it for you!
Microsoft Word and Publisher often try to impose a project for your desktop printer. If you are providing one of these file types, or a PDF from one of these file types, look through your print menus carefully and turn off any "multiple up" options. Similarly, with Adobe InDesign or Quark, make sure that you have not checked "spreads" or "reader spreads" or "booklet" when saving or exporting your files.
In the end, you'll have a bit less work to do and so will your prepress department!